Jan 212015
Living Aboard:  Decision Time...

Well, looks like it’s time for another change.  Like it or not, it would appear that my days here at this marina are about to come to an end.  For one, the rent is now out of reach.  $720 vs $612.50 is beyond what I can afford, not that the latter was any easier, but […]

Jan 122015

I’ve mentioned the free table on here before.  It’s a picnic table near the marina store where if you want to get rid of something but not throw it away because it still has some usefulness, you put it on the free table for somebody else to take and squeeze the last bit of said […]

Dec 112014

About 7 years ago around this time of the year, I was winding down my career in motorcycles.  I was working a very bad gig at a Harley dealer in North Central Florida and I knew my time there would be up soon.  It was a miserable job in a darwin forsaken hole in the […]

Nov 122014

It just seems that the rich will never be satisfied with what they got.  They always want more.  One of the few old timey marinas here on Stock Island has fallen prey to a new owner.  The Hurricane Hole marina located right on the corner of the Cow Key bridge and channel on US 1 […]

Jul 032014

Last month I wrote about the trials and tribulations an acquaintance of mine was having regarding his living accommodations.  Well, there has been some new developments in that story.  Would you like to hear about it?  Sure you would. Said acquaintance was given the heads up by his landlord that said rental property, where he […]

Jun 242014

It’s the beginning of summer, the weather, heat and humidity aside, has been beautimus.  The winds have calmed and the waters are clear and warm.  Things are kinda quiet around the island as we get a brief respite before the 4th of July and Lobster Season kick in.  You would think everyone would be happy […]

Jun 172014

But reality is suggesting otherwise. Yesterday, one of my former neighbors from the, “other place” came by the marina in search of a new slip to dock his boat.  He has been tied up to the seawall over at the marina of lost hope for well over a year now and was informed that he […]

May 212014

A friend of mine…acquaintance…someone I heard of, is about to experience some major upheavals in their island dream.  Said person has been living in a rented spot here on the rock for well over a decade.  He has paid his rent on time and made numerous improvements to the property including a new dock on […]

May 162014

Recently, workers in the fast food industry have been going on strike for higher wages.  They claim that the wages offered in these sorts of jobs are not sufficient to live on or as the phrase goes, “make ends meet”.  That’s understandable.  We all would like to make more money and when the corporate warlords […]

Apr 292014

Here’s a little experiment for you to try at your worker bee job sometime.  But beware.  If you do this, there will be repercussions, punishment, and possible dismissal if you do, so tread wisely.   Sometime, when things are slow, if you are standing around the counter, in your cubicle farm, or whatever hell you […]

Feb 162014

Another Sunday, another pile of crap shoveled our way by the marina lord and master.  This time?  The son of a…..WAIT A MINUTE! HOL’ ON THERE! HOKEY SMOKERS!!! IT’S THE 3RD BIRTHDAY OF THE MANATEE FRITTER!!!! Well shiver me timbers and swash my buckles.  The Fritter has made for another year.  Wow!  Three years and […]

Make A Change For The More Better…

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Dec 292013

By the current measures of how we keep time in these parts, the earth, that’s that big round thing you are standing on, has completed another revolution around the sun, that big bright yellow hot thing up in the sky.  Considering the earth is a couple billion years old or so, a year is but […]

Oct 162013

Interesting. I found this post online a couple of days ago.  Living on $5000 a year, on purpose.  A very interesting look at some true minimalists.  Now the article, and given it is by NBC News, shows an obvious bias against living minimally.  They call it, “Intentional poor”, which is a total misunderstanding of how […]

Jul 142013

I’ve been getting this question a lot lately. Mostly from people who have 30+ foot long vessels, packed full of crap, along with overstuffed dock boxes, and vehicles with barely enough room for the driver, because of all the other crap they have. They cannot wrap their heads around the fact that everything I truly […]

Jun 072013

And here I thought people were listening to me. 2 1/2 years of preaching the gospel of Minimalism. Downsizing, buying less, finding smaller places to live, finding alternative living like boats and rv’s. And what do I find on the interwebs? This: McMansions making a comeback. Really? Are you serious? Did we learn anything from […]

May 132013

Since we just went through another one of those sappy holidays taken over by the greeting card industry so we would spend more money on stuff, I thought this might be a good opportunity to talk about how to approach minimalism when there is some sentimentality involved. Interesting side note:  Anne Jarvis, the mother who […]