July 28 -- 110 in the shade...


Jun

12

2018
Havana Ohhh Na Na

Havana Ohhh Na Na

For many of us, the last few days have been a little numb as we’ve absorbed the news of Tony Bourdain’s suicide in France. I spent some time this weekend catching up on old No Reservations episodes. You should go back and watch a few. You’ll be saddened by how often he talked of his premature death by his own hand. I counted at least...

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Jun

08

2018
Medium Raw

Medium Raw

This is not the post I’d thought be making for my return to the blog after a month’s hiatus. As I do every morning, I rolled over to pick my buzzing phone off the nightstand and immediately started clearing through the 50 or so junk emails that seem to come in every night regardless of my continued efforts to unsubscribe from them. Then I switched...

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May

09

2018
The Fog

The Fog

It’s Wednesday and I’m sitting in Sheryl’s spot at the kitchen table alone with my dogs and my thoughts. For the third out of four weeks, she is traveling and I’m holding down the fort. I’ve been busy turning the hotel for our next group of guests arriving on Friday along with cleaning, working, and grooming the dogs. I suppose this will be what it’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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Apr

25

2018
The First Voyage Part 3–Squatting in St Thomas

The First Voyage Part 3–Squatting in St Thomas

We arrived at Compass Point just after 5 on Friday, March 2nd.  When we lived there, Friday evenings at the height of Spring Break would be filled with power boats returning from Jost Van Dyke, families packing their cruisers for a weekend on the hook, and light calypso floating over the water from the harbor side bar-shacks tucked in the mangrove trees. When we pulled...

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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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Apr

17

2018
The First Voyage Part 3–No Room at the Inn

The First Voyage Part 3–No Room at the Inn

After a refreshing swim, we let go the mooring with the prospect of happy hour just six miles across Pillsbury sound. Red Hook, St Thomas–home of the Pizza Boat, Duffy’s, and, of course, our destination–The Island Time Pub. We set Otto on automatic and headed west at five and a half knots–45 minutes to food and drink! The plan was to call the American Yacht...

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Apr

12

2018
The First Voyage Part 2–Virgin Gorda to St Thomas

The First Voyage Part 2–Virgin Gorda to St Thomas

Authors’s note: A delay, obviously, in posts since we’ve just returned from 6 days on the boat in Puerto Rico. Yes, she’s still floating. And the new marina has a great bar. Life is getting better… Back to our story: With the engine purring like a contented kitten, the yard bill paid, and fuel and water in the tanks, Dad and I decided it was...

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Mar

29

2018
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

“What’s in a name? That by which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” –Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 1-2 For us, the naming of our new home has taken longer and required more soul searching and scribbling than I thought possible. For months, Sheryl and I have brainstormed, argued, cajoled, and otherwise worked very hard to...

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