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Friday, November 1, 2013

No Schedule, no problems



Can one have too many cheese burgers in Paradise? I don't think so. My lovely wife and I had one for breakfast. Our cooler had lost its cool, so rather than loose the last of our meat, we had it for breakfast. Our boat lacks refrigeration and we promised ourselves we would not be slaves to the ice machine. Because of that we've a tiny cooler, only big enough for a 6 pack of beer. A package of frozen hamburg lasts about 2 days on hot days. We've plenty of dry, canned, and dehydrated food, so we aren't going to go hungry,

With the money saved from not having an expensive refrigerator, we can afford to eat out. Lunch at the marina was a treat. Not that the food was anything special, but the location is fantastic -and I didn't have to cook.

We are taking it easy at the state park. Winds are unfavorable for sailing, being too strong and from exactly the wrong direction. Besides, I want to try out my inflatable kayak around the island, but only once it cools off a bit.

I was talking the volunteer caretakers. They just came back “from the mainland” with a month's supplies. They hate leaving the island as everyone “out there” is crazy. Can't say I blame them. Eventually, my lovely wife and I will have to travel down the coast so she can resupply her meds. It's just something we live with and adapt to.

Thanks to the new iphone I'm not completely cut off from the world. That's nice as I can blog and stay in touch with people. On the other hand, I find myself already caring less about the news from the world.

Here's a parting thought. I noticed a lot of the big boats run their bilge pumps an awful lot. That means they are sinking. Without pumps, eventually they'd completely sink. Tied up to a dock with abundant electrical power, they don't even see it as a problem. It isn't -as long as everything keeps working. Our civilization is like a sinking boat. Only the vast amounts of energy inputs keeps it afloat. Too bad we rely so heavily on non renewable resources to keep most things running. Like the boat owners, too few see it as a problem.


-Sixbears

13 comments:

  1. Cheese Burgers for breakfast! Life can't get batter than that... Enjoy your time down here in Florida and keep sending pictures!

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    1. I'm going to need a faster connection for more photos -sorry. Glad I can connect at all. Hopefully I'll have a faster connection in a couple days.

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  2. Wonder what they'll do when the leaks outrun the pump capacity? Good comparison.

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  3. If a bilge pump is what keeps ships afloat whats our bilge pump as a society?Something to think on.

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    1. Perhaps the pump is starting to fail? It has for many.

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  4. Another interesting concept yes, society is like a sinking ship...

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    1. Some of us have life rafts or at least know how to swim.

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  5. The Fed Reserve and permanent money printing is the bilge pump for the good ol' Amerikan Empire.

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  6. The "bilge pumps" are probably air conditioners. Some boats may have conventional flax shaft seals which do leak a tiny amount to keep them lubricated, but most boats today have "dripless" seals. My old Chris Craft had flax seals. The bilge pump went off maybe once a day for a minute or so.

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    1. I don't know. There are many gallons pouring out of that beast at a regular basis. Like 3 minutes of run time and 10 minutes rest -all day long. That can't be right.

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  7. I envy you....have fun, rest, and remember us poor souls stuck in the wilderness of concrete.

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