I've wasted far too much time today looking at sail boats, kayaks and local boat related websites. I did find quite a few place I want to go visit. Needless to say this isn't helping me to get any work done on a Friday afternoon.
For starters I want to visit every site that's part of the Maritime Heritage Network. That should keep me busy for a few weeks.
Here's a list of things I need to explore/find once I'm in Seattle. In no particular order they are:
- Balance Point Physical Therapy - I need to fix the issues with my ankles because the pain make me just sit here instead of getting out like I want. tylik recommended them to someone in the bphaf community and they sound close so there's a great place to start.
- Taiji school/classes- I would like to find someone who teaches Taiji as a martial art. I bet tylik could help me with that too.
- Daoist Temple - A simple place to go meditate and explore Daoism.
- Sailing classes - The Center for Wooden Boats has some classes. But why limit myself?
- Kayaking classes/club - I've found a few on the web but I need to attend a meeting or two to see if I'm a fit.
- Cigar lounge - I like the occasional Monte Cristo and it's much easier to go somewhere and buy a single than keep my own stock.
- Tea house - Who doesn't need to visit a tea house from time to time?
- Pub - By pub I mean a place where friends can go have a few drinks and talk. Loud music an dance floors are not wanted in a pub.
That's all I can think of right now. Back to packing.
That's the motto of the Scovare. What's the Scovare? Why it's the 38' sailing yacht that Wren (hollyqueen), Stephanie (qt3_14159), Meg, Mo and I sailed on last night. And what a night it was. You can see some of the pictures that Wren took in my photo gallery.
The evening started with Stephanie, Wren and I trying to find where the Scovare was docked. All those little streets look the same to me but after a quick phone call we found the right park and the Scovare waiting at the dock. A few minutes later Meg and Mo arrived and we all boarded and had a little safety talk from Captain Shane. For a boat carrying only 7 people there were 12 PFDs stowed in various places. With that out of the way we got underway.
After a few minutes under power to get away from the dock we unfurled a couple of sails and headed towards downtown Portland. The topic of right-of-way on the water came up as we were sailing right through a bunch of small sailboats racing back and forth across the Willamette river. The Scovare won any right of way discussion because we had the rules and physics on our side. The rules say that the less maneuverable boat has the right of way, the wind was from our starboard side and we were traveling in the channel instead of across it. Physics were simple as a 38' ocean-going yacht against a 2-man 7' sailboat wins like a train wins against any SUV. ;)
A few times during the sail I hauled a sheet (or maybe it was a line, I'm never sure) to help adjust the sails. So now I'm 100% positive I want to learn how to sail and get my own boat. Stephanie wants a boat too so maybe the two of us should work together for one...
We stopped for a wonderful dinner of salad, bread, roast chicken, grilled salmon and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Then as the sun set we headed back up the river. Sadly none of the pictures of the scenery or the houseboats are usable. We did get one of the Portland skyline.
Too soon the trip was over and we were walking up the dock back to our cars. I highly recommend the Scovare and Captain Shane St. Clair if you would like a relaxing dinner on the water. I know I'll be going back again.
Hmmm.... Looks like I need to make a sailing icon too... ;)
Update: So I did... ;)
Thanks to everyone who answered my name poll. Based on the results and my own thoughts my company name will be Leber Consulting LLC. Now I need to find a business attorney to help me draft up the LLC documents and an accountant to make sure I start out on a good financial footing.
I also want to thank everyone for their generous donations. I reached my fund raising goal for this years Walk for Diabetes. A little extra never hurts though and there's still time if you want to donate.
I'll post more later but here's the tally for books read in April:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook
- Sandstorm by James Rollins (Only 60% but the majority was in April)
Just two more days until I get my sailing present. Bounce, bounce, bounce...
Browsing around at random I discovered that the Lady Washington is making her way up the Pacific coast. She'll be in Coos Bay next May and while the schedule stops there it does say she will continue up the coast of Oregon to the Columbia river. That means I'll have quite a few chances to go out for a sail on her at one of the stops. Wah Hoo!
Who's with me?
I had a pretty good birthday this year. Last night was the usual debauchery at the Rheinlander where much fun was had by all and much beer was drunk by yours truly. One casualty of the night was our digital camera took a tumble and finally gave up the ghost. The pictures are safe but it will take me a couple of days to get them off of the memory card.
Today hollyqueen treated me to dinner and a movie. We went and saw The Fog (2005). It wasn't a bad movie but it wasn't a particularly good one either. I was startled a few times but there was never a sense of horror or foreboding. Part of the problem was all the cell phones that kept ringing and the idiots who wouldn't shut up in the theater. I was never able to get into flow of the movie. I spent a lot of time noting all the changes from the original. If you are in the mood for a good horror film I'm afraid you aren't going to find anything in this years selections. You would have better luck turning off the lights and throwing in a copy of the original.
hollyqueen always gets me the best presents. For example, I've really wanted to learn how to sail and this year she gave me a copy of the navigation rules. I love her so much! On top of everything else she's making me spaghetti for dinner. I'm a lucky guy.
In the new issue of Sail I found a contest to win a Hunter 216 from Hunter Marine. The downside is I have to write a letter explaining why I want to win the boat and what I would do with it if I won. Oh, and there's the little bit about going to the 2005 Annapolis Sailboat Show to "pick up the keys" (the quotes are verbatim from the ad) in early October. A small price to pay I suppose...