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Sunday was Chloe’s 10th birthday, where does all the time go?  I woke up early Sunday as it was going to be the day of the dog.  We snuggled in the quarter birth for a bit of reflection.  Ten years ago I had a $10,000.00 dollar deposit at Pacific Seacraft and was impatiently waiting for them to begin construction of of my new boat that would carry me off to see the world.

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” 
~Benjamin Franklin

Life doesn’t always go as we planned and when PSC called me to tell me that they were scrapping the Flicka it was a pretty major setback.  In the ten years since that fateful day I have had many adventures and lived all over the place but the sailing dream never dies, life comes and goes but sooner or later it will go.

The weekend started with good friends, good wine, and good times.  I made a new friend and we set the bar for yet another impossibly perfect weekend.  When a group of motley sailors stumbled by and mentioned the word Tequila  I slipped off to bed, I had way too much planned for my weekend to ruin it with a hang over.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” 
~Leonardo da Vinci

I stuffed 400 lbs of wine and dog food into The` and easily have room for another 1000 lbs of food and water.  I tucked away little treats in each locker, treasures to be found later.  Its so hard to have so much good food and cheap wine on the boat but not be able to touch it.  My goal is to have 3 months of supply’s on my boat by mid July.  Chloe is always my priority and I have six months of the highest quality food available for her.  I can always go a day or two without food but I could never look into her puppy eyes and try to explain why there is no food in her magic bowl.

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” 
~Winston S. Churchill

A yummy dog bone is the best baby sitter you can imagine.  I finished stripping the starboard cover boards and relayed and inspected 285′ of second hand but near new anchor rode my friend Mathew donated to me.  I haven’t spliced it to the chain yet as I only have 30′ of 5/16″ and am really hoping to add 100′ of 1/4″ G4.

The best part about having A.D.D. is that I can easily bounce from project to project without endless lists, everything is in my head as I continue the balance between fun projects and the necessary ones.

I’m growing antsy but patience is the key, Sunday night a friend said “why don’t you just leave today?”  “Sure I said show me how its done, give away all your money and walk out the door and see how far you get”.  My end game is coming but its not today.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
~Colin Powell
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