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â‡‘â‡“YOU REALLY MISSED IT! Thanks for the article on us in the January issue. By the way, the waves have been four to six feet at Punta Mita, and the surfing is great. 'You really missed it' â€” as all the surfers would say. Having finished painting our boat, we're heading out for Huatulco tomorrow. Robert Crozier and Marta Mijelman Pacific Spirit, Kendall 32 Headed Further South â‡‘â‡“I LAUGHED OUT LOUD You guys are so darn entertaining! Stuart forwarded me the link to your January 9th 'Lectronic Latitude items about St. Barth and such, and I've read them twice this morning. I laughed out loud at some of the cruiser antics â€” and canâ€™t wait until we get to join everybody out there on a more regular basis. Jean Kaplan Duetto, Norseman 43 Chula Vista
Jean and Stuart doing the Ha-Ha.
Jean â€” We love it when people laugh at what we write.
â‡‘â‡“IS IT HATE OR ENVY? As I sit in my dark, dreary office, Iâ€™m not sure if I envy or hate the Wanderer. The 'Lectronic posts from St. Barth featuring Buffett, babes, booze, boobs â€” man, what's not to like? Landlocked New Mexico has never looked so uninteresting in comparison to the Caribbean. You're my hero. P.S. Want to buy a nice cabin? Guy Sandusky New Mexico Guy â€” We'd be the first to admit that there's nothing not to
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