Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Rio Grande Sailing Club update

From: "Art Bouffard" < >
Subject: October Social for RGSC Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 10:05:34 -0600

The October Social for the Rio Grande Sailing Club will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at Buzz and Kari's home in Placitas at 6:30 pm.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverages and a dish sufficient to share with others.

A special "fun" program is being planned (we hope)!

...April's social (yes, April) will be at Perry Abernethy's.


Based on responses to e-mails, it looked like the sailing clinic, fun races, or other club activities weren't going to happen after all last weekend. (A couple of nice exceptions: Rich took some New Mexico Tech students out on Saturday, including a new sailor gal, and Chuck Arasim and William Guenther enjoyed a sail on Kilo Whiskey.)

Our family did a boat swap at the Butte and hauled a boat out for critical repairs. Our weekend became interesting when the fuel pump failed on our Expedition en route to Mexico with eight hungry sailors on board. But, as a result, we did wind up seeing an orchard farm and meeting a whole lot of fascinating critters.

(A note for mast-up users: the mast-up lot is reserved for mast-up storage of renters' boats and in accordance with the storage contract. The southeast corner of the lot opposite the gate is reserved for larger boats that are more difficult to maneuver in and out of the lot. Mast-up users should be trained in operation of the mule.)

Don't forget the social on Thursday, October 26, and the start of the fall racing series on Saturday, October 28.

Thanks to all the folks who have already returned ballots for the RGSC election. If you haven't, don't forget!

Pat Byrnes


Elephant Butte Lake Conditions for Wednesday, October 18, 2006

4,329.70 feet elevation above benchmark
380,191 acre feet
Up 2-1/2 inches and 2,441 acre feet in 24 hours.
Up 8-1/2 inches and 6,876 acre feet in less than 72 hours.

The San Marcial Floodway is flowing at 418 cubic feet per second.
The Rio Grande at San Acacia is flowing at 1,170 c.f.s. No water is leaving the dam.

The lake is at the same level it was at on May 2nd. It is within five feet of the level it was at on January 1st (4,334.06 ', 430,410 a.f.) It is within ten feet of the highest level it achieved during spring runoff (4,339.88 ' , 503,030 a.f. on March 5th).

A thoughtful quiz:
From: "Braxton Merritt
Subject: FW: FW: 2 TOUGH QUESTIONS Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 11:44:21 -0600 Organization: Texas Realty ________________________________________

Answer the next two questions.

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one who was mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.

Here are the facts about the three candidates.

Candidate A

Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologer.
He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B

He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C

He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be our choice?

Decide first... no peeking, then scroll down for the response.


Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Candidate B is Winston Churchill.

Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:

If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Wait till you see the end of this note! Keep reading...

Never be afraid to try something new.

Amateurs... built the ark.
Professionals... built the Titanic

And finally, can you imagine working for an organization that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year...

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It's the 535 members of the United States Congress.


At 9:47 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Tillerman said...

Ha ha. But sadly you are perpetuating an urban legend. Beethoven was not born to a woman who "had 8 kids already." Although his mother gave birth a total of eight times during her lifetime, Ludwig was only her third child. (Her first two children, one from a previous marriage, both died in infancy.)

At 1:50 PM, October 23, 2006, Blogger Pat said...

Let the truth be known!

According to, :

The Beethoven example is egregiously misleading. Beethoven was born well over two hundred years ago, in an era when the infant mortality was quite high by modern standards, and even infants who survived were often afflicted with serious health problems.... Offering an 18th century example in a 20th century setting is a very poor way of making a serious point.

Also, Beethoven was not born to a woman who "had 8 kids already." Although his mother, Maria Magdalena Laym (nee Kewerich) gave birth a total of eight times during her lifetime, Ludwig was only her third child. (Her first two children, one from a previous marriage, both died in infancy.)

And, as for our Fuhrer pal,

.... by selectively choosing which facts to report, you can make just about anyone look good or bad....

....facts offered out of context can be more misleading than no facts at all: Hitler's diet was primarily vegetarian throughout the latter part of his life; however, he didn't adopt a vegetarian diet for moral reasons, but because he suffered from gastric problems.

Still, some of the semantic trickery used here makes this a rather poor example. Hitler had affairs with several women (some of whom died under mysterious circumstances), but they weren't technically "extramarital" affairs because he wasn't married....


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