Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 08:59 AM.

You’ve probably heard of Stonehenge.  Avebury is also an arrangement of three stone circles from prehistoric times.  Silbury Hill is a mound of chalk in the same area from a long long time ago.

Maybe the fellows who built all these monuments were just bored or having some sort of contest.  I really don’t think the Martians did it.

I’ll just handle 51 in my own way.

My Daddy was in the Navy and he taught us the basic terms associated with boats, knots and Fletcher Class Destroyers.  It was interesting for me as a little boy when he would point to a gun on a Revell plastic model of the USS The Sullivans and say, “this was my gun.”

My Daddy sat under a gun and fired it when he needed to fire it.  He taught me about knots and the square knot is about the only one I remember.  I know the “bow” was the front of the ship and the “stern” was the back-end of the ship.  I also know if you are looking toward the front of the ship, the “port side” is the left and the “starboard side” is the right.

These terms are important in understanding what I am about to describe because I don’t want to use inappropriate words.

With less than a week before my birthday, I have had a couple of notable “sailing experiences.”  The first happened over the weekend when I was getting to sleep late for a change.  It was nice. 

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