Dreams are possible when you devote your life to them

Posted By on April 19, 2018


Throwback Thursday #TBT: A lot of my free time in high school and college was spent dreaming about sailing living on a sailboat.  I read and reread stories, the monthly magazines and bookshelves of accumulated nautical books about cruising, seamanship and maintaining a sailboat — I was focused on “would be possible for me to live the cruising sailing lifestyle?”

In those early years, there were a few couples who captured making the live-aboard lifestyle (on a shoestring) possible as well as Lin and Larry Pardey. They kept my interest piqued year after year … Trading Patience - Timeand renewed it time and time again even as my ordinary life got in the way.

If you’ve read my blog through the years, you would have noticed that I’ve included posts, book segments and videos about the Pardeys before, but including this video leaves me a bit melancholy as we are ALL watching the sand pile grow larger at the bottom of life’s hourglass. Upbeat as always Lin shared a positive comment from Larry, just before his memory completely disappeared. She mention to him a couple years ago that wouldn’t it be nice to have one more sailing adventure … to which he replied … “that would be downright greedy.” What a life they have lived.

Congratulations to Taylor’s friend Alicia and Laureano

Posted By on April 18, 2018

I have teased my “good humored” son far too long about his “girlfriend” from Wayzata Minnesota a few years ago (click here for old photo). So with that “old joke” aside, I think it is about time to officially include his friend Megan on MeganTaylor180414the blog and mention we are excited to see them spending a lot of time together.

Megan is not a new face to our family, as we’ve known her since she figure skated with my daughter Katelyn. Age wise, Megan was younger than Katelyn … actually about Taylor’s age. The “skating gang” was often together since they practiced nearly everyday before school and traveled to skating competitions. The skaters, their parents and siblings all became friends as part of the Queen City Figure Skating Club and many of us stayed in touch over the years.

As the kids all grew up, they headed off in different directions. Off to different colleges, meeting spouses and taking jobs in different cities. We remained friends with many of the parents and have included them in Christmas card exchanges as well as milestone celebrations. Megan’s mom was particularly notable for her extremely thoughtful and crafty gifts, cards, etc and made an effort to stay in touch. I’m not sure how Taylor and Megan reconnected, since she is in Columbus and Taylor is in Cincinnati, but both Brenda and I are thrilled to see the two of them enjoying time together and dating. (more…)

How much longer can sustained economic growth continue?

Posted By on April 17, 2018

Have you filed your income tax return yet? 2017 returns are due today!

While catching up on some reading while out of town this week, Jim Glassman, Head Economist at JPMorgan Chase, had me pondering (and tweeting) about the length of sustained growth that might be possible after the recession. He, and many others, have pointed out that “at 106 months, the current recovery has surpassed the prolonged economic expansion of the 1960s to become the second-longest period of sustained growth in recent history.” Those of us referencing history and noting the average of 7-8 years between recessions are starting to get a bit concerned. That said, the tepid recovering during the Obama years and business jolt due to tax cuts kicking in this years should be enough to keep the present business growth cycle going. Glassman’s analysis is that “The Recovery Still Has Room to Run.”



Music Monday: A misinterpreted Elton John song – Daniel

Posted By on April 16, 2018

According to Elton John‘s lyricist Bernie Taupin, "Daniel" was the most misinterpreted song that the pair had ever written. As much as I enjoy the ballad and listening to the talented musician, I really had know idea as to the reason it was written or that of its Elton_John_Danielcontroversial Vietnam era content. I must not have been listening close enough or paying much attention.

"‘Daniel’ had been the most misinterpreted song that we’d ever written," explained Bernie Taupin. "The story was about a guy that went back to a small town in Texas, returning from the Vietnam War. They’d lauded him when he came home and treated him like a hero. But, he just wanted to go home, go back to the farm, and try to get back to the life that he’d led before. I wanted to write something that was sympathetic to the people that came home."

