Pat’s Search for the Lost Conservative Island

by Brad Nelson11/13/17

In another thread (I tried to find it…it’s lost as well) we were talking about setting up our own Conservative Island of Utopia. I would be your benevolent banana-republic dictator. I think Pat was going to be Director of Tours and Oiling of the Greeter Ladies, although the details are not fresh in memory.

But in actual fact, under the guise of a “vacation” with his wife, Pat was actually out looking for that island recently. He asked me to post a few photos from his round-the-world trip. I think this is purely for tax purposes so that he can prove to the IRS that these are the legitimate expenses of a technical researcher. I’m sure Pat will elucidate further.

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30 Responses to Pat’s Search for the Lost Conservative Island

  1. pstmct says:

    The trip was very much also about finding a new home for the business. The main reason of coarse was the island search for the StubbornThings crew. Unfortunately we were unable to find anyone willing to allow us to take ownership and wait on payment until Brad becomes a bazillionaire. We liked Costa Rica the most as a potential new home for the business, but are not ready to give up on this old country quite yet. (Even if the morons of this state keep raising the minimum wage beyond all reason). I was great to be completely unplugged for three weeks and if asked could I go without the Internet or cell phones for an extended period, my answer can be a resounding YES!
    It does seem like there was a lot going on back here at home though.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Those pictures of Sandy and the dolphins are just precious. I mean, is she having a good time or what? And your nature photography continues to offer great results.

      But, with great regret, the search for Conservative Paradise Island must continue. Anyone have a good pair of heavy-duty jacks were whe could just jack Atlantis back to the surface?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        There might be other approaches. A friend of mine once suggested using styrofoam to float the Bismarck to the surface by displacing the water, and then set it up as a separate country.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      As I tend to skin cancer, I would ask you to include in your search somewhat more temperate climes. Maybe Bermuda would work.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    I assume those were dolphins you were playing with. That must have been fun; you certainly looked like you were enjoying yourself.

    The island thread was on the “Open Letter to the NFL” posting.

  3. pst4usa says:

    You are correct Timothy, dolphins they were. It was a blast! Thanks for the reminder. The pictures were selected for the photograffiti post because with the cheap camera we have these were the some of the only clear ones I took. I will send Brad some of the sunrise and sunset photos, they were incredible, the sunrise and sets, not the pictures.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Please note that Pat has been kind enough to submit four new photos taken during his recent search for Conservative Paradise Island. They are the first four sunset photos in the above gallery. Perhaps some of the are sun rises. It’s a metaphysical question. Who can know the difference?

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Pat has submitted three more photos. Here he was searching for the Lost Utopian Conservative Island in a canal. Not sure that’s the best place to find an island but those are some cool pix.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Interesting pictures. The only canal I recall seeing is the Corinth Canal, which impressed me as surprisingly narrow.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I’ve been through the ship canal and locks which link Puget Sound with Seattle’s Lake Union and Lake Washington. That was a very pleasant and interesting trip.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        And very far down from where one can have a look at it if not on a boat.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Yes, I recall that, too, but it was the narrowness that especially impressed me. We visited it once on a Boy Scout field trip, as well as traversing it a few times on family trips across the isthmus.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I only walked across a bridge and looked down. I believe I was going to have a look at the ruins of ancient Corinth at the time. This was around September of 1978.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              This is a very narrow canal. But quite beautiful. The Wiki entry on it says that because it’s only 70 feet wide, it’s economic value is nil. Still, it would be cool to go through it.

              This photo really gives you a sense of the scale.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                Thanks for linking to the first photo. I tried to do it last night, but couldn’t get it to work.

                As good as the picture is, one must be on top looking down to get a real sense of the scale of things. Just think, the builders had to cut and remove all that stone to reach sea level.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                I suspect it was always intended more for local coasting trade, which wouldn’t need wide boats. The large ships out of Athens probably wouldn’t gain very much by using it even if they fit.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                I think it also just looks like a very doable project that would have much prestige attached to it upon its completion. At only 4 miles, it must have always looked like a tempting project for those with big dreams of reshaping the world.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                It was neat that upon crossing the bridge over the canal, I was entering the Peloponnese. For anyone who has even a small idea of ancient history, that area is full of suggestive images.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                The first time we crossed the canal was for a trip through the Pelopponesus, including visits to Olympia, Sparta, and Epidavros. I believe we also crossed it once for a trip to Corinth (particularly the Acrocorinth). The first trip may be where we picked up several large tin cans of Kalamata olives packed in olive oil that we brought back from Greece. They lasted us for several years.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Mr. Kung, I think “Lords of the Sea” (noted here) is rich with true stories in and around the Peloponnese. For those who like their non-fiction histories particularly non-dusty, I highly recommend this one.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Note that in addition to your recommending it, I also reviewed it (the book was written by a high school classmate).

  6. pst4usa says:

    There are three sets of locks running parallel 2 old and one is the new one. The old one can handle a ship up to 1000 feet long and the new one can take one up to 1500 feet long. It has a similar increase in width, but I do not remember the specs. In the time it took our cruise ship to go thru the first three locks I think we saw 6 or 7 Panamax ships make it thru the new one. Panamax is the name they give to these massive boats. The new canal is really just new locks, and they are much more efficient at moving boats thru. But since they can carry so much ore cargo, they charge a great deal more to use them. Hard to believe, since the guy giving lectures about the canal, said that cruise ships like ours pay 300 thousand dollars, cash to go thru. (Every ship has to pay in cash except US military vessels, (part of the treaty when we gave it back to them), which pay at a extremely reduced rate. All the other countries bitch about that, but hey, we built it and paid for it in the first place. I will keep sending a few photos out every no and then, until Brad says stop, or I run out of pictures.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Pat, I’m okay with you sending more. Not only have you basically paid to turn me into your willing slave, I like the fact that you’re adding useful content that is just not more endless bitching. I find these photos fascinating. My only regret is that you don’t have the time to also fashion some kind of narrative or travelogue account. But you can always post a few thoughts here as you have.

      I was wondering, for instance, are those union dolphins? They seem to enjoy their jobs too much to be so. But I could be wrong.

      A few shots of the mega-cruise ship that you must have been on would be nice. Any sign of Lauren Tewes?

  7. pst4usa says:

    The dolphins were absolutely free market dolphins, (non-union),that is why they seem so happy. If they were union dolphins, I would not want to get in the water with them, you never know when they might just go postal.
    And I am sorry to say no we did not and our cruise director or whatever her title was, did not look anything like her, in fact it was a him.

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