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Seasonal reflection
12/11/2009, Sint Maarten

I woke up this morning and thought I would write a serious blog for a change.
Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. I packed the candles and the Menorah on the boat back in August. Tonight I will light the first candle. I will take pictures to send to the kids as I do when we are not together to celebrate.
It seems this weekend is the weekend that everyone has chosen to get together to celebrate the seasonal holidays, which ever holidays you celebrate. I will miss getting together with everyone. I will miss standing around and remembering the year that has past. I will miss the laughter and the good food. I will miss hearing all the gossip about Oak Park. I will miss seeing all the people that I have grown so close to over the years.
So let me take this opportunity since I can't be with you in person to thank each and every one of you for helping me make my dream come true. Each and every one of you helped in some way. From helping get the boat ready, to being crew. From lending me your husbands or a week or two, to just listening to my bullsh**t. Thank you all. I could not have done it without you.
I especially need to thank my Beckie. She is the one that helped the most, gave up the most. She has been my organizer, my cook, my decorator, my landside support, my rock ( and a few things I can't mention here).
Beckie will be here next week. We have a trip planned over Christmas to St Barts, St. Kitts and Nevis. We will light the last candles for Hanukkah. We will hang some lights on the mast. We will take pictures and send them to the kids as we do when we are not together to celebrate.
So this weekend when you all get together, have a drink for me.
Love and best wishes
a
Thought of the day:
When you head South and the butter melts - your refrigeration is probably not working.

12/11/2009 | Capt Paul
Happy Hanukkah Alan. We'll be thinking of you when we hoist a few Dark and Stormys over the holidays. I wonder if Barb will have any?
Paul and Deb
12/11/2009 | mom & Dad
HAPPY HANUKAH
12/11/2009 | Skip
Hey GoodWrench,
Which job do you like best? Your old one or your current one? Will check with Scott to see if he is keeping up on your "wrenchings".

Will hoist one tomorrow night to your return.
12/11/2009 | Capt'n Alan
Alan,
We are getting together tomorrow night as we did last year then back here for dessert, coffee & Sambucca. We wish you could be with us and we will raise a glass or two for you. We all miss you.
12/11/2009 | Mom
nice menorah
12/13/2009 | Captn Ron
Happy Hanukah my friend.

Where you land at St. Barts...have a mojito at LeSelect for me.
12/13/2009 | Karin Beachner
Boy do we have stories to share with you. Hint : if you are following friends to your next destination and you arrive there, you are probably where you need to be:)This won't make any sense to you but some of your followers are now chuckling.
Enjoy every minute Al.
Happy Holidays
12/14/2009 | Barb V
I am looking forward to a Dark and Stormy. Maybe we can make that happen soon???
Missed you Al but wish we could ave been there with you. This winter stuff is crappy. I do believe it's time for summer.
Have a great time when Beckie gets there. Like I really needed to say that!!!
Inquiring minds want to know...!
12/08/2009, Simpson Bay Marina

OK... for reasons unknown I feel compelled to answer all of Don's questions.
Did you find the water in fuel source? We're pretty sure it was the o-ring on the deck fill. BTW we tested the water in the fuel with the TDS meter and it was fresh, not salt.

Generator going? Well, The Kubota is running the HP pump for the water maker, it's not generating it's own power yet though. Has something to do with, when you run an alternator in the other direction without changing the little fan, it overheats.

What's with the exhaust? Threads broke on the pipe where the 90 degree elbow screws on. Should be fixed by tomorrow. Apparently you can't use that for a step.

What happened with the overheating? Impeller came apart. From Sept to Dec, I put more than 2 seasons worth of hours and wear & tear on the boat. Need to keep that in mind for maintenance issues.

How does rum go with corn flakes? Now Don, you know I am a Cheerios guy.

You have dreds yet? No, still using a #4 on the dog trimmers.

The questions you need to ask is: Why did Mike have to buy a new camera and who forgets to take a camera to a topless beach?

I'll be happy to entertain any other questions from the studio audience....

Oh... the subject of the next blog, "Whats happens when you get boarded by the St. Maarten CG. - Customs and Immigration Patrol"
alan

12/09/2009 | Don
Alright. now we can feel like we are living vicariously through you again!!

By the way, why did Mike have to buy a new camera and who forgets to take a camera to a topless beach (hopefully these are conected..!)?

Looking forward to the boarding party narrative!!!
28C or 28F
12/07/2009, St Maarten

I wasn't going to write any blogs for awhile or at least until I did something note worthy. But, Mom wanted to know why I haven't written any blogs lately. I am not sure too many people want to hear about my boring days here....
I am gong to move to a slip tomorrow so I can fix the exhaust problem. I tried to loosen the pipe today and it doesn't look like it's going to cooperate. I don't want to break it out in the middle of the Lagoon. So, it will be nice to be plugged in... I haven't been since.. Va. ohhhh. Mr coffee.... cool.
Did you know that Stainless silverware will rust if you leave it in the dish rack too long. Esp. if you wash it with salt water.
It's true what they say about stacking dishes - you have to wash both sides.
In the trade winds, (boat pointing EAST all the time), clothes dry better on the starboard side.
Oreo cookies cost 8.00US... you must be kidding, They cost more than a bottle of rum.... you know what I am having with my milk....

I know it too early to speak of this, but I have to start planning on getting home in the spring. Anyone who wishes to participate.... let me know, I have a few open slots left. I would like to have the boat in the Bahamas by the middle of May..... after that - who knows. Route could be St Martin to the BVI's, to PR then though the T&C's up to Nassau.
Beckie will participating on this one. We have not yet figured out just when and where, but she will be here to help bring the boat back - and me.

Also, anyone interested in taking a little trip to Trinidad... All you have to do is get yourself to St Martin... Jan. or Feb - you call it.
Ok mom here is the blog.
ooh, and for all the people that ask.... it's 28C here everyday.... not F.
a





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12/07/2009 | john
keep your mom happy and keep posting, I enjoy it also, and thanks for the invite
12/08/2009 | Karin Beachner
Thanks God for Moms. Keep posting Alan. We all enjoy hearing from you and dreaming about being you. [now that you're there safely!]
12/08/2009 | Don
Dude, doing the rat race every day is boring - stories from the West Indies are a welcome distraction. Keep posting!!

Did you find the water in fuel source? Generator going? What's with the exhaust? What happened with the overheating? How does rum go with corn flakes? Do you have dreds yet? Inquiring minds want to know...!

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