Landflubber is not a typo, just represents the consumerism lifestyle that has me overweight and wondering, uh, how did I get to this wast line? It surely was not surf and turf with top wines at the five star establishments in town. So LandFLUBBER describes my feeling and physical perspective at this point.
Well my lovely bride and our three children
(8, 6,4 - the latter turning just recently) have decided that suburbia and the consumer driven lifestyles are not for us. We've committed to a live aboard
lifestyle by spring of '10.
We've told everyone but our parents, duh just read our Facebook posts and listen to a conversation, because they have a habit of affecting circumstances towards resolutions that keep us near. This time it is about OUR family
and investing our children
- you know, those critters keeping us alive through adrenal gland palpitations at the most inopportune moment.
?!? Never been on one more than deep sea fishing
(puked) and many ferries to islands. So we are surely nuts.
Nuts about what we've seen on this forum and over a dozen blogs of families that we follow. We know that a 5-10 year window exists before we must focus our love and support towards family
needs. We just don't want to wake up like our parents and wonder who our childern are, who we are and what we're doing every day.
This is a self-indulgent note so my apologies. I've been a lurker here and other forums
. Culling the information posted about living aboard
, children, money
, the real OMG this is not a vacation
what was I thinking posts. My bride (Admiral to be as noted by the sage wizards of love herein) is the electrical/AV/digital/project management/list purveyor/bolts holding our nuts to this realty. Me?.?..?...? I'm input - cash flow, if I'm lucky.
We're into experiencing life not just living it. I've made money
, driven fancy cars, member
of exclusive clubs and realized those goals were from a broken Gorden Geko movie
I watched and my Dad lived. No silver spoon here, just a fubared perspective on what I'm suppose to do with my life.
So in advance of my posts I'll ask for forgiveness, patience and your assistance as we begin our quest to introduce our family to a new life aboard. We'll cast off our land based life; already sold
one car and place ourselves on a ridiculously tight budget
for the next 9 months. We're selling things on eBay, giving to Good Will and repairing portions of our home prior to placing on the market in the spring. We've told everyone no presents of tangible size and focused on digital assets/books and subtle treats for the kids
I've taken advice
of those in this forum to not over educate ourselves on what to expect. Instead we're accepting the facts of learning
on the job (albeit we do need some certifications to buy a boat
without a complete reaming with insurers.)
We're also subjecting our children to tight quarters with several land based expeditions via cross country travels in our Eurovan and tent. As a salesman in technology I have clients across the country and not challenged with a reason to be in a particular location for busines. We just need to get there at some point in time.
If you've read to this point God help you and you'll definitely have a setting for you on our boat. I'll start posting
questions as we aggressively pursue this life you've proven so valuable to your families.
Thank you for welcoming me, us and the R5 to your world.
(Really, I'm Ron, see, I'm even invoking a silly movie
in my closing - we're doomed to having fun at my expense!!!!)