If I Were King, There Would Be A Few Rules Regarding Gifts

For many years, I have chafed against the endless obligations, and often insincere, tokens of celebration.| This year, my daughter sent me two pieces of coal. (Charcoal actually.) And for the first time in many years, I smiled broadly and without reservation. You see, gifts should be given out of kindness and appreciation and good…

Changing The Subject

In the last few weeks, every conversation started with the wind and cold, moved to the President’s tweets, before returning to the cold and the wind.

But there is hope.

When A Gallon Becomes More Than a Gallon

Someone noticed that diesel had accumulated in an area of my boat where the fuel tanks vents. This does not typically happen when I fill up. So what could cause that? How could a tank be full in the evening and subsequently overflow?

I blame the cold.

New Year’s Day Meals While Nursing a Cold

There is not much to do when the day-time high hovers in the mid-teens and your head pounds, ears throb, throat stings, and joints ache. Best to stay below, read, binge-watch, and eat well. *** Brunch: Leftover Wu Wonton King suckling pig, Swiss chard quiche Six eggs One large onion Leftover suckling pig New Year’s Eve…

On Being Prudish And Nakedness Among Men

When living on a boat and bathing at the marina’s showers, the nakedness of other men is unavoidable.  Often, we are on the same schedule, heading to work at the same time. Day after day of toweling off together has born many friendships. I remember once discussing this, over a glass of wine at a…

Weighted Coin: Spare a Dollar

I once passed out, drunk, resting my head on the curb outside a gas station. I was kicked awake by a Sheriff’s deputy. He sent me home after I explained that I was just waiting for the store to open so I could buy a pack of cigarettes. He could have bundled me into the back…

My Galley. My Hearth.

I don’t mind the occasional drip on my bald patch or the semi-monthly cleaning of the sump as almost every meaningful conversation flows from the food (and wine) which percolates from the hearth.

Stay Warm and Safe

Here in Jersey City, there was a reminder that severe conditions cause systems to fail, whether tied to the dock or at sea. This boat fire is across the canal from me but it burned hard and fast.  The temperature is around 15 degrees and I suspect that had something to do with what happened. I don’t…

Avoiding Bad Renaming Juju

Last summer, a friend on my dock renamed their boat. We needed a ceremony that properly deflected the bad juju that often comes with a casual re-christening. What we also needed was as many unpronounceable deities as possible.  This is not original. I stole liberally from several online examples. Wikipedia also helped with the names…

Brooklyn Sunrise

Molten on water. Crystals arranged on a breath. A threat for later.