Wishing to Sail the Seas

Something I have always wanted to do was go sailing. To be able to just throw my gear and provisions on a boat and just go where ever I pleased for next to nothing; to just disappear for years and visit the countries that I have not been to yet. I have been to 15 countries so far thanks to serving in the U.S. Army and after serving I went into defense contracting in the Middle East.

Gemini Catamaran
A Wonderful Shallow Draft

The idea of owning a boat seems great until you see the costs of a good sail boat. Whether it is a monohull (traditional boat) or a multihull (catamaran) the cost can be quite insane. More than most homes. But it is understandable, a lot has gone into making sea-worthy boats that are safe. They include floatation devices, life rafts, dinghies, crash lockers in the hulls, radar, sonar/depth finder, fish finders, GPS, auto-pilot, and so on. 

Cockpit and Control Station

After watching nearly a hundred plus videos on youtube on the differences of hull designs, performance, and capabilities, I have decided that I really want to own a Catamaran. I could easily live on it without a problem. They can be outfitted with many accessories. Many have solar panels, wind generators, and fresh water filtratation systems to include trapping rainwater. They can be equiped to have up to 5 berths, a few heads, a galley for cooking, and a cockpit on the back for relaxing in. Catamarans can be a self-sustaining home. I just want a simple one; 2 berths, 2 heads, and plenty of storage. The only down fall is head room. I am 6 feet and 4 inches tall. That’s the boat life I guess. They have multiple layout options.

The catamarans I think I will most likely ever afford some day might be the American made Gemini series. They are more reachable to the common man. 

Berth
Galley
Interior Lounge and Dining Area
Gemini Catamaran

The photos I used here on this post I found on Pinterest by searching, “Gemini Catamarans.” To me this is kinda like the poor man’s yacht. It’s enough for me to enjoy life a little more if ever I could afford it. Simple luxury without the super high costs. 

Not sure if a Gemini.

The Multihull boats have a much shallower draft than monohull’s do which means they can get closer to shore safely. That’s great if travelling with family and young children. You are basically able to lift rudders and back up to the beach and step into the shallows. 

The Catamaran seems to be the best choice for me all around. I will keep my eyes open online and maybe some day I will get my chance to afford one. My primary income is only disability from Veterans Affairs. Hard to afford much with that. So for now I will just chill.

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Drop The Mexico Border Wall

This is an opinion piece.

What if we could drop the wall completely and absorb Mexico to Join the United States? Its a thought. Don’t think of me as a Liberal. I am an Idealist. I am also very conservative. It would be a hell of a process, but unity can be achieved. This would actually save money and reduce deficit if done right. Here are some of my thoughts on this issue.

The wall is Estimated to cost between 12 to 15 billion US Dollars. In my opinion It would be cheaper to absorb Mexico, let them adopt the dollar. The US government can open multiple social security offices there so they can get a tax payer ID or Social Security number and start paying into the US tax system. Understandably it can’t happen all at once. I would put a 18 month transition period on it.

This would also save money from being wasted on deportations, Immigration departments, border patrols, and prison spaces. With this there will also be less immigration if they have what they need at home.

This would open up many markets. Current Americans will be able to move to Mexican territories and buy property and invest there, and they could in turn do the same in US. Students can also access more schools.

The market on textiles, agricultural, and automotive goods will be eased. There would no longer be an import and export tax. Goods can flow both ways with ease.

I would keep Current border check points in place only to stop the flow of illegal drugs. Vehicles will be inspected by dogs and x-ray occasionally when needed.

For Illegal Mexicans already in the US, they will have to go back to Mexican territories to get their citizenship and tax ID sorted before returning to US. This also ensures there will be less people making US Dollars without contributing to the system. Employers who are caught employing citizens without the tax ID or Social security number sorted will be penalized.

Families that have been divided by the wall will be able to reunite. Their Military and Law enforcement will be overhauled and better supported and assimilated into our forces.

For Mexicans living below the poverty level, after processing into their new citizen status with Tax ID or Social Security number, they will be able to apply for Social Services assistance and medicare. This will improve their health and quality of life.

Here are some facts about Mexico:

Spanish is national language

Religion: 83% Roman Catholic, 10% protestant christian, 0.2 other religion, 5% atheist, 3% unspecified

Mexico has a congress and a senate.

It is the 13th largest independent nation.

There are 31 states in Mexico.

Population 2015 Census: 119,530, 753

Mexico ranks first in the Americas and seventh in the world by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Mexico’s Geography consists of desert, mountains, rain forest, and sub-tropical regions.

Economy: 15th Largest nominal GDP and 11th largest by purchasing power.

Average income per household is equal to about 14,400 US Dollars.
As always, thanks for reading and viewing.

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

My Greatest Phobia

Spiders Scare the hell out of me. Always have. I can tolerate the small wolf spiders and daddy long legs; but some…. help me lord if I see them. Rather help them because they are about to die. But today out of interest I pulled the Camera out, photographed one, and researched it. 

This spider is a, “Giant Huntsman Spider.” I found it this morning just after waking. I went to the restroom on the backside of the house and while standing there I just took a look up into the corner and there it was just staring at me.

I am surprised myself that I did not panic. Usually I freak out. I was not sure if it was alive or dead. So after I finished my morning business I stood up and I took a deep breath and blew really hard at it. It moved a little so I knew it was alive. Off I went to get the Camera.

I took a few shots of it. For that privilege I let him live. Today the Huntsman did not have to die.

