25 June 2010 | Cap Sante Marine, Anacortes, WA
I am on day 13 without a shave or a haircut. Eleven years in the Army has one shaving every morning and getting a haircut almost as regularly. But having separated from the Army, it is my turn to go unshaven and unkempt for as long as I want (or for as long as Tami will allow). The problem is, I've never really been one to have the ability to grow a monster-thick mane of facial hair. Mine (like Joe Dirt) grows in all white trashy like. I have been known to grow a mean set of chops, but my beard and mustache end up looking like I just fell face first into a pile of dirt. The hair on my head is thick and grows like a weed, but the hair on my face looks like a pubescent teenager's. Because of all this, Tami and I have come up with the idea of the "comb under"! Bald men normally take the hair on the sides of their heads and "comb over" the bald spots to make it look like they have a full head of hair. Who says a man can't go the other way? I say, I'll just let my hair grow thick and long and then simply comb the luscious locks down under my chin and above my upper lip! Genius! I wonder why no one has thought of this earlier? I think it's a great idea, but perhaps that's what living in a boat yard smelling paint fumes all day will do for you. Nevertheless, pictures will be forthcoming! Wish me luck.
Today was a little slower than the previous days here in the yard. Our new cutlass bearing arrived but we can't install it without the new drive shaft. Tami sanded the boom gallows and applied a nice coat of Australian tree oil. The varnish had worn off, and the thing looked hideous. Now, it looks great! I love the smell of freshly sanded teak in the morning. We also sanded the rudder where the prop hit it, and prepped the shaft log for the new cutlass bearing. We also removed the old furling line winch and prepare the winch pad for a newer smaller one we can use for the new furling line. We also rented a car today to help us run some errands around town. Tomorrow, we plan to drive down to Oak Harbor and NAS Whidbey to visit the exchange and commissary. As far as work on the boat goes, we are now just waiting on our new drive shaft and refurbished propeller to get here so we can reassemble everything and get back in the water.
We have been out of the water now for about 4 days and without access to shore power for our battery charger. It's amazing how well our solar panels and wind generator have been working! Today, we actually saw our solar controller shut down to a "float charge" because our batteries were fully charged. I love free energy!
Friday night is pizza night and Wii family bowling night. We normally get Papa Murphy's pizza, so we found the local shop here in Anacortes and got some great pie. Now it's time for Christian and I to whoop up on the chicas on Wii bowling!
See you tomorrow!