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What should I do?

Posted by on October 5, 2011

For this post to make any sense at all, you must know the following things:

  1. LeBron James plays basketball in the NBA.  (For our international spammers readers, LeBron James grew up in Akron, Ohio, he was drafted number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft, he  took the Cavaliers to the playoffs from 2006-2010, he won the MVP in 2009 and 2010, and finally gave the city of Cleveland hope that it would win it’s first professional sports championship since the Browns in 1964.)
  2. I moved to Maryland from Cleveland during the height of the Cavaliers run and for a brief time, LeBron made me care about professional basketball.
  3. On July 8, 2010 LeBron James televised “The Decision” and stabbed Cleveland in the back. He abandoned the city that literally raised him and left to play for the Miami Heat.
  4. In response to the people that called him out on his actions, he created a ridiculous commercial trying to generate sympathy for his actions.

And that brings us to the inspiration of this post:

Currently I’m working on several major projects, wiring new electronics, repairing soft spots in the deck, stripping down and rebuilding the engine, mounting solar panels, preparing our dinghy for cruising, cleaning our water and fuel tanks, waxing the hull, painting the bottom, etc.  Any other time, my constant perfectionism would require one or two of these tasks to take a month.  I have less than a month to complete all of them (and many other tasks not listed.)

So I simply ask…

What should I do?

Should I just slap the engine back together?  But I’ve worked so hard, I need to make sure our propulsion is in great working order.  If I put it back together improperly it will put all my hard work to waste.

Should I just wire the electronics together without making sure that the breakers operate the way I intended?  But the reason I started rewiring the boat was because I didn’t know what switches worked what devices.

Should I skip waxing the boat? I don’t know if I could deal with a dirty boat.

Should I install the solar panels next summer? We’ll need that power when we’re sailing in the Bahamas away from marinas.

Should I not install my custom scuba tank storage system? What’s the point of cruising without scuba diving?

Should I stop cutting holes in the deck to fix the soft spot?  At this point I’m too far to abandon this process.

Can I save time by not sleeping or eating?  Probably not for long.

Should I save time by not showering?  Right now Sabrina is looking forward to our cruise, I don’t want to endanger that.

Should I not have the boat hauled out to paint the bottom?  Barnacles.

Should I abandon my minor projects?  Minor projects have a way of becoming major problems.

Should I stop this blog post and get back to work?

2 Responses to What should I do?

  1. Aunt Sherrie

    For all of your “What should I do”….it really doesn’t matter what you decide to put off before taking yourselves off for the wide open ocean, you’ll end up doing them at some point! Take it from a previous live-aboard sailor….Make sure your engine is in perfect running condition, make sure you have all the necessary power, make sure you have NO leaks, and definitely make sure you take a shower!! All the others are incidentals and will be taken care of eventually!

    Your EPIRB is a must and your dingy is also a must! The solar panels will be something you can put up while you’re sitting anchored at a deserted island in the bahamas waiting to cross to the carribbean. Don’t stop blogging, since you have so many people wanting and “needing” to hear how you’re making out. And always remember this very important statement…”HAPPY WIFE….HAPPY LIFE”.

    Love ya,
    Aunt Sherrie

    • Brad

      Thanks for the tips, I can’t wait to call you both to tell you we’re close to Ft. Pierce, that will be great! I was rushing to get some stuff done and I decided that it was stupid to rush, it would just break at the worst possible moment. So I’m taking my time, doing things the right way. We’ll be a couple of weeks late, but hopefully still in the islands by Thanksgiving.

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