I've been off the net for a while. Well, not in the literal sense. I still use the web for all things watched, read, bought and paid, I just haven't found the need or inspiration to contribute to the greater World Wide Web. It's me and not you.
I was never the biggest content contributor, but sill, It's been a while since I posted to my social media accounts. I've found quite a bit of serenity in the simplicity of going about my day, disconnected from all my digital interwoven connections. I love to share new and positive experiences, but I wanted to take some time to see a new sight, hear a new sound or taste a new flavor and then to keep that experience to myself...... It's a profoundly intimate feeling. I'll be back: promise. I've become so comfortable outside the digital realm that I'm finding it difficult to get back into it. Perhaps this posting will be the start ;)
Otherwise, I've spent the year focused, patiently saving and preparing to my next sailboat. I one eye on the model, the other on the horizon and a chain around my wallet. I make all my major purchases free and clear. It just takes a little time.
Talk to you again soon.
Last night, following a long day of cubicle warming, I sat down to enjoy my mid-week staple - A bowl of vegetable soup, a brew and Netflix (Yup, I'm living on the edge). My "Top Picks" section refreshed and the very first one was a movie called "Maidentrip," a film by Jillian Schlesinger about Laura Dekker. Laura's name should be familiar with everyone in the sailing community and some beyond. She is the record holder youngest sailor to have circumnavigated the globe solo.
The movie moves along at a good pace, with the majority of the film being shot by Laura herself in hand-cam fashion. That being said, I never had that uneasy feeling I get when watching the same type of films made by big-budget studios ( I'm looking at you.....Cloverfield). This footage is interposed with sections featuring old family videos, stock news footage and a few brief interviews. These scenes work well to expand upon Laura's sailing background and the events leading up to the beginning of the voyage, including the infamous (in my opinion absurd) incident between her and the Dutch Child Welfare Office.
Overall, Maidentrip is an enjoyable film to watch and I would even recommend showing it to young teens (the few f-bombs are far between, completely relevant in context and hardly worth a concern). Who knows? It may inspire the next great adventurer or explorer. It's very well put together, with good pacing, informative sections and great scenes featuring the ocean and various destinations. I never minded the subtitles - does anyone really? If I was to make one complaint, it would be the "selfie" angle was used a bit much, but that would be nitpicking. I won't elaborate any further because I'm a firm believer of being as spoiler free as possible in my reviews. You'll just have to watch it yourself and let me know your opinions in the comments section.
Maiden trip is available on Amazon, Netflix and many other online streaming services.
Here in New York the summer is beginning to wane. The last few days of July have been cooler, flowing between the high 70s and low 80s and touched by some steady breezes. I'm aware that there remains an entire month of official summer, but this week has definitely felt like I'm standing at the threshold of a new season.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Fall, and very much so. As a matter of fact, I’m enamored with Spring, Love Summer and find Fall endearing. Winter.... well, three out of four ain't bad.
The seasons have always held always been complementary with the stages of my life. Every Spring, I've look to new possibilities and new ideas. I spend my Summer months playing and living with throttles open to their fullest and with wanton disregard for any consequences. Finally, I use the Fall to reflect on my adventures and grow from any missteps I may have made during the previous two seasons. Winter is just the time I hibernate in books and wine, gathering back my energy for the coming Spring. This has been my cycle for the last decade and it served me very well.
However, all things change as time moves forward and I find myself beginning to reflect much sooner this year. A full half season sooner! I find myself reflecting on two main topics: Goals and Ambitions. More specifically, I've been doing my best to reconcile the two as the later, fueled by my optimistic side, is enormous and grows almost daily, while the former, being more grounded in realty, reigns its dance partner in. I've decided to stop talking about my ambitions and instead, only talk about my goals. What’s the difference? Ambitions are those thing I want to do, while goals are those things I am actively working to accomplish. My goals are the “means” to my ambition’s “ends.”
Therefore, for the time being, I have just one goal - To get myself back into another sailboat. In order to achieve that, I intent to work, focus, sacrifice and save. I've had many good runs and good times. I've had some good fortune and invested mountains of good karma over the years, so much so, I feel confident that with enough smart and hard work, a little luck and a sprinkling of support, I’ll meet my goal by the Fall of the coming year.
Thanks for reading see you all back here next week.
The care and feeding: Adding content to space.
Today's additions include:
- Created a new sub page featuring on e-readers, books and video streaming.
- Homepage integration of my twitter feed.
Upcoming changes... Soon™
- An actual Blog Post.
- Additional affiliate discounts.
Let me know what you all think in the comment section an on Facebook.
It's been a busy month. Here's this site's changes as of today.
- Cleaned up background forwarding and DNS code.
- Added links to newly launched GoFundMe™ campaign.
Upcoming changes... Soon™
- New Affiliate store.
As I make updates and changes to the site, I will post a change log on this blog. On June 20, 2014, I made the following changes:
- Created the new page "Reference and Safety Links," and added the first series of relevant links.
- Removed placeholder products from the Store page, removed a graphic and added new title.
Feel free to comment with any recommendations and suggestions.
Welcome and thank you for taking a few minutes to read my first post on my new website. It is about time I centralized my vision in one single location. From the links on the left, you will be able to access information, merchandise and content as it is added and updated. For now, this site will be a constant work in progress that will be updated on a weekly basis (usually every Sunday in the US-ETZ).
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think!