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Wednesday, 04 February, 2004

Back in July, I wrote about a group of Cubans trying to defect to the United States in a bright green 1951 Chevy truck. Well, they're back again:

Cubans in Car-Boat Are Stopped at Sea

MIAMI - Eleven Cubans trying to sail to Florida in a 1950s Buick converted into a tailfinned boat were intercepted at sea by the Coast Guard and will be sent back to their homeland, exile activists said Wednesday.

Marciel Basanta Lopez and Luis Grass Rodriguez, the two men who turned the classic car into a floating vessel, tried a similar stunt last summer and got caught: They set out for Florida in a 1951 Chevy pickup with pontoons made out of empty 55-gallon drums and a propeller that pushed it along at about 8 mph.

On Monday, the men set out again, with four other adults and five children, relatives said. The Coast Guard intercepted the group late Tuesday en route to the Florida Keys, picking them up off Marathon, about 90 miles southwest of Miami, activist Arturo Cobo said.

Coast Guard officials refused to confirm the floating car's status, but Cobo said the Buick sank.

Buick's latest model

[Note the color - apparently bright green is the only shade these amphibious vehicles come in.]

Mom and Dad have their safari all planned! They leave April 4th and return April 18th. They'll spend time in Johannesburg and Cape Town on either end and go to three different safari camps in between. I really loved my trip to Botswana in 1999, so I hope they have a wonderful time.

[Lions and tigers and bears . . . oh, wrong continent.]

Quote du jour:

"An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion
but enjoys the scenery."

-- Walter Winchell (1897 - 1972) US broadcast journalist

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