Dec 062013

Just a few weeks left in 2013 and I have to say I won’t miss it.  Too many down times this year.  The marina sale, the 4 month ordeal to get the Spirit, and the sudden drop in business over the fall have made this a not fun year.  And I still have to get through the final days.

On the other hand, I’m sorta kinda lookin’ forward to 2014.  Even though I will hit the big 60 next year, and history has shown that the years in which I turned a decade have not been good, (a story for another time), I actually feel warily confident about next year.

While the marina situation is still in limbo, at least I have a boat I am content with.  I will be more content when I get the few remaining things done on it that I want to do.  But when it’s all said and done, I will have a comfy place to live and it may even sail on occasion.

As for the marina itself, things have settled into a dull roar.  No further news items have occurred but there are some comings and goings amongst the residents.  One couple who had left a few months ago have returned and are now docked directly across the dock from me.  Not a big deal except the guy is a major flake.  You can’t talk to him like a normal person.  Always seems to be in another world.  I try to avoid any direct contact if possible.  And to add to the fun, he has two little chihuahua’s who yip and yap all the time.

Another resident has left, a single mother and her 9 year old daughter.  Nice enough but the kid just seemed out of place in a marina full of adults.

And another couple, friends of mine, have been given notice that their slip was sold and they have to leave by this weekend.  They did find another slip on the next pier but it will cost them.  They are talking of putting the boat in the yard and moving back to the mainland for awhile.

The marina was crowded with lots of strangers over the long weekend.  It was a bit noisier than usual and someone apparently ate something that did not agree with them because they left the men’s toilets in a real mess.   Wonder how they would feel if one of us went to their home and shit on their floor.  Tourists, bless their little wallets, simply do not understand that while they are here to play, we are here to live.  These islands are our home, and we feel about this place the same way you feel about your home.  When somebody comes down from Bugtustle, Iowa and acts like a pig, we will tend to treat them like a pig.

It’s going to be busy now and through the end of the year, like it or not.  Lot’s of stuff going on starting with the Pyrate Fest this weekend.  A holiday land type parade will be going through Old Town Saturday on Dec. 7th.  All the Historic Inns will be decked out in their finest, along with the Harbor Walk and it’s famous lobster trap tree.  And next weekend is the Lighted Boat Parade in the Harbor.  There will be other parades and celebrations going on up and down the Keys if you can’t make it all the way to Key West.  Then on New Years Eve there will be the annual Wiener Dog parade, always a favorite, and of course ringing in 2014 downtown.  Not sure where I will go this year.

I’ll be making the rounds locally and seeing what sort of pictures I can scare up.

Capt. Fritter

  4 Responses to “Living Aboard: Finishing Out The Year…”

  1. can’t wait!
    for all of it.
    next year might be better. i’m hoping. actually i’m counting on it.
    who has to clean up the mess in the bathrooms? since it’s not totally a private bath?

  2. Well, Captain, its been a trying year for a lot of us. Hang in there and keep the faith. Could be worse. I woke up to -6 degree temp this morning. Never even got up to 15 degrees. I am afraid to even check out the weather down there!