Noises

One of the things I could never understand about people I would bring on as crew was their indifference to noises. To me noise is everything. Something rolling around? Go find it and re-secure it. Why? Not only is the noise “Chinese water torture” to me, but it frequently means something is wrong or has broken loose. That brings me to tonight. We have had several rain showers tonight. I can hear water sloshing around. I know its not the bilge. It turns out that with Reboot s current trim we are slightly bow down. The water is (was) trapped in the channel around the companion-way. When I went up into the cockpit I disturbed the trim enough so it drained. Yes, on me! Fair winds and following seas 🙂
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SailboatRacing-Rebootusa60493/~3/r0r50–5gJI/noises.html

Giraffe

Yesterday we got our biweekly visit from Australian Biosecurity to check on XO. It was quite rushed. Matt told me that they were dealing with a giraffe. It seems one was being imported and the paperwork was not right. So they were trying to sort it out. I wonder how the giraffe feels.Crazy stuff.Fair winds and following seas 🙂
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SailboatRacing-Rebootusa60493/~3/aad8jxoa8J4/giraffe.html

Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down

Actually its Saturday. Last night it started to rain and has continued since. The forecast is for several more days of rain as a slow moving front passes. Not much fun. Going on shore just means spending money to sit in a restaurant. Wind has been up and down. When up, not terribly comfortable on Reboot. I will make a trip in tomorrow to do some shopping if there is a break in the rain.XO has been very needy. Lots of pacing and vocalizations unless I lay down in the bunk. Then he cuddles and falls asleep. I have been putting gel in his eyes to clear a minor infection. It must be helping. He just quietly lays on his back and lets me do it. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SailboatRacing-Rebootusa60493/~3/pyIgHLtCZww/rainy-days-and-mondays-always-get-me.html

Tools

TOOLS EXPLAINEDDRILL PRESS : A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.WIRE WHEEL : Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, Oh sh*t SKILL SAW : A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.PLIERS : Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.BELT SANDER : An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.HACKSAW : One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle… It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dism
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