Friday February 23 , 2018
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The Book Of Monkey

It was near the end of the first decade of the 21st century when the modern day believers and devotees of the Strawberry Monkey Yacht Club found themselves mysteriously brought together in Barra de Navidad for the rebirth of the Strawberry Monkey Yacht Club of Latter Day Sailors. Since that time there has been much effort put into rediscovering the teachings of The Monkey. Without this clarity, it has been difficult to establish proper processes and standards with which to decide who is worthy of full membership in the SMYC.

An Early Sighting?

There are many things in life that seem to sneak up on you. If you remain open to what is around you, incidents and experiences that can have long lasting impact may occur at times and places that take you by surprise. My personal relationship with the mysteries of the Strawberry Monkey has been blessed with some of these experiences.

In the mid 1960s I, along with a few of my high school friends, was working at a discount store in the suburbs of Minneapolis. In those early days of discount shopping, this store tried to offer a full range of products and activities to attract families to their location. One particular feature was a pet shop near the front of the store. It was difficult for a family to enter or leave the store without the kids begging to see the animals. In those days, a pet shop was able to sell almost any kind of critter, including snakes, parrots, and monkeys. In our store’s pet shop, the caged monkey was a highlight of many families shopping adventure. It was common to see little kids trying to drag their parents into the pet shop and then to hear the parents put up the monkey visit as a reward for good behavior while shopping. It was like going to the zoo.

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Eric's Story

Much of my life has been focused on boating, sailing, cruising, and generally messing around in boats. Many refer to boats as she and it is easy to become captivated with the physical characteristics and the individual personalities of a boat. However, it is the human bonds that develop and form around boats and the nautical environment that keep drawing one to the cruising lifestyle. These bonds may be as simple as sharing sea stories on a beach or as formal as membership in a yacht club.

Relationships form and then are pulled apart by the boats upon which they were originally based. Often, the paths of the boats and the sailors once again cross in far off places and the sparks are rekindled when you least expect it.

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