Holy Extra Wires!

Wow, check out all these extra wires that my electrician took out of the small space that used to house a bunch of radio’s, but the former owner of our boat claimed them as personal property and took them off the boat.  No worries, cause we’ve got some ideas about radio’s and electronics of our own.

This is one day’s worth of work clearing out the radio area,,,,,the picture below is pretty dark, but you’ll get the idea:

Yep, all those wires used to be in this radio cabinet, what a mess.  Glad it’s out!

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Reality Update from LF2SF

Ok folks, a bit of reality on a couple different things.  Today you’re not going to get a polished, refined writing product.  Tonight you’re going to get an update on things and then in a few more days, you’ll get a couple of cool reviews with pics and I’ll be back up to snuff.  I’m tired already and getting sick again (never fully recovered from this ear thing yet).  The boat sale is still in progress and by the time I write again tonight , we’ll know if we’re still in the deal or if we start looking for another boat.  Weds night at 5pm is my drop-dead date for this deal.  I’m tired of it dragging on.  Once it’s done whether it goes our way or not, I’ll be writing about some great lessons learned from a buyer’s perspective that might help you in the future.  I’m still excited I finally earned my Coast Guard Masters Ticket and in two weeks I start an eight week course to earn my Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate.  I’d like to be able to write more on this blog and publish the reviews and stories that I’ve outlined on here (but have not fully finished);  but I’ve learned the reality of parenting two tiny kids and the dog takes up a lot of my time.  In case you don’t know,,,,,I’m NOT divorced from Hot Wife,,,,she had to move roughly three hours away when her job moved her.  I support her totally; thus I parent the kids here while she lives on our boat there (until we sold the boat in November).  She will move back onto whatever boat we end up buying,,,,and live there until we take off on our own journey.  I’m proud of her for making the decision to stick with her job and move onto the boat, leaving the kids to the mercy of her sometimes grumpy husband.  A friend reminded me last year that it’s not babysitting,,,,,it’s parenting.  People comment that I’m occasionally controlling and very scheduled with the kids and I agree.  Since my wife isn’t around to help out, I need to have a schedule and stay on things every day to keep the ball rolling with two very young kids, the Great Dane and a full household of things that need to be taken care of.  This is a true reality.  Try it for a month or two-  just you and a 6-year old and an 8-year old, a 130 pound Great Dane and a house on several acres of property that all needs to be maintained and kept up,,,,by you alone.

I don’t need sympathy, I just need to be able to maintain until we sell the house, I retire this summer and we can come back together as a family when we move onto our cruising sailboat.  I will maintain and thrive; as will the family (we’re doing ok).  And, like I’ve written about in a few of the past couple posts, we’ve also decided to throw in a 1/2 Ironman in July just after I retire,,,,,for good measure to keep us busy.  You should probably tell all of your friends to follow this blog to see if we crash and burn,,,,or actually pull it off. 

PS:  My wife once got a really big anchor for Christmas, do you think she’d like a really big shiny new one for Valentine’s Day?

Two Major Goals before my birthday

I achieved two major goals of mine before my birthday this year:

I’ve earned my USCG Captain’s License-

and,,,both me and my wife signed up for the old 1/2 Ironman Vineman which is now 1/2 Ironman Santa Rosa.  Just because we signed up doesn’t mean we’re going to be Ironman stud winners, but it’s a heathy step toward both of us being obstinate enough not to blow it off,,,,,or the training for it.

I’m feeling better but not cured.  My new computer is up and running so I’m working to get back to being a good blogger with consistent posts and all that great stuff.  If you like us, please consider following us.

Time to Downsize and Invest in Ourselves

As I prepare to retire and we (as a family) come to grips with the fact we’re going to be moving onto a boat as a whole family within 9 short months, we’ve gotta downsize and look carefully at what needs to be done to achieve our eventual goal; casting off the docklines and setting sail into the sunset.

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I love my International Readers!

Monday we had lots of readers from 11 different countries and I couldn’t love it more.  Keep it up!  Folks from all over the world are following and reading this little blog and I wanted to write a quick note to say “thanks”.

This coming Saturday we go to San Diego to check out an Aleutian 51 Sailboat

After Christmas, we’ll bring you posts on our family road trip to Tombstone (home of the OK Corral and the Wyatt Earp Shootout), our trip to the Grand Canyon by Train and a review of the town of Prescott, Arizona.

Don’t just read this blog,,,,follow it and our adventures.

Moonlit Night

Here’s the moon from Tulum’s stern on Saturday night.

I hope your weekend went as good as mine.  Over the weekend I was able to get onto two different sailboats for some perspective and assist our Marina Management and other boaters in helping to save a large sportfisher (powerboat) from sinking.  The Marina crew was fantastic in their efforts to save the big powerboat from going under while still tied to the dock,,,,,and did manage to re-float her with help from Vessel Assist.  Exciting weekend, stay tuned for those posts-