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Megan Wins!

Sunday,  07/27/08  11:41 PM

Some parental chest-beating... today Megan sailed in her first C-15 regatta, and won!  I was a very proud crew, along with Megan’s friend Madison who was on the trapeze.  Meg has been sailing sabots all summer and made the transition to the bigger C-15 easily, even yelling at her dad to sheet the jib faster coming out of tacks.  Can’t wait to get her out in the ocean!

Of note: this is "It's the Water"'s 29th season of winning races; the old lady can still show some leg...

To the victors go the smiles :)

And once again we see that There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats...



Sunday,  07/27/08  11:52 PM

Great day today, watched the final parade of Le Tour this morning (congratulations again to Carlos Sastre, and Oscar Friere, and to today's victor Gert Steegmans), and then crewed for Meg in her first C-15 race, which she won, and tonight ended with a nice dinner with friends.  Oh, and it was a beautiful day, too.  Can't get much better than that!

A friend who sails and reads my blog came up to me this morning and said, "first the death ride, then climbing Whitney, and now racing a C-15 with two 11-year-olds".  Hard to say which was more demanding :)

Last night Shirley and I celebrated our sixteenth anniversary (yay!) with a wonderful dinner at Tuscany, our favorite restaurant here in Westlake Village.  A nice gazpatcho accompanied by a crisp Viognier, followed by an amazing trio of filets, rare, each prepared with a different sauce and vegetable, and a perfect '95 Cask 23 which we'd been saving for a special occasion.  Wrapped up with a chocolate hazelnut torte and a '60 Croft port.  Wow.

Quote of the day: "The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" --Margaret Thatcher.  [ via Instapundit ]

From the inimitable Scrappleface: McCain backs timeline to get Obama out of Iraq.  I love it!

This is so bogus: California to ban trans fats at restaurants.  WTF?  Since when is it the government's job to protect us from trans fats, (or anything else for that matter)?  Talk about a nanny state, what a waste of taxpayer money.  This is even worse than the ban on driving while holding a cellphone to your ear.  Meanwhile our public education sucks.  Help!

cutest momentGerard Vanderleun: cutest moment in the history of the world.  Pretty hard to argue :)

Aptera Typ-1 electric carFuturePundit notes Aptera typ-1 electric car nears production.  Looks cool, but of course "nears production" is pretty different from "is in production".  And it is projected to have only a 120 mile range.

And so we have a new entry in the search engine sweepstakes: Cuil.  I've been trying it (changed Firefox to use it as my default search engine) and I have to say, it's pretty cuil.  Overall I'm not sure it is better than Google, and I'm not sure it is sufficiently different either, but time will tell.  The key feature seems to be "grouping by category", which I must admit would be really useful if it works.   TechCrunch has more.



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