I wanted to shake up my life and go sailing (or learn on the job, so-to-speak) so headed to Florida to crew on a catamaran. This is about how it went or, rather, didn't - and my life since. Hopefully it will lead to a catamaran on the clear aqua blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, watching the sunset, a coconut rum and coke in hand. You must START AT THE BEGINNING of the blog, April 2009, to get the whole story...

Saturday, October 23, 2010


...A very good place to start. Or so sang Maria Von Trapp.

I have noticed that new people have come to this blog from other sites (mostly Zero to Cruising) expecting, I assume, to read a sailing blog. Instead they land on the latest blog and it's about working on a movie or some triviality that is currently occupying my time, and they don't venture any farther before signing out. (I know this because I have a tracker on the site that lets me know where my readers are from, which pages they went to, and how long they stayed on the site).

So let me tell you this... the best reading in this blog is to be had at the beginning; I started out on what was supposed to be a grand sailing adventure and it all went terribly wrong. I have been told by some readers that it's an incredible story and hugely entertaining, and other readers have told me it needs to be a book or a movie script. I am not sure about any of those claims but I DO know that the best reading to be had is in the first 60 or so posts. Like the one about hearing something growling outside my bedroom window in Tarpon Springs, Florida; driving Alligator Alley with a crotchety old man; working at a dog boarding and grooming place in the Florida Keys; taking a 80 foot houseboat around Key Largo with an alcoholic at the helm; house-sitting at a place that was on evacuation alert near a forest fire in the Okanagan; getting a job at the 2010 Olympic Games, to name just a few.

If you just landed here, I am pleading with you to start at the beginning. You don't have to read it all in one day, it isn't going anywhere. So go grab a coffee, a cup of tea or a glass of wine, find the page titled Ticket Purchased, and sit back and enjoy my misadventures. I promise, you will laugh at my foibles and shake your head at my chutzpah. And... if you stay with me... I do plan to try sailing again in the future. (Meanwhile, I plan to blog soon about working on a new show in town called Mr.Young). Let me know what you think of what you read... I always love getting comments. And maybe those of you who have been with me from the beginning can comment here and let the newbies know what you think of this blog.

Thanks for reading!!
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