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Date:2008-12-05 11:15
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I think my cat invites her friends over to use the litterbox. I mean, seriously.

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Date:2008-11-30 16:59
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have retrieved my cat, seen the boy, and gotten drunk both nights I've been back. the immersion in woods hole is complete. And it is rainy and slushy and cold and I have no idea why the hell I am here.
yup.
not going for night number three. Going home to watch netflix movies. yay, netflix.

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Date:2008-11-29 13:41
Subject:back to the land of.. well, back to land..
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Am back from my latest adventure. Got in the day before Thanksgiving, so I went straight to ma mere's house (well, considering I've been in mexico, mi madre would be more appropriate). Just got back to woods hole yesterday, and am trying to readapt, as usual.
It was a fabulous trip, and the weather in the pacific is, indeed, pacific. We went from San Diego north to Santa Catalina Is, out to Rocas Alijos, and then south to Baja California Sur, into the Sea of Cortez and a port stop in La Paz. The back and forth in the sea of cortez and finally south to Puerto Vallerta, where I hung out for a week(ish) doing turnaround. I've posted pix in my facebook, so you should go check 'em out.
Along the way we got to see whales, dolphins, and a sea turtle. And we were descended on by a population of boobys (which are really annoying birds, thank you), picked up a rat in a La Paz and had to fight a population of ants that a student brought on board in his backpack. We also turned the ship into a haunted house for halloween. good times.
adios for now...

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Date:2008-09-08 19:01
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yay, finally got appropriate oil for my scooter, changed said oil, dropped like 50 books off at local library for their book sale.. worked lunch, and got out of working dinner, saving me from 3 doubles in a row. Now, I may dye my hair. Or I may collapse. Only time will tell.

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Date:2008-09-04 19:36
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Isn't it nice, when you think something has gone terribly, expensively wrong... and you stop, and say, wait a minute. Before I fly off the handle, let me check everything and see if I'm being an idiot.
And then, it turns out you're being an idiot.
But nothing has gone terribly, expensively wrong.

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Date:2008-09-04 19:05
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OMG, never ever let me not have coffee again. The headache I got today was approaching migraine proportions. Like, blurry vision and everything.
Yes, I know that's an addiction. It's my addiction. Leavemealone. :P

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Date:2008-09-03 13:50
Subject:bwahaha... (evil scooter laugh)
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I found a copy of the Buddy 125 service manual online. Yes, I have a Buddy 150, but in terms of finding, say, the gear oil bolts, I suspect they haven't really moved.
Yay, scooterdiva.com

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Date:2008-09-01 08:56
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woo-hoo! 8 (of 13) things crossed off my to-do list! now I'm off to work two doubles in a row... and undoubtedly add more things onto said list...

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Date:2008-08-29 07:57
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This is pretty freakin cool: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7586860.stm

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Date:2008-08-28 19:32
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So one would tend to think that, in going to all these exotic lands by sailboat I would have my share of advetures. And I do, but they're not the sort people expect, and that is by design. It wouldn't do to be running a sailing school, take a group of college kids sailing, and then go places where you are actually likely to be attacked by pirates.
Sailing with my stepfather, on the other hand.. well, we're not likely to be attacked by pirates in vineyard sound or buzzard's bay, either, but it is certainly a less controlled environment.
Everything started off smoothly enough; we sailed on over to Tarpaulin Cove and let down the anchor. Then we tried to get the stove started, but since that hadn't been on Doug's pre-launch checklist, yeah, well, no luck. We did have a backup plan for lunch, so that was ok. Pull the anchor up (lots of fun, hand over hand) get the sail back up and we're off, right? Minor glitches start.. the halyard is caught on a mast light and we have to fiddle with it... Doug unintentionally gybes and the sheet gets caught.. blah blah. And we decide that instead of fighting the current back up Vineyard Sound, we'll just go to the end of Naushon Is and cut through Robinson's Hole and go on up through the Bay. Easy, right? No, you need a chart. try this: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Naushon+Station&state=MA&country=US&latitude=41.491699&longitude=-70.7444&geocode=CITY and zoom as neccessary.. Robinson's Hole is between Naushon & Pasque.
So, getting through Robinson's Hole is interesting.. its small and I may have been the only one on the boat who's been through it before, and that was in a Knockabout. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Cod_Knockabout And I wind up holding down the biminy.. which is this idiotic canvas & frame workup that you put up for shade while you're anchored. Terribly yachty and obviously in the way. Bouncy bouncy holding down the biminy whee. And then, as we turn the corner around Naushon.. then we realize that there is a lot more wind in the bay than there was in the sound, and that we are beating to windward. Which means, in English, that we need to go where the wind is. And that the waves are alot larger than they were.
To shorten the story, we were pointing as close to the wind as we could (sailboats can't sail into the wind, dontchaknow) which resulted in some accidental tacks, which were not terribly well controlled, because, well, there was just too much sea. And it came down to the fact that my step-father is now the only one who can safely sail the boat. Because sure, I spend all this time at sea, but you know what? I'm cooking. Plus, a small boat sails way differently than a big one.
So then we approach Woods Hole Passage, which is a tricky one, so we always go through with the motor on. Guess what? Motor won't start. Cause the key won't turn. Nope. Can't even get it out of the ignition. Its just frozen in there. Luckily, the step-father knows, well, what the hell he's doing, and can sail this, but whee, its fun. And then we have to go to the mooring. With no motor. Which is easy in a tiny sailboat, but not so much in a 26-ft'er. I position myself to catch the mooring, get my mom's friend set to lower the sail (she's like, I just pull on the canvas, right? Yes, just pull it down.) And amazingly enough.. it totally worked. I caught it, held on for dear life while she got the sail down (ow) and got that sucker moored. And called a friend to give us a ride in, because for once I had my cell phone.
ow.

