Sail Ho!

Indian Summer is a beautiful thing. We've been hitting the home improvement projects hard over the past few weeks. I made a pact that I wouldn't make a new mast step for the boat until we got the projects done - and almost lived up to it. The weather was so gorgeous this week that I had to spend a couple of late nights getting it built. Given that we had snow this time last year, it seemed like a shift in priorities was in order. »

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Rule of Narcissism

I read somewhere that the key to success is to make more decisions. Makes sense to me - making decisions is hard. After all, you could be wrong. Here's a handy rule of thumb I use in making decisions. Consider it a generalization of a question my boss once asked when I was proposing to spend some money: "What would you do if it was your money?" I call it the Rule of Narcissism because " »

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Holy Kraut, Batman!

Last year I got Wild Fermentation from the library after reading a review on Cool Tools. Possibly the most dangerous (to my wallet) blog ever. But I digress. There were some interesting recipes in there and I decided to try my hand at Kimchi. It came out OK, but tasted so gnarly I ate two bowls just to justify the effort and pitched it. It was also gnarly enough that I didn't follow through on my plan to buy the book. »

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Take 2

It's been a crazy week, what with getting ready for the first week of school and trying to cram in the end of summer home improvements, so I didn't make as much progress as intended on rectifying the fallout of the shakedown cruise. I haven't gotten the sail rig adjustments made as making a new mast step is time consuming, but I did get the oarlocks beefed up. First, I cut out the split portion of the inner gunwale. »

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Shakedown

I haven't written much lately, and for good reason. Summer has gone fast and the elusive goal of launching Afternoon Delight (henceforth to be referred to as "Addie") this year was looking precarious. So the last few weeks have consisted of knuckle-down late night garage time to git 'er done. All Finished At approximately 2 a.m. this past Thursday night I deemed her complete. Addie herself was pretty much done the week before, but having had the emasculating experience of having to accept a tow twice in my life, I introduced some scope creep by making a pair of spoon oars for auxiliary propulsion. »

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