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Old 01-07-2014, 09:45 AM   #16481
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Addie, they are the ones who actually live in England. So who are we to say that we are right and they are wrong?
Carol, I once read a book written by a person who was transported to England during WWII. It was all about his adventures in learning English, the British way. It was hilarious. When it came to the word "rubber", I must have giggled for the next couple of days every time I thought of it.

I was married to an Englishman, and it was a couple of months before I figured out what a nappy was.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:08 AM   #16482
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Let us know how it works. I wouldn't think a pretzel stick would be strong enough to insert into a meatball without breaking.
If you bake them instead of frying, the outside will stay much softer. Thus the pretzel should be able to penetrate easily. Or you could just make a small hole for a starter.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:17 AM   #16483
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I love the English folks dearly, but do we really speak the same language?
We do, but 200+ years of divergence have taken a toll
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:54 AM   #16484
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OK, that's it. I just turned on all my INCANDESCENT light bulbs downstairs in an effort to generate more heat.
You won't be saying that in another year. Try to stay warm around a green bulb.
By the time I run out of incandescent light bulbs global warming will have kicked in and my apartment will have an ocean view!
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:02 AM   #16485
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By the time I run out of incandescent light bulbs global warming will have kicked in and my apartment will have an ocean view!
Yes, I really need to stock up.
And 100 watt bulbs are getting all but impossible to find around here.
I'll go to fluorescent fixtures before I try those green bulbs again.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:32 AM   #16486
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Had a nap attack, just now waking up, again.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:09 PM   #16487
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Yes, I really need to stock up.
And 100 watt bulbs are getting all but impossible to find around here.
I'll go to fluorescent fixtures before I try those green bulbs again.
I've stockpiled a bunch of incandescents of all different wattages. Will have to inventory the 100 watters.

Nice having another day off, got all my vacation laundry put away and the suitcases cleaned out. DH is on his own with his mountain of clothes.
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:07 PM   #16488
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. Then as you go farther north, the accents change and can be very difficult to understand.

I love the English folks dearly, but do we really speak the same language?
Spent an evening with a Scotsman some time ago.. it was hell in the beginning, but the more scotch whiskey I had the better I understood Alan.. maybe you soak in the language with the whiskey?
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:12 PM   #16489
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Thank you all for your kind words about Papa's gift! I love this locket!

Papa called today, and he's in Constanta. Catina is listing 9 degrees to her port side, and the bilge pumps are running and he and the crew are trying to right her.

Catina is too old, I fear. She was built in 1929 and has had very many overhauls even to her keel. I asked Papa if I could say something to express an opinion of Catina, and he said it was now my place to do so from now on about everything!!

So I just bubbled out, "Papa, you really need a new boat. You are worrying Mamma and me to death when you're on her. I love you and I don't want anything to happen to you. You can salvage her engines and many parts of her, scrap the rest and get a better vessel. Your crew will appreciate it also, and their families, I'm sure."

He was very quiet, then he said, "You aren't finished. Go on."

So I did! I told him the wheelhouse windows leaked and with all the electronics in there, one nasty wave through a window would leave her dead in the water, except for her sails which weren't much help because when the wheelhouse was retrofitted, she lost two of her sails anyway. The rudder has always been too small, making her slow to turn even with the newer engines and her tracking system is so old she may as well have an abacus and a sextant which would be more accurate.

He listened, then he said, "You're right, Cat. Her time has come and gone. But you're going to help me build the new Catina this year. This one will be all yours."

I feel so sorry for him. He said he's keeping the crew on their full salary until they get back to fishing in the 2015 season, because they will help him also. I love the way Papa inspires loyalty. Most fishing vessels pay the crew upon how much they catch during the season, but Papa has always said, "It's not the crew's fault the captain of the boat picks a bad place to fish."

So Catina will be tugged to a dry dock and taken apart. It's very sad, but it has to be done. I'm doing some research now to see of specifications for a keel. Papa wants a larger vessel, perhaps 240 - 280 feet.

That is almost the size of a Navy destroyer or small missile boat. I wonder if one could find the hull and keel of one of these and refit it without the superstructure? Does the Navy sell these things? Does anyone know of this?

I have a lot of work to do!

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Old 01-07-2014, 02:20 PM   #16490
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Cat, you have certainly taken on a big task. Just keep your sensible head on and remember the cost. I know you want Papa to have the best. But "more" is not always the best. My second husband was a commercial fisherman. So I know what your are undertaking. Good luck and do keep us informed of how it is all going and what length you decide on. BTW, how many men in the crew?
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