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Sacramento, California, United States
so salty pieces of coral from surfing Hawaii in the 60's and 70's getting reef pounded living in my body fall through my skin from time to time!

sailing to Oahu

Jimi Hendrix was playing on Oahu. I had never sailed. Surfed Mexico, California, Hawaii! Aw, how hard could it be to sail 90-110 miles from Kauai to Oahu? Piece of cake, right? Remember it was the 60's! This is so bad. We thought we were looking at Kaiena Point,Ohau, knowing we weren't going to make the concert! But at least we were in site of Oahu-wrong! Coy, who had never sailed before, me,who had never sailed before, jeff and Abbott etc. We were looking at the sleeping giant on Kauai! We had done three-sixty's in the night! We sailed on the only tri-marran I've ever sailed on ( except later ) in my life, missed the concert! It was at the Waikiki Shell Ampitheater ( Moon eclipsed . We finally made Nawilwili Harbor! The Skipper tried to give us his boat saying, " It's trying to kill me"! We watched him go stark raving mad not even realising that had we got caught in the channel current we were on our way to Japan! Remember it was the 60's and we were going to see Hendrix. I left out some of the good stuff but I will make up for it later!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Malaria Makes Me Sick!!!

I thought a lot of things. Yes. I had heard of a disease I thought was extinct. I also had a youthful, very strong opinion that I was immortal. Put these thoughts in your mind and then do exactly what you feel like after you hear this story! My friend Phil, fell into my arms in the cockpit of " Guinevere " in the Solomon Islands! I caught him as he passed out of a waking existence! He said to me " Robbie I don't feel very--y-y go-- " and I literally caught him in my arms and yelled "Dave "! Dave Laurie is master of the vessel! He comes topside and we go ashore to a doctor's office to assess the degree of Phil's illness. We are in the Solomon Islands. Dirt floor doctor's office with a bunson burner diagnosed malaria. Wow I was impressed! The " Church of England " has missionaries " like the " Mormons " everywhere! Is this the best they can do? Well, Dave and myself had been doing nothing as far as taking preventitive medicine until Phil fell. Dave Laurie was sailing on Guinivere with his beautiful wife Leslie ( Legslie ) and his two children Amanda and Andrew. All were taking the pill of the day, malaprin, except the manly men! We don't need no stinking pills! Yea, right!! Phil, my friend, from Adelaide, Aus. had contracted cerebral malaria!! We put him on a plane from Gizo, Solomon Island. Dave and I, from the moment Phil fell started on a strict regimen of malaprin because we realized we are vulnerable. I visited Phil several years later with my wife and he still suffers from the disease. My next segment will explain how I contracted malaria! Remember! I started taking " The Pill"! So how could I come down with that infernal disease? Tune in next week for the continuing saga of " A Man With A Disease " !!!!

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