In my ‘Internet time’, beginning in the mid-1980s, I’ve been a moderator of many bulletin boards, forums, listprocs, usegroups, Yahoo groups, Facebook groups, etc. I believe I have learned, and have some skill at, being a moderator of these virtual spaces.
Today I was banned from a Facebook group because I flagged a post for the moderator to review. I was removed because I ’caused trouble’ by reporting a problematic discussion. The group admin wrote –
please don’t cause anymore trouble for the mods, we have other bs going on in our lives outside of a trivial facebook page.
This is a rant. You don’t want to read a rant stop now.
I find that most power boaters, again I’m saying most, just don’t know anything about etiquette or the rules of the road on the water. They are impolite, nit at all courteous, and generally are assholes.
First being a sailboat has the priority on the water. This means that a powerboat must do all they can to be out of the way of a sailboat. I’m talking when a sailboat is sailing and not using a motor. This means a powerboat should give way, give space, and generally not be close to the sailboat because that big ass wake will disturb the wind in the sails. Most power boaters do not get this and seem that it is so much trouble with their hundreds of horsepower to turn off the autopilot and put down their beer to change course to give a sailboat space.
Next power boaters don’t seem to understand their wakes are greatly disturbing as their boats are greatly inefficient in the water. Power boaters seem to think it is fine to ignore a speed limit or wake limit in an anchorage, Bay or garboe. Even when there isn’t a limit the power boater seems to think it’s okay to charge through anchored boats or boats on a mooring. Don’t they understand their wakes can cause damage or even injure a person that is unaware that the stupid ass powerboat just went by leaving a monstrous set of waves and causing all boats to roll to their beem ends!?
It isn’t just ‘private’ individuals – but PUBLIC employees! Multiple times I’ve experienced State of Washington Parks employees speed through a moorage!!
So with that I say no more power boats! Or only power boats that are slow displacement efficient hull shapes, like most before the 1960s, that even when going at cruise speed put out no more wake than the average sailboat.
I no longer have a home. Well, maybe, I now have two homes. One is the truck camper and the second is my boat. I see the truck’s back seat and passenger side footwell as my storage sheds.
Even with only a small percentage of my stuff I am feeling , strangely, like I’ve over-packed. I’m thinking this is really my reaction to having so little space and feel cluttered.
The transition to ‘tiny living’ or ‘going small’ will require me to look at what I have and what I actually use. The items not used will need to be justified or they will need to go to someone else – I don’t have the space! NO CLUTTER!!
I’ve been busy both packing and preparing the boat for my long trip. The boat work is as done (never really ‘finish’ working on a boat so it is ‘done enough’) and now the final push to clear the apartment begins.