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Monday 29 November 1999 - Published Weakly
Serving members of the Monday Morning Mariners Meeting
Direct Correspondence to the chair at the bkhd - outboard, or email                
Stanley Graces The MMMM

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Stanley, a shipmate of Carl's from thirty, or so years back, dropped in on the MMMM while visting here in Florida. It was probably with some mis-apprehension, as the last time Carl invited Stan to anything, it was in Keflavik, Iceland. The local Chamber of Commerce had invited Carl as a guest speaker, but he deferred the honor to Stan, not telling him. There was a little confusion at first, but Stan pulled it off in style, giving a lecture in oceanography. They were on the USNS Wyman at the time, Stan as Senior Scientist, and Carl as Captain.                                                                
Stan spent much of his time with the Naval Oceanographic Office aboard ship, sailing as Senior Scientist, being in charge of the oceanographic party aboard ship. His travels covered the globe, and sometimes in hostile, and remote areas such as the ice berg infested waters between Greenland, and Iceland. Alot of it was no picnic, being in some of the worst weather the North Atlantic, and Pacific can cook up. Like his co-workers, he's as much a seaman as the civilian merchant mariners who crewed the ship. Stan had an under- standing of the sea, and it's wiles, and understood the constraints the ship's captain sometimes had to
put on operations because of storms, and vessel traffic.
Today Stanley mans his computer, disseminating all the latest scoop of interest to senior citizens, particularly retired civil servants. His information is current, gleaned from various agencies similar to NARFE. He also keeps those privy to his tireless investigation of the goings on in cyber-land up to date on the latest virii, and their antidotes. Last but not least, as a purveyor of wit, and humor through clever surfing of the internet, he keeps all of us laughing, and in good spirits. Thanks a million Stan.

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After years of constraints imposed by AOL, Dick now has full use of all the features offered by Windows 98. He can now send, and receive photographs, graphics, stationary, and his favorite - his signature in email. He also has full use of Outlook Express, with which he can also build his home pages, easily converting plain text to HTML. Finished also with the hassle of convoluted URL manipulation, he can now insert, and retrieve URLs from, and to email, and his browser - Internet Explorer. "It has been so frustrating.' said Dick, continuing: "Missing all the goodies sent to me by others by email, and not being able to view them. Never again will I sign up for years with any ISP, especially AOL.'

Dick's new email address is He made Mindspring his ISP after careful analysis, comparing the ISPs of others with SLOWBELL's quick, reliable, and full featured Mindspring. "It's up, up, and away for me now!' says Dick joyfully.


"I just want to remind all those making the switch from AOL to Mindspring, to tell them SLOWBELL sent you...HE GETS CREDIT TOWARDS HIS ACCOUNT'  said Dick as he left the conference.


Four sites designed, built, and maintained by SLOWBELL:
Thanks to Gene Si., and Dick for all the digital photography...without which these pages would be rather bland.


The 29 November 1999 MMMM will be one for the books. The long awaited visit by Stanley, our email pal from afar arrived early, having to wait for us. Sea stories began immediately, with queries about old friends, and shipmates. Of course the excitement for all in finally having an eye ball after years of emailing with someone never met before, and for those who haven't see each other in thirty, or more years, was genuine. Stan had an advantage over all of us, having access to the fine photography of Gene Si., and Dick. The turn-out on our part was good, with just a couple missing. Bill V., Dick, Bill Q., Bobbi, Gary, Ed, Carl, and making a cameo apprearance - Bill Z. present...not wanting to miss this meeting for anything. One could say that it was a great way to end a year, not to mention a millenium. Carl was ordered by Dick to man the camera, so several across the table shots were taken. Stanley, and Bill Z. were stood against the wall and their mugs photographed. Two-hours flashed by, without any recollection of things said. The meeting broke up as not scheduled - 1330.




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The Monday Morning Mariners' Meeting

The MMMM meets at 1130 every monday in the Captains Grill at the Holiday Inn in Cocoa Beach Florida, and is open to all - mariner or not. All are welcome who have a need for telling sea-stories, good company, and good food. There are no formalities, nor membership requirements. Take nothing seriously, nor believe anything you hear. Seating is by tenure, especially the chair nearest the bulkhead facing inboard. The meeting adjourns around 1300 for no reason whatsoever.
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