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Jul

27

2019
Eat, Drink, Stink

Eat, Drink, Stink

Or so says the saying on this year’s Gilroy Garlic Festival tee-shirts…. Tonight I find myself in my cozy, comfortable travel trailer at an RV park cum gas station cum wine bar cum 24-hour cafe called Casa De Fruta in Hollister, California. I’m about 15 miles from Gilroy,  50 miles south of San Francisco, 650 miles northwest of Phoenix and 300 or so miles from...

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Sep

30

2018
Drake's Atlantic Explorations

Building a Better Boat Day 7, Part 2: A Thoughtful Passage and Hawwbaaar Shawwwping.

We pulled into Red Hook at 1015 exactly an hour after leaving Virgin Gorda. It was a scenic and pleasant ferry ride traveling downwind with the waves and current. I love the trip through the Sir Francis Drake channel. From the hills of St Thomas, Tortola and St John, Sir Francis would stalk French and Spanish merchant ships hoping to escape unmolested from the world’s...

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May

03

2018
Our 20/20 Experience

Our 20/20 Experience

Yesterday I got robbed. Well more like scammed. You see my intention for my tenth wedding anniversary was to pick up resale tickets to Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods tour making a stop in Phoenix last night. Sheryl has wanted to see JT for quite some time and we’ve had many friends who’ve raved about just how awesome a show he puts on. When...

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Feb

26

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 12 Shiny Scratches

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 12 Shiny Scratches

Yesterday we awoke to great plans of getting the gel coating and grinding done on the hull in preparation for Splash as soon as the middle of this week. By our calculations we had just enough gel coat to get us through. Alas when Dad went up and started troweling on the second batch, it hardened up in about 5 minutes into a gooey paste....

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Feb

22

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 8–Rainy Day Blues

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 8–Rainy Day Blues

Yesterday was the first day I’ve truly been down and frustrated about our (not so) little project. I woke up to see threatening clouds and lots of wind. The guys showed up on time at 9–including Boss Mon–who was there to try to get another “big job” on island. They brought along with them Peter–a mechanic-fix it all guy who was there “to take a...

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Feb

17

2018
Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 3–Twelve Volt Man

Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 3–Twelve Volt Man

Since I can’t sleep tonight, I figured I’d post this update in an effort to be productive at 330AM. My head is swimmy from all the 1/2 done projects on the boat. We’re in a critical phase of our refit and the distance, stress, and frustrations are starting to wear on me a little. Add to that the fact that Sheryl and I seem to...

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Feb

16

2018
Making the holes bigger.

Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 2–The Island Strikes Back

So you know the formula of a trilogy right? The first movie is all about introducing the characters, setting the stage, and giving them a mild win so you fall in love with the dashing young hero, the scoundrel, and the princess. Then in the second movie you put your now-familiar characters in the worst possible situation so that they can show their “true grit”....

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Feb

15

2018
Life in a Tropical Boat Yard–Day 1

Life in a Tropical Boat Yard–Day 1

Yesterday was a productive day–for an island. We went to bed around 10 and I was up at 630, ready to go. I answered some email, popped out yesterday’s blog post, and headed our the door at 745. Notice I say ME, not WE…. Our goals yesterday were straightforward: Get Functional. That means, literally, starting with the basics: electricity and water. The original plan was...

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Oct

02

2017
Thoughts on the Las Vegas Massacre

Thoughts on the Las Vegas Massacre

Monday morning. A new week. A new month. A new American tragedy. This morning, Apple news let me know that over 50 innocent concert goers lost their lives in the next, newest, deadliest mass shooting in American history. Several years down the road, someone might read this post and have to be reminded of the violence that struck in the heart of America’s “Sin City”...

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Sep

08

2017
Operation Save the Painkillers

Operation Save the Painkillers

I am not a doctor, a nurse, a carpenter, or a welder. But I am a project manager and I know how to get stuff done. We have been actively planning a response to the disaster in St Thomas and St John for the last 24 hours. Our friends need help. We’re calling it Operation Save the Painkillers. The US Government has already mobilized 700...

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