Garberville Veterans With Hobbies
The Garberville chapter of Veterans for Peace, long recognized as a leading chapter in the organization, has decided to change its name to reflect the spirit of their new direction. Known for starting the tradition of returning to Viet Nam to help restore the war-torn communities where they once fought for their lives, the Garberville chapter of Veterans for Peace has built more than 20 medical clinics in Viet Nam. Their current project however, involves a 32 ft yacht called The Golden Rule. As a result, the Garberville Chapter of Veterans for Peace, has decided to change its name to “Veterans with Hobbies.”
The Golden Rule also has a glorious past. The first time some drugged-out rich kids got the idea to try to stop nuclear weapons testing by showing up in a boat at the test site, they took The Golden Rule. While they did not stop nuclear weapons tests, they did succeed on capitalizing on the trip, which led to the founding of Greenpeace, an international organization of rich white kids who like to get in the way of the ugly stuff that made their parents rich.
Frankie Chablis of the Garberville chapter said today, “Most of our veterans have their hobbies, they have race cars, airplanes, Harleys, etc., but this yacht brings us all together. I find working on this boat very satisfying, personally, and I hope people will support it. You know what they say about yachts: a yacht is a hole in the ocean that you pour money into.”
The group looks forward to sailing their refurbished yacht to the Americas Cup in San Fransico to show it off to all of the billionaires in attendance. They expect that everyone will get a kick out of seeing the boat that gallantly sailed into harms way to stop nuclear testing.
Frankie Chablis became nostalgic, adding “Those were special times, and its great to bring this old relic back to life. Times have changed, and so have we, but working on this old boat really takes me back. Hobbies really help veterans cope with what they’ve been through. Quiet time, spent outside, near the sea, working with wood, helps bring peace to a troubled mind. I really think the new name reflects the new focus of our chapter, and we think it will help us recruit new members and funding, besides, sailing’s such a kick. I’m really looking forward to getting out there on the water.”