July 28 -- 110 in the shade...


Sep

30

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 7 Part 1–An Inter Island Odyssey.

Building a Better Boat Day 7 Part 1–An Inter Island Odyssey.

The Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel is a lovely 10 room bed and breakfast in the heart of the “action” in Cruz Bay, St John, USVI. This morning I awoke on top of the sheets, not under them. From the very comfortable queen size bed I scanned my body and was unsurprised to feel a slight headache, pinchy arms, and itching calves. That’s the undeniable evidence...

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Sep

29

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 6–The Rock after the Storm

Building a Better Boat Day 6–The Rock after the Storm

Good evening from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. As you can see I’ve escaped the boat for the weekend so that I can complete the other major goal of this trip: finding my mast. Just before Dad and I left VG in March I made a deal on the intact mast off a storm-wrecked Jeanneau that ended up stern sunk and bow nearly...

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Sep

25

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 3–Monday, Monday

Building a Better Boat Day 3–Monday, Monday

Thankfully it’s not a Manic Monday today–though challenges with my direct reports certainly threatened to drag me down a hole of negativity early in the afternoon. Instead, I am writing from my cool and dry master stateroom on SV Downwind Dogs after a nice dinner at the excellent marina restaurant. I did the math and it was actually the first full meal I’ve had since...

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Sep

24

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 2–I’m the only guy working in the Marina…

Building a Better Boat Day 2–I’m the only guy working in the Marina…

This morning I awoke to a dry, lovely day on the east end of Puerto Rico. What most people don’t realize is that the front and tail ends of Hurricane season are very pleasant in the Caribbean. The winds are calm, the ocean’s flat, and the water temperature is somewhere between “Oh, that’s nice” and “Damn–that’s bath water!” The crowds are small and the beaches pretty...

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Sep

23

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 1–Mine eyes have seen the glory….

Building a Better Boat Day 1–Mine eyes have seen the glory….

As always seems to be the case on travel days, things pop up that sometimes throw your schedule out of alignment. Yesterday was no different. I spent some time in the afternoon doing a 90 minute “1000 Calorie Burn” ride from my online Gym–Studio Sweat On Demand. I’m dubious about the thousand calorie claim, though. The little monitor on the spin bike said I came...

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Sep

20

2018
Adˈven(t)SHər

Adˈven(t)SHər

Our good friend Google defines adventure as: ad·ven·ture (adˈven(t)SHər) noun  an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity verb  engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory I’ve thought a lot about adventure lately–what it is to most people and what it is to me. I have tried to build a life around adventuring (V). To date,  I’ve visited over...

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Aug

03

2018
Between the Buoys

Between the Buoys

It’s 430 and it seems like it should be 1030 at night. I woke up this morning to a flurry of Slack messages from colleagues. Since I am not nearly this popular normally, I knew that some major upheaval was ahead at work. Sure enough, as the IMs and calls started trickling in it became clear that we were in the middle of a “reorganization”...

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Jul

29

2018
There Must be Something I Missed

There Must be Something I Missed

I spent the week before last at my parents’ place. We’d just returned from our third visit to Puerto Rico to work on the boat and I was tired and short. Our house has yet to sell and I’d told our realtor we’d execute a painting project on the bedroom, master bath, and family room to get rid of the rust colored accent walls. Our hope...

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Jun

20

2018
This is Madness

This is Madness

Many of you who read this blog do not live in a border state. I am writing this sitting in my comfortable Mexican home 65 miles south of the US border. I thought you’d might like to know how I see it down here. As I drove home yesterday from Phoenix I was curious to see if there would be a change in the attitude...

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Jun

15

2018
Bombay at 2AM

Bombay at 2AM

I stepped through the doors at Mumbai International Airport at two in the morning after nearly 20 hours of grueling travel that took me to Denver and Frankfurt before touching down in the business capital of the Indian Subcontinent. The first thing I noticed when I got off the plane was the airport just wasn’t….done. Next to my baggage claim was a half constructed conveyor...

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