Monthly Archives: March 2017


Mar

28

2017
Goin’ to the Boat Show and we’re gonna get marrrried.

Goin’ to the Boat Show and we’re gonna get marrrried.

When I married Sheryl, there were three things she said she’d never do: Attend Mass (church–not the state–although she’s an Islanders fan from Long Island so there’s not much love lost to Boston) Live on an island Go to a boat show But marriage means compromise… And after over a decade together we’ve gone to Midnight Mass and Easter services many times, moved to a...

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Mar

24

2017
I’m Never Moving Again–Until I Move Again

I’m Never Moving Again–Until I Move Again

I think I mentioned in another post somewhere that we have moved a total of 8 times since we have been together: Jonathan and Sheryl move into Sheryl’s house together (2007) Jonathan and Sheryl move to an apartment after the financial crisis (2010) Jonathan and Sheryl buy a new house in Phoenix (2011) Jonathan and Sheryl move to corporate housing in St Thomas (2013) Jonathan...

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Mar

19

2017
The Dream Boat

Sailing Sundays #1

I think everyone has some type of Sunday routine.  For Sheryl and I, Sunday has traditionally been our “couples” morning that typically includes coffee in bed with our Ipads and sleeping dogs catching up on Facebook and planning whatever trip happens to be next. (Admittedly, this is has been curtailed a bit with a VERY active puppy who likes to get up at 630 to play...

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Mar

16

2017
Starting to empty out

Sore Backs and Towing–A Busy Weekend Part 2

My wife posted a very nice birthday message the other day about me where she said I was “driven.” After last weekend, I think she might not think that’s such a great thing. My plan for the weekend had been to always move the furniture locally to my parent’s place, my brother’s house, and my daughter’s apartment. I did communicate this to all parties involved...

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Mar

13

2017
Booboos

Blood on the floor!–A BUSY Weekend, Part 1

Our transition shifted into a higher gear this weekend with a very successful yard sale and our first physical move of items out of the Phoenix house. I think to get started I’ll go over the general plan and then get into details about our busy Saturday and Sunday. The approach: To get ready to close down this house (I’m typing from the kitchen breakfast...

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Mar

08

2017
Cable? We don’t need no stinkin’ cable

Cable? We don’t need no stinkin’ cable

This is my second attempt at posting as WordPress lost my first draft. Gotta love that open source tech…grrr. We’ve completed another major step towards financial freedom and independence. Yesterday we cut the cable! When I was a kid, it was a major event the day my parents forked up the extra money to get cable. All of a sudden we had Disney Channel, Shark...

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Mar

06

2017
Ready for another trip to Goodwill

Contre’s Spatula Emporium

Another Monday rolls in and the downsizing process continues. I’m grouchy this morning so my normally sharp wit may have to be replaced with dry sarcasm. Sleep has been fitful over the last few days. Seems as if as soon as I get to sleep it’s time to wake up and walk the puppy in the backyard, in my underwear and sweatshirt, at 3 AM....

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Mar

03

2017
My nose tastes SO good

I’m Growing Older but Not Up

I’m sure you’re waiting with baited breath for a puppy update. So here goes. First off: since day 1 on Wednesday to today, we have had NO accidents in the house!!!!! This is the one thing I was really concerned about. Honestly, since Jack passed, I have enjoyed only having to pick up 1/2 the dog poo in the yard. In our house, scooper patrol...

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Mar

01

2017
Samson the Sailor

Our New Crew Member

Those of you who are sharp readers may have picked up that I had a quick trip to Dallas yesterday. Ostensibly, I was headed out there for a meeting about a new job. And while I did have an interview (from the airport) the real reason I got on the plane was to pick up SV Contreband’s newest crewmember! Meet Samson! Samson’s Story We have been...

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