Monday, November 17, 2008

More Dinner Invitations

Two more bloggers have responded to my challenge to write about which sailors, living or dead, real or fictional they would like to invite to a dinner party.

First of all we have the suggestions of the author of The random doubts of Walter Mondale, who, I am pretty sure, is not the Walter Mondale, and for that matter I don't think he is called Walter Mondale at all, and in fact I have no idea why his blog is called that. Anyway, his post Guess who's coming to dinner describes an idyllic summer picnic on the banks of the River Thurne in the English county of Norfolk. His invitation list includes several of his real life sailing chums, a dead peer of the realm whom he derides as a "social climber", and the First Dude of the United Kingdom. Oh, and you're invited too if you bring "a good bottle and good cheer".

And then there's the famous Greg, of Greg and Kris fame, the only dinghy sailor in history known to have mobilized five fire department vehicles, the county sheriff water patrol, two dudes on a jet-ski, and a mobile air command center to assist him with a capsize recovery. Apparently Greg is a fan of the recently deceased radio personality Studs Terkel who was known for covering a story "from the other end of the spectrum that's heavily weighted toward the 'great man' bias." I guess that means that all the sailors he has invited to his dinner are the opposite of "great men". The last one on his list certainly is. Anyway, check out the Studs Terkel Memorial Sailing Supper.

There's still plenty of time for you to share your ideas on which sailors you would invite to a dinner party. Full details of how to participate at Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

What are you waiting for?


Greg and Kris said...

The legend grows. I can see the day, not to far into the future, where there will have been a Coast Guard Cutter on station.

Team Gherkin said...

Right outside my window right now, I have received a sign... and affirmation! The sky is falling! It must mean only one thing... I must write my Dinner invitation story! wOOt! lolol. [PS. Oh yes, I am quite loopy, u know... heh heh].
Mal :)

PeconicPuffin said...

Deepest apologies, my lord T, but for a variety of piddling reasons I can not blog on this topic. But I'm happy to weigh in here, if you'll indulge me.

I'm going to go with two captains, fictional both, created by the same author. I'd like to sit me down to dinner with John Blackthorne, captain-pilot of the Dutch ship Erasmus (he's English himself) as well as Dirk Struan (Scot) who has himself any number of clippers. I think they'd be fine dinner company.

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