Wedding Anniversary and America’s Cup

My wife Betty and I celebrated our anniversary on Sunday. It’s hard for me to believe that we have been married 58 years now.

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we first met back in Los Alamos. These years together have been very good ones for both of us, and I am grateful that Betty said “Yes” when I popped the question.

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I have been watching the America’s Cup races on television and I have to tell you that the event so far has been an exciting one. Competing is the defender — Oracle Team USA — versus the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, sailing huge, 72-foot racing catamarans.

The wind in San Francisco Bay has been strong for the event, and when the boats get moving fast enough, they ride up out of the water on hydrofoils where they can attain speeds in excess of 40 knots. These 6-ton boats literally fly around the course.

If you haven’t watched the competition yet, I highly recommend that you do. It is definitely not boring.

— Bob