Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 2 blog for jessica

Hi Jessica,Yay Grandma!!!
I'm glad you're not in the Gulf, the Iranians have arrested a sailing crew for venturing ONLY 500 metres into their waters. Now that is tough if the wind is up. Politics and sport are like oil and water.
I also notice that the blog tips are getting weirder as you head out of those dulldrums(sic) bound for the cooler climes...♥Samurai sounds like a rager, she even gives tips on throwing up, lol."I got to the point where I'd sussed out what tasted better on the way out and 2 minute noodles were up there along with Sao crackers." ♣Bruce from Brisvegas is still telling us to eat Kiwi Fruit, you have to eat them quick in summer before they bloat, lol. ♣Richard in Marylands' tip on holding down the ctrl key while hitting the plus key to enlarge a piccy was a beauty.This tip would've solved the query by many of what the present from Grandma was, lol. Mountains of swiss(ish) chocolate.
5000nm already! You are flying along, not much sitting around for you.I see that December 17 is the estimate for the roaring fortie. I betcha can't wait, catchya L8er.

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