It’s 2017. What do ya think about that? Personally… not much. I’m not impressed.
“It’s the weather dummie”. Don’t get me wrong. I like “weather”, but I find it “not being nice” to be boring after a while. The past month has been in the single Celsius digits, rainy, windy, sucky… it even snowed the other day. All this is fine if you have a warm home to go to…. which most people don’t around this part of the woods. Brrrr! For example…. I put on socks when I get out of bed to make my morning coffee! Brrr!!!
But the thing that gets me really cranky is the lack of Zoot Allures time. The weekend before Xmas I worked on Saturday. Sunday I passed by and dumped the old “deflatable” on Zoot’s deck (at last, it’s out of my living room) and spent the day at G.S.’s for a cousin bash. Good times! Xmas weekend I went down to the Nafplio farm with Mom and Sis (which is a story of its own… Sis with a fever, power outage Xmas Eve etc…. at least we’ve got a fireplace).
Some time before New Years I got down to ol’ Zoot for a quick check. There was some traces of snow on deck and a few lines fastening my cockpit cover had failed after a storm went by with force 10 gusts. Plus it was too cooooold to stay long. New Years was freezing and I stayed home nursing a cold. The weekend after… my car battery died (after 2.5 years, damit!) and heading out the 50 clicks on a motorcycle was out of the question. Long story short (oopps… a bit long), I’m having Zoot Allures withdrawal symptoms!
But…. Santa was good to me.
I got a new book By Eugene de Zila called “To Live on a Boat”. Apparently it was first written in the “Esperanto” language, mine’s translated into Greek. He’s a French philosopher who got fed up not being able to teach in his own way, flipped a bird to the system, sold everything and moved onto a boat. I haven’t read a book in Greek for a long time so it’s going slow.
Another holiday surprise was from an other Fjord MS33 owner, Keith from Guernsey, who is doing an outstanding restoration job on his boat. He was too kind and sent me his old shaft lock which keeps the prop from spinning whilst sailing. Stay tuned for that.
Duuuh, what else.
Sis went to Austria for New Years and brought me back this “fish?”
So Happy 2017 to y’all.
Stay Tuned and beware of the green fish!
ps…. 2017 will bring us Trump as the president of the U.S. When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches cold. I’m quite concerned. Is there really a liberal revolution boiling in the backround? We’ll see.
pss…. In 2012 I bought Zoot Allures. The plan was to move aboard in 5 years and cut the lines in 10. In March it will be…. gulp…. 5 years! The way this winter is going, the moving aboard plan is gonna need a lot of “tweaking”!!