Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

What’s in my duffle bag?

My bag is packed and I’m ready to go. I'm taking the train to NYC early tomorrow morning. I’ve tried to really pack light. How much of a wardrobe do you need on a sailboat? Not much! I’m only taking one, medium-sized duffel bag. If it wasn’t for the week we’re going to spend in Edgartown, I would probably have been able to pack less than half of what I am taking. However, the good part about the stop on Martha’s Vineyard is that I’ll get to do laundry and recycle everything.

What color is my wardrobe?

I usually pride myself on being a “colorful” person. Most things I own and wear are bright colors. Somehow this trip is going to be different. Due to the white socks and white t-shits that I’ve packed, it’s predominately white. In fact, of the 31 articles of clothing I’ve packed, white socks and t-shirts account for 29% of it. Beyond that, the most predominant colors are grey, green and blue. There are only a couple of items each that are orange, yellow, or purple. Plus one pair or black shorts and one pair of khaki shorts.

I’m a brand whore.

I’ve spent my entire professional life pushing brands on consumers. Here are the brands you’ll find in my duffel bag, toiletries included:

Bass Pro Shop
Hanes Beefy-T
Johnson & Johnson
Mennen Afta
Oral B
The Black Dog

But what about the food?

The menus are “coming along nicely.” In other words, I don’t have the slightest idea yet what I’m preparing every day to keep everybody fed and hydrated. But we’re having a meeting Thursday night after I get in NYC. Friday we’ll spend prepping the boat, and then set sail at 6:00 AM Saturday.

I’m looking forward to this adventure. Maybe I can post pictures when I get back in August.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Is there something that I don't know?

In the last week, eight people have found TO&TFTBG through Google, all based on roughly the same search. Would someone please explain to me why the following is so popular right now.

you laugh at me cause im different i laugh at you cause your all the same

laugh me different laugh you same

you laugh because

you laugh because i’m

you laugh because i’m different i laugh because your all the same

you laugh because i’m different, farted

you laugh because i am different, i laugh because you are all the same

you laugh me because im different, i laugh you because you’re the same

I'm not sure what they were really looking for, but this is what they found.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Beach? What beach?


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On the road (?) again ...

My best friend from first grade (yes, the same guy that I went on the road trip with a couple of months ago) has finally convinced me to go on a sailing trip with him. He's somewhat of a sailing fanatic; regularly sailing to Bermuda from St. Thomas or Newport. I on the other hand, do not do well in the big open water. My two experiences with deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico both produced severe cases of sea sickness. We're talking about non-stop projectile vomiting for hours.

However he's put together a trip that he promises to be relatively pastoral. He's recruited me and two other buddies. We're going to be sailing through Long Island Sound and then continuing to Martha's Vineyard, where we'll meet up with my my friend's wife and kids for a week in Edgartown. The sail each way will take about two and a half days (we will anchor at night).

I'm going to be in charge of provisions (aka food and booze). Even though I'm looking forward to this task, it's not going to be easy. I usually avoid carbs at all cost, particularly cereal, bread, donuts, salty snacks, pasta, potatoes, cakes and cookies. I also do not eat mushrooms nor beans. My best friend from first grade does not eat fruit. One of his friends that's going to be joining us is a crunchy-granola vegetarian; I hear his favorite thing for breakfast is raw cauliflower. The fourth guy I've never met, and I know nothing about him.

Anyone have any menu suggestions?

I leave home next Thursday to meet up with the group in NYC. Friday we'll prep for the trip and then set sail on Saturday.

Here are a couple of photos of his boat, including "my" kitchen.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The early bird may get the worm,

but the second mouse
gets the cheese in the trap.

(He who laughs last, thinks slowest.)

- More words of wisdom from Larry the Cable Guy