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Old 07-31-2015, 02:04 AM   #81
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Fair comment, Shrew.TF has nearly 11000 members. Some are sure to identify as gay. Let`s not cause offence.
Statistically, 220 - 330 of us!

Back to the original post, I'd like to add my phone to the list. It's got my chart plotter, my music, my TF app, and Towboat US on speed dial. A veritable Swiss Army knife of usefulness.
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:31 AM   #82
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Wifey B: Wow....I'd pass on the coffee although some of the others with us would jump on it, but pastries and croissants, yes yes yes. Newspapers? Are those the old timey paper things from before they were on the internet?
Wifey B, like Bruce mentuioned, early settlers in both NZ and Aussie were largely ex Brits, so mainly drank tea, and no-one had a clue as to how to make a really decent coffee. Then came that rather horrible stuff called liquid instant coffee - often blended with chickory, and later dry instant coffee, which were poor substitutes for the real thing, but just ok.
Then imigration from elsewhere and more travel ended up with real coffee, (not instant out of a can or jar), really taking off and becoming really popular.

Funnily enough, we had the idea virtually all Americans just drank coffee, and regarded tea as a very poor substitute in the main, whereas we still see tea as a really great drink, especially if you are really thirsty, whereas coffee doesn't really slake a thirst in quite the same way. All best drunk unsweetened of course, in which case both now have the tick of approval diet wise. I'm surprised now to find out how many Americans do like tea, but that's good.

As to newspapers. I get both the paper version and the iPad version of our local paper, and there is still nothing like hunkering down with the real thing. For mine, the iPad version is a real second best in my view.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:22 PM   #83
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As promised, here's a new perspective on Mark's head.

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Old 07-31-2015, 12:29 PM   #84
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:44 PM   #85
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E-Gads man, what does that place look like BEFORE he gets to work with the 8 jugs of cleaners?
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:08 PM   #86
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E-Gads man, what does that place look like BEFORE he gets to work with the 8 jugs of cleaners?
dunno....it's always clean when I see it!
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:46 PM   #87
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E-Gads man, what does that place look like BEFORE he gets to work with the 8 jugs of cleaners?

Mark's "yacht"(because Mark's boat just sounds foolish to any of us who've been aboard) came equipped with a closet full of Oompah Loompahs that come out and clean everything the moment you're no longer in the room. They are programmed to clean and polish everything they see at least 6 times per day.

My next boat will be similarly equipped.
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:53 PM   #88
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Mark's "yacht"(because Mark's boat just sounds foolish to any of us who've been aboard) came equipped with a closet full of Oompah Loompahs that come out and clean everything the moment you're no longer in the room. They are programmed to clean and polish everything they see at least 6 times per day.

My next boat will be similarly equipped.
And these Oompah Loompahs can be snuck into the country from where?
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And these Oompah Loompahs can be snuck into the country from where?

China obviously, it's where Mark had it shipped from
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China obviously
Hmmm...sounded more Samoan to me.
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It's strikes me funny to think of sitting down on Sat morning with my coffee and ipad instead of the Sat papers. It's just not on, unnatural one might say.
By the way there are now a few Aussies running their own coffee shops in New York and enlightening the locals to good coffee. Starbucks must be avoided at all costs.

No bottled water on my boat , I have stainless steel containers for personal water.
Plastic water is a blight on humanity.
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It's strikes me funny to think of sitting down on Sat morning with my coffee and ipad instead of the Sat papers. It's just not on, unnatural one might say.
By the way there are now a few Aussies running their own coffee shops in New York and enlightening the locals to good coffee. Starbucks must be avoided at all costs.

No bottled water on my boat , I have stainless steel containers for personal water.
Plastic water is a blight on humanity.
There are well over 100 coffee roasters in NZ (Pop:4.5 million) and least two kiwi roastery/cafes in London and one in Tokyo.
Possibly the best coffee in U.S. found in San Francisco at Cafe Trieste.
Reminds me of a cafe in Wellington, NZ that epitomises the Kiwi "coffee culture" and is the antithesis of Starbucks.
FYI we are not coffee obsessed!
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