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    06-06-2023, 03:16 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Duck Trap Wherry in Building / Repair
    That's a beauty of a boat--congratulations! Tom
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    06-06-2023, 12:52 PM
    ^^^ Interesting times. I'll be curious to see how things go from here. Tom
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    06-06-2023, 12:50 PM
    Doesn't matter, does it? The information needed to answer the question is in the riddle. Either question. The essential basis of the puzzle is the...
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    06-06-2023, 12:46 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Non-apology in The Bilge
    I don't even know what "topic" you think you are on about. The thread title suggests the topic is your perception that skuthorp's apology was...
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    06-06-2023, 12:38 PM
    Good to see the Lake Pepin Messabout is still going--thanks for posting! I haven't been to this for a long time--maybe 10+ years? Too long. Tom
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    06-06-2023, 12:34 PM
    Water in Wisconsin marshes is typically clean, but very dark--stained by tannins, not muddy. But definitely they are often stream-based, like this: ...
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    06-06-2023, 12:13 PM
    A few more thoughts: Ross Lillistone has great plans (Phoenix III/First Mate)--very detailed and accurate in my experience. Also YouTube videos to...
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    06-05-2023, 10:31 PM
    Very nice! It reminds me very much of some of the Wisonsin marshes I've explored by boat. Some pretty narrow bits there, but in the wider parts you...
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    06-05-2023, 03:24 PM
    There's a self-draining motor well in the plans for the Phoenix III--not sure if First Mate also includes this. So yes, a small outboard would be...
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    06-05-2023, 02:50 PM
    I don't suppose too many people will be surprised to see me suggest Ross Lillistone's Phoenix III design--a great boat that I've sailed lots of miles...
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    06-05-2023, 01:17 PM
    I think the people being fooled by the egg baskets and bananas puzzle are the ones who think it is ambiguous. Sure, there's some trickery there. But...
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    06-05-2023, 12:55 PM
    No. The "I" can't be defined as either the father OR the son. The only accurate definition is that he is both "this man's father" AND his own...
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    06-05-2023, 12:14 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Non-apology in The Bilge
    As a teacher, I do not feel the need to start a thread complaining about a perceived lack of sincerity in a public apology. That seems to be the...
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    06-05-2023, 12:06 PM
    Nope. No ambiguity whatsoever. The "I" in the riddle has to be the father of the "this man" in the puzzle. It's quite straightforward. Tom
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    06-04-2023, 10:54 PM
    Thanks--I'm not a bit worried about my own safety in Poland. I suspect in many ways it's far safer than the U.S. Tom
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    06-04-2023, 10:39 PM
    Tacking won't be a huge inconvenience if a rope horse/traveler works well. The sail is basically self-tending then, just push the tiller over and...
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    06-04-2023, 01:18 PM
    You're both right. The "I" in that riddle is "this man's father." Simple as that. No trick question. Inflatable donkeys all around! Tom
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    06-04-2023, 01:16 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Non-apology in The Bilge
    I'm not so sure, John. You knew what the price was for the result you wanted. You got that result. Why should your lawyer get paid less because he...
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    06-04-2023, 01:05 PM
    Not really a traditional rig in the (former) colonies, is it? But I like it a lot. It's still kind of a toss-up for me whether I like it better than...
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    06-04-2023, 03:07 AM
    Yep. But there is an answer in your second paragraph and it's relatively simple--no trick question here. Tom
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    06-04-2023, 03:05 AM
    Doesn't sound good, does it? I did get U.S. state department warnings about the protests--but I won't be anywhere near Warsaw. Tom
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    06-04-2023, 03:03 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread epic moon tonight in The Bilge
    Probably "Sea Fever"? I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and the sky; And all I ask is a tall ship And a star to steer her...
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    06-04-2023, 02:11 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Swedish Houseboats in The Bilge
    I wonder how you get on the boat if you park with the door facing away from the dock. Keeps the Jehovah's Witnesses away for sure, but it'd be nice...
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    06-04-2023, 02:08 AM
    Bump this in case it got lost in the "penultimate" discussion.
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    06-04-2023, 02:07 AM
    I learned this way back in 9th grade Latin, where the "penult" is the second-last syllable in a Latin word, where the stress in pronunciation...
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    06-04-2023, 02:01 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread epic moon tonight in The Bilge
    Alfred Noyes--"The Highwayman" The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,...
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    06-04-2023, 01:52 AM
    It'd be nice if you managed to leave a few Bilge threads out of the feud you're desperately trying to keep going, even after a public apology from...
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    06-04-2023, 01:45 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Discuss in The Bilge
    That's a pretty good summary of the double slit experiment, the gateway to all quantum weirdness. Tom
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    06-04-2023, 01:42 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Non-apology in The Bilge
    The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Teaching is a moral undertaking. I would quickly stop showing up for work if my paychecks suddenly...
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    06-04-2023, 01:40 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Non-apology in The Bilge
    I will apologize to you, Lee--then you can start an attack thread on me. Here goes: I'm sorry, Lee. :) Tom
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