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Golden Ticket November 18 2010

George: There’s plenty of money out there. They print more every day. But this ticket– There are only 5 of them in the whole world, and that’s all there’s ever going to be. Only a dummy would give this up for something as common as money. Are you a dummy? Charlie: No, sir. George: Then get [...]

Langston Hughes September 8 2010

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?

Forbidden Fruit July 1 2010

I’m ruined. It’s over for me. I realized this as I was answering questions on a computerized personality test at the temp agency yesterday. Have you ever hugged a co-worker? Do you understand why people go on shooting sprees? Have you ever told a “white lie”? Have you ever had a drink while on the [...]

Time June 21 2010

I took my watch off 7 months ago and it took me about 5 hours to lose that naked feeling on my wrist. Since then, time has been having its way with me.  If it were not for the Chuck Norris tear-a-day calendar that sister Beth gave us, I would not even know what day [...]

The Baja side of the Sea of Cortez is the place that time forgot.  The terrain looks like the Grand Canyon filled up with salt water that you get to sail your boat through.  From what I understand, there are also people who kayak the part of the Sea north of La Paz to Loreto.  [...]

How I Broke My Toe May 29 2010

May 24 Before trying heroic surgery such as an amputation or even a lesser emergency, when there is time to communicate, please do so.  A little advice might be lifesaving. –John M Levinson, MD This passage comes from the book Advanced First Aid Afloat.  Jeff and Tim purchased the book shortly before we left San [...]

La Paz May 23 2010

Before coming back to La Paz I was homesick.  I missed my dog, I missed my family, I missed my friends–I missed these things so much that my heart actually ached.  I would think about Conrad sitting by the door at my in-laws house wondering waiting for me to pick him up after I got [...]

I never really considered myself a picky eater.  Before heading out on Oblivion, I found it easy to find food to eat, even when I would visit my parent’s house in Iowa where bacon falls under the condiment category rather than meat category. Actually, this is all over the mid-west.  If you go into a [...]

Books by Nancy May 18 2010

Gilead, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Good Earth, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, and Everything is Illuminated—what do the books have in common other than the fact that I have read them since finishing Infinite Jest? Nothing. OK–that is not entirely true.  I would say a similar theme throughout is living the best [...]

Dear Chaco, May 5 2010

I have two questions for you, but first you have to look at the photo. [nggtags gallery=chaco ] As you can see, my left hipthong, my very favorite shoe in the world is gone.  It got washed off the boat on our sail from Chamela to La Cruz.  I shouldn’t have left my shoes in [...]