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Join Date: May 2006
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GRUMPY, because we have 4 kids!
Help! Well at least that's the way I should probably start out introducing myself. I've been a member of the sail net community for a couple of years now. My boat is "fiasco" which pretty much describes life with 4 kids. Last christmas I bought the 3 oldest their own 23 foot McGregor. We named if "Havoc". Kind of fits in when you consider the dinghy is called "Chaos".....
Chaos is what you have when you have kids that are 17 months (girl) 9 years (boy) 17 (boy) and 18 (boy)...whew, sometimes you gotta remember to breathe.
I started sailing at about 9 years old on a sunfish. No one around knew anything about sailing so it was a learn as you go deal. After leaving home I spend almost 10 years on the road with various bands. Some of them you may have actually heard of. Upon regaining my senses and getting the fog cleared from my head (which involved divorcing my first wife) I opened a business which I sold 4 years later. During that time I also owned a bar, more brain fog set in.
Once the first business and the bar were sold I spent all my money living in a condo and skiing for a winter. Got home broke and started an insurance agency. That's what I do now. Nope, sold the first agency and took over the family business. It's been in my family since 1950 so I guess I can't sell it when I'm tired of it.
Being the glutton for punishment that I am there was a 22 Catalina that entered my life. Shortly after that the second wife left my life. She did manage to leave behind two boys (the oldest two) and now I have guardianship of them. Have had for 5 years or so.
2 and 1/2 years ago I married wife number 3. Ya gotta go through a lot of wives to find a good one these days. 17 months ago we had a daughter. She fits in nicely with all the testosterone in the house. The wife, not the daughter.
Now we own a 30 foot 1980 Islander Bahama. She's a great ship and 10 months out of the year are spent on her. (I'm developing a severe dislike for dry land).
Now along with the insurance agency I also own a loan company, manager a rural water district and manage a 136 unit mini storage. You could say I'm busy sometimes. You could also say I'm nuts! You would probably be right on all accounts.
Day to Day I spend my time on the computer and count lots of money. I hope someday to actually keep some of it and buy a bigger boat. Because, I'm gonna escape along with the wife and some of the kids and see the rest of the world.
Have a great day!