NEW BOOMERANG DAY! Boomerangs are one of my favorite hobbies. . A perfect throw results in the boomerang hovering directly over you and dropping into your hands. . As you can tell from how hard I’m panting, I haven’t exactly mastered the “throwing perfectly so you don’t have to run” bit. Expert boomerangers get way less exercise than I do. . Also, catching in low light is a bit dicey. You don’t really think about it till the moment of truth arrives, but the whirling blade with sharpened edges needs to descend to decapitation height in order to be caught. And when it’s that low, hurtling directly at your head, it is only visible as a thin line of imminent death. . Anyways, that’s why I was so happy in the video. New boomerang AND I didn’t die catching it in twilight? Bonus!
Today is the one year anniversary of the world premiere of this stop motion music video I made in my garage for my band @toomanydrummers . It took 3.5 years to make. It is nine and a half minutes long and contains more than 12,000 individual photos. . I know it’s not cruising related, but it’s a special day for me so I wanted to share it with you so you can get to know the crew of Exit Only better:) I’ll post a link to the whole music video in the profile. . What made this premiere even more special was crowdfunding the rental of our local theater. So many people supported the project and came out to join in...really a highlight of my life:) . Btw, this sequence is a shot for shot tribute to one of my favorite scenes of all time: the guitar amp scene in back to the future. . Behind the scenes tip: That is Sarah singing “Ave Maria” while I fly through the air backwards in slow motion.
Perils of parking in a boatyard. Yesterday I drove all the way from Fort Pierce, FL to Valdosta, GA before discovering that my rear tire was leaking air. I did some investigating and found a small bent nail in the tire tread. . It was already 7 pm but thankfully a local tire repair place was open late, so I pumped the tire up (it was down to 18 psi and audibly hissing) and hurried ten miles to the shop. . Much to all of our surprise, this massive five inch fish hook was buried completely within the tire. The “bent nail” I saw was only the top of the curved hook. . The tire guys were amazing, plugging both (!) holes from the hook and charging me a total of $19.99. . I’m a grateful man:) Boatyards have some gnarly debris and I got off easy.
Hauled out to discover that our TWO MONTH old bottom paint job somehow allowed THOUSANDS of barnacles to grow. Not grass. BARNACLES. This bottom job was $800 worth of @westmarineinc PCA Gold Premium Ablative Antifouling Paint. . It’s a brand new paint job. We were only in the water for two months. I’ve never seen anything like this. The guys in the boatyard never have either, and they haul boats every single day. . The paint gets good online reviews. No idea how this happened but we need a new bottom job. I don’t think this paint accomplished anything at all. . Well that’s not completely fair. It definitely fertilized barnacles.
Great Moment in Hairdressing happened this morning. . Joss: “Mommy, give me unicorn hair.” . Sarah: “Oh...kayyyy.?..(shapes Joss’ hair into a vertical ponytail) . Joss: (inconsolably wailing and crying) “NOOOOOOOOOO! THATS NOT UNICORN HAIR.” . Sarah: (laughing) “What does unicorn hair look like?” . Joss illustrated the hairstyle. . So Joss has a regular pony tail.
We are the heroes this dock needs, but not the one it deserves right now. We are loud guardians, absentminded protectors, a trio of Light Knights. . Started up our super squad after the rat ate poison, came on the boat, and died in the dinghy. Haven’t seen a rat since. Coincidence? No. That’s guardianship in action. . Rey, Darth Daddy, and Princess Twilight Sparkle reporting for duty.
We had a front row seat for Fourth of July fireworks!
Happy Fourth of July! Spent the afternoon recording vocals for our new Maxing Out theme song. Over the years Ive tracked hundreds of vocals in the studio and this is the most challenging session I’ve ever done. It’s possible the song is sliiiiightly too fast for these rockstars:) There’s gonna be some editing to do on this one. I promise the lyrics are actually in English. . Still, super fun to record my ladies. And Joss’ unicorn headband makes the world a brighter place.
Put small Arrowfish logos on the windmills today, which was fun but not necessarily photo worthy. Then a rainbow appeared and we dove for the camera. . At the end of this rainbow lies a treasure cauldron of clean, renewable energy. . At least over the starboard windmill it does. We are having issues getting the port windmill to spin fast enough. Currently it’s rainbow leads to a aerosol can of silicon lubricant.
Custom vinyl graphics are crazy expensive so we made our own bow art. The plan is to create a few smaller fish as well to trail beneath the large one in a school. . That’s the plan, anyways. Given how long it took me to make these four large ones, I suspect these schools are gonna be pretty small. More of a fish “co-ops” than an actual “school”. . I’m pleased with how they came out. They make the boat more distinct and easy to spot in a crowded anchorage. Also, they are happy and the world can always use a bit of that:)
Bright orange bag of medical things we hopefully never need? Check. . Sarah put together the trauma kit tonight. She’s a medical professional and it is all in a day’s work for her. . Can’t mess around on the open ocean. Sometimes you are the only help available for thousands of miles. I’m grateful to have both her and Dad’s medical skills on board. . I believe in the healing power of music and I’m happy to bust out a spontaneous song , but so far people have responded negatively to my ukulele jams during a medical crisis. Hence the Orange Bag of Helpful Things.
Took our 20 year old scuba gear to get the seals checked out yesterday. First stage and second stages (the part connecting hoses to the tank and the part you put in your mouth and breathe through) need to be serviced, unsurprisingly. . As an afterthought I told the guy “Hey, I have our BCs in the car. They are in great shape but can you take a look?” (For non diving friends: Buoyancy Control vests connect to the tank and control your buoyancy underwater. Ideally you want to maintain neutral buoyancy for a chosen depth so you will float without ascending or descending. Air compresses as you descend so it requires more air to fill the deeper you go) . Hooking up to the tank, the guy pulled the inflation tube right out of the vest. The gasket was useless. . Shocked, I gently pulled the tube in the second BC. It also popped right out, shedding broken gasket pieces along the way. . So yeah. Glad we checked this before we went scuba diving. It’s crazy that they look perfect on the outside but rotted on the inside. Bummer.