bill of goods

A Bellingham, WA Anarchist points out that one of the subjects of yesterday’s article “Full Court Press”, Bill Walton, is actually a sailor after all. The towering Californian was even the subject of an article from the Around The Americas expedition a few years back after he visited the globe-girdling battle cruiser on the final leg of her voyage. Here’s an excerpt:

After a brief stop at the customs dock on Shelter Island, we hoisted the main and sailed into San Diego Bay and right up to the pier at the San Diego Maritime Museum, the home of the famous Star of India and a fleet of classic yachts, powerboats and submarines. Towering over our friends and family was a very familiar-looking 7-foot redheaded gentleman, a native of San Diego who made his name playing championship basketball for the U.C.L.A. Bruins, the Portland Trailblazers and the Boston Celtics.

Bill Walton.
A few weeks back, Bill had learned about our expedition and has been following it ever since. As much as anyone we’ve met on our travels, he spoke knowledgeably and passionately about the utmost necessity of protecting our oceans, and it was an honor and privilege to talk about our adventures and show him Ocean Watch. It was also cool to chat about hoops. Bill played a key role for the epic 1985-86 Celtics squad, led by Larry Bird, that dispatched with the Houston Rockets to win the N.B.A. title. Ocean Watch has a patch of parquet flooring in the galley, just like the old Boston Garden, which made him feel at home.

Bill said a lot of things that rang true, and I had to jot down one of his observations, which I think sums up not only voyaging, but life: “Things work out best for those who make the best out of the way things work out.”

Amen, brother, amen.