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Out of the Dungeon and Back into the Light

This was a brutal winter. Not the weather, the effect it had on me.

Yesterday we went to the Chicago In-Water Boat Show. There was few sailboats and they had NO PAINKILLERS! Admission was $12 but we signed up for an intermediate lesson so we could go out for a sail and the total cost, including admission, was $25.

For Chicago and Lake Michigan, the weather was absolutely PERFECT! You might get ten days a year like that so we really got lucky. The boat was 30 something foot Hunter.

I had expected, for that price, that the boat would be crowded, we wouldn't get much time at the wheel and pretty much everything being taught I'd already know. I was right about only the last one.

There were only three "students" on board and one instructor. He was very good at explaining everything. I was just itching to get out. Once we got out on the water, I was in heaven! I let everyone else have their time at the wheel. I was afraid once I got my hands on it, they'd have to hit me with a 2x4 to get me off.

We spent two glorious hours out on the water. I could have easily just not come back. I didn't get all the sailing in I wanted but I got what I needed - a jolt back into the sailing life.

I had spent the entire fall, winter and almost all the spring working on the house. And it had taken its toll. I was in such a funk I had given up up on my dream of selling the house and buying a boat. I didn't believe it would ever happen.

This morning I woke up and felt alive again. I'm glad I'm back. I didn't like that person living in the dungeon. I just need to keep getting my fix.
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Re: Out of the Dungeon and Back into the Light

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Re: Out of the Dungeon and Back into the Light

Good to see you back. You know you could have stayed and gotten a vicarious boat fix here.
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Re: Out of the Dungeon and Back into the Light

rockDAWG, that was a cute video but I don't think you would have known me these past months.

chuckles, vicarious wasn't working anymore. The Dark Side got me and got me good.

The good thing is all that work I've been doing around here is beginning to show. The kitchen has gone from this:


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I have almost all the rest of the pieces (drawer fronts, sapele paneling for the cabinet sides, microwave cabinets etc) ready to be finished sprayed. Then a few more touches and it will be done. I had to go to the Dark Side to get this done.
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Re: Out of the Dungeon and Back into the Light

Nice work, Julie... welcome back to the bright!
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Re: Out of the Dungeon and Back into the Light

Your absence on sailnut this winter was conspicuous.
I'm also glad that winter is over.
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Re: Out of the Dungeon and Back into the Light

Welcome back.
I understand how you feel about winter.
I also understand how you feel about renovations. *sigh*
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Renovations look great...worthy of an HTV show,

Glad you have made it back to the "light" side.
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Re: Out of the Dungeon and Back into the Light

Alan King, rest his soul ( sole) said, " anyone who owns their own home, deserves it". He may have been right, you can't sail a house but you can live on a boat.
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