As most of you probably know, the U.S. just had its midterm elections. I don’t want to get to much into a political conversation, but I did come across an interesting debate between the Connecticut gubernatorial candidates, Republican Tom Foley and Democrat Dannel P. Malloy. I’m sure they debated some relevant topics, but what caught my attention was the debate on what their yachts were named.
An observer asked what made each candidate choose the name of their yacht, and if they didn’t, why they didn’t change it. Tom Foley named his yacht “Odalisque” while Dannel P. Malloy named his yacht “Sapphire”. The observer criticized the names by saying “Odalisque” is a sex slave while “Sapphire” is a gemstone. Both candidates gave acceptable reasons for their yacht names and provided interesting commentary. I just thought it was cool to see politicians talking about things I like.
There’s a lot to be said about what a person calls their boat. One of our coworkers here at Boat Command just bought a new sailboat. He named it Kemosabe. For those of you who are not as cultured as me, Kemosabe is a term used in The Lone Ranger that means “faithful friend”. Some names are meaningful, some names are cool, and some names a just plain silly. I hope that one day when I own a boat I’ll find a good name. And I’m currently taking suggestions. So if you have any good ideas feel free to leave a comment.