Finding old things

With time on my hands and in preparation for the future I’m going through many boxes to reduce and recycle my collection of crap.  In one box of miscellaneous things I found an article I had ripped out of Outside Magazine in 2005 – yeah … 2005!

The piece was written by Yvon Chouinard the founder of Patagonia and discussed his philosophy of business and life (close to being the same thing).  After rereading I find that the issues still ‘kicks me in the head’ as it did back in 2015 (can it have really been 12+ years ago!?) where the issues of how most businesses are run and the slow death of our world’s environment are now happening at an even faster rate.

I was very proud when in 2017 Patagonia took a stand for the environment and American people’s public spaces –

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits – $12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs – that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state. Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah …

– Patagonia Works, 6 Feb. ’17

Read the 2005 article for yourself and see what ‘resonates’ for you –

Let My People Go Surfing

Can you take a company to the top when you can’t stand nearly everything about traditional business and what it represents? Read the entire thing by clicking HERE.

– Outside Magazine, Oct. 2005



Coming back from my recent trip a rollover accident happened right in front of me on Colorado I-25 by milepost 135; just south of Fort Carson.  An SUV heading south drifted off the road and into the meridian (no divider) and rolled.  I was heading north and needed to quickly figure my options as the vehicle looked to be rolling into northbound traffic …

Everyone’s luck held, except for the SUV’s, as it came to a stop in the meridian – after a couple of rolls.

I and many others stopped.  Some ran to assist – I called 911.

no cell - circleThe entire thing looks like a ‘distracted driver incident’.  Folks – when driving a vehicle DON’T USE YOUR GOD DAMNED FUCKING CELL PHONE!!  I have my cell synced with the truck’s radio so I can receive a call – ALL HANDS FREE and I can answer the call using buttons on the steering wheel.

My rules when answering the phone –

  3. Not on winding roads
  4. Not a number that I don’t know – caller ID flashes on the truck’s ‘entertainment screen’
  5. OK, do you get the point? My default step is NOT to answer the fucking phone!

I cell ticketdrive a lot of miles and the number of people distractedly talking on their cell IN THEIR HAND, or texting, or surfing is SCARY!!!  There is no excuse and I do wish there was a way to enforce the many laws against driving ‘under the influence of a cell phone’.

Just don’t do it!  Just don’t USE IT!  Turn the fucking thing OFF!! If you can’t turn off your cell when driving you have an addiction and require HELP!!!  Your own life, your passengers’ lives and the lives of the other drivers are more fucking important than anything you can see or call you can make/receive on you damn cell phone!

Giving up my past

I’m living in a moment of change and needing to make many decisions about my future and having the strength to leave behind my past.

So when you feel Shiva’s heat, when the cleansing, incinerating moment comes, seize it. Give the trappings of your identity to the flames. Throw your wallet into the exploding car. Burn it up, and be renewed.

– ‘The Bonfire Of Humanity’, The Atlantic, November 2017

My ‘car’ has most definitely ‘exploded’.  What I have done was important.  The choices about ‘what was done’ are my own.  Ahead are many roads and courses.


This is a process that may have false starts, some dead ends, and maybe a shallow reef … but I will be renewed!

trying to kill people

Some scary statements are put out there by folks that don’t care about what happens to others that ‘may not know better’.  Browsing craigslist found this –



The seller is stating –

trailerable by car sleeps 4 offshore boat

Holly hell Batman are your trying to get people killed!?!?

Next owner statement –

Can be towed by mid size car and sailed to Hawaii. … The [Potter] 19 has made trips to Hawaii

OK … all true BUT any sane person cannot expect a stock Potter 19 to cross oceans.  The boat is lightly built with minimum layup (ie, the fiberglass used, in both thickness and how put together), lightly ballasted (ie, only the steel daggerboard) and not appropriate to on a blue water crossing and caught in a gale or worse.   The standing rig is also on the light size for appropriate crossing the ocean blue.

A Potter 19 is a good inland water and coastal cruiser.  It does well and is, in most situations, a comfortable boat.  The new boats were inexpensive, almost cheap, and for a person that doesn’t want ‘the best built or best sailor’ were a good choice.  NOTE: I state all of this in the past sense as the builder, International Marine (aka, IM), sold the company to China and the boat molds are no longer in the USA.

I write the above as a person that was in the boat industry and NEVER sold the boats I built as more than they were nor told a prospect an untruth about what the boat was capable.  The boats I built were significantly better built and better sea boats than any Potter – and I would never encourage anyone to sail one of the boats I sold to cross an ocean.

This is a situation of Caveat emptor and one of many examples the boating industry is failing – builders and sales are not honest – yeah, a lot like used car dealers!!

If you are looking for a blue water capable 20-ish-foot sailboat I recommend a Flicka.

A substantial full keeled boat – SAFE for bluewater cruising!

Listening to the radio

Growing up my dad built me a tree house.  I would spend the night up in that tree as often as I could.  I have no idea how long or often I stayed in my fort, but it sure seems like a long time – fall, winter, spring and summer for many years.

Besides reading and cooking my own breakfast of pancakes – yeah a kid COOKING on a backpacking STOVE, something that no parent would allow in this over-protective day.  During these adventures in the back yard I would listen to a AM/FM radio.  It was a big black thing with a mid-to-late-70s look.

I have small little green ‘emergency’ radio in my truck camper.  Works good enough for me to listen to the news and occasionally some music.  I’ve found a classic rock station that reminds me of the tree house listening to the tunes and reading the night away.  A good memory.

green radio
A good little radio.

I’ll also be taking this radio along during trip this spring/summer/fall on my sailboat.

‘Gain followers now!’

Asget more likes fast - NO my personal Instagram page and this BLOG come on-line I’m amazed how quickly the spammers try to get their hooks into the feeds.  The number of ‘gain followers’ and ‘get lots of likes’ sales attempts that come across my feeds is astounding.


To you, my readers and ‘lookers’: like me if you enjoy the content,  follow if you feel you want to read and see more of what I have to say,  comment on my posts if you wish.  Pay you to do any of this – NO!

Bathroom painting

No, not a painting of a bathroom – I painted the bathroom.

Over a year ago – almost 18 months maybe – my landlady painted the bathroom after the tub was redone.  She is a very nice person but proves once again that most folks don’t know how to paint a room.  Besides the skips (I’ll allow for many as the prior color was a light brown so covering with white is a challenge) she didn’t remove any of the hardware on the walls!


The above photos show a very common error that I see even in places you would expect the job would have been done by a professional.

So, with all my free time because of the ‘status change’, I’ve re-painted the bathroom.  First I removed all the things hung on the walls and the vent over the ceiling.  I choose to put in an accent wall – a gray that is really close to the color of the shower’s walls.  Once the paint dried, and I cleaned up the paint ‘slop’ my landlady put on the wall hardware, I put the bathroom back together.


I’m happy with it – though I expect I’ll obsess for a few months with all my small skips/errors noticed while sitting in the room.

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