Saturday, July 19, 2008


Today we planted dwarf Yaupon hollies in the backyard. What the heck does that have to do with cruising on a sailboat?

At the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout argue about when their story started. It's a valid argument. Does any story have a beginning?

Maybe mine started in the '60s when I first played Swiss Family Robinson in the willow tree behind our house in landlocked New Mexico. Maybe it started when I met Chip who already owned a sailboat and shared the dream of cruising. Maybe it doesn't start until we throw the lines and hit the open water.

Either way, my official log begins today. Those hollies are meant to make the house more attractive to a potential buyer. To realize our dream, we must tick off some very large items at the beginning of our TO DO list:

1. Sell the wine shop
2. Sell the house
3. Sell the current boat
4. Buy our cruising boat.

The true adventure might not start until we reach open water, but the real work of getting onboard starts months, years before. It might not make the most interesting reading, so I log it for my own use. If you're visiting from the future, you might want to skip ahead to the really great stuff later on. If you think of it, drop me a note, so I know what to look forward to.

In the meantime, I'll be getting ready to make that future adventure happen: giving away my clothes; selling my car; buying wooden dishes; finding the right home for my precious belongings; liquidating a life.


Dan said...

I was good to see you again at Home Depot before the adventure takes another turn. We look forward to living vicariously through you.
Lynn and Dan Lane- North Beach Outfitters, Duck

Jack Shortway said...

Too damn long... I came across this blog because I looked for it. Actually, I asked for it - thank you Chubs. We need to spend some time together to catch up on a few years in between. What and how our families have done; you know moms, dads, kids, siblings, etc...
Bugs in Seminole Florida