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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Washed Ashore

Hey Y'all.
A few months ago I bought a domain and since then I've been putting all the pieces together.
It's not finished - I am still laboring at transferring the Sea Cookery story to its new home. But I would love to get your feedback, dear, persistent readers of this blog.

My hope is that it will encourage/enable me to keep the stories coming even if I don't go back out to sea for a while. And yet... there's room for that to happen, too.

So please come visit me at! If you have any problems sending comments or subscribing, please let me know. The backend is all on me this time, so I need to be able to troubleshoot and figure things out myself.

Thanks again for tagging along on the journey.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Off the Map

On a motorboat off the west coast of Sweden, approaching Grebbestad. 
More than a half year has gone by since my last entry, but it may be time to revive the SeaCookery story. Call me crazy, but I just applied for another boat job.

For the last five months I've been running a cheese shop in Brooklyn. I thought it would be a smart thing to do since one of the items on the list I made when I left the Marlin was to start my own business - or at least get a business plan together. So far, it's not the only thing on my list I've failed to do successfully. My Big Romance failed. I haven't sailed around Baja or the Great Lakes. I haven't lived on $6 a day. I  haven't tried cooking a damn thing on the list I made on August 28th, 2011. I haven't even finished reading Moby Dick!

That's not to say I've been sitting around on my bum. Running a cheese shop has been hard work. I also managed to swing a writing gig with Saveur magazine. But I haven't been as focused as I'd hoped. And if I still want the things on the list I made, I better start making them happen.

So why have I applied for another boat job? This is the problem with a life of adventure: everyday life starts to feel mundane. You wake up after a few months of running a cheese shop and the job is no longer a mystery. The shop is still firmly located on the same street in the same city. The storms are HR-related. A good day at a cheese shop does not involve standing on the quarterdeck as a crew member hauls in a fish or a night of stars falling over the open sea.

So the solution is either to find adventure in everyday life or... find another boat. It is far easier to find a boat.