Friday, October 18, 2013

Report from Slackerville

Things are looking up a bit here in Slackerville. It may have taken me a year to get the fridge and freezer installed, but it took even longer to enclose the compressors. Well, I'm happy to report that I have indeed enclosed the damn things, and I think it turned out well. I used up that wasted space under the companionway stairs. We always dumped shoes in there, or tried to get a waste basket to live there. Nothing was happy in that location, until now!

I'm still staining. Not a perfect match. Hey, it's brown.
In other happenings about town, a hatch was recently re-bed with butyl tape. That's right Bee Utill tape. It didn't stick to my fingers much, and it didn't mark up the boat like the last time. This went well, as I was re-educated on it's use. Check it!


Lot's of elbow grease trying to get the old sealant off

Butyl ooze. I stepped on the frame to help with the squeeze

Yes, that's a countersink. I'm learning.

Good to go. Better not freeking leak! 

I'm flying solo tonight as Debra is in Savannah to mess with Nicole's hair for the wedding. Not sure what all that is about but no matter what her hair looks like, she's still my beautiful baby girl, and she's getting married. Tear in left eye. OK, now both eyes.

I could go to the marina's free beer and cooked animals night, but we have not had a good welcome here, with the exception of a few people. So I'm not really interested. Another beer and I might head up there to break the ice. No, that would be wrong. I may run into the woman who takes her dogs into the shower with her, or the guy who excretes all bodily fluids in the shower every morning, or the people that I see every day that can barely squeak out a good morning until I say "GOOD MORNING!". Must be the NY/Canadian accent. It's a Buffalo thing. People down here just don't react well to that inflection. I'll just relax and enjoy my day of productivity with a few brews, some good tunes and a good book. Nice and easy.

Now that I think of it, it probably didn't help that I had the Talking Heads Psycho Killer song pumping through the boat while I was working today.

Run run run run run run run away 
Psycho Killer
Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa"

Kenny Chesney or Johnny Cash might have been better. Actually Marshall Tucker may have done the trick.

Deb and I enjoyed country rock while it lasted. We now enjoy a very wide variety of music. We expanded our horizons, though Kenny G will make our heads explode.

Cheers from Slackerville!

Anniversary. Two actually.

Debra and I celebrated thirty four years of togetherness yesterday. Thirty two of them were legal. We opted to just do what we usually do on a Thursday night and that is to go out and have a few brews, listen to some tunes and grab a bite. We had a nice time, as we usually do. Deb and I find it easy to talk and laugh together, unless I get on politics a little. Then the eye rolls start. It was tough to not talk about politics the last few days but I refrained.

Our friends on Facebook got a dose of old photos from our past yesterday, so I'll share with you. We did look a little hairy back then. Time sure flew by. So did the hair.

VA beach road trip in 1980 I think. Remembered everything but the sunglasses.

Notice the sailboat on the T-shirt. Should have been a warning to Deb.
"You will live a life at sea in your golden years" What?!

Deb's Mom put my full name on the photo. She must have
thought I was on borrowed time.

Thirty two yrs. Seems like just yesterday, no it doesn't.
My fear of barbers continued well into my 20's

The bride should never have an empty glass.

The best times. My girls.

Life's been good to me so far.
I am blessed to be with a woman who shares my dream of sailing. I started this adventure by coming home one night and telling the family I bought a boat. Our lives took on a whole new course after that, and we never looked back with regret. Maybe that one trip across the lake from Toronto we wondered aloud what the hell we thought we were doing out here. Thoughts of RV's and gardening may have occurred, but it passed. It's been a great ride so far, and I expect it will get even better real soon. A thank you to the love of my life for putting up with my quirkiness all these years and sharing in my love of sailing and all things water related.

We have another anniversary as well. It was a year ago we set sail for Florida and left the cold waters of Lake Ontario for good. I have another post on that, but believe it or not I have been busy with projects. Ha, I know some of you are laughing right now. It's OK, slacker boy deserves it.

Funny that Sabrina and Tom on SV Honey Ryder celebrated their anniversary as well, but I think theirs was the 16th. Their photos prove that life in Kansas can prevent aging.

OK, I have work to do. Stop laughing.