For the past month when one of my blog posts has recieved a comment i have added it to the blog post as long as it has come to the site rather than by private email. Its great for me because it finally feels as though i am conversing with other sailors out there and even now i have got blog posts in mind in response to comments in the blog and some i have had via email.
One comment which came via email and that i didn’t post but which i think is fair comment is that the blog doesn’t have any structure and because i post frequently that it can be difficult to find the newer posts or ones of specific interest without having to go through all the posts. Yesterday during my walk to the yard i thought a lot about that because i do want to structure the blog such that the cruising and voyage side will be in one section, boats and their owners in another, the fitness stuff separate again and then i can have an entirely off-subject section where i can talk about any weird random stuff that i think about on a daily basis.
One regular visitor commented very kindly that a particular post had been a ‘good essay’ and that surprised me because i genuinely don’t believe that i am anything approaching a good enough writer but that i am working on it and maybe in time i will write essays that i am happy with. I was thinking yesterday that it would be a very ‘retro’ thing to aim to be a modern essayist through the medium of an internet blog and in that endeavour write about anything that sparks my interest : right now for example that i have become a Patron of the extraordinary Dr Jordan Petersen and spend daily time whenever i can in his lecture room so for a start i would like to explain that and the very dangerous developments he is highlighting. One very near essay almost popped into existence the day we drove through Essex and into Colchester briefly to get coffee before going boat-hunting : we had to park in a very tight multi-story and exited that down a long and foul smelling stairwell….on the way back up shortly afterwards we overshot our floor slightly and that’s where we came across the inert body in a sleeping bag with a few carrier bags in that disgustingly urine-foul place. Its not hard to imagine the kind of essay that popped into mind : me asking how it can be that this country’s government will give away millions to failed states that have their own nuclear weapons rather than sorting out real problems at home like homelessness…and yes i know its not that simple.
A big problem i have is what the buddhists call ‘monkey-mind’ : that i am interested in so many things all at the same time that its sometimes hard to focus just on one . Just as examples here i work part time in healthcare and yesterday ‘wrote’ an essay (mentally) about the RGN/HCA problem as i had my daily walk….i think best when i am walking, but i could easily be thinking , and mentally writing, about anything from the vegetable garden, a design for my planned cabin, a boat feature, tanks (i am a tanks enthusiast !) etc and etc and etc…the list just goes on. Another whole side is that i am genuinely trying to study psychology at a serious level : that’s the Petersen connection, and alongside this writing i am working on the self-authoring programme and starting in on the necasary reading that goes with the lectures. To be honest i really don’t have he time to go to work but unfortunately its the job that funds the boat, the blog and now the patreon account and hopefully the next boat project.
Big sloppy kiss to anyone who can recognise where this is :
Today i am hoping for an answer from my internet hosts about how best to divide the blog into sections such that visitors can drop in and see what they want to read and ignore all of the irrelevant stuff : i really don’t want to make the mistake that i feel Dylan has made by mixing his dodgy personality politics with his otherwise excellent sailing clips….i have BTW unsubscribed from his channel just for that reason.
Peter Cash wrote : “Good plan,, l miss work too, as it to funded the toys and trailer sailing on the Eastern seaboard on this side of the pond. Keep at it while you can.
The problem really kicks in when i am at work and its a sunny day with a nice breeze and knowing that the boat is on the mooring and fully stowed and stored ready to sail. Days like that and i really wonder if it wouldn’t just be better to say f**k it and just go sailing with the boat i have rather than one that will be a painful project and not much better than the one i have. Sometimes that’s why i am still tempted to do something like a big cruising dinghy with a cuddy….keep it at home and get rid of the yard costs or stick with my boat and continous cruise rather than sail and leave somewhere expensive.
Peter Cash added :
I retired early (67) from very modest part time work, mostly due to an old bike injury.
Really cheap, but tatty, used trailer boats here, so l have been able to keep one in NC/MD drysailing at $50/mth and one on a trailer at home or at a freebe dock at a local friends place. The long drives are now getting harder so now have a prime spot about one hour away in our Bay of Quinte, gateway to the 1000 islands, arguably in the top 10 worldwide sailing sites..The beach cruiser lives on its trailer and enables me to join in group meets in our North Channel or Chesapeake, both worth the drive.
We now have the best of both worlds, but still miss a really capable cruiser, though not physically up to the rigors of offshore again at 71.
Thats been my plan, two on the go and a third under restoration to keep at the local dock. Fleet ownership has its benefits but keeping three trailers and outboards maintained is the biggest issue. The boats are fun to work on and l have a salor wife who has her own trailered skiff as well (that l maintain) yep four trailers but plates are free lifetime here.