October 23, 2007:
hasn't been a very productive couple of weeks, and we need to get back
into boat work mode soon. Brian's work schedule has been sheer
nonsense, so it's been difficult for him to throw himself into boat
projects when he drags himself home after the tenth 12 hour workday in
a row. Alicia's used her ample "alone time" to plan the
holidays, thoroughly clean the boat, give Louie his fall hairdo,
experiment with some new recipes, and endlessly repeat Radiohead's
brilliant new album.
A couple of nice things have happened:
1. Alicia's dad came for a sail and a belated birthday dinner, which was lovely.
Alicia makes pasta for her dad / Tom Collins takes the helm!
2. Last night we discussed and drew our potential shrink-wrap
structure for this winter. We've dubbed it "The Festivity Bubble"
in anticipation of the mess of holiday decorations we plan to festoon
it with. We're going for size this year, with lots more headroom
than last year's bubble. We want plenty of space to enjoy the
greenhouse effect (on cold, sunny days the bubble can reach interior
temps upwards of 80 degrees) and work on projects. Seems like
it's going to look like some sort of deranged circus tent with a silly
arched door! Observe the mild insanity:
wood beams b= Brian c= decorative
Christmas star d= Alicia e= arched
doorway f=anti-precipitation angle
Last year's bubble had a few irritating features, the worst being how
snow and rain used to pool up right over the doorway, randomly soaking
or avalanching door users. This year's bubble will be all angles
so the weather can slide right off! Plus, with our mast and
shrouds gone, it'll be a much more solid, tight drum of plastic.
It sounds like there's to be a shrink-wrapping festival the first
weekend after Thanksgiving, with our efforts combined with those of our
buddy boats MANATEE and ESPERANZA. It's always a fun day when you
get to go around blasting a flame thrower, so we're looking forward to
In the meantime, we hope to get a few more sails in before it's time to
pull the mast. Hopefully there'll be one this coming weekend with
We hope everyone's well--take care!