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Post 1

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

DG:

This is a beautiful action shot. There's a sermon illustration in there somewhere. I should send it to the pastor so he'll stop using football analogies.


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Post 2

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

"I've been doing fine since I left Lake Itasca, but now there's this! smiley - cross


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Caiman raptor elk - Yes, but what if the box is REALLY big?

I like the shot as it is.

It does give me a sad feeling though, as I have seen someone drown in a bigger version of this kind of spillway (years ago). The guy paddled into the falling water from below and got caught. His life jacket prevented him from leaving the tumbling water at the bottom.
Never underestimate the power of water, is all I want to say.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

That's very sad. smiley - sadface


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Post 5

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

So there's actually a case where a lifejacket prevented rescue? smiley - huh


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Post 6

Caiman raptor elk - Yes, but what if the box is REALLY big?

Yes there is, unfortunately.

In winter conditions (low water temperatures), there is an obligation to wear an inflatable life jacket at our rowing club. We used to have the type that inflates automatically when submerged (dissolving salt tablet kind) but someone found out that in windy conditions it was very difficult to swim against the wind, so now we have changed to a type where you have to pull a string to inflate it only when you want it to.


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Post 7

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

I'm interested in the idea of boating "the hard way." I'm not sure there's even an easy way. smiley - huh


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Caiman raptor elk - Yes, but what if the box is REALLY big?

I do like to row with some of the elements to challenge me (wind, waves, flowing water, even some rain doesn't hurt) but not in excess, because I don't see where I'm going unless I look over my shoulder.

I may have already mentioned my 1 hour kayak rental adventure somewhere. When asking the rental guy how long we should paddle upstream to get back in time, he answered "55 minutes". We did that and were back early… Those 55 minutes probably count as "boating the hard way".


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Post 9

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - rofl

I have a grudge against canoes. One time, Elektra and I went canoeing in the Nighthoover River. This was when we were at university and visiting for a weekend.

The river was low. We kept getting stuck on big flat rocks in the river. We kept having to get out and lift the canoe over the rocks. As a result, I lost my wallet out of my jeans pocket. And it had our bus tickets home in it.

We had to cadge a ride back to Pittsburgh. Mrs Hoggett, who was dating Farmer Hoggett at the time, borrowed his car for the purpose - a real clunker.

We hadn't got far down the road when we heard unusual noises coming from the dashboard. We stopped to investigate, but we figured it out when we saw the furry tail peeking down from under the steering wheel.

Once we'd got the cat out, it was pretty smooth driving.

Another time in a less friendly river, I almost drowned in a canoeing mishap, but the moral of that was: don't go canoeing with German literary historians, they're useless in boats.


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Post 10

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

My father was an avid canoeist, but he had no patience. My family would accompany him on canoe trips, and he would gripe about the way I was paddling. smiley - cross That put me off canoeing.


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Post 11

Caiman raptor elk - Yes, but what if the box is REALLY big?

Rowing Lake Geneva with 6+ Beaufort winds is also something I intend to avoid in the future.


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Post 12

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - snork You and Lord Byron, Caiman. I think that was his stomping ground...

And I agree, Paul. Many, many people have been put off things they might have enjoyed doing by impatient parents.


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Post 13

Caiman raptor elk - Yes, but what if the box is REALLY big?

I didn't see Vlad Dracul there, but maybe he only frequents the Lounge of the Societé Nautique de Geneve after all the scruffy rowing teams have left and opulence has been restored.


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Caiman raptor elk - Yes, but what if the box is REALLY big?

Oh, hang on, that was Frankenstein, not Dracul.

I did see Frankenstein. He was rowing in one of the competing boats.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - rofl


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Post 16

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

I'm glad Frankenstein was on hand. Igor is, too.


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