Really Random Thoughts
15 March 2009 | underway
Do people go nuts in the doldrums? I've read the books about sailors hearing voices, seeing faces deep from the ocean depths and drinking sea water. I'm not at that point, probably due to nice fresh desalinated drinking water at my disposal, but my brain is bouncing from one thing to another. Watching the ocean patterns is like staring at a campfire. Leaves your brain to wander at will. Here's one. This trip is like being pregnant. The body, emotions and sleep patterns change naturally over a period of 9 months. When you finally become a parent, you are well practiced in the area of sleeplessness and bond at a special level w/your new family member. This Pacific passage is a multiweek pregnancy. It's slowly making us adapt to a new pace that lies ahead of us. We are all slowing down, becoming less frenetic and appreciating the beautiful sights around us. This will hopefully carry over to our new personas for the South Pacific islands. Slow down? How can a family who lives on a boat slow down even more? Picture a hurricane coming to your town. You know it will arrive in 24 hours. Preparations are imminent, but wait...you need do it all without a car, in a foreign land, and in a language you don't know. That's how we live when we are about to make a passage. Weather window opens and the drill I just described begins. Sometimes its successful, sometimes not. Another random thought. This one is for my friends who love new cleaning products. I have found a product that nears perfection. When traipsing around in Venezuela, I saw there were two kinds of dish soap: the regular liquid kind we use in the US and containers of hard soap. There were a lot more choices of the latter (all in Spanish of course), and now I know why. They look like one pound ricotta containers filled with a hard green substance. Open it up and voilla, cleaning dream. It's the consistency of hard cream cheese, but with a grit, like Soft Scrub, mixed evenly into the soap. It's a miracle product, cleans like a magician, and the big containers naturally replenish themselves. OK, I drank a little salt water for that one. Cleaning girlfriends, you know who you are, go to the store and see if Axion made it to the US. Thank me later. Grin. Who knows any unique recipes for tuna? I have lots of fresh fish and my galley likes variety. Help! And if you have connections to the wind gods, now is the time. Our spinnaker, shown above, is happy to work, but would like a break. So would the engine.