As Richards explained in the Enterprise:
?"With no navigable body of water nearby, the expense of boat acquisition and maintenance would...be eliminated, thus providing more funds for club social functions and events.
?"With no boats to sail on, there would be no danger of falling overboard, to the ruination of clothing and the likelihood of catching cold or even worse.
?"There would be no ostentation or putting on of airs, with the outboard man looking down on the rowboat man and the cruiser man looking down on the outboard man and so on.
?"...funds could be saved in the erection of a conventional clubhouse."
Indeed, as one social drinker put it, "Why build a clubhouse when readily at hand are 15 saloons?"
His logic being inescapable, Richards printed up VCYC membership cards, bearing a quotation which he facetiously attributed to Cervantes: "Sin mar, sin lago, sin r�o, sin aqua."
But, despite Richards' sentiments, one bona fide boat owner was admitted to the club. Says Richards: "A San Francisco attorney, who ably confessed that although he owns a yacht he'd like to join just the same, was let in because he wrote such a nice letter."
SNOW AND SUBJECTIVITY
When it comes to snow condition reports, ski operators in New England can be as slippery as their slopes, but with the traditional terminology—poor, good, excellent, etc.—skiers can at least judge for themselves whose report is tried-and-true and whose is as phony as a P.A. yodel. Possibly to avoid this sort of detection, the operators switched last winter to cryptic numerical reports that even perplexed schussboomers: e.g., 0-3 base, 4MM, corn and bare spots. Skiers will be happy to learn that the operators got fed up sticking rulers in the snow every morning, and that this winter the conditions of snow reporting will be back to normal—which is excellent.