The Downsize


Apr

19

2018
Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

It’s 5PM and I’m sitting at my kitchen table watching a few small pangas fish the slack tide. The front door and the back door are both open and the unseasonably cool April cross breeze has encouraged me to put on a pull over my typical work-from-home shorts and tee shirt. It seems to always be that my life is a convergence of odd events...

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Feb

01

2018
The End of the Year

The End of the Year

Today is the last day of January. For my company, it’s the end of our fiscal year and our team has been busy closing deals, entering time cards, and processing invoices in an effort to hit the numbers arbitrarily defined by our executive leadership and approved by our board. Our story is no different than any other moderately sized American organization. At the end of...

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Jan

29

2018
Putting on a Show

Putting on a Show

Thursday morning I was out on the deck in my skivvies cleaning up the daily mix of sand, salt, and seagull shit that blows in off the water onto our wrap around patio. We have a panoramic deck that affords 270 degree views of the ocean and desert. It’s really beautiful but our buildings are sort of in a Flying V shape (think Mighty Ducks…)...

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Jan

27

2018
The Tide Go in and The Tide Go Out

The Tide Go in and The Tide Go Out

This morning I sit down to collect my thoughts while sipping coffee out of a fancy Yeti mug I received as a Christmas gift from my Brochacho John. As with most Saturdays, today started with a year old puppy on my chest at 7 ready to play, eat, and poop. He’s figured out that kisses on the nose and a little “chirp” of a bark will...

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Nov

08

2017
A sad day.

Up for Air

So I believe my last post was just after the massacre in Las Vegas and I discussed my personal feelings about that tragedy. And here we are, a month later, and we’re once again reeling from the next American mass shooting. Another sick man with a gun and a penchant for violence lost control and 24 church going Texans died in a small town during...

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Oct

13

2017
The Boat Show Blues

The Boat Show Blues

We’ve just returned to Playa Contreband after a whirlwind week of travel that included 2 days at the Annapolis Sailboat Show and 5 days at an all inclusive resort south of Cancun for a fantastic wedding. I am overwhelmed, tired, stressed, and generally down. I’ve even got my first cold of the year. If you follow this blog, you know that we’ve been planning a...

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Sep

30

2017
RED With Anger!!!!

RED With Anger!!!!

This morning I rolled over and checked my phone. These days I go straight to the news to see if we’re in a nuclear war, California has broken off into the sea, or we’re in open civil revolt. You know my personal feelings about the islands and the human tragedy occurring in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. It’s appalling. It’s infuriating. It’s demoralizing....

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Sep

26

2017
Into Darkness..

Into Darkness..

The photo above was taken from the ISS after Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica, St Croix, and Puerto Rico last week. Notice something missing? That’s right–they aren’t there! Currently over 3 million people are, literally, in the dark. There is no power on these islands. On Puerto Rico, over 90 percent of the electrical grid was destroyed by Maria. An optimistic report says that power...

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Sep

17

2017
What have YOU Done to Help?

What have YOU Done to Help?

As I’ve done every morning for the last 2 weeks, I rolled over, lit up my phone, and went straight to the National Hurricane Center website. Overnight, our worst fears seem to be coming true. Another hurricane–Maria–has formed in the Atlantic and is on the expressway straight to Barbuda, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St Maarten, Anguilla, and our beloved Virgin Islands. It’s happening again. The current forecast...

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Sep

15

2017
My Lost Paradise–Part 1

My Lost Paradise–Part 1

I am grieving. There are no other words for it. I am grieving because so many of my kindred island spirits have lost their homes and their livelihoods. I am grieving because so many places the made up my Island Boy life are gone. I have not felt this way since the accident and I am sure that the events of the last few days...

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