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7/12/2017 · 4:22 pm· Trouble · Half of Us Are Wrong or in the Alternative, Half of Us Are Right
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8/26/2008

I’m Da Man!

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:08 pm

Thanks to Eeyore for the heads up to this funky algorithm. It alleges to estimate your gender based on your URL browsing history. The guy who created it is very upfront about his methodology, and you can certainly understand the logic he used. However – and this is a big HOWEVER – it scored your legally feminine Innkeeper as 94% male! Yikes.

Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 6%
Likelihood of you being MALE is 94%

I swear – it’s pronounced J-mee, not Hi-may! In case you’ve forgotten, I was named after the Bionic WOMAN. Woman. Nuh-nuh-nuhnananah.

8/9/2008

Sailing Alone Around the World

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:31 pm

Sailing alone around the world. Sounds intimidating, exciting, daunting. It’s been done though. Captain (and crew) Joshua Slocum did…in 1900. Alone. Had he not kept meticulous records, and subsequently written a book about it, I would have no way of imagining such an endeavor.

Regular Beachcombers know I really enjoy a good sailing story. I tend to favor fiction, but in this case, Captain Slocum’s book, Sailing Alone Around the World, is enjoyable non-fiction. It’s a bit heavy with sailing terms and descriptions, but if that bothers you, you can easily gloss over it and not miss much.

What I particularly enjoyed about Slocum’s book is that he has a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor, and it surfaces frequently. His calls for ‘all-hands’ on deck and references to the ‘crew’ of the Spray are a great running joke. I also enjoyed the fact that he had a rather progressive* view on foreign cultures. There are a lot of American writers from this era that come off as racists in modern terms because of their ignorant views on foreigners. His decades of travel experience, and subsequent knowledge, are well in apparent in Slocum’s world view. It was quite refreshing to read.

Well, I now have my obligatory summer sailing book done. I’m sticking with the obligatory summer themes and am now moving on to the guilty-pleasure of legal/crime/drama. This time it’s John Grisham’s The Firm. This is one of the remaining books from the last library book sale I was at. Good thing another’s coming up later this month. I’ll be able to pick up this fall’s reading.

*I am using this term more in its authentic historical sense, and not the currently hijacked by the Democratic party sense.

Olympics, anyone?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 4:35 am

I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with the Olympics, necessarily (if only because the word ‘obsessed’ holds certain negative connotations).

I have, however, already watched boxing, badminton, judo, rowing, sailing, and saber. The opening ceremonies were less than 24 hours ago – which of course, I watched as well.

Obsessed really just isn’t the right word. I also ask you disregard the early hour of this post…

Are you watching, Beachcombers?

8/5/2008

Voter No. 19

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:39 pm

Today was the run-off election for the Georgia primaries. For those of us that voted in the Democratic primary on July 15th, we were now invited to come back to vote for the U.S. Senate spot and our local District Attorney.

Being obsessed about having perfect voter attendance (among other reasons), Mike and I headed into our local voting precinct around 5:30 this evening. The four poll workers there seemed overjoyed to have someone new to talk to. They were clearly bored. One of them was reading a novel called, “Crack Head”.

After we completed the amazingly simple (and fast) process, we chatted up the poll workers a bit. We always like to ask how the day’s turn out has been. We learned it was a sad, sad day in our precinct – Mike and I were voters numbered 18 and 19. Yikes! Only 17 other freaking people in my area even bothered to vote? How immensely pathetic. Too bad for you Chatham County. Mike and I now rule you. We voted and you didn’t.

Mike calls this ‘vote concentrate’. Quite a good term for it. The less people that vote, the more mine counts. Hawhaw.

8/4/2008

A Day In the Life

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:46 pm

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has passed. The minute percentage of us with degrees in history have taken a moment of sadness and recollection. The rest of you can mark another point for your dear Innkeeper on the 2008 Death Pool. Three, Beachcombers, T-H-R-E-E. Can you believe that? I’m in the lead again. I do almost scare me.

8/2/2008

Vocabulary Lesson

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:40 am

I stumble across new words in unusual places. I’m certain I’m not alone in this. With today’s amped up connectivity, we all have the opportunity to pick up words from other languages, and if we feel like it, make them our own. I don’t know if tonight’s lesson will be as lofty, but it is worthy enough to tell you Beachcombers about it.

While sending an email earlier tonight, I invoked to my ultra-hokeyness and typed the word ‘sheesh’. Being a savvy Firefox user*, I was alerted to the fact that I may have incorrectly typed ‘sheesh’. You see, Firefox has a built-in spell-check. I had not misspelled it, however. Sheesh somehow missed their standard dictionary.

What was most amusing about this, however, was the fact that Firefox suggested to me that I may have intended to use the word ‘baksheesh’. Baksheesh?! Seriously? That instantly was defined by me as ‘illegal intoxicant’ or ‘interesting, non-western, board game’. What did you think when you read that? Would you believe I was wrong on both counts?

Turns out baksheesh merely means a ‘tip’ or ‘gratuity’ in Persian/Middle East. A lot of build up for a whole lot of nothing.

Leave your baksheesh on the tables, Beachcombers. I’ll be here all night.

*Are you still using IE? Stop. Stop it now. You’re embarrassing yourself and the web just doesn’t function as well in IE. Give Firefox a shot.

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