Tumultuous Uproar

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Not-a-sailboat

15 November 2018
Years ago, our Limey friend, Glyn Livermore introduced us to his phone app, “Not a Hot Dog.” He tried to entertain us with the endless possibilities of this ingenious app. All he had to do is aim his phone's camera at something. The app would instantly identify the target as “That's a hot dog!” or “Not a hot dog.” Occasionally it would say, “May be a hot dog.” None of us were particularly hungry. But if we were starved for mystery meat in the shape of a tube, that app would be quite useful. Such is British humor.

But Glyn would chortle and guffaw at the verdict of whatever NAHD was aimed at. ….That was about five years ago.

Recently, Lisa and I rented a scooter to ride around Moorea, French Polynesia. World over there are ubiquitous cell phone towers. But on Moorea, they often decorate them with plastic palm tree fronds. As we rode around Moorea, I would point out to Lisa, “Not a palm tree.” We instantly remembered where that came from.

Ken and Missy visited Uproar for two weeks in the FP Society Islands. We were all at one time or another puzzled by Glyn's entertaining NAHD app. The British humor seemed to come alive in these islands. Suddenly we encountered, “Not a shark, not a Harley, not snow, etc.”

On Tahiti, we rented a huge Wrangler-something that was “trail rated.” Good thing as we punished it on the mountain pass. Or rather it punished us. Actually it was the right tool for the job. But you should have seen our combined efforts to remove the top and re-install it. “Not a useful vehicle!”

Ken and Missy's last day in Tahiti started off with shopping in the marketplace. Missy pulled me aside and said, “You need to take Ken out on the water.” Mais oui! Ken and I loaded snorkeling gear in our dinghy and headed out to some reef buoys in the harbor. As we approached the turquoise water, we looked at each other and said, “Not a shopping trip!” How true! We enjoyed some beautiful and unusual snorkeling.

Thanks Glyn, we are living “Not a normal lifestyle!” And great that you aren't either!
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Vessel Name: Tumultuous Uproar
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 42s7
Hailing Port: Milwaukee, WI
Crew: Russ Whitford & Lisa Alberte plus Sophie our Jack Russell Terrier
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