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Received an interesting e-mail from Joe F. with www.outrig.com  His theme had to do with a conversation years ago with John Marples (designer of my tri). The question was, "Why do we love these multihulls?" Consider that John Marples, along with Piver, and Jim Brown were forerunners in the trimaran world. What compelled them to follow a path less traveled? Afterall, the Europeans are blamed (or given credit) for introducing monohulls to the US. Tri lovers have argued if the Phillipine sailors got here first, multihulls would have dominated from the start.

As I read Joe's e-mail I reflected on my tumultous life. Emerging from the shock of my husband's death some 15 months ago, there seems to be this invisible roller coaster that is taking me for a ride. Every action is driven by the desire to escape the pain of lonliness except for a few glimpses of some who have caught my eye. Sharing my challenge of being on an emotional high one minute then crashing into a puddle of tears the next led to a discussion with my counseling colleague about the very topic Joe presented.

Why do we love a certain type of boat? Why do we love certain people? Why do we fall in love? While today could be a great day to research this concept, I think I will be better to go down to my Marples 35, invite a friend and see if I can learn about the radar system. Hey, why not knock off two loves with one action?

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