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Desert Island Dream......RichM-RI....

July 7 2008 at 5:37 PM

Rich Marchand  (Login RichM-RI)
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One recent day I was sitting by the pool enjoying the sun - it was perfect weather.
All of a sudden, I got this email from Bonati!!!

Uh oh. What does he want now? He is ALWAYS calling me, emailing me. Day in and day out.

I called him and found out some interesting news: Evidently there is a boat race coming up in Newport....

Well, Bonati says the captain ate some bad Carpaccio and is ill. He would like me to fill in. I explain I have NEVER sailed before - he said it's all good and give it a shot. Fine. For you I will Mr. Bonati. Well, race day I report to...

I immediately am nervous - these is NO Engine!! Ok - I chill a bit in the sun. Then I smoke a Camel Light and have my crew get her going out of port to sea...let's give this a try..nice day in Newport, RI - not a cloud in the sky.

And the race begins. We are in First!

Well, I jibbed when I should have jabbed. Or Tucked when I should have Ticked. One way or another - I get lost

All of a sudden...the sky gets dark. Then the sea gets choppier.
A WALL of Water - the Perfect Storm...

The mast breaks off, hits me on the head and I am knocked out cold. But, I wake up here....

And - ALL I have is this...

2 watches
2 songs
1 book
1 movie
1 photograph
1 memory
1 meal
1 person

Well, what did I bring??

2 watches:

First up is my 24A - for many reasons. It is an A. It came from a friend, who got it from another friend who is also a friend. THAT is RISTI. They are my friends and treated me well. Enough said there. And, the watch is perfect on me. Really, what else is there?

Second is my DREAM - the 203. The ultimate Panerai for me. OR a 201/A. But, if I had to choose only one it would be the 203. Not my watch below - it is a pic I took of Davie's in Montreal..

2 Songs:

Man, this one was hard - I am music nut for sure. I probably have 500 cd's - and that was before about 2 years ago when I started to burn my own. Every genre you can think of. Ok - IF I had to, here are my 2 favorites. First up is Hendrix..."There are many people here among us who feel that life is but a joke..."

Next is the Dave Matthews Band..Two Step. Amazing live. Amazing. BIG DMB guy..."Celebrate for life is short but sweet for sure...."

1 Book:

You had to ask?

Ok - that is narrow minded...how about these?

What can I say? I am focused

1 Movie:

Once again - hard!!!!!!!!! Big movie guy. So many. But - when push comes to shove, the original Rocky has to be it. He does not win. But - he does better that he or anyone else ever thought he would. All because he had it "Inside" - where it counts. Very cool. When this came out - I am going to be 42 so there is an age reference - it was major - major for me. Bigger than Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark combined. How can you not watch this and get a little fired up??

1 Photograph

This one was HARD as well - if you really believe you are on an island and will be there forever. I chose the pic below of me and the family last summer from our vacation at Sesame Place. At the time I thought I was in hell - 95 degress, 95% humidity, spent the cost of a Fiddy on God know what, kids where so excited they didn't sleep the night before which translates into one tired RichM-RI. But - looking back today - It was a GR8 day Look at the yougest 2 boys faces - they really think it was the Cookie Monster! Priceless...

I also scanned in the following 2 photos - I never responded to that "wedding pic" post as I did not have anything on the computer. Yes gents - I HAD hair. AND - it was BLACK

Age 29....

1 Memory

The birth of my first son - Samuel. He was born one month early - technically prematurely. He was extremely small for 36 months - just a small boy. On April 29th, 1999 my wife woke me up at 6:30am saying it was time. I said no way - way to early. I was wrong.

Long story short but the Doctor never made it to the delivery room until AFTER he was born - he was occupied with another crisis down the hall and could not make it. My wife went extremely fast at the end. I remember the nurse saying "Richard, WE are going to deliver this baby - now. I need your help. Are you ready?" Well, I had to be. And I delivered him. Talk about a RUSH like you have never felt unless you have done it - amazing. As I was cutting the cord - in came running the Doctor - "Are we ready to go?" he says - lol - we are DONE. I have never cried so hard as I did that night. Not too manly a comment to a bunch of guys (and ladies) wearing at minimum 44mm watches I must admit - but it is the truth. This all has a way of staying with a man. Here is a scanned pic of the nurse with us...

