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Attitude Check

Attitude Check

 Attitude evaluation 101: Is today the type of day where I wake up and, on seeing a spiderweb in the window I… …roll my eyes because it’s yet another web to clean up. …have a brief conversation with him about ways to improve his technique and alternative anchoring points. …give him a “high-8” for what is, for all intents and purposes, an awesome looking web. …walk away saying in my head, “WTF? I’m talking to the frikin’ spiders!” Today is…

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Diving In

Diving In

With summer in full swing and us hanging around around lots of water I’ve had the opportunity to teach my 10 year old some of my old diving techniques. Let me clarify that statement: by “old” I mean sufficiently aging, not nearly as old as some of you could claim; by “diving” I mean that the hands and head

Looking Up

Looking Up

It’s been raining. A lot! And while I’m grateful for the water (the lake level is way up), I am ready for some sunshine. Just about 30 minutes before sunset tonight we had a break in the clouds and the sun broke out like it needed a run. The result was not one, but two full rainbows over the marina. It was a breath of fresh air.    It also got me to thinking – the rainbow is one of…

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From Where We Come

From Where We Come

Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It’s a smallish town on the banks of the Tennessee River. It’s home to about 14,000 people. It’s also the birthplace of Sophia Sojourn (the boat not the blog!).  From the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s the Burns-Craft boat company built house boats and yachts in this north Alabama river community. Sometime on 1975 or 1976 one of the 14,000 people went to work and poured the fiberglass into a mold that would become the hull…

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The Dark Side of Sushi

The Dark Side of Sushi

I’ve often wondered if anyone at an urban sushi bar full of suburbanites and city dwellers really stops to think about the process of getting a salmon roll from an Alaskan stream to a Dallas dinner table, all neatly rapped in rice or soy paper or what not.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a good sushi bar and my kids are growing up (for the most part) as solid suburban sultans.  Living on the lake has, however,…

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My Neighborhood Taxonomy

My Neighborhood Taxonomy

I have interesting neighbors. Some I see on a regular basis, others are quite shy and reclusive. Here is a list of who I’ve come across so far. I’ll add more as I meet them. It’s also a goal to get a good camera to I can post actual pictures from here at the lake. In the meantime, these stand-ins for the web will do!

Storage Solutions

Storage Solutions

One of the challenges of living in a small space – even if you’re just downsizing – is storage. There are a few basic rules of storage: 1) get rid of crap 2) don’t collect new crap 3) make the most of the space you have. I’m learning to make the most of the space I have (the first two are in process as well). Earlier this week I made some stilts for

The Hero That Almost Was

The Hero That Almost Was

Life in the marina has its oddities. For example, when I take a walk and track my progress on my Nike+ app, it often shows me walking on water. This is not a Jesus complex, just the fact that the docks don’t show up on the GPS. Also, when I’m out for a walk, I like to pay attention to the boats and the water and help bring attention to anything that may be out of place: a line that…

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

This is my castle afloat. It’s a comfortable life – including the outdoor decks I have about 900 sf of living space! Not too shabby. It is an antique, built in 1976, and it comes with all the same issues a older house might have, along with all the same issues an older boat may have. Here are some current projects that are underway. Expect some “before and after” pics over the next few months. -building bunks for the kids….

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