Monday, August 04, 2008
An alternative map of the United States where each state is named after a country with a similar Gross Domestic Product, courtesy of The Big Picture.
So California is France, Texas is Canada and Florida is South Korea. Sounds about right.
But wait. What is that state in New England just to the west of New Hampshire, sorry I mean just to the west of Bangladesh? It's the Dominican Republic, now part of New England and therefore part of Laser Class District 7.
That's an in-joke that I'm going to have to explain.
While chilling out over beer and burgers after the Buzzards Bay Regatta this weekend we were joshing with Ari Barshi, owner of the Laser Center in Cabarete in the Dominican Republic, who has been sailing a number of the District 7 (New England) Laser regattas this summer. Not only that, but most of the New England Laser sailors present in the group had also had the pleasure of sailing at clinics and regattas hosted by Ari in Cabarete. So over the third (or was it the fourth) beer someone proposed annexing the DR to D7. Then over the fifth (or maybe the sixth) beer some bright spark suggested holding the District 7 Championship in Cabarete next year. Why not? We might get more than seven entrants that way.
Seems like the map was prophetic. Move over Vermont. Welcome Dominican Republic.