Long Time Coming! Welcome Home Sailor Stowe!

Here is the “welcome home” message to Reid, from the blogger @Sea-Fever Consulting, who also posted numerous previous articles (authored by Peter A. Mello).

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Reid Stowe by Beatrice de Gea for the NYTimes

This afternoon, after over three years at sea without coming ashore, Reid Stowe will return to his homeport of New York City. His story in today’s NY Times (A Record-Smashing Sea Journey, and Not for Its Speed – June 17, 2010) has a short (unembeddable 😦 ) video worth watching. Heck, he went to sea for over 1,100 days, least we can do is watch a 2 1/2 minute video about it.

I’ve met Reid on several occasions and written about this adventure a number of times; he definitely is an interesting guy who accomplished something extraordinary.

Welcome home and congratulations Reid! And please get a paint job underway on Schooner Anne, because she deserves it!

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Saudade da Bahia

This is a very helpful aricle, if you ever wanted to know the lyrics and the story behind the Bossa Nova song, “Saudade da Bahia” by Dorival Caymmi. I highly recommend listening to the song as well…

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Lyrics from “Saudade da Bahia” by Dorival Caymmi (1957, Odeon)

1973 footage of Caymmi singing “Saudade da Bahia,” aired in a tribute after his death on Aug. 16, 2008:

Ai,  what longing I feel for Bahia
Ai, if I’d listened to what mama said
“Dear, don’t go leaving your mother worried
We do as our heart commands
But this world is made up of malice and illusion”
Ai, if I’d listened, today I wouldn’t suffer
Ai, from this longing in my breast
Ai, if feeling longing is some sort of defect
I at least deserve the right
To have someone with whom I can confess
Put yourself in my place, and look how an unhappy man suffers
He had to unburden himself
Telling everyone that which no one says
See, what a situation
And see how a poor heart suffers
That poor guy who believes
That glory and money…

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FOUNDRY – Golden Cider

Unlike the author of “Up In Cider,” I like this apple cider very much. Here is my reply to said author. — If you had read more about the geographical link between an iron foundry and the brewery in Herefordshire, England, where this brand is made, you would have noticed that the design on the pint-sized can is quite clever, incorporating the concept of an anvil and an apple. What’s with the Apple fixation? There is no copyright on the image of a real apple that makes real cider!

The taste of Foundry Golden Cider is quite tart, the bubbles are only noticeable when pouring down the middle of the glass, and the aftertaste with lingering apple notes is very pleasant. This cider ranks 8.5/10 on my list. It also has a rich golden yellow tint in the glass that is quite appealing. All in all, a crisp, tasty cider, brewed according to the English method.

That’s my honest opinion, take it as you will. 🙂

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I don’t know what a golden shower feels like, but I anticipate this cider is nothing like it.

My trip to the Government Liquor store today didn’t give me very many cider options – just a few classics like Strongbow, Rock Creek, Okanagan Springs, and Growers… but there were two that caught my eye… This was one of them. Why did it catch my eye? It said “new product” beside it.

At only 4.5% alc./vol., this cider, imported from the U.K., goes down smooth like apple juice. In fact, it doesn’t have that weird cider aftertaste, an if given to a small child, they may just think it was apple juice. Apple Cider? Who would have thought!

The can has some weird story about a patio chair. Not my thing. Give me some fru-fru story instead. And the can looks like it is trying to rip off some sort of…

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