Idle Hands Are the Devil’s Workshop

So said religious fanatics some years ago.

Autumn along Pelham Parkway in the Bronx, NY
Autumn along Pelham Parkway in the Bronx, NY

So in the workshop that is my mind, as the realization dawns that for the first time in years, I really don’t have much to do, I find myself thinking of all sorts of “interesting” ideas.

Dauntless is out of the water; resting and getting ready for the long cruise to come.  Last winter was spent going back and forth between Dauntless in Ireland and home and friends in the USA. The year before, it was preparing to cross the Atlantic, before that, it was finding the right boat, then, taking care of my mother and oh, yes, even working for “the man”.

As Dauntless and I find ourselves on the beach.  I think of ways to keep busy.  Yesterday, I finally decided to reorganize the three computers and their directory systems.  Really not that complicated, but Microsoft has spent the last 20 years trying to obfuscate what is where, having followed the Apple view that without a place called “My Documents” we would be too stupid to find anything.

A few asides:

Just saw Senator Graham on CNBC’s Squawk Box.  Actually a voice from Washington that sounded reasonable. He made a lot of sense, check it out.

Here is an ad that popped up while I was reviewing MS-DOS commands.  I like the new Kadey Krogen ad campaign.

The new Kadey Krogen Ad
The new Kadey Krogen Ad

In the coming weeks, I’ll reorganize my blog, Dauntless at Sea; make new boat cards, and go to a casino. I’ll spend most of December in Italy, may go to a boat show in January and Spain in February.  Finally, in March I will be able to get back to the real work, get Dauntless back in the water and finish some minor projects that have lingered for too long.

In the meantime, ideas like rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean or whales in the Southern Ocean, will have to be kept in the workshop for further review.




Author: Richard on Dauntless

I’m an eclectic person, who grew up in New York, lived overseas for many years and have a boat, Dauntless, a 42 foot Kadey Krogen trawler yacht. Dauntless enables me to not only live in many different parts of the world, but to do it in a way that is interesting, affordable, with the added spice of a challenge. Dauntless also allows me to be in touch with nature. As the boat glides through the ocean, you have a sense of being part of a living organism. When dolphins come to frolic, they stay longer if you are out there talking to them, watching them. Birds come by, sometimes looking for a handout; sometimes grateful to find a respite from their long journey. I grew up on the New York waterfront, in the West Village, when everything west of Hudson St. was related to shipping and cargo from around the world. For a kid, it was an exciting place of warehouses, trucks, and working boats of all kinds: tugs and the barges and ships, cargo and passenger, they were pushing around. My father was an electrical engineer, my mother an intellectual, I fell in between. I have always been attracted to Earth’s natural processes, the physical sciences. I was in 8th grade when I decided to be a Meteorologist. After my career in meteorology, my natural interest in earth sciences: geology, astronomy, geography, earth history, made it a natural for me to become a science teacher in New York City, when I moved back to the Big Apple. Teaching led to becoming a high school principal to have the power to truly help kids learn and to be successful not only in school but in life. Dauntless is in western Europe now. In May and June, I will be wrapping up the last two years in northern Europe, heading south to spend the rest of the year in Spain & Portugal. Long term, I’m planning on returning to North American in the fall of 2017 and from there continuing to head west until we’re in Northeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, where we will settle for a bit. But now, my future lies not in NY or even Europe, but back to the water, where at night, when the winds die down, there is no noise, only the silence of the universe. I feel like I am at home, finally.

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