Note - my old and sold Rolex GMT Pepsi Realized last night I really - really - miss this little, no-crystal watch. Uh oh

This pic is of a regular sized diaper on Sam on day two I think. He was 5 pounds when he left the hospital...

1 Meal:

Tough - I am a foodie Thought it over long & hard - HAS to be one AMAZING pile of raw fish (read: Sushi) at Morimoto's in NYC...for those who do not know - Morimoto is Iron Chef Morimoto of FoodTV fame.

1 Person:

Whoa!! Tough! Ok - NOT my wife - she needs to take care of the boys and let them know everything is going to be alright and Dad is coming home. So...

If I don't have them...

OR my wife.
AND - I don't have this...

OR These... (Sorry gents - it's the way it is.. I am trying to quit..just not now)...

I think a GREAT person to help me would be the Dalai Lama...How else am I not going to go crazy???

OK - that is it. Done. This was harder than I thought but definitely a cool journey and a valuable exercise.

Thank you for staying and coming on my D.I.D. journey...and Wait Till you see who I pick


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(Login davilo)

Rich....nice....I'm LOL, esp with the hair component....I'm with you on that

July 7 2008, 5:51 PM 

Very nice....DID...

(South Shore MA USA)

What the....? Where's my wife?

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(Premier Login Kingsholm14)
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Brilliant Rich. Thank you. nt

July 7 2008, 5:56 PM 

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Martin Wilmsen
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Great post Rich!

July 7 2008, 5:57 PM 

Lovely family and good taste too man. I mean a 24A and Hendrix... can it get any better than that? Well maybe with a 203, but it's good to have something to wish for right?

Opinions are like noses... everybody has one.

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John in NJ
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great job, RichiEEEE.... gotta love the wedding pic... peace brother ;) <nt>

July 7 2008, 5:58 PM 


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(Login K.A.D.)

Thats a good one thanks, love that rocky clip. nt

July 7 2008, 6:03 PM 


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(Login angustami)

Great pics Rich nt

July 7 2008, 6:05 PM 


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Desert Island Dream SHARED

July 7 2008, 6:10 PM 

Thanks a lot for a great and really interesting post. Being new it is really good to see the real people behind the post. Great familly many thanks for sharing with us all.
Best regards

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(Login mkpierro)

Very Cool!

July 7 2008, 6:12 PM 

I like the intro and great pictures of the family.


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Eddie Sanchez
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Excellent D.I.D. Rich!!!!

July 7 2008, 6:14 PM 

You have a great imagination! I enjoyed every minute of it!


Eddie Sanchez
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Chris Agostino
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Nice Job Rich!!!!!!!! Well Done..... (nt)

July 7 2008, 6:18 PM 


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(Login neild243)

Well played my friend! :-)

July 7 2008, 6:21 PM 

No way you would dissapoint us.

Talk to ya!

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(Login porsche-964)

Well done Rich---liked the Bonati email!!!

July 7 2008, 6:36 PM 


Jeremy (aka Mr. Socko)
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(Login Marc_Cap)

Good one Rich...

July 7 2008, 6:37 PM 

The real question is what would you do without caffeine

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Action Dan
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Excellent !! I love it :) !! n/t

July 7 2008, 6:39 PM 



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(Login Javman)

That was perfect Rich lol.

July 7 2008, 6:39 PM 


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eric s (hkgweilo)
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great one Rich!! LOL...I thought A.B. was calling to tell you your 203 was ready....>>

July 7 2008, 6:46 PM 

love the wedding pix!!!

great job!

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Chuck A
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That was great! Very funny!

July 7 2008, 7:17 PM 


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Andy Altman

Excellent Rich!!

July 7 2008, 7:27 PM 


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Great D.I.D. Rich.. Loved it!! Got pumped from Rocky & punched the wall (nt)

July 7 2008, 7:41 PM 


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