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- Print Length: 270 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615220339
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- Publisher: Book Bums Publishing; 1 edition (June 25, 2008)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2008
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B003DTMSMS
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His years as a trader in the Chicago Stock Exchange gave him boundless confidence and daring. He was lucky enough to be married to a woman who shares his fearless approach to life. She LITERALLY "can't boil an egg" but she's so photogenic that she was chosen to star in a National Geographic documentary. They are perfectly matched - happy to eat at Taco Bell every day, but able to manage on sodas and Doritos when the going gets tough. This is a match made in Junk Food Heaven.
I bet this book ruffled some feathers among the snooty cruising crowd and I almost wet myself laughing several times when he described the herd mentality and mindless idiocy of some of the people who are so proud of being "full-time sailors." Most of those people are middle-aged and well-financed. Sadly, instead of encouraging young folks to be adventurous, they seem to be insulted that youngsters have the nerve to buck the system. I've read of other young sailing couples who met with similar attitudes. I suspect that the retirees (of whom I am one) feel that the young folks haven't "earned" their freedom. What a silly attitude.
I enjoyed this book enormously and I developed a great affection and admiration for this young couple. I hope Patrick keeps having adventures and writing about them. He's an inspiration and a very entertaining guy.
Warning to future wannabes: It is not recommended to do it as naive as they did it!
After reading the entirety of it, I can say that I understand how some people might find certain parts to be derogatory to the "cruising community", but really, it does not make it bothersome to read in any way. Understand that the cruising community seems to be made up of mostly senior citizens living their retirement dream and then thrust a couple of younger folks into the middle of it who have never had children and don't cook, either. Then perhaps you can understand the generational and situational gap that it creates.
That said, I got the impression that overall, Pat and Ali are not the most social creatures. Even after lengthy passages, they would generally be looking for a private anchorage for just the two of them to enjoy rather than looking for people to meet.
Some reviewers took issue with the fact that they were not into cooking and eating healthy. Big deal. We cook almost every night in our house, but to each their own.
In the end, there was nothing extremely personal revealed throughout the story, but you get a sense that Pat and Ali learned something about life through their travels and are better off for having taken a chance and done something most people do not have the courage (or the cash!) to do. Bravo.
There were moments of brilliance.... moments. Maybe you should keep your day job run away from those pesky cruisers who keep asking you the same question and go back to being a trader because you aren't the kind of guy we want on the water among us... you know, the people who scrimped and saved their whole life to enjoy their golden years.
It was a shame... what a waste. You had such a good chance to do something brilliant.
hor is constantly puzzled by other sailor inability to identify him as a fellow sailor. His own narrative shows that buying a boat, sailing it around the world (and without emotion selling the boat a week later), does not make you a sailor. I learned nothing from this read about sailing, but more about what you can achieve with bucket loads of cash. It reminded me that you can climb Mt Everest by paying other people to do everything for you except walk. This narrative describes a total lack of emotion for the task of sailing your own boat around the world. It lacks feeling, commitment and investment of any kind except in money.
What it does do is open the door for green skin sailors to take on massive challenge, but take care doing this on anything less than a near-New, very large cruising catamaran with twin engines, furling sails and GPS.
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