Blanketing opinions that I'll probably regret soon.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

These Four Photos are Reminders of the Best Sailing Summer on Record

For the past two weeks I've been working my ass off on my new boat: sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding --- painting with roller and brush --- with a break to sand for hours --- gunking on some caulking (more caulk on me than the boat) --- putting on the third, fourth and fifth coat (yes, the fifth).

Now I'm now on business in a different country -- Texas. I'll post pics of the boat's progress soon, I promise.

So to remind me what I'm working for, I'd like to post my favorite pictures from the sailing trips I took this summer.

Here's a great shot of our ship's medic passing me a Marlboro. Smoking, drinking and sailing go very well together, and that should be little surprise.

This was in the middle of a lazy Chesapeake wind. I found that there was a step on the mast and just perched there for a few minutes. G. McKenna is in the background:

Here's me in front of a stump on an island that's only accessible by boat on the Chesapeake. I'm keeping it a secret, but one day maybe I'll take you there:

Here's Chris throwing a 16 foot cast net in a remote anchorage in the Chesapeake. This is what inspired me to purchase two cast nets from ebay:

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I Bought a Whole GALLON of Chipotle Tabasco Sauce

With over two decades of dedicated hot sauce tasting experience under my belt, I now declare that Tabasco's new chipotle hot sauce is the best on planet Earth.

My wife and I realized we were going through the regular sized bottles at the rate of one a week so we splurged and bought a $50 one gallon jug of the stuff.

I had never seen that much hot sauce in a single container until today.

After it arrived by UPS in a huge packing-peanut-stuffed box, I set it on the counter and couldn't stop staring. This picture doesn't do justice; this thing is a BEAST, dwarfing everything in our fridge.

If you have not tried Tabasco Chipotle, do so now. In fact, I feel sorry for you if you haven't already.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

I'm selling my old sailboat

(Update, Sept 9th: my sailboat has been SOLD).

After eight years of sailing my O'Day, I have decided to purchase a larger sailboat and must sell my beloved old girl. She has served me well, but I cannot afford to own two boats! I used this boat often and it never gave me any major problems. Lots of life left in her, no doubt.


- 23' O'Day Sailboat (1972 fiberglass)

- She has an outboard motor which is a 2003 Yamaha 4-horsepower 4-stroke. This motor is in excellent condition and will probably outlive you. 4 stroke motors are great for the environment (so is sailing, btw).

- 135% genoa which I bought last year. The sail is used, but in great shape.

- 100% working jib.

- Main sail in fine shape.

- Spinnaker pole & spinnaker

- Teak tiller - 2 years old

- Minor deck repair needed (one crack and one missing cleat - a day's work)

- Boat is at a slip in Edgewater, MD. The slip renews on October 1st and at this time costs $1100/year to keep it there. This marina is less than one hour's drive from downtown Washington, DC.

- Overall, she's a little rough around the edges --- just needs a little love.

Best offer - lonniebruner AT gmail

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