The Perfect Snore

When I was a lad, I dreamed of running away to sea. It was a harmless enough fantasy for a kid living in middle-class suburban Houston, who was just as likely to become an astronaut as a sailor. When I grew up, I did go to sea—every now and then, aboard luxury cruise ships plying the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Aegean. Seven years ago I went on a South American cruise along the coast of Chile, through the Strait of Magellan and on to Buenos Aires. It was a spectacular voyage in...

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