10/14/2010, new things are comming.
We are currently sitting in our show booth watching the rain and placing bets on just how many people will come to the powerboat show during the rain. It's VIP day today, but given the rain, if I was a VIP I would be sipping hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps on a day like this! Come to think of it, maybe I can talk Lori into making a run to the store?
Reflecting back on last week's Sail Boat show, it was definitely something I'm happy we did. Not only did we sell a few watermakers and get a chance to introduce Cruise RO Water, I got a chance to meet lots of blog readers and east coast friends while doing my best to eat crab once/day! One of the most exciting developments of the show didn't happen in our booth, but happened while I was walking the show looking for some boat gear I wanted to bring back to THIRD DAY. We haven't had a working alternator since our trip down the outside of Baja, like most people at the show I was looking for a "Boat Show Special" on an alternator. Additionally, Lori and I have also been researching the wind generator field but just haven't been happy with what we have seen on the market in terms of the Amp output vs. cost. Everything I've been looking for and more all feel into place during a ½ hour meeting.
The details and timing of the official announcement are being ironed out, but I'll soon be announcing that Cruise RO Water will be the west coast distributer for a new line of wind generators along with an industry leading high output Alternator. The real excitement isn't that we are simply adding a new product line, but the product quality and price. We tried to make our watermakers tops in quality and fresh water output, while still beating the competition in price and the new products will fit right into that philosophy. So stayed tuned and if you are in the market for a wind generator or high output alternator, your cruising kitty will soon get some good news!
I've had a few cruiser friends and "dirt dwellers" ask me how the four letter word (Work) is working out as we try to cruise. I've always said that they don't mix (cruising and work), but the truth is if done right, cruising and working can be pulled off in a way that doesn't totally destroy the other. There is no doubt however, that trying to work while out cruising changes things. For example, I'm currently sitting in the rain in a show booth in Annapolis in my foul weather gear rather than in shorts on the boat in Santa Rosilia; however, when the realization finally hits home that cruising is as much about a state of mind as a location or activity, its relative easy to transition between the two seemingly incompatible worlds. To cut to the point, cruising costs money. We have shown that it can be done cheaply but even at a $1000/month for a family of 4, food, fuel, and repairs cost money and if figuring out a way to work while we continue to cruise can help keep us out here, then it becomes just another part of our cruising experience rather than something that takes away from it.
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10/11/2010, or keeping out the Flotsum/jetsum
The show had ended for the night and I was trying to get back to my both to help Lori shut it down after visiting with Bob for a bit at the L&A both and I was walking down the dock. When I tried to walk past the Jeaneau boats a big guy flung out his arm and smacked it across my chest saying "where do you think you are going?" I had just finished my 2nd full strength "pain killer" (a rum drink) so I was relaxed and tired and just said "to my booth" and half-way pointed to my show exhibitor tag because I didn't notice that he playing bouncer and trying to keep me from crashing the swank Jeaneau "invitation only party". When he didn't take his arm off my chest, I started to pay enough attention to realize that he thought I was trying to in his words "crash the invitation only party". By this time I was tired and now a little pissed off since his arm was still planted across my chest. So I flung the gorilla's arm off my chest and said, "dude relax I'm going back to my booth, and it's a JEANEAU party (said with a condescending voice) why the hell would I want to hang out with you guys? So back off and relax". I then walked past him and into the polo-shirt-topsider-fake boob and botox crowd that were being worked over like bread dough by the Jeaneau salesmen. The guy tried to come after me, but he couldn't get through the crowd because he was shocked and gave me a head start when I wasn't deterred from walking through the high society sales push by his mall-type security guard approach. Maybe it was the rum. Maybe it was because I've been standing selling watermakers for what seemed like 40 years, but I wasn't in the mood to take crap from an out of work brother-in-law of a Jeaneau salesman. I need another Rum drink, but I'm so tired, I think I'll just go to bed early tonight.
Now I don't have any fantasy that I have the look of someone that's in the market for a new boat, but I didn't think I had the look of a party crasher.
[Editor's Note: I don't want to receive emails from fans of Jeaneau sail boats thinking I was slamming their boat, because I wasn't. I was just making a needed fast quip to put Mr. Bouncer in his place. Nor was I poking fun at those that are unemployed, besides, the trillion dollar government stimulus boondoggle was going to take care of them, right?]
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10/09/2010, and Rich is Red-faced
He He He ha ha ha ha.....
I get to giggle again. We have had so much fun seeing people come and visit us at the boat show. The people who follow our madness and read the blog are kind, understanding, and have a great sense of humor. Some of the people who we have gotten to meet Mat, Michelle and crew, Mark, Keith and Amy, Phillip and Rachel, Martha and Al, Mariah, Brian and their kids, and Sid and Michelle. We are truly blessed.
The funniest incident was from our blog readers Sid and Michelle. They brought Rich a special and much needed gift. They read my post about Rich and his faulty undergarments. I was blamed because it was me who packed our back packs as we rushed off of the boat to smuggle Cortez onto the Mexican bus for our trip north. I will admit that my mind was not specifically focused on Rich's tighty whities. So... Sid and Michelle had a brand new package of underwear wrapped in a pretty bag as a present for Rich. I will say that Rich was a few shades of red and at a loss for words (which is rare for him). We all got a good laugh. I wanted to put the delicate, beautifully white, new in the package of chonies at the end of our display table but that was vetoed by the Captain. I can not for the life of me imagine why....
Thank you everyone for coming to the booth to visit us. It is such great fun for us to be able to meet you and see who is laughing along with us as we go on our adventure. Here are some of the pictures of our day:
We also got another unexpected gift. I was going to go look for the really cool Pain Killer Rum drink cups. I was at the stand to ask about the cups and Keith and Amy were there and they bought us such wonderful liquid refreshment that I am now sitting here nice and relaxed. Thank you for ending our day in such style.
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