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"Only two things are infinite--the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Avast ye scurvy dogs!

Finals begin tomorrow. I feel pretty confident about one, not so confident on the other two. But I think I'll do well enough to pass. I hope. Anyway, quite a while back I developed a little "system" for test preparation. One of the most important things I do is to take a complete day right before the test to not study. That's right, I find something fun and relaxing and don't even think about the exam or subject matter. So that's what I did today.

sails up 3You may (or probably not) recall that last year I took a look-see at the Privateer Lynx during its Monterey stopover. Some of the imagery in my pics I really, really liked. Unfortunately, I later discovered that my camera had a slight problem, and has been throwing an errant red splotch in all my photos. Somewhat annoying. Since I recently inherited my sister's camera, I figured it might be a good idea to try and re-create some of that imagery. And the Lynx's stop in Monterey happened to be this weekend. Perfect timing. So, I took my relaxation day to wander out and tour the boat, along with wandering around Monterey & Cannery Row while I was out that way. This time (as you can see from this year's photos) I was smart enough to reposition my vantage point after the dockside tour to get some good shots of the ship under sail. I also took some short videos of the ship as it deployed the sails, viewable here.

All in all, it was a nice, relaxing day. Though I was disappointed that I was unable to recreate some of my favorite shots. They must have had a different crew this year--the ropes were tied differently (and less elegantly), the life-boat was stowed on deck rather than towed, and the small pintle-mounted cannons were not present. Oh well. It was still worth the time.

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