Panbo holiday good wishes, from Brooklyn


As gray it is, but with pinpoints of light shining through, this image (bigger here) says Christmas season 2008 for me. It’s a slice of the view from near my borrowed apartment during last Friday’s snow storm. Sometimes even the massive buildings of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty (way to the left), and the Brooklyn Bridge (way to the right) were invisible. But I’ve learned enough from AIS and VHF monitoring to know that New York Harbor goes about its essential duties regardless: the oil (barges) come in, the garbage (barges) go out, and the people (ferries) go round and round šŸ˜‰
   Later today, my wonderful wife comes down from Maine, along with my mail (including this year’s famous Echopilot Christmas card). All’s well here in New York, as I hope it is with you and yours where ever you are.

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Jef says:

    Nice shot from lower Manhattan. You can always become a photographer when we are too poor to buy electronics.
    Thanks for all your articles on Pambo over the past year. I learned lots.
    Good fortune to you in 09 and your readers. Wishing you all a prosperous and healthy new year!

  2. Reed Erskine says:

    Merry Christmas Ben! Have enjoyed your informative and entertaining Blog all year, and look forward to more discoveries in the endlessly evolving world of marine electronics that you navigate so well.
    Best, Reed s/v Cayenne

  3. Dan (b393capt) says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone !
    Dan / b393capt

  4. Michael Martus says:

    Ben, I have learned a great deal from you over the past months and wanted to say thank you for shareing your knowledge, wisdom and humor. Trust you had a Merry Christmas in the city and wishing you a happy New Year.
    M/V Liberty Call
    Nordhavn 5018

  5. Dan (b393capt) says:

    We just had an airliner make like a boat here in New York … and in an unlikely outcome a whole airplane full of people got to avoid the choice between sinking or swimming, and instead will all get their wish to be able to go home to their families.
    Although the pilot no doubt deserves a ton of credit … how about a big round of applause for all the professional boat operators and their crews yesterday that did their part in the Miracle on the Hudson River, most mobilizing within the first 100 seconds after the landing, and two successfully plucking MOB’s out of the 41 degree water before serious injury resulted.

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