Iíve been living ashore now for 21 years and I really hate it. I have accumulated so much junk that Iím thinking living in S. Calif would not be so bad an idea right now (house fires).
Yesterday was our 11th wedding anniversary and it just went right over my head
I knew there was something about the date but it just slipped away with all the stupid projects around the house. It a good thing I didnít have anything to do with the boat yesterday or my ass would be grass.
is getting cold now, so I cleaned out the shop to make room to work inside. And being the pack rat that I am I looked around and said to myself ďwhy have I collected all this stuff?Ē Itís mostly tools and materials related to projects, including the boat.
I keep convincing myself that $$$ saved is $$$ earned. But the time
is not replaceable. Between my job and my house stuff, I donít have any time to myself or us. I was only able to go out sailing two weekends this year, all because I was too busy with house, yard and vehicle projects. Plus, my regular job and another company, I rebuilt his 30Ē ball grinder and then modified a big lathe to rough turn valve balls.
So, yesterday, I couldnít even remember what day it was. Now Iím on the wifeís Sh** list for a while. She forgot three years ago, but that doesnít count.
It seems setting priorities is the one of hardest things to do in life. One bad decision and your day, or week or life is screwed, the same as being at sea.
I remember one thing my father (a Merchant Marine) told me long ago when so strong willed; ďThat Iím not qualified to run my own lifeĒ. Meaning that Iíve never been this old before so how do I know how to react to lifeís problems without the advise of someone more experienced. There are two ways; by chance or by training, and that gets back to decision making.
So today was a wake-up call. I need to keep my calendar up to date. Thatís the only way I can keep track until I unload this land-based burden. Then of course, Iíll head
to the S. Pac. and start all over again. But to modern man this is the only true freedom left; being able to move at will, and even that is becoming more difficult with time.
Thanks for listening! Now, back to work.