last day as a guest

today is the last day as a guest in the harbor. Deborah, the woman who still owns my boat is coming back today for the rest of the month (september, that is). so today it's housekeeping..... taking out the recyceling... packing my stuff in some sort of order so i can find things again...
yesterday was spent mostly in the eastbay where my dentist has his office. my appointment was a t 8:30, i got looked at, my suspicion that i have some pusspocket in my upper jaw got confirmed, and an appointment made to fix it at noon. so i had 3 hrs to wait and went shopping at the japan woodworker store and hung a bit at the beach in alameda.
to confirm the fact that i am not normal, here another proof: this tooth, which is a front tooth and should only have one straight root has actually 2 which are interwoven! hah! that of course means TWO rootcanals, and a lot of fiddeling to hollow out the roots...
the procedure took forever, the x-ray computer konked out twice and there was a lot of waiting involved, so another three hours later i'm finally done, back in the harbor and ready for a beer. my face feels huge on one side and i can't feel my nose which keeps running... no fun.

back to today: cleaning the boat...
then at 16:00 i'll be volunteering at the art festival until 18:30. well, i really hope i'll be able to go earlier and actually check stuff out. Fiver's band is playing and ... i've never been to the art festival in sausalito, it's really expensive to get in. so this time i'll be selling fish and chips for the harbor.
the hot weather is gone too, last night the fog rolled in, first a little hesitant and then with full speed, making us- who were just an hour before holding cold beerbottles against our necks - reach for the sweaters and crave pizza instead of salad...
so we had a little evening aboard "Lotus", actually the first time witth the whole gang, Katie and Jody, Julie and Anton and Elsie and later Duncan came to join us.
Later Julie, Duncan, and i sat up quiet late to discuss all the cool things we know about which somebody should write a book, and all the cool people we know who somebody needs to interview before they go.
as for the rest of the week, i don't know yet, there is so much to do!!!
i want to go to PT for the wooden boat festival, i can either drive up with Lee on tuesday and spend 2 days on the road, or work on tues. and wed. with Jim and fly up wed evening and be there at the same time only maybe a bit richer. i might have enough miles for SFO-SEA and back.... and it would be good to not disappoint Mr. Cooper, the client we'd be working for this week, he deserves to have his boat ready before fall comes.
i'll keep you posted.

what a beautiful day

Rare Bay Area summer weather, no wind in the am, temperatures in the 80s... Karen brought beautiful flowers and food from work, so i scored potatoes and shiitakes which will make a yummy (nummy) summer dinner with some cottage cheese!
ii also got a pretty bouquet of lillies for my boat.
then it got entirely too hot to do anything and i decided to go to black sand beach. it's only 10 minutes from here and clothing optional - whoohee, get rid of those working gal tan lines!
the sand is actually not black but full of agates and mostly green and reddish colored pebbles, so from afar it look black. i collected a couple to work on some hippie travelling style jewelery. Doing online work today, then tomorrw fixing a hot tub. hey, if i can keep water out of a boat, i sure can keep water inside a tub!
other than that i hope to enjoy some more of this fabulous harbor community later tonight. yesterday was Karen's b-day and we had chocolate cake and fruit and ice cream at the general membership meeting - oh, and champagne! here's a picture of my gem/rock/pebble booty from the beach:

and here the finished products (added a bit later)

on to new adventures!

Hi there!
i know i have neglected this puppy. sailing last year from Ireland to Spain, to Madeira and the Canaries... but it won't happen again. I have realized what is important in life to me and somehow it has to do with acomplishing goals and being an inspiration to others. so, here is the first of the new posts from the high seas. and the scheming for the next voyage is happening. meanwhile i'll keep you posted on skill improvements, equipment tryouts, the occasional land adventure and maritime life (mine and per se).
October 1st 2008 will mark something big: i will for the first time in my life own where i life. yes it is a boat. not seagoing, but not a houseboat either, more like a "boathouse"... and in Sausalito to boot!
In the beautiful intentional community of Galilee Harbor, tugged in right between the wreck of the old Schooner "Galilee" (the fastes boat to Tahiti from Sausalito in its day with a voyage time of 21days!) and Dunphy park where the beloved funky Sausalito Cruising Club operates on a massive barge. For someone like me this is the best ever.
Here's a picture of "Lotus" the beautiful Flower that floats (floating being the main objective here, i'll be working on the beautification during her haulout in October).