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I’m a steamroller baby, I’m going to roll all over you.

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The tides have turned,  I spent the better part of New Years Eve doing a complete inventory of provisions on the boat cleaning up mold and mildew as I went.  The situation is grim but it could but worse, the way I see it is that it can only get better from here on out.  I have a solid month of boring food, 90 percent of it can be eaten cold and I can always take my cast iron skillet to the beach to cook if I run out of fuel.  I have about 9 hours of fuel left so I’ll light that fire when I get cold enough.

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The Seattle boat show is January 25 – February 3, 2013, my last chance at earning a few freedom chips before declaring my freedom from…  from that point forward its earn as I can where I can, work on the boat full time if I actually have any projects that can be done pending weather and my financial situation.      “The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt. 
~Rollo May

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The cold is still my largest hurdle, I have asked all my friends about surviving freezing conditions on the hook and don’t like the answers I have gotten, “yep I pretty much just froze my ass off all winter”.  I have one pair of warmies and a 45 degree sleeping bag so I will have to figure out something but that’s what its all about…figuring it out.   Its looking like I will have zero heat so I can only assume that even though I have invited Serena to join me  I will be heading out solo, then again…

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It’s kind of retarded to make a priority’s list when you have no money but for now I have a few Items on my list.

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1) I still have no reefing set up and have just been jury rigging as needed.  If you have ever sailed a boat with icy decks and no lifelines let me tell you its frightening.   I will not consider the boat to be sea worthy until I install a proper reefing system.

2) A secondary anchor system.  The moment I leave the dock my insurance becomes void, my ground tackle is the best defense so this a huge priority.

3) My ships batteries are almost  toast so I am searching desperately for a second hand lantern to light the remnants of winters darkest nights.

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In the meantime life is good around here.

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I love the long dark nights on the boat.

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Its cold as hell, 24 degrees last night.

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I continue to small projects as I can, the sun made a rare appearance this week.

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A little bit of Seafin oil looks great.

My friends Rob And Yuki “Uki” loaned me a small uke for a few days, its been a year since I have picked on up so I’m a bit rusty.  My 15 dollar craigslist video camera is dying a bitter death but it still takes great stills.

“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.” 

~Ansel Adams

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