Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reader Question: How do you go about naming a boat? Can there be preppy boat names?

Hello Muffy,

I am a long time reader, but first time emailer.  We are in the process of choosing a name for our new boat and I was curious if you've ever thought of compiling a list of preppy boat names.  Some are certainly better than others and I was interested in your thoughts.  

Thank you and keep up the great work on the Daily Prep.

Best wishes.

Boat names can be anything, and many use the transom to express their sense of humor, to present aspirations, or, such as if you are lobstering, to honor a person in your life.

One more classic approach is to name your boat after a vessel in which one of your ancestors was passenger, owner/investor, or captain (ARBELLA, GODSPEED, WARWICK, ENDEAVOUR).  Another approach may be to name the boat after an attribute or mission held to especially high esteem by your family, either throughout generations or of the moment (DEFIANCE, RESOLUTE, ENDEAVOR).

Others may have additional ideas for either boat names or approaches, and here are some names as thought starters.

iPad Air Case

Muffy,  Do you use a case for your iPad Air?  If so, which one, and where did you get it?

Yes, we bought the Jisoncase through Amazon.  While there are some made in the US,  this one - which like the iPad itself is China-made - was the only one that had the closest combination of a long list of features for which we were looking.  It has now had six months of heavy use, and it has worked well so far, but many would find it valuable to hear about other people's choices and experiences.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When is it Timeless vs. Trendy vs. Old-Fashioned?

Dear Muffy,

I have a question for the TDP Community,

I can't afford to buy new clothes every season, and wouldn't want to even if I could.  Endless piles of last season's Tommy J. BeanGap clothes clogging landfills bothers me.  I hate trendy styles, but I don't want to look old-fashioned either.  Plus a lot of companies now are trying to sell their trendy clothes as classic NYC/east coast prep.  How do you know if something is timeless, trendy, or old-fashioned without making it a full time job?  Is it even possible? Thanks for any advice.

Jaden Smith Reading Unschooling Rules @officialjaden

Not A TDP Photo
Jaden Smith (IMDB Link) reading our Unschooling Rules.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

S. Dillon Ripley II (September 20, 1913 – March 12, 2001)

All original photographs from our family archives
 Any list of prep icons would almost inevitably include S. Dillon Ripley II.
S. Dillon Ripley (1913-2001) came to the Smithsonian as Secretary in 1964. He had worked at the Smithsonian briefly earlier in his career and found it, like most museums of the day, to be staid and stodgy. He said visiting it “was essentially very dull. You did it on Sunday afternoon after a big lunch.” 
Dillon had built a successful career as an ornithologist and director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. 
Dillon brought a patrician style to the Smithsonian, an enthusiasm and determination that changed it forever. The modern Smithsonian was built under his twenty-year stewardship... 
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage on S. Dillon Ripley
Link: New York Times Obituary

At Home

S. Dillon Ripley led the Smithsonian from 1964 to 1984.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Walk-Through Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine

Most cannot help but notice the giant cranes of BIW (Bath Iron Works) as they drive over the Kennebec River on the Sagadahoc Bridge as they head down or up the coast.

The cranes of BIW are a familiar site for Maine travelers (and a good origami project for experts).

But just 1.4 miles off the exit, past the Kafkaesque facilities of BIW, past The Cabin (a favorite destination of younger years), is the Maine Maritime Museum, on the site of the old Percy & Small Shipyard, (builders of the six-masted schooner, WYOMING, and now represented in an exhibit).

The museum was formed in 1962 and the land for its present site was donated in 1975.

From June to October you can take a Bath Iron Works Trolley Tour.

The view of BIW out the window.

The remains of the CORA CRESSY can be seen here, in this post on Audubon's Hog Island from several weeks back.

A simulacrum of the old Percy & Small Shipyard offices:

Walk outside to see the original Percy & Small workshops, wharves, and sheds.

The full scale sculpture of the WYOMING,  the 1909 six-masted Percy & Small schooner, the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built in the United States.  The 120 foot high flagpoles represent the masts. 

The 329 foot long WYOMING and her crew were lost off of Nantucket in a storm in the winter of 1924.

The Mighty Kennebec

Take a Cruise

The Maine Lobstering Exhibit

Click here to learn about their current exhibits.

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