Blog of the Week 7/7/13-7/13/13

joy with tires

This week’s Blog of the Week is More Joy Everywhere.  This isn’t your run of the mill cruising blog.  Jane and Ean tell things as they really are.  Love that.  It’s not all rainbows and gumdrops on this blog folks.  They have decided that cruising is not for them, and are now selling their 1993 Fountaine Pajot Venezia.  The call it Operation BABSAM (Buy A Boat Save A Marriage).  A very cool and interesting blog.  Perfect reading for newbie and wanabee cruisers.

Be sure to check out The Backside of a Dream and Anti-Inspirational Poster #004.  Very Entertaining.

About: Jane and Ean, traveling the world on a 42′ catamaran. So far: Annapolis, ICW,
offshore to the Bahamas, Florida Keys, back to the Bahamas, Haiti, Colombia and


Blog of the Week 7/7/13-7/13/13 — 2 Comments

  1. Here’s another tidbit about seasickness. The mechanism for seasickness is the ‘Drunken Berry Syndrome’ (DBS) –which is a very old but somewhat conserved bodily function. Some people have a much less pronounced –or perhaps more perfected– DBS than others. The fact is, seasickness has nothing really to do with the sea. DBS was a ‘trigger’ and an involuntary way the body could eliminate ‘bad’ food from the stomach. It is part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and controlling DBS would be like controlling or regulating ones heart beat. (It can be done with tons of practice –both controlling ones heart beat and beating seasickness.) When I say that some are much less pronounced, prone, or more perfected, at the art of not showing signs of seasickness, what I really mean is more a kin to having a DBS ‘system’ that cannot be as easily fooled by just motion signalling anomalies between the eyes, inner ear, etc. But yet anyone that doesn’t ‘get seasick’ will still have a reaction to DBS (by eating fermented and alcohol laden berries); they will eliminate the food by uncontrolled vomiting –similar to but not related to vagus nerve vomiting. Here’s an interesting thing about DBS. If one is experiencing seasickness you can lay flat on ones back touching the full back and as much of the backs of the legs as possible. Doing so signals the body and the DBS that you are unable to vomit. It turns off the DBS pathway. The only problem is, you will get a very strong urge to turn on your side. I had a very hard time of getting my kids to stay still and lay very flat on their backs, if and when one of them would experience seasickness. But once done, and experienced, this helped train them to habitually go to the lay-flat position as soon as any queasiness was felt.

    • Rob, that’s very interesting. I have never heard it described like that. Lay flat, huh? I will have to remember that. Hoping I won’t need to try it, but ya’ never know. Thanks for the info!!!