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Sail Away

Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience

Wednesday is the sea trial for my new ericson 32 sailboat. Actually, it's
a used vessel designed by bruce king and built in 1989. She is in great shape
and I fully expect to spend many a summer days on the San Francisco Bay
and coastal waters of California this year.

While working at Sun in support of higher education around the world
is very rewarding, we all need passions in our lives that make life really
worth living. Tomorrow, in the first of many new chapters in my life, I
make a new turn to the sea.

One of the songs I always enjoyed which served as inspiration
was Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. It's
actually very easy to play on guitar with straight major
chords of A, G and D.

If by some crazy chance, you have never heard the song, here
are the lyrics that should set the spirit for 2006.

Southern Cross

Got out of town on a boat gone to southern islands.
Sailing a reach before a following sea.
She was making for the trades on the outside,
And the downhill run to Papeete bay

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas.
We got eighty feet of waterline nicely making way.
In a noisy bar in Avalon, I tried to call you,
But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away.

Think about how many times I have fallen.
Spirits are using me; larger voices callin'.
What heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten.
I have been around the world, lookin' for that woman-girl
Who knows love can endure.
And you know it will.

When you see the Southern Cross for the first time,
You understand now why you came this way.
'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from is so small,
But it's as big as the promise, the promise of a comin' day.

So I'm sailing for tomorrow. My dreams are a-dying.
And my love is an anchor tied to you, tied with a silver chain.
I have my ship, and all her flags are a-flying.
She is all that I have left, and music is her name.

Think about how many times I have fallen.
Spirits are using me; larger voices callin'.
What heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten.
I have been around the world, lookin' for that woman-girl
Who knows love can endure.
And you know it will.
And you know it will.

So we cheated and we lied and we tested.
And we never failed to fail; it was the easiest thing to do.
You will survive being bested.
Somebody fine will come along make me forget about loving you
In the Southern Cross.

Carpedium

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