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David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Vikram Bath says:

    It would be nice to follow up with those others to see if they do not fit the profile of those who follow through. (And, yes, I say that in the “hey, wow, that would be interesting if someone else were to do all the work” kind of way.)Report

    • David Ryan in reply to Vikram Bath says:

      Who knows? I do know that this winter I’ve heard “dream come true” or “opportunity of a lifetime” followed shortly by “well this thing came up, it’s not going to work”

      Also this winter I’ve remembered a complaint lodge by my wife, “Living with you is very stressful David. I never know if you’re just daydreaming or if next week you’re going to be doing the crazy think you were talking about last week.”

      So if any of you “flakes” are reading: it’s not you, it’s me.Report

  2. Patrick says:

    I see this too, on a lesser scale, with a more traditional window of local volunteerism.

    People who show up to take the HAM test, or who attend a CERT meeting, or volunteer to do the hard work of organizing a PTA by serving on a board, or volunteer coaches… they do stuff.

    The might bitch and moan about never having time to not do stuff (cough, cough, me cough, cough), but they just do stuff.

    95% of the people who are complaining about their kids teacher, or about the ref’s calls, or about how much money the district is spending, or about accountability… they don’t show up for board meetings, they don’t show up for parent-teacher-conferences, they don’t volunteer at the school, they don’t volunteer to coach…

    … they appear to just want stuff to happen to them, and for them, optimally, without them having to do anything about it.

    (this is my operational dead in the water critique for both libertarianism and socialism, really)Report

    • David Ryan in reply to Patrick says:

      What’s the saying? If you want something to get done, ask a busy person. Something like that.


      I don’t think of myself as a busy person. For most of my conscious life I’ve thought of myself as a clever but lazy person.Report

      • Patrick in reply to David Ryan says:

        I’ve always thought of myself as a lazy person. Somehow I manage to be doing all sorts of shit nobody else is doing (and I’m not really even doing that much stuff in comparison to people that actually do lots of stuff).Report