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Date:2008-08-11 20:07
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when all else fails, eat ice cream.

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Date:2008-08-06 12:23
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How did I never hear about this "Cape Cod School of Blacksmithing"?? hrm. perhaps because they do not have a webpage. People!! If you want people to learn about you, get a webpage. sheesh.
Not like I've been unconnected, either.. I've had memberships to both the Artists Blacksmiths Association of North America & the New England Blacksmith's Assoc... you'd think you'd take out an ad or have an affiliation or something.

ETA: ok, just found their ABANA listing, but still..

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Date:2008-08-04 21:04
Subject:woo-hoo!
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So I finally made the treck from Marstons Mills to Woods Hole... on my scooter. The trip, considering I took only back roads since I'm still not the most certain rider, is about 25 miles each way. This thing is fun!
go, me. :)

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Date:2008-07-30 11:47
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"Females want sex, but they also want blood."

heard on NPR this morning, in a discussion about... yeah, mosquitos.

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Date:2008-07-22 19:36
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So I obviously spent too much time in Key West this winter, because I am now the proud owner of a scooter. yup. Went and picked 'er up today. Its a Genuine Scooter Company Buddy International Pamplona. http://www.genuinescooters.com/scooters/buddy/intl.html#fragment-3 forgive me for not making that an actual link but its been a day. 150cc... 90+ mpg, 65+ mph. Now I just have to get it registered and learn to ride the thing...

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Date:2008-07-21 21:44
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hmmmm... I just agreed to do back-to-back trips this spring. I think I am definitely insane. I mean, better that than spending Feb - May in Woods Hole, but... oof. So that'll be Key West - Key West via who knows, and then Key West - Woods Hole via Nova Scotia... I obviously have an addiction. Not one I'm ready to get rid of. Now I just have to find a solution for what to do with my cat. *sigh*. She's a very nice cat. I neglect her terribly.

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Date:2008-07-14 12:05
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So I find it ironic that two of my friends were just at a con called Shore Leave since that is what I am now on... until Oct 1. Not entirely certain how this is going to work out for me... as a friend pointed out, after almost 4 months straight on the boat, I don't even know how I behave and what I do when I'm on land anymore. Which is very very true. So here I am for a brand new adventure! (which will hopefully involve lots of exciting things like working alot and not spending any real money. I sure do know how to live it up)

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Date:2008-01-13 16:07
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Mood: mellow

I bought a straw cowboy hat! lol.. its fabulous and makes ever so much sense for here.


In other news, some of the relationship costs that come with the sailing lifestyle just suck ass. I'm just sayin.

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Date:2007-12-15 10:36
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Well, we made it to Roatan, Honduras last night, and now I'm in an internet cafe/real estate office, and has it ever been surreal this morning. Grant (the capt), Amy (chief sci) and I are all travelling together, and I'm very glad that I'm not trying to navigate this alone. We arranged with Warren, a guy who came by the boat this morning in a dory, to get us to a grocery store. So he went and got his cousin, with his larger dory (which took about 2 hrs) and they ferried us over to Oak Ridge. (we're anchored in Port Royal) Where the internet was down. So we and our gas cans walked for about 10 minutes to where there was a taxi, for a crazy ride to French Harbor, where I am now. I can't even describe. Supposedly the largest grocery store on the island is here, and the taxi driver is coming back at 3 to take us back to Oak Ridge so that we can get ferried back to the boat. With the groceries. And the now full gas cans. (well, not yet, but by then.) Oh, and I forgot to mention that Warren's cousin showed up with two mattresses & a headboard in his dory, that we dropped off on the way to Oak Ridge.
I ain't bored, that's for damn sure. And am I ever glad that Amy has been here before. And that Grant is as overwhelmed by this as I am. Cause, wow.

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Date:2007-11-16 20:16
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am off to the high seas.... Tomorrow, St Croix.. Dec 31st, Key West! wheeee...

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