The Thorn Retort

Discussion in 'PORTLAND AREA Dart Association (PADA)' started by CraigB, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. SWA2873

    SWA2873 New Member

    So you sailed around the horn?

    I'm impressed, In this day and age most voyages just go through the Panama Canal.

    The Horn is Legendary for its rough weather. I have heard it said that the seas are good there for an average of maybe 14 days out of the entire year.

    You adventures in The Falklands also sound intriguing as sin.

    We're going to have to schedule an evening to relax, throw darts and hoist a few.

    Glad to have you back.

  2. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    I've heard that some ships took weeks and months to get around there, and when we went around the weather and wind was still sufficient to whip it into 30 foot swells, that could still make the cruise boat's hull reverberate enough to throw you off step, toss you into a hall wall, keep the doctor busy, and there were certainly hundreds of seasick bags in use...

    Fortunately for me, I have awesome sea legs, and the rougher the better--I'd be out on the bow watching the waves crash...

    The Princess was running the Valparaiso-Buenos Aires circuit all winter with occasional dips to Antarctica--this was the repositioning cruise, when boat move to other parts of the world for fairer weather--and that's why we did the Horn and Strait of Magellan...

    In fact, the Star Princess won't fit in the canal... 8O :lol:

    It's hard to imagine trying to round the horn in a smaller boat. In the 1580's Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind was only 120 feet and 300 tons--mine was 900 feet, 110 thousand tons, with several amazing modern thruster and stabilizer system, and a top speed of 22 knots... 8O

    It's good to be back, thanks niles and SWA...
  3. BlackHorse

    BlackHorse Moderator Site Moderator

    Marvelous story and pictures, Thorn, thanks very much. 8) :)
  4. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin


    Nice chalkboard! :p
  5. Skizrock

    Skizrock Moderator Staff Member Site Moderator

    Thorn, Ive been following your report for a long time. Its been great to read about your adventures. Thanks for sharing, its been awesome!
  6. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    Thank you very much Skiz, and any other readers. I enjoy sharing with SEWA as much as I do learning from its members...

    Well, my report will probably be squarely focused on the Portland area again, which is great, but I'll post any trivial traveling stories whenever I get the chance... :lol:

    I hope this year I can find some opportunities to drive north or east and meet some of the Washington, BC, or other Oregon SEWAnauts...
  7. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    Sounds like an Adam reunion going on in here! :p

    Now if Mr. Smith gets wealthy would he go back down south and create a Thorn Resort? :lol:
  8. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    If that happens, it'll be the premiere dart venue in the world...

    BTW, I just finished watching Anthony Bourdain's new Uruguay episode, if any one's curious...they repeat them regularly on the Travel Channel. It did a pretty good job showing life and food there...two thumbs up.
  9. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    Moved from the Report:

  10. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    (Thanks CraigB... and it's great to have new members like Thomas!)


    While the Thorn Report will probably contain much more PADA as I return to home, work, the PADA's 2008 Fall League and all the upcoming special events, I will try to find out some info about the "darts" I left in South America, and drop some random tidbits here and there...

    For example, here's Justo, my first friend in Montevideo. He came up in July, on his first visit to the US, to see his family. He saw Portland, the Gorge, beaches, mountains, I took him rafting, my other favorite recreational sport...

    Even though Justo knows my dart addiction, we never made it to a local dart bar...

    But, a week later, during singles league, I bumped into Clay, a dart friend. We talked about my travels and life and kayaking, and boom--we hit the river the next day. Clay took a dip...


    Life's not so bad...
  11. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    So, when you get all those catalogs in the mail that say "This may be your last issue!" Do you believe those too? [​IMG]

    Actually, it may have been the last issue you had to pay for though. Historically, we only sent the Elephant's Tale to current members and associate members (those who actually paid $10 just to get the ET - Fletcher was one). Current sponsoring bars and a very select few others (like another dart league) would get a copy for free.

    Now that we can post it on the website and send it in email, I proposed that we send it to EVERYONE in my database (except those that specifically say they don't want it). Since many of the prior and potential members have email, this doesn't cost us anything but DOES help keep them aware of what we're up to. Plus, even though we would still be snail-mailing out hard-copies to those without email, it's still less quantity than we used to mail.

    Isn't technology great? For less money we can now reach a lot more people. Cool. :D
  12. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    Awesome! I do hope we the Elephant's Tale continues to arrive via email! Thanks for the info Craig! By the way, who all is involved in putting it together each month?
  13. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    Who used to be isn't important anymore. All you need to know is that this changed last week to Gregg W. and your name has already been floated out there as someone to ask for help. :twisted:

    Basically, I'm pushing for a few improvements and hoping to make the entire newsletter more modular so people would know what sections to expect and also so we can get help from others. Right now, if someone is asked to contribute, they don't know what's expected of them and think the task is too large so they decline. If we get it down to smaller chunks, then it shouldn't appear as daunting. I'd like to see sections like "Team of the Month" and "Bar of the Month" along with other areas. Maybe a summary of action in each division, more excitement about the local blind draws and special events as well as something about the ADO/National scene.

    We'll see!
  14. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    Awesome--tell GW to email me at my gmail CB! I'd love to help out and contribute.
  15. BlackHorse

    BlackHorse Moderator Site Moderator

    Thanks for all the photos and writeup on your trip up here, Thorn, very cool. :) :)
  16. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    Thanks again for all you did to help make my visit great BH! Looking forward to the next time we can shoot! :D
  17. supabull

    supabull New Member

    Properly retort-ing this time...

    Congrats on runner-up at the V-day shoot! Ben looks thoroughly surprised to be there. (Did someone check to see if he was okay?) Andy is a great player. I got bounced by him at one of the A&L tourneys - Bragging Rights, or some holiday shoot. We had to bag our SuperShoot qualifier for the first time in 10 consecutive successful dates due to low turnout.

    Read the back issue on your jaunt to Vancouver. Great place, my favorite city on the west coast! Looking forward to the Greater Vancouver Open next month. Will need to track down BlackHorse and introduce myself if he's there (presumably, so). Are you going? How about our little tourney, the South Sound Open, in three weeks?
  18. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    Thanks again supabull! Yes, Andy's one of the best in town that I know, but his wife Tammie really played great in that final, hitting several major triples...

    I'm a maybe on both those shoots, but I'm open minded... :D
  19. MikeBaxter

    MikeBaxter New Member

    Nice pics of the South Sound Open! We'll see you in a coupla weeks...
  20. MikeBaxter

    MikeBaxter New Member

    Love the pics from Africa! Maybe you could pitch a travel show to Sky Sports/PDC a la Anthony Bourdain. I'm rooting for you to be the first to toss a dart at the south pole!

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