I dedicate this thread to all those scraping the snow off their sidewalks instead of eating it out of a cone, those with 14 layers of clothes on their body instead of in their drawers, those who have red noses instead of red shoulders, those with bubblers under their boats instead of in their hands, those with a dozen extension cords snaked throughout the cabin to heaters instead of fans, those who wear rubber boots instead of flipflops, those who put salt on their drives instead of on their margaritas, and those who have antifreeze in their tanks instead of water....
... our thoughts are with you. Better days are only six months away. The sun is still up there beyond the clouds. The annual Ice Age will retreat.
And remember, those of us in Florida are plying the waters to keep them aerated for you. We are fishing the docks and coasts to make sure its inhabitants do not become complacent before your return. We are snorkeling and diving the reefs to make sure the life of the sea is staying in good order for the day you can come out of your igloos. We are ever mixing margaritas and toasting you at sunset, tears in our eyes. We got your back, my friends, we got your back.
Personally, I think you guys and gals up there owe us a bit of thanks.
Your Floridian friend,
PS It is 78 here today...
And to those of you in Floriduuhh , up to your ears in regulations ,and bureaucracy, living under constant threat of the Coasties boarding you in the middle of the night , trashing your boat with impunity, after having marched you and your family to the foredeck at gun point, having to confine your anchoring to only those places where it is "Allowed" , a shrinking number of anchorages, having to sneak aboard like a fugitive ,into your own floating home , for fear of being discovered to have actually done as you please in your own home, fearful of taking a dump , and having to hold your aching bowels til after dark, for fear of the poop cops catching you, or having to smell the tropical effects on a holding tank, and having to pay freedom chips to get rid of it , it being an unwelcome guest waiting for you to pay ransom to get rid of it, and having to put bug screens in and slosh your self with toxic chemicals to avoid them, and living in fear of the crime there. You have our deepest sympathies.
I find it far easier to throw another free log on the fire than to deal with hurricanes, and the above mentioned problems. I could sail anywhere in the world, with no problems , but I cant think of any place I'd rather be than here in BC. South Pacific ? Tropical Islands? Been there, done that. No thanks ( for the moment)
No customs, no visas, they cant kick me out, I can stay as long as I please, and make a bureaucrats life miserable, if he gives me problems. Coasties here are not cops, and even cops need a search warrant before they are allowed aboard. Far more comfortable here.
Sure glad I'm not in Floriduhh !