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Haven't updated here in an age [Aug. 2nd, 2009|09:17 pm]
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Facebook sucks up enough of my time.
Not that much to report. Enjoyed the AYC Luau yesterday, but did not feel well enough to help out with the pig-roasting the night before. Trying to use a menstrual cup for the first time and for now it is making my cramps worse--hope that works itself out as I get a little more experienced with it.
Haven't sailed Fearless in about three weeks, since the north cove ramp dried out. I'm hoping the beach ramp will be improved to the point where I can use the car to launch on it before too long. In the meantime, I'm sailing Fishy, but getting her out of the south cove is also becoming a challenge. Raced one of the club FJs with Rich last Thursday.
Busy at work with a project which is not quite done, but which will hopefully be sufficiently finished to go online as scheduled later this month.
Kits had their shots Friday. Johann needs to go on a diet, but I have yet to undertake that.
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Home from a church committee meeting [Jun. 28th, 2009|03:46 pm]
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It was a lunch meeting, and I'm stuffed AND have leftover food enough for at least a couple of lunches. Made it home for a couple hours in between first service and the meeting and slapped a coat of primer on some of the front porch roof that I washed yesterday. I don't think I'll be able to complete the job without resorting to scaffolding or something of the sort, though (when I was washing it yesterday I was thinking how bad the air must be for it to be so filthy, and then I remembered that I've actually never painted the underside of the front porch roof since I've lived in the house, and it wasn't freshly painted when I bought it, either).

Cats are sacked out on the coffee table. Johann did not even open an eye when I came in.
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Didn't do a lot of actual sailing today [Jun. 23rd, 2009|09:59 pm]
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Went out for the continuation of the adult class, but this time the call was to put everybody on Picos and Sunfish, so I didn't take my boat out and just rode on a coach boat, although at the end I did hop on a Pico with someone for a little bit. Hot and not a lot of wind, but it did pick up at one point enough so they could all move, so that was good.

Driving home, they were playing the War Requiem on KMFA, which brought back memories of hearing it in Freiburg years ago. Weird to jump from one part of my life to a completely different one like that.

Being yowled at, I think by Johann. He does not approve of my going in the study and closing the door. Neither does Carl.

They've moved Fishy's dock a little, so I won't need to pull her out right away. Which leaves me with a disassembled dolly in the kitchen, where it is rather in the way. Oh, well.
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Five boats in four days [Jun. 21st, 2009|09:51 pm]
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Wednesday night I raced Fishy, in fairly breezy conditions (10-20 knot winds). The days are long and they gave us seven races, about two and a half hours of sailing. It was pretty brutal. Then Thursday night I went out for the centerboard series. It was a little breezier (15-25 gusting to 29). Fortunately, I had two crew so I could just drive and let other people worry about trimming the sails. Even just driving was hard, especially since Fearless's rudder got partially kicked up--fortunately, I was able to fix that between races. That was a pretty short night, only four races, all of which we lost. But there were only two boats out. Friday night I went out for the beer can race and managed to get a ride on a J29. We didn't put the spinnaker up and it wasn't much work at all--I was basically just rail meat. Nice and relaxing. Saturday afternoon I went out for the adult learn to sail class, expecting to take a couple of the students out on Fearless, but it was too windy for that so I went along for the ride on a J80 with four of the students. We got back in plenty of time for me to get over to the Ross for the race. Wind was kind of up and down but generally good. We actually managed to finish close enough behind one of our opponents to correct over them, so for once we were not last.

No sailing today or tomorrow, then the adult learn to sail class meets Tuesday. I hope I can get Fishy out for Wednesday's race--her dock is about to go aground because the lake is so low.
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Just had a really unhelpful conversation with someone at the credit union [Jun. 1st, 2009|08:36 am]
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I'm considering refinancing my mortgage, and of course the first question they ask is how long I plan to stay in the house. How on earth do they expect anybody to know that? As long as I'm single, everything in my life has "provisional, subject to change without much notice" stamped all over it, and these days it's not much different with marriage, and certainly not with employment.
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Turnback--start of A fleet race Sunday [May. 25th, 2009|09:35 am]
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Back from Turnback [May. 24th, 2009|10:05 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

It really is one of my favorite regattas, and this was probably a good year to do race committee as the wind was generally not very good except right around the thunderstorms. The party was good, too, although the weather hurt attendance. Good food, good band. A few scoring/personality issues, but I think everything got resolved satisfactorily, although it took two hours. Spent about two hours anchored in front of Carlos and Charlie's, which was pretty miserable although fortunately it wasn't all that hot. Then spent what seemed like a very long time handling the tow rope for a boat we were towing in while sitting on a gas can in the back of the chase boat. Then the scoring, although I did get to go to the bathroom first for the first time in eight and a half hours. And now I am going to bed.
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Oh, and I also raced Fearless [May. 21st, 2009|10:13 pm]
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Centerboard series started tonight. My crew wasn't available, so I singlehanded, but still did OK (wind was light). Had fun sailing downwind with the tiller tamer on, steering with my weight. And at the end of the evening, I came in to the dock perfectly, though I don't think anyone was looking. Always very satisfying to leave the helm, scramble up to the bow, and just step off onto the dock.
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Rainwater system is done [May. 21st, 2009|10:06 pm]
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This concludes all the work I'm hiring other people to do. One more check to write. I still have a bunch of painting and a little work on the vent hood.

I'm really happy with the rainwater system so far--of course, it hasn't actually rained yet so I don't know if everything works. It's hardly visible at all from the kitchen window, which is where I usually look at the back yard from, and it's not too conspicuous from the bedroom window. The downspouts look fine, not industrial as I was afraid they would. I don't know how thrilled my neighbors are going to be, but the thing really isn't too hideous (although they get to look at all the pipes).

Feels good to have the house back to myself again. Although now I'm going away for the weekend.
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First Sunfish races of the year [May. 20th, 2009|10:19 pm]
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That is, my first (and Fishy's). Two weeks ago the roofers were still here, last week it was too windy. This week it was really too unwindy, but I did finally make it out (for the last two races--had to bake some cookies and drop them off at church, and Carl had an accident just when I was getting ready to go). Beautiful evening and good to be out there, although we came in second to last in both races.
The trencher was not here today, so not much progress was made, although the tank is now upright and in its planned location. I hope they will be able to finish up tomorrow. I'm just getting tired.
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