Date: 18 December 2015. Imaginary
Friends IRL (in real life)
Captain Larry and Eva of the 36' Manatee named Bucky
the water is fabulous. As a soloist life on the hook did get a mite
lonesome. There was also the safety factor to be considered. I was unable to look up
stuff on the internet as I do not own a smart phone. I did have
phone numbers from when I was connected ashore so that was helpful. Having to rely on outside
help bothered me and I worried I was becoming a chore. I have this independent streak so opted to
purchase a MiFi thumb-drive gizmo.
The MiFi device is bent. The netbook
slid off the dinette while I was setting up my Christmas tree.
I should have had the computer on that shelf liner rolled behind it.
With the dinette fully open fiddles prevent anything from sliding
off the table.
noticed the date on the above computer screenshot it's like this: I
have templates that are basically the page you see without the text
nor photos. I update/fix and tweak, then upload. It's why you see
August above. That was the last time the code was tweaked.
because Google AdSense kicked me off their program. That was
disappointing. My theory is that because I was signing on through
open wifi's at two local marinas back in Carrabelle they had me
pegged as "from" there. Then when other boaters at those same
marinas clicked on my ads, Google thought I was cheating.
AdSense you get one opportunity to appeal then that's that. I didn't
think about the wifi angle when I appealed. Since I don't cheat it
never occurred to me the open wifi could have made it appear like I was.
life. I have Amazon ads in place now. They also disallow any
relationship whatsoever between self and purchasers. And that ladies
and gents is why I pay for my own wifi connection!
you wondered... that and open wifi is mostly a thing of the past.
Out here you really must have your own connection if you have
any desire to surf the internet on the computer.
Because my gizmo works even though bent I'm calling it Good Enough.
In the meantime Kidlet is exploring the possibility of getting me an
unlimited Verizon smart phone with a hot spot. We're not sure if
that's possible. Her phone is grandfathered into the high-speed
I'm not too
sure I want to join this century and the smart
phone phenomenon however I've been assured I'll like it.
I have been using the Verizon
*MiFi for the computer and all is well. I post on
forums and that's fun too. We boaters do love talking about our
vessels. There are the boat problems and lots of times others have had
the same issue and solved it. Having access to that knowledge base is
*MiFi - The
gizmo is a mifi device that allows me to connect to the internet. I
thought they were called wifi thingies however was told that's not
true. I don't know nor care what the name is as long as it works.
Now that I've
experienced life afloat both without and
with an internet connection I prefer to stay in touch.
hang out is
Trawler Forum. The Kidlet calls the folks I chat and email online my
Imaginary Friends. Recently I was blessed to meet in real life
Captain Larry who owns Bucky. Best of all he and his bride Eva came
for a visit. What a treat that was for me.
brought a pair of solar panels for my Seaweed. I cannot tell you how
pleased that makes me. Finally seven point five years into this
journey I am energy independent. My life (excluding the
5k BTU wall-banger air-conditioner) remains the same whether I am tied to a dock or
living life at anchor off a deserted island.
I am truly
Folks should remember the
boat they buy does not have to have all the whistles and bells
at purchase. It is possible to tweak and improve any boat. For
proof positive of that read
The Fishing Boat
article. Seaweed at purchase had an inadequate anchor, no
windlass, no solar, no wind generator, one battery, one quart
of oil and a spare sink stopper. Oh, and the ugliest
sun-rotted curtains on the planet.
boat doesn't have to be perfect from the get-go.
Have I mentioned how wonderful life afloat is lately?!?
Having extra L-brackets to
raise the panels mean they will stay cooler too. Thanks so much
Larry and Eva.
I can live a
decadent life at anchor without a power
cord thanks to the addition of those two panels!!!
Finally my refrigerator will
always be on. Before I did not have sufficient power generation
ability to run the reefer at will. Now I do. There is no way you can
imagine how much of a change that will make in my life. Saying
"thank you" to Eva and Larry seems so paltry for so large an impact
this will have for my life. I am blessed for certain. And "Thank you
both so much" from here to the bottom of my ice filled glass of tea.
Eva were upgrading the solar array on their Manatee. Theirs is a
gem. I've seen pictures of the work Larry has done to Bucky (their
boat) and it is simply
spectacular. Bucky is amazing.
up from their home port south of here and we had lunch together. That was
definitely a treat for me. We
went to a local restaurant called
Island Grill & Raw Bar. The conch chowder was
good. Eva, Larry and I had a wonderful chat outside then moved inside when an
afternoon rain shower came through.
about SeaBreeze restaurant: Come by boat and according to Ally at
first draft beer is free. How cool is that?!?
I enjoy lunches out. Number
One: earlier is lots less expensive than the dinner menu pricing. It
is relaxing to arrive after the lunch crowd has departed. There is
an afternoon siesta type of experience with lots of time to visit
and enjoy each other's company. That is not found during rush hour
as a general rule.
And Eva is
just the jolliest lady. She'll be a great cruiser and is already a
It was fun getting to know Eva. She had a ton of questions. I've
been mulling over a more formal expansion of what I've done in the
past. The visit with Eva and Larry was very helpful to me. It was a
real godsend to confirm those potential seminar topics are the very ones
she asked about. And I added a couple more to the mix too. Thank you
making their M/V Bucky into quite a yacht. He's meticulous and it
shows in the craftsmanship of his repairs and upgrades.
It is very
easy to get swamped by wanting to make everything just right. I hope
all yachtsmen and women will be able to escape the only-one-more-thing syndrome.
We have all succumbed to the desire to make all things perfect when
often Good Enough is quite sufficient.
definitely one of my problems. Since I'm stuck at a dock the
why-don't-I and while-I'm-not-doing-XYZ have been very prevalent.
Some of that is a good thing and I have accomplished many items on
my To-Do List.
These are a
few of the items I've completed:
more however those are some of the items that have been accomplished
in the last few months. All of them except getting the refrigerator
aboard Seaweed could have been done at anchor or while cruising.
That is the most important thing I need to remember.
repairs or upgrades need be done while tied to a dock.
All projects are more easily completed with access to supply stores.
It's a two-edged sword. I want
to cruise. The lack of mobility is a killer. Betsy, the newest and
final engine, went in last autumn. I'm THISclose to a
sea-trial. And of course I'm anxious to learn how this LAST diesel
To meet and get to know Eva and her Larry was a real treat. They
took Skipper and I to a nearby restaurant called SeaBreeze. It was
just the break I needed. Thank you both for the lovely visit.
welcomes boaters. According to Ally who works there large boats and sailboats have tied
to their dock for dinner. The outside patio makes SeaBreeze ideal for those
of us with four-legged crew members. A local with a 50' Hatteras
says he anchored in the cove behind the restaurant and found good holding.
good in the St. Pete area with lots of green water and pretty views.
I cannot wait to see what's next on the horizon.
Have you met anyone IRL (in real life) from an online
And, would you rather go out for lunch or dinner?
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