DITTO! for me I feel the same even I receive less than a third of your 100 emails a day. Usually managing such mood swings and anger and frustrations is done by "ACCEPTANCE" of the basic "laws" of human nature. People's most important NEEDS and DESIRES are SIMPLE and their wish to enjoy receiving them FREE is nearly universal as is their HATRED of those of us who provide these basic needs for a price. There is a thin line between people's admiration and inspiration of mentors, inventors and "gurus" like yourself and their negativity or casting of stones attitude as people like yourself remind them of their failures in their own lives.
When I first read your header I thought, "but of course Andy" your left Bah behind instead of organizing her joint escape with you or possibly at some upcoming date that was doable. But of course that's a typical example of judging others by our own character having a loving companion is one of Bill's more important "joys of life" . Each of us are ALWAYS divided internally as to some of the decisions we make and though one side KNEW we made the RIGHT choice the other side of us is SCREAMING and SHOUTING and CALLING NAMES at our inner self who made the choice. Such is Life! C'est la vie!
The mosquito spray looks like a GREAT deal for 2 bucks I bought something half the size without the spray can for nearly as much but haven't had to use it yet.
Most forum webmasters have chosen # 2 moderators but I never liked the idea myself so occasionally my yahoo group gets ATTACKED but then I deal with it in a few minutes. The trouble with limiting "spam" is most people with experience and can be content providers themselves as addition or enhancing part of someone's blog have ulterior motives. #3 the LOG IN idea might work and be the best because the WORST of the TROLLS may shy away from making the worst and most annoying of the comments. My common frustration is that our guests making bookings do NOT READ when all they need to do is SCROLL DOWN like I advise them in the first paragraph. But I remember researching mail order businesses and it said reader ONLY read the 1st sentence, the last sentence and anything which says FREE and opens the envelope 10 times more if address is hand written.
ANDY, you are a REALLY GOOD GUY and interesting stellar individual with some great karma flow going your way. I've skimmed through your pages of deleted comments and see how many spam attacks, A- -HOLES making EVIL accusations at you and various other more boring off topic comments are sent. So I guess IF removing the "comment" section will NOT take any money OUT of your pocket and ENHANCE your JOY of LIFE then it's probably wise for you to do so. Should that be the case so long and all the BEST to you. Bill
Soon we will require people to log in to comment, so that is guaranteed to happen. I suppose i will just wait and see what happens.
Generally, inside the password area is easy to moderate, however this will make the disliked or deleted area boring, but not important, we are selling happiness not the ugly.
I enjoy human nature, except when I have to deal with is up close and personal, then I want to walk away from some people. I sold Real Estate for years, and it was sad listening to the corrupt suggestions or desires from people I thought at first were nice people.
I do not want to know what is inside the inner thoughts of many people.
I will write directly to my Mother and Father. I am forever grateful to them for being two of the best parents on the planet, and to help make me the man I am today.
There are too many children who disclaim their family, I do the opposite to lobby for people to accept and reward their parents.
Also an indirect way of writing that allows me to tell readers what the phrase meant without them thinking I am talking down. There is a balance, too high or too low, there must be clues to explanations. Allusions are fun, except when you lose everyone in the process.
I am arranging all my visas for "West" West Africa, from here in Senegal to Liberia.
I like to give all countries and locations at least 10 days, so always go slower than tourists, I feel as if I just arrived.
I went to the Ghana Embassy yesterday, I hope to get a five year visa to Ghana so I could fly cheaper to Accra. I can get a six month visa for 200 Dollars, but I must enter Ghana in three months, so of little value.
I think I can will get a Guinea visa here in Dakar, and then can get the remainder in Banjul, the Gambia where the language of business is English.
it is very confusing to map out the visas, and the guidebook does not do this, the assumption is you only visit one country. I am sure somebody has done it, but I have yet to come across if for an American. The visa requirement for Europeans is different than American here.
Here in West Africa it appears the GPS marks a location about 10-15 kilometers Southwest of the location on Google Maps. This time we was in the ocean so pursued the answer.
Readers assume that I am the problem, so we now are using Google Maps to retrieve there long and lats so we agree, even if not correct by GPS.
Thanks for the opinion, I support you that my GPS is accurate, but I suspect readers would assume Google Maps is correct, so a Catch 22.
Hi Andy. I can understand your frustration. But it is just one more fact of life. I love reading your blogs and visiting your website. I am an intensively curious person and love travel and adventure. So reading your blogs and enjoying my morning coffee has become a regular morning routine. I have a new website. My nephew discontinued sailtoadventure. So I now have topsailadventures.com. I need to do some more additions to it and I am going to post Hobo Traveler as a link if you do not mind. And I will do a blog about how much I enjoy hobotraveler.
One of the nice things about reading your blogs and visiting your website is that I know you are honest. I never feel like you are gas lighting me or blowing smoke up my pants. As my Aussie friends so colorfully put it in their quaint, loveable idiom, yours is the "straight griffin" or " the dinkum oil ".
Andy, when your gps does not agree with a map or chart, the map or chart is in error. By its very nature a satellite gps has only two choices. It can work or not work. If it is locked on to satellites it has to give an accureate latitude and longitude. We frequently see errors on charts when plotting a location with a gps coordinate. Usually the gps can give you a location within just a few yards. Lots of nautical charts are innacurate. Especially the ones of western Mexican waters and some out in the western pacific. The navigational charts produced by Captain James Cook, NOAA, and by the British Admiralty are really the straight griffin. You can bet your boat on it.