Apr 122014
Mandatory Cat Pictures...

KC and Charley got to have some shrimp for dinner.  Charley even came out for a few minutes of head rubbin’s before heading back into the nether regions of the boat.  That is one strange cat. Cat pictures on the internet.  It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law. Capt. Fritter  

Apr 122014
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag...

And it’s small.  A lot smaller than the backpack.  Why?  Let me ‘splain. To say that I have embraced minimalism as a lifestyle would be an understatement.  For those of you who follow my ramblings you know that of my last inventory I was down to some 60 or 70 possessions, including the boat and [...]

Apr 112014

Things continue to settle down here with the new marina.  I’m starting to get back into a decent frame of mind again as all the tension, stress, and adrenaline slowly goes away.  Everyone has commented about how more better I seem to be since I moved.  It’s really starting to dawn on me how bad [...]

Apr 102014

It’s been awhile since I posted anything on Key West’s favorite construction project, mainly because all the stuff that affect the bikes and pedestrians on the outside lane is pretty much done.  With the exception of the little bridge west of the Overseas Market, the bike and walk lane looks to be finished.  It’s pretty [...]

Apr 072014

No, not that stupid game where you hit dented balls with bent sticks and then chase them around like an idiot.  I mean the Links Page rat’chere on the Fritter.  I just did an unofficial count and there are over 160 links on there for everything from minimalism to bicycles to mermaids and sea sirens.  And [...]

Apr 072014

Been nearly 10 days since I rejoined the civilized world and so far things are going pretty more better.  This fancy marina is living up to all that I hoped it would be so far.  It’s wonderfully quiet around here.  Oh, there are the usual marina noises you always get.  Every morning the fishing charter [...]

Apr 022014

Now that I have moved and things look fairly stable for a little while, you are probably wondering what the status is of the Spirit.  What kind of work does it still need and what is going to happen?  Well, here is a run down of what is left to do, repair/maintenance wise. Let’s start [...]

Apr 012014
The Minimalist Budget:  March...

Don’t look.  It’s ugly. Told you…Ugly. This is what happens when you combine stress with tax time, nosey marina staff, irritating neighbors, and an unknown future. You spend too much, eat too much, and make poor economic decisions. The best part? It’s over. I’m moved to a better place, taxes are paid, and I can [...]

Mar 312014

It’s still a bit early to make any real opinions on the new marina but I’m going to anyways. The changes from the, “other place” are so remarkably different and more better that it does bear some comments. As with anyplace there are good as well as bad things to contend with, so I will [...]

Mar 272014

It’s getting close, very close, and things are moving quite smoothly, too smoothly. I plunked down the first months rent at the new place and I can move in sometime over the weekend. I’m shooting for Saturday as that is looking the best for winds and tides. I have only some minor things to get [...]

Mar 222014

It’s been almost three years since I achieve my lifelong dream of moving to and living in Key West. I pretty much knew what to expect when I moved down here and the island has lived up to my expectations. I knew of the costs, the tourists, and the difficulties and was able to take [...]

Mar 202014

If you have seen some of the few photos and videos of your’s truly on the Fritter you may notice that I tend to dress somewhat, casually.  Loose fitting fishing shirts and shorts, boat shoes, and none of it pressed, tucked in, nor neatly arranged.  This is not just an island thing.  I’ve never been [...]

Mar 192014

This week I did my duty and filed my federal income taxes. 27 pages worth. It took 27 pages of, as the title says, economic pornography just to comply with a tax code that nobody on the planet is capable of deciphering. I have no idea whether I filled out everything correctly or not. I [...]