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I have never been one to say goodbye, I simply sneak out the back and…  I feel  like I’ve just been dumped, left alone and abandoned on a desert Island.

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I don’t have many friends but I cherish the ones I do have, when they leave it sucks and that’s the one thing that blows about this life, you develop intimate friendships with amazing people and then they leave or you do. In the last year almost every one of my friends has up and left with their boats, then I up and left.

I took on a contract for my annual two months of work restoring a local community housing project and everyone kept telling me they had a sailor that would show up any day to help me finish. That sailor tuned out to be what I know will be a life long friend.  Imagine getting paid an incredibly generous wage to work in paradise with complete creative freedom while BS’ing about sailing all day, yep that was my life.  Today Kevin left for the Philippians to finish the voyage he started several years ago with less than $400.00 in his life savings.

I didn’t want to say goodbye so I jumped on my bike stopped by his loaner car and mentioned that I was heading to the local pub to buy two beers and he was welcome to drop by and have one of them if he choose to, other wise I would happily drink both.

Just like any other day we sat and drank our sudz and talked about boats and sailing but nothing in general and just like that he had to jump up and run to catch the ferry for his long journey home.

I just may have to bounce over to South East Asia for a bit of sailing.

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” 

― Muhammad Ali