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Was having fun riding along the Victoria waterfront today when I spotted this American Coast Guard Cutter visiting our beautiful city. Of course, I had to stop and take a picture with the Burgy in the foreground (I always keep a digital camera under the seat now). :D

http://burgmanusa.com/gallery/Vfdcaptain/Burgy_US_Cutter
 

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Thanks for these pics, Reg. They're beautiful. Nice scoot, too! :)
 

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Beautiful picture!
Thanks Reg.
 

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That's an awesome pic :D
 

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Reg, just thought you might like to know that American Coast Guard ship you saw is the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis which at that time was home ported in Honolulu. 378' high endurance cutter which is primarily used in peace time for drug interdiction, search and rescue and homefront security. I spent 3 years on her sister ship, Coast Guard Cutter Rush out of Seattle, WA.

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Thanks for the info Buzz, I thought it made a great background. :)

Flintbobbi, I use a Nikon D-70 digital SLR for pictures that require any kind of action - as it is an instant on, instant shoot camera (like a 35 mm film camera). I really like it and the price has fallen by $300 in the last year. The new model is the D-70s.

I also own a Canon G-3, a "point & shoot" camera that is usually kept in the trunk of my 650. It's not great for action shots, as it takes time to focus and lock onto the target, but it does take beautiful pictures. I use it when travelling light or for taking pictures of things that are not moving fast (or at all). :D

I recommend a D-70s if you're shooting pictures of kids. It comes with a great "kit lens" and with a 3 shot per second rate, it will keep up with the action as well as any film camera. You can also buy a huge assortment of lenses for it. I would also check out the new Nikon D-50 and the great assortment of Canon SLR's & 'point & shoots'.

They all just keep getting better and less expensive. Here is more info to help you out:

http://www.dpreview.com/

http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html

http://www.megapixel.net/html/reviews.php

My favorite site on all things digital is Ken Rockwell's site. There is so much information on his site, it could take you awhile to get through it. He shoots from the hip and tells it like it is - no BS, just the straight facts!

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech.htm

Hope this all helps you. 8)
 

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As a 9 year veteran of the U.S. Navy, I can't help but tell a Coast Guard joke.

Why does the Coast Guard only hire people that are over 6 feet tall?

Answer: So if the ship sinks, they can walk back to shore.

:)
 

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bechtoea said:
As a 9 year veteran of the U.S. Navy,
:)
In my book 9 years and the term veteran are almost an oxymoron - done tours near as long as that!

Washed up, old, Royal Navy 'has been' - 34 years!! :lol:
 

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WOW!!! 34 years!!?? So, how many sails did the first ship you were on have?

;)

Shiver me timbers...if Norm gets ahold of me, I'll be keelhaulled for sure!!
 

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NormanB said:
bechtoea said:
As a 9 year veteran of the U.S. Navy,
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In my book 9 years and the term veteran are almost an oxymoron - done tours near as long as that!

Washed up, old, Royal Navy 'has been' - 34 years!! :lol:
Well, I can only claim one week on the Navy. :lol:

A buddy and I got a week long ride on a Fast Frigate as civilian observers. It was the Captain's first cruise after taking command, and he was a little suspicious about a civilian Psychologist being given space on board. I think he had fitness-report nightmares for the whole week.

It worked to our advantage because he had every officer spend a day showing us his department. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I came away with increased appreciation for the personal sacrifices made by Navy personnel. Every one of them was smart, well-trained and dedicated.
 

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Well trained and dedicated I can see, but I don't know if my wife would believe the smart part.

Thanks!!
 

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Well, well Bechtoea, let me see here. I enlisted in 1968 and retired 12/1/89. The Coast Guard started out as the Revinue Cutter Service in 1790 and I would l would guess that your joke was OLD NEWS around the turn of the century. The 19th century!

Try to get some new material.

9 Years huh? Tsk, Tsk, Tsk
 

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Well if we want to descend into old sayings - here is a sample:

'When I joined the Navy the ships were made of wood and the men were made of steel whereas.......................'

'When I joined the Navy - Pontius was a pilot in the RAF'

'When I joined they Navy they needed men not feeded them'

etc........ :)
 

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Buzz said:
Well, well Bechtoea, let me see here. I enlisted in 1968 and retired 12/1/89. The Coast Guard started out as the Revinue Cutter Service in 1790 and I would l would guess that your joke was OLD NEWS around the turn of the century. The 19th century!

Try to get some new material.

9 Years huh? Tsk, Tsk, Tsk
Hey, I never said my material was new, original, or for that matter, any good.
 

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NormanB said:
Well if we want to descend into old sayings - here is a sample:

'When I joined the Navy the ships were made of wood and the men were made of steel whereas.......................'

'When I joined the Navy - Pontius was a pilot in the RAF'

'When I joined they Navy they needed men not feeded them'

etc........ :)
More classics...

To all new sailors from the old salts: "I've pissed more water than you've sailed on!"

I remember standing "mail buoy" watch.

Muffler bearings...yeah, even on ship.

I remember being sent to the Hull technician's shop to get a tool called an "HT Punch." When you asked for it, the guy that you asked would hit you in the arm as hard as he could.

OUCH!!
 

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When I was a newby onboard ship, I was sent to find everything from a left handed wind direction changer to a gallon of prop wash.

Another old salty saying. "Why, I've passed more sea buoys than you've passed telephone poles".
 

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Old Army saying, GI Beans, GI Gravy, GI wished I'd joined The NAVY !

Butch
 
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