What I learned from the wonderful search engine called Google is that they are mildly venomous towards humans. Not deadly. Diet mainly consists of insects and small lizards when bigger. When full sized they can have a spread up to 12 inches. This one was maybe 8 inches, not yet full grown. 

Camera used today is my Canon EOS 1200D with a Sigma Lens 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro with hood to avoid glare from ceiling light. No filters were used. Photos taken in manual focus.

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David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran.

Enhancing the Subject

Depth of Field

Today I am just focusing on photography composition. I chose this wild flower growing near our village. I don’t know it’s official name. I focused on the subject taking the back ground out of focus to isolate it. 

Close up

Closer I became the more details you can see. The color is very nice and stands out from it’s surroundings.

Macro

This shot was a close up with my 300mm sigma lens. Zoomed all the way out with macro on. You can see the details of each flower very nicely.

Camera Used is a Canon EOS 1200D. Lens is a Sigma APO DG 70-300mm with Macro. No filters were used, hood only to prevent glare. 

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David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

Post Script edit: it’s a type of Santan Flower. 

Eurasian Tree Sparrows

From My Balcony and my windows; I can see these little birds in every direction. 

Just as I pressed the button it took off. 

These birds can be seen in tree branches, on power lines, on roof tops, and taking dust baths in loose dry dirt. 

I was going through my emails this morning. One of the emails I received this week said I was in the top 20% for photographers on viewbug.com. There are hundreds of thousands of photographers of all catagories and skill levels competing in contests and challenges; and to be in the top 20% of 2016 feels like an accomplishment. I placed ahead of many and it feels pretty good. Just thought I would share that. My goal is to be in the top 10% of 2017. May God help me improve my skills. 

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David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

I Am A Trump Supporter

I Support Trump. Hope I did not hurt any ones feelings saying that. Need a safe space? I hope the best for the American people under a Trump presidency. This is my Opinion piece. From the very beginning I have felt that America needed an Industrious leader that wasn’t a crooked career politician or voted for based on Color. Hillary Clinton would have been a disaster. 90+% of the US Military hates Hillary passionately. As I veteran I would hope for a coup or assassination if she would have been elected. Socialism is the first step to communism. She is a big no-go for a better future for America.

These liberal leftists are destroying America. The all want something for nothing and nothing is free. Someone will pay for it; usually the Right Conservatives who work and pay too much in taxes out of their salaries. Their hard earned income is cut almost in half for these Socialist Liberal Leaches. Most of whom are making a career of dwelling on welfare. Don’t get me wrong, I understand there are people down on their luck who do need help on social assistance. But it was not designed for a bunch of single whores to pop out kids every 4 years so they can stay home and do nothing but lay on their backs. Social assistance is just that, Assistance, until you find a job and get back on your feet.

These liberal democrats are like little bastard babies. They had Obama’s tit in their mouth for 8 years and now they might have to earn something. So they are throwing a fit, a temper tantrum, like a bunch of bitches. Burning peoples cars, business’s, rioting and beating innocent people for no reason. Much of it is racially motivated because Obama brought more against whites by breeding more black victimhood for thugs. Yes, there were a few who did not deserve to die by police; but Michael Brown who assaulted the cop had it coming. You deserved to be shot if you attack a cop or kill a cop. I fully support an immediate death sentence for cop killers.

I been following Trump online. I see what he is doing. I agree with his immigration policies. Everyone, to include the media is calling it a Muslim ban. Its not. It banning Muslims from countries that supply radical Islamic terrorists. Europe is a prime example. See the attacks they have been receiving from immigrants; France, Germany, UK, and Italy. In Rotherham, UK, there were so many children (1,400+) raped and molested by Muslims and the police and government were to scared to intervene to avoid being called racists and secularists.  There are many Muslim’s who are still allowed to migrate to the United States because they are from a peaceful nation.

I am happy Trump wants to build the wall and deport illegal immigrants. I know… everyone says who will work the fields… In my opinion, all the welfare leaches, liberals, and the unemployed who want to work should. Make them work or lose their so called entitlements. These are taxable jobs and US citizens should be working them. Deportation and blocking re-entry will reduce crimes committed by violent immigrants, Many of whom are Rapists, Thieves, and Murderers. I understand there are good people among them. They should go back and apply for a work visa and come legally as a tax payer. No Illegal immigrant deserves to get any social assistance like welfare and health care. Their kids don’t deserve to be US citizens just because they were born in the US. At least one parent should be a naturalized citizen or a legal immigrant with a valid green card.

Trump is bringing jobs to the American people. He signed the order to start the Keystone Pipeline. Many are against it. But economically and job wise it was a great move. it will provide up to 80,000 jobs, make America less dependent on Middle Eastern Countries who hate us, and raise the value of the dollar. Other companies like Ford, Chrysler, Carrier, and Samsung will be opening plants in the United States. More jobs! How about that! I have been following the dollar against some currencies over the last month and there have been some ups and downs, but I see a slow increase already.

Trump is pro military. He will make the US a super power to be reckoned with again. Internationally the US military has been a joke under Obama’s leadership. Internationally the world community will start to look up to America again.  I hope the best for my friends still serving.

More to come. This is Trumps first month. Until he really does something wrong against America I will continue to morally support him. Everyone should. He is not bought and paid for by the Middle East and Lobbyists. Give him a chance to prove himself. Help him make America Great Again.

 

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran