The final push

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.

empty shelves
Empty bookshelves … books all gone.

Two boxes

Moving just sucks.  I have to do it so my goal until the final push just prior to my becoming homeless, though I kinda will be moving into two homes: my truck camper and my sailboat, is to pack two boxes every day.

wall of books

As part of that packing I’m finding things to gift to friends and donate to charity.  Besides a good quantity of clothing, bed linens and electronics I’ve shrunk my personal library by 300+ books (still have close to 900).

My slow packing means I’m organizing things and logging each box’s contents into a spreadsheet so, if needed, I can find something prior to being into another place.  Almost all of my stuff will be stored as my near-term combined living space will be a generous 161 sq. ft. – boat is 17′ x 7′ and camper is 6′ x 7′ (not including the camper’s bed as it can’t be used for storage when the roof is down).

 

 

 

With all things being stored if I don’t ‘miss the stuff’ after this spring/summer/fall another ‘purge’ will happen when/if I move into another home/apartment/cave.

Turn off the lights

All the bulbs in my home are low-energy: either LED or fluorescent (as the florescents burn out they usually get replaced with LEDs). My energy use is little – my monthly bill is usually about $20! But, I am always trying to do better: both for the environment and my pocket book.

My push now is to let the house ‘go dark’. More and more I am turning off lights except where needed for reading or writing. This has been harder than I thought it would be as my place is north facing and only has one small bedroom window and the patio glass doors – the place is dark, and even worse if there are any clouds covering the sun.

So, I’m trying harder to be better and use a little less light.

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

PUT THE DAMN CELL PHONE DOWN!

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 –

  1. NOT IN HEAVY TRAFFIC
  2. NOT IN POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS
  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 –

p19
https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/boa/d/2009-west-wright-potter-19/6494371426.html

 

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.

flicka20-seahorse-trailer
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!

Spoiled children

When, ever, should a kid have their own ‘study’ … and then should it cost $57,500?!  I clearly have a difference of opinion on how children should be raised and how the 1% spend money.  Read all about it –

https://www.wsj.com/articles/inside-a-teens-57-500-study-1518017295

I’m of the opinion that kids need to learn to share common space and a good starting location is in what was called the family room when I grew up.  Increasingly ‘younger folks’ just don’t know how to share.  I saw this in a prior career in higher education (20 years working in Student Affairs).

Guess I’m having one of those ‘the younger generation’ moments.

 

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