Feb 162017
 
6 Years...

Wow. Another year and the Fritter is still going strong.  Amazing.  When I started this little voyage I had no idea where it would lead and if it would even last, yet here we are, still sailing along, at least digitally if not on the water. It has been fun though, and never seeming to […]

Mar 142016
 

As I write this post on Sunday night, I’m sitting in a rather nice apartment on a canal in Key Largo.  I’ve been here for a couple days now negotiating a new gig.  One of my website clients has been pushing me to come back to this island and go to work for him running […]

Mar 062016
 

It’s my last weekend in Orlando.  Come Tuesday morning I’ll be riding the rails and dogs back to Key West.  I may only be there for a few days but still, it will be nice to be back home, even if I don’t have said home. It’s a bit of an anniversary for me also. […]

Living Aboard: Working The System…

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Feb 052014
 

A few days into the new month and so far I’ve only had to swipe my card twice.  Anytime some cunning mastermind comes up with some way to screw us out of money, you can bet somebody will game the system and that is exactly what I and probably a few others are doing.  For […]

Crackdown On Liveaboards, Or At Least The One’s Who Don’t Get It…

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Sep 192013
 

The County will, once again, be cracking down on live aboards, at least the troublesome kind who give us legitimate live aboards a bad rep.  The one’s they are targeting are those who live on the hook, away from the marinas and mooring fields.  These are the one’s who tend to not pay any attention […]

Aug 312013
 

One of the reasons I wanted to go to a smaller boat like the Spirit is because of the simplicity of the design.  Everything is very basic and minimal on a boat like this and as a result, it doesn’t take a lot of parts to get the boat up to speed.  And as much […]

Aug 102013
 

The Key West Citizen reports that the country is mulling over three possible sites for a new mooring field in the Keys. For those of you unfamiliar with what a mooring field is, the concept is pretty simple. A mooring field is a set of anchored moorings set up in a protected area like a […]

Jul 082013
 

Firstly, the knee is fine. As bad as it hurt when I twisted/turned/pulled/sprained/broke it the other day by the simple act of going down the steps into the cabin, it’s like nothing happened and it feels fine.  No swelling, bruising, or after effects.  So far. As for the boat swap, I’m still waiting for the […]

Jul 062013
 

I mentioned in passing recently about the impending overhaul of flood insurance for homes in flood prone areas, which is pretty much all of the Keys.  Here is a good follow up article that appeared in today’s Keynoter: Protests Mount Over Rate Hikes When these new rates go into effect, most people who own a […]

Jun 292013
 

Met the couple who are interested in swapping boats this afternoon.  I knew immediately we were going to hit it off when the wife came out of the car wearing an Apple hat.  Sure enough, by the time they were leaving, she was downloading some of my apps on her iPhone.  Real nice folks, semi […]

Jun 232013
 
They Say There Be Magic In These Here Islands...

And being the unbelieving atheist that I am, I tend to brush aside such hogswallop.  Then again, sometimes I wonder. It seems, my fellow Fritters, that I may have an accord regarding an exchange of vessels.  Now calm down, calm down.  It hasn’t happened yet and many things could screw up the deal, but so […]

Jun 232013
 

It’s been a week and a half since the head turd took over here.  What was once a thriving, busy, and admittedly happy little marina, now has all the joy of a prison camp.  Between the ramp closing, the eviction notices to the businesses, the cut off of beer sales, and general nervousness amongst the […]

May 172013
 

I stopped by that marina again yesterday to see if indeed they had any open slips available come July.  No.  But I will keep checking back.  Sent an email off to the city marina to see what they might have.  No answer.  Not surprised there.  I will probably have to go and beg on bended […]

Jul 272012
 

You are sitting there, in your happy little hovel, things are looking up, all seems right with the world, and bang…Some asshole has to come along and spoil everything.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by what has transpired this week and in particular today.  I knew the internet system wasn’t the best in the […]

Living in the Keys…besides Key West…

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Apr 042012
 

As you may know from reading this here blog, most of what I post regarding the Keys is primarily focused on Key West. That’s because I live here and there is plenty to write about. But what about the rest of the Keys? After all, not everyone is keen on the high paced exciting world […]

Mar 162012
 

Since I’ve moved to Key West I’ve applied for somewheres around a dozen positions, possibly more. Every job I’ve applied for I was qualified to do, maybe even slightly over qualified. Of all those applications I’ve gotten back three actual replies and interviews. Two had the decency to call me back and tell me they […]

Alternative Housing…A Minimalist Guide to keeping a roof over your head while living in the Florida Keys…Part 1

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Apr 162011
 

Living in the Florida Keys ain’t cheap.  In fact it is one of the most expensive places to live in the continental U.S. of A.  Everything needs to be shipped in, food, consumer goods, tourists, cuban refugees, and it gets more expensive as fuel prices go up.  But by far the most expensive part of […]