When I was a kid, setting out for a day in a small boat was an adventure, because I didn't know what to expect. The outcomes were uncertain. Sometimes it was fun, but occasionally it was dangerous.

Years later, in the U.S Navy, setting sail entailed much more risk and, at times, substantial danger, but the outcomes were rarely in doubt. As a boy I was lacking in knowledge, unprepared and unconcerned. In the Navy, I was extremely well prepared.

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