Thursday, February 07, 2013

Kayaker Wins Election as President of USA

The news that a kayaker, Sally Jewell, has been nominated by President Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior seems to have generated a lot of interest. I guess you don't often see a picture of a future cabinet secretary in a kayak.

But perhaps we shouldn't be all that surprised about the choice of Ms Jewell.

After all, the President is a kayaker himself. Check out this picture of President Obama kayaking off Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 2010.


Litoralis said...

No PFD for the Kayaker in Chief?

Tillerman said...

Good point. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before someone tries to impeach him for that.

O Docker said...

Apparently he can't wear one because the Senate is deadlocked on whether to call it a PFD or a lifejacket.

Baydog said...

You'd never catch Willard and Ann without PFDs!

Pandabonium said...

He's wear his "Bluesette" cap.

Keep Reaching said...

You are referring to their Personal Financial Directors?

meech said...

I'm envisioning the convoy of secret service agents and press who we can't see in that tranquil but unsafe water scene. I wonder if they had to interrogate the sailor in the background. Could that be a laser?

Tillerman said...

I was wondering the same thing meech. Perhaps Mr. Obama had a sail on the Laser that same day? I'd love to see a photo of that!

Tillerman said...

You may have noticed that I have switched on moderation for all comments. Sorry about that, but I seem to be getting a lot of spam lately that is getting pass Google's spam filter.

I just logged in to the blog again after my 18 hour Storm Nemo powercut and deleted another bunch of spam. I have to say it's getting more creative...

Who would have thought that "vaginal mesh compensation" would be worth spamming on an old geezer sailing blog?

And then there was the spam for an online gambling site that remarked, "I used to be able to find good advice from your blog posts." I could even add that to my "What The Critics Say" section.

But my favorite today is "Beware of Toxic Mulch Wooly Pod Vetch Living Mulch Nitrogen Fixer."

You know. some of this spam is funnier than the real comments. Is O Docker writing it all? Maybe I should just let it all be published for your reading pleasure?

O Docker said...

You've found me out!

Yes, retirement has left me with too much time on my hands, so to stay active I've taken up leaving spam on sailing blogs.

It's a lot harder than most people think. You've got to hold the reader's interest while not revealing what you're really talking about until the last possible moment. The very best spammers can go on for whole paragraphs without tipping their hand.

I worked for hours crafting the last example you quoted:

Beware of Toxic Mulch Wooly Pod Vetch Living Mulch Nitrogen Fixer

Note the halting meter that keeps the reader on edge and heightens a feeling of suspense. 'Beware' and 'Toxic' serve to alarm and threaten, encouraging the reader to continue. And just what is wooly pod vetch? Do you have any? What if your neighbors find out and the news spreads around town? Best do something about this! Could Living Mulch Nitrogen Fixer be the answer? Better read on!

You see, it's not just a question of stringing together a bunch of disjointed phrases that don't sound like English. There's art in the chaos. You could be working from home and earning thousands of dollars in your spare time just like me.

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