Sailing Brenich out of Vermilion Ohio in the 1980s #TBT

Posted By on July 20, 2017

BrenichVermilion1983My son Taylor posted a few photos of his weekend with friends in Vermilion, Ohio and the background canals and homes triggered a Throwback Thursday #TBT memory for me.

Before kids, Brenda and I owned a beautiful sailboat we named Brenich and kept it in Vermilion for the first year (subsequent in Huron) and haul every winter at Don Parsons Marina and Boatyard each winter. The Robert Perry designed Baba 30 was one of the sailboats on my "dream list" and when a near perfect secondhand boat came up for sale in our area I had to inquire (rare to even see in Ohio or on the Great Lakes in those days). We were newly married and fresh out of college so budget-wise this was not really the boat for us … but the owner who’s wife was ill, lived only a few miles from us in Chagrin Falls took a liking to this young couple wanting a boat and "made it happen." He covered the year of dockage and convinced the Vermilion Yacht Club to let this young couple stay … thank you Harry McKee. Only years later did I realize the risk he took and strings he pulled.


A stop in Georgia with friends Mark and Dar Jones

Posted By on July 19, 2017


A bit of a catch-up and thank you post to a sailing friend and loyal blog reader Mark Jones for giving me an overnight rest stop outside of Savannah, Georgia last weekend on my drive home from Florida; your hospitality and friendship is very much appreciated. Actually I have been looking forward to seeing Dar and Mark’s new house after lending a hand in loading up the moving truck in Florida a few months ago … and it did not disappoint. Their new ranch home in Guyton, GA (not really close to the town center) is about as perfect as can be for a couple in retirement. Everything on one floor and brand new … it should make for a lot of comfortable years before upgrades or maintenance (cough, cough … unlike our house!).


A big plus for them was moving closer to their son Ray who is now only 15-20 minutes away … making it ideal for son and dad (and mom!) to do things together.  I enjoyed an outing to the archery range with them on Saturday and found myself resisting getting interested in "yet another hobby!" For Mark and Ray it will hopefully lead to hunting season and getting a deer this autumn … and from the looks of their accuracy (photo above) I’ll bet someone’s freezer will have meat this winter!

Thanks again for the great time and welcoming me to your house. I really enjoyed watching the hummingbirds … even the one Dar named "Stupid." (he has yet to figure out how to feed from the holes in the top of the feeder!)

Magnetic car mount works with iPhone7+ after case change

Posted By on July 18, 2017

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Originally I opted for a protective iPhone7+ case, but soon realized moving from the iPhone5 with a protective (bulky) Otterbox case to the much larger iPhone AND a protective (bulky) Supcase Unicorn Beetle was a lot of phone to slip into ones pocket. The final complaint was that I couldn’t slip the metal plate between the phone and case like I did for the smaller phone in order to use the magnetic car mount — it just wouldn’t stay.

So a new start up company called Totallee markets a "super thin" case (really a scratch protector) with a soft touch thin leather backingTotalleePackaging. I liked the premium look and soft-ish feel rather than sticky rubber/plastic, so decided to give it a try. Besides the slower than usual shipping (spoiled by Amazon Prime), the new black iPhone7+ Totalleecase is very nice and came packaged as we’ve become accustom for a premium product. Love seeing new companies take pride in how their products are received … I only hope it will last for a couple years without the very thin leather peeling off (they claim a 2-year warranty).

Encore is out of the water for some TLC

Posted By on July 16, 2017


It has been a little while since Encore has been on the hard and the bottom paint is worse than I thought or expected. Really disappointed to see a couple blisters reappear after the "shave, skim and epoxy barrier" a few years back. Looks like I’ll need to work on grinding out, drying and patching a few blister before applying bottom paint again. I’m starting to think taking her out and maybe doing a yearly touchup is a better way to go?

In any case it is time to address a few of the other items too … dripless coupling, zinc, thru hull seacocks that are stuck and the transducer if I can find it!

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New residents have moved next door in Florida

Posted By on July 14, 2017

This past week while in Florida to do a little boat work, as well as a repair item at the Delray Beach condo, I noticed several new residents – hm?  We have always had itty-bitty chameleons, but never the big lizards (or perhaps “medium” sized ones). This was a new surprise for me as I walked around to take a look at the back screens. I startled them, and they did the same to me. I can’t say I’m a fan of reptiles of any skin – NO to alligators, crocodiles, lizards or snakes (here’s one that slithered back to the canal a few years ago).

For now, I think I’ll make sure all the screens stay hole free and will remind everybody to keep the doors to their car and to the condo closed.

Keep an eye on your CCW license expiration date

Posted By on July 13, 2017

ExpireCCW170709Having a CCW license is just one more expiration to creep up on you if you are not paying attention. I’m not sure how I remembered, but glanced at my 35 day past expiration on my Ohio Concealed Carry license are realized it has already been 5 years. Wow, it seems like just the other day?

Anyway, I made my appointment down at the Butler County Sheriff’s office after filling out the renewal application and was thankfully within the 120 day grace period for renewing. What I did find out is that the Ohio CCW license has a 30 day past expiration date for legal carry … which broached the subject of reciprocity with my Florida CCW. In my unanswered question to the office, I’ve concluded it is a grey area … since the non-resident Florida may not be quite as welcome without having a resident license? I really never received a straight answer from the department charged with taking photos and fingerprints. Nevertheless, I feel a little better having both the 10 years FL license and five more 5 years of a new Ohio CCW … a A WHOLE LOT better than living where civilian gun ownership is thwarted at every bureaucratic turn. At least the two licenses that I carry pretty much covers my travels. (USA Carry)


The new CFO of Twitter – what do we know?

Posted By on July 12, 2017

TWTR_170712middayFrom a shareholder perspective we know investors seem to like Ned Segal – share price is up significantly after the announcement. From a Twitter USER perspective, we don’t even know him – Segal isn’t active on Twitter.

Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) confirmed Tuesday the appointment of Ned Segal as the company’s next chief financial officer. He will replace Twitter’s Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto who has been assuming the duties of both CFO and COO.

Segal brings more than 20 years of finance and capital market experience to the table along with expertise in the technology sector, JMP’s Ronald Josey commented in a report. He most recently served as senior vice president of finance for the small business group at Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU), where he led financial and strategic planning for the $2.5 billion division.

Prior to his employment at Intuit, Segal spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS), where he was a managing director and head of global software investment banking.

Ironically, Segal isn’t active on Twitter’s social media platform with a total 13 Tweets from 2015 through 2017.

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.