  Daniel | Elton John – 1973


Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

They say Spain is pretty, though I’ve never been
Well Daniel says it’s the best place that he’s ever seen
Oh and he should know, he’s been there enough
Lord I miss Daniel, oh I miss him so

Oh oh, Daniel my brother you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won’t heal?
Your eyes have died, but you see more than I
Daniel you’re a star in the face of the sky

Oh oh, Daniel my brother you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won’t heal?
Your eyes have died, but you see more than
I Daniel you’re a star in the face of the sky
Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane

I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes
Oh God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

Songwriters: Vladimir Cort / Elton John / Bernie Taupin
Daniel lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Returning to nautical flavored child safety gates for the stairs

Posted By on April 15, 2018

Now that our granddaughter Annalyn is walking, our THREE (ugh!) hardwood staircases are serious safety hazards. We thought about the normal commercial gates, but Brenda mentioned she really liked the nautical sailing ones that I made for our kids when they were little tykes in Hudson, Ohio (a lame attempt at a reference to the company Little Tykes and the city where it is located – only Hudson residents would understand this DDJ – "dumb dad joke").


I did my best to search for the old original gates since I remember taking them down and moving and storing … but for the life of me I can’t find them? Perhaps they are on the boat or Florida storage unit? Oh well, probably dirty and yellowed over the years.

So instead of giving taxes full high priority this past weekend as planned, I notice the new rope and hardware sitting in Annalyn’s high chair and started on the first and easiest stairs to the basement. Hopefully Katelyn and Brenda will approve.

Remotes, remodeling and a day leftover for Encore

Posted By on April 14, 2018


This past week has been a busy one for me. I was off to Florida for a few days to check on the condo in Delray Beach after our winter renter and to start the demolition of the kitchen. It is a project that is way past due and AFewTooManyRemotes180409I’m not sure I know exactly what I’ve gotten myself into just yet?

The other priority was to move Encore to her new slip. I was fortunate have John and Cindy Parsons nearby on their boat Zola and available to lend me a hand with docking, It is not easy to singlehand a center cockpit sailboat when it comes to close quarters and docking. Thanks guys.

While at the condo, I noticed the Samsung TV was not filling the screen appropriately.  I picked up the "lone" remote by the TV and of course the cable box remote does not control those "Samsung settings" … then began the search for the appropriate remote (although it did give me a chance to go through a few drawers!) Low and behold, I found nice, yes NINE remotes at the condo for 2 TVs. Obviously a few of them wee for devices that are long gone — time to toss?

Beginning of "demo day" at the condo (iPhone pano of kitchen)

I was able to accomplish all of the demo of the kitchen, hauling away of the old appliances and busted up cabinets … AND started the new rewiring, blocking up of missing studs and new ceiling nailers for drywall. Not too bad for a guy working alone.

EncoreDodgerTear180410Back at the boat, I did a bit of cleaning and relaxed for the evening while storms passed before driving back home (photo above). While looking at things, I starting to notice age and the Florida sun weakening the Sunbrella dodger and bimini material so took a couple photos of areas that I "at least" need to patch … pronto.

Driving home, the 14-15 hours trip was uneventful … but the trip is getting longer each time I drive it. It is always good to see the Cincinnati skyline from Kentucky (photo below) and know I’m almost home and have a bed waiting for me.  It always feels good to be home, especially after a long drive.


Wishing Katelyn and Drew a very Happy 5th Anniversary

Posted By on April 13, 2018

AnnalynShocked5thAnniversarA lot has happened in 5 years of marriage, on the other hand, those 5 years have flown by!

Today is Katelyn and Drew‘s FIFTH year wedding anniversary; Brenda and I are wishing them much happiness and many more great years together … and Annalyn is in awe (photo).

As for the milestones, they can mark them all themselves, but I’ll add one particularly exciting one from this past week — Annalyn is now walking (once crawling, it did not take long for her to decide it is much easier to walk!)

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.