Saturday Morning at Ray’s

Ray's Jazz Cafe

We’re enjoying a Saturday morning break at Ray’s Jazz Cafe, which is inside the classic Foyle’s Bookstore in downtown London. We got up early and had breakfast at the Borough Market, walked across the Millenium Bridge, and after this we plan to visit the “Forbidden Planet” bookstore.

Wife and kids are reading at the moment (Wolf Totem, Warrior Cats, Still Cruising) while I tap away on a Samsung NC20 netbook and a Vodaphone 3G wireless stick. My book is The Long Way, by Bernard Moitessier.

Bernard Moitessier is considered one of the true sea gurus of the 1970s. In the first round-the-world, single-handed sailing race, he was winning, but then he decided facing the crowds and prize money and honors would be too much of a drag. He was enjoying the oceans too much, and sailed another halfway around the world to land in Tahiti. Hmmm.

His book is half sailing and half poetry, and near religious connections with the wind, seas and sea life. He may have had weak connections with society, but he was truly connected with his boat and life on the sea. His equilibrium was his own.

We made some good progress this week on tech issues. Zimbra is evolving nicely, and we now have email, calendars and contacts running the way we like on iPhones. I like how Outlook is working. I like how OS X Mail works, and iCal. And even the browser version of Zimbra is really useful.

For now, though, back to the southern oceans, a small boat, and a single sailor.

Bernard Moitessier

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