The Binomial Man

The Binomial Man

by Paul Stevens
     
 

In this rollicking memoir author Paul Stevens recounts his efforts to become an ocean going sailor (at 60), a surfer (at 65), and a skier (at 68), by compensating his complete lack of sporting talent with sheer determination.
Along the way he gets a new body, and a whole new outlook on life.

The inspiration to succeed at these sports springs from an

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In this rollicking memoir author Paul Stevens recounts his efforts to become an ocean going sailor (at 60), a surfer (at 65), and a skier (at 68), by compensating his complete lack of sporting talent with sheer determination.
Along the way he gets a new body, and a whole new outlook on life.

The inspiration to succeed at these sports springs from an experience early in life in which he mastered the binomial theorm.
Funny yet informative this book on three sports which intersect at points also takes the reader on the inside track to longboard surfing in middle age by focusing on the journey itself to that first amazing ride.

[Introduction - The Binomial Theorem - If Only You Were Here Yesterday! - No Way But Down - The Two Best Days of your Life - The Acid Test - Surfing is a Risky Business - Unfinished Business - So You Want to be a Sailor? - Quipping Up - Surfing Fit - Dubai - So You Want to Buy a Yacht? - Ski Lifts - The Jump Up & Drop - The Nature of the Beast - The We$t Coa$t Crui$e - It’s All About the Wind - Catching The Wave (& ) The Right (of) Way - Let’s Go! - The Nightmare Continues! - The Facts of Life - Can You Explain this? - Round the World - Again - No Way But Down (2) - Epilogue (1) - Have you Got Your Seats? - Epilogue (2) Murphy’s 10 Laws of Surfing]

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940033273256
Publisher:
Paul Stevens
Publication date:
06/04/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

There is a favorite line from my novella Dinner Party For Eight in which Angela asks Harry:

“What do you think I am?”
Harry considered this for a moment. What was she actually?
“Well I suppose you are a very beautiful cook.”

So if I have to answer the same question what am I actually? I would also need to consider this for a moment. I would like to say I’m an ex astronaut, have more degrees than a thermometer, have competed in the Tour de France without any EPO, surfed Teahupoo in Tahiti and emerged unscathed, sailed round the world, am an ace Alpine skier, am a member of Mensa, have a beauty queen wife and gorgeous kids, and started my own corporation which has listed on NASDAQ. I could go on but like Arnold Schwarzenegger I don’t want to boast.
Well to be honest, I have gone some of the way towards all those things. I do have a letter from Wernher von Braun, I do have three degrees in Physics, I have flown in a jet plane (Emirates Air), I do cycle the mega steep hills here where I live but unfortunately can’t get EPO anywhere, I am a keen surfer who has almost managed to break his neck, I am an ocean going skipper and I did own my own yacht though if it was me I wouldn’t sail with me as captain, I do ski but you need to get out of the way, I do have a beautiful wife (though her agreeing to marry me has to be my biggest piece of luck ever) and two great kids, I do have my own software business but no stock exchanges alas and I would like to take the Mensa test but I’m pretty sure I would fail and then I wouldn’t be able to live with that so I would rather rationalize. I live in that sapphire city – Cape Town.

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