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Our Greatest Adventure – Guest post from Beer in the Bilges

I’m very excited to share with you a guest post from some truly world-class adventurers and authors of the great book, Beer in the Bilges. It would be hard to find three more different guys than New Zealander “Hollywood” Bob Rossiter, Australian entrepreneur and ardent traveler Peter Jinks, and Canadian engineer turned sailing trainer/Cooper Boating director turned consultant Alan Boreham. When the three set off from different points in the world – one in the company of a Hollywood star, one racing aboard a classic wooden yacht, and one on his first high seas adventure – none of them had any idea that either a series of unanticipated events will eventually bring them together in the tropical swelter of Pago Pago or that they would eventually write all about it. Beer in the Bilges offers a fascinating glimpse into sailing voyages to the other side of the world where three men join forces and have to rely on their skills, their wit, and, most importantly, on each other as they embark on an unforgettable nautical adventure.

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The Military in My Day

My grand children often ask me what it was like growing up “in the olden days.” My response is often quip with light humor, along the lines of, “well, I was much younger. There was no electricity. No TV. It was the dark ages.” As a career military man, I’m also often asked how the military was different “then and now,” or how things changed over the years I served.

As is true with all manners of life, things must change. The same is true regarding the United States military. There is a great deal of differences between then and now. I think that the most pronounced difference is that the services are so much more technologically driven – technology has advanced so far and so quickly. Take aircraft, for instance. They are much more reliable today than when I was first flying. They’re more powerful and have fighting abilities far beyond what was used when I flew. I would love to strap my young body to an F-22 today!

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Writing My Life’s Story

I really enjoyed writing Turning Final, A Life Complete, because it gave me the opportunity to relive many of my life’s experiences.

The question I am asked most frequently is, “how do you remember so much detail and so many incidents that you have experienced?”

I respond that about two years before I started writing the book, I carried a day timer around with me every where I went.  When I thought of an incident that I felt was “write worthy,” I jotted down a one line memory jogger because as you go through each day your memory brings up incidents that you have been involved with and then you lose them and can’t get them back. When I started to write the book, I had over 400 one line  memory joggers of incidents that I thought were write worthy. I used about 2/3 of them.

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