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Oct 26 2007

Puddy Cat passed away

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Puddy Cat and Cutie Pie 3 weeks oldPuddy Cat was with me since June 2001. He was very affectionate and had a wonderful cat life. I got him and his sister Cutie Pie from Harmuth and Fiona in May. For the first 4 weeks they stayed with Mary and Ananda in Philmont New York and moved in with me in Sharon Connecticut. He always had a cat door and made good use ofPuddy Cat in Sharon Connecticut it. He was also very generous sharing his catches with me, thank you very much. Last year he got badly mauled by a coyote while we were staying in New Marlboro Massachusetts. Puddy Cat was in bad shape. He was on Antibiotics and painkiller for weeks. After that accident he had lost a lot of energy and spent a lot of time just laying on my lap. Puddy Cat thenCutie Pie and Puddy Cat onboard “Carpe Diem” in November 2006 stayed mostly inside until we moved back to Indiantown Florida were he loved to stroll around the boatyard. In November 2006 we all moved on to Carpe Diem which was not a perfect situation, so I decided in December to bring them both to my sister in Lacrosse. There they stayed in my Argosy travel trailer. After New Years Cutie Pie disappeared.

I feel very sad to have lost them so soon.

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Jun 16 2007

Making home in Lacrosse Florida for a while

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Will is heading home and I brought him to the airport in Gainesville. The truck to transport Carpe Diem to Lacrosse won’t be available for some time and I’m making second plans. Doris told me about a German deli in Gainesville and I’m leaving a lot of money there. Some good food. Otherwise I’m staying busy mowing the grass and fixing my van.

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Sep 08 2006

Becoming a real sailor

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Anchor tattooAn anchor tattoo is a must for every sailor. So I had to get one too at Intradermal Designs in Pittsfield. Last time I visited Mary and Ananda in Hadley we decided on design and location together. Those guys must be pretty busy because I had to wait 2 weeks for an appointment. For my next tattoo I will place it lower on my arm because it was rather painful getting closer to the elbow. I love my new tattoo and enjoy it everyday.

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Jun 11 2006

Ananda’s Graduation

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Thank you, Ananda and Mary that I was able to experience something so wonderful. I’m one proud Papa!

2006-06-12 002.jpgFor me it was very nice that it happened outside because I feel easily overwhelmed by a large crowd inside. The weather was beautiful just a little windy and the performances and speeches were the best. I could have watched and listened all day.

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Jun 09 2006

I’ve never felt that sick before

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Saturday two weeks ago I experienced the symptoms of a stiff neck but as it usually gets better after a day or two, it got worse continually to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. Since it was Sunday and about midnight, I decided to go to the emergency room in Stuart. The drive there was horrendous because I couldn’t move my head without pain. At the ER I had to wait for at least two hours and after some x-rays was released with a prescription for some muscle relaxers and pain relievers. No one said anything about that I should rest for a while or anything else.

As good German I go to work of course, even after having spent all night at the ER. The pills did there thing. So I get home after work and then the pain starts setting in again. I was drugged up with pain relievers to the maximum already and it still got worse. That’s when I decided to go back to the ER. This time there was hardly any wait and the doctor said that I may have spinal meningitis and suggested a spinal tap. This was certainly not what I wanted to hear and situations came up in my mind instantly, picturing this torturing procedure. I told the doctor that a spinal tap is out of the question before I don’t get a least a second opinion. They were so nice to relieve me from pain and also gave me another prescription for a more effective pain reliever and a neck collar. This time I didn’t feel like going to work and called in sick.

Arrived at home I started researching the symptoms  of spinal meningitis and the results did not match very good what I was experiencing. Still having the verdict of this illness looming over me, I decided packing up and head to Lacrosse just in case it is something serious that would require hospitalization.

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Apr 22 2006

Grounded

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The grounded Cutie PieCutie Pie gets everyone in trouble by sleeping in neighbor’s cars and trailers so the trailer park owner asks me to keep the cats inside. I know it will not work forever and start looking for another spot for us. The best thing would be to move to Indiantown Marina but they don’t have any available spots until middle of May. For now they’re locked up in the trailer.

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Apr 08 2006

Grinding away

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After mistrials to wash off the mildew I decided to attack the problem by sanding it off. This works well but is a dirty job.Grinding away

Luckily there is no water in the engines oil and it turns over but it won’t start. After draining the tank I end up with 15 gallons of water and 5 gallons of sour smelling diesel fuel. Now I’m just hoping there is no water in the engine’s fuel pump.

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Mar 29 2006

It is official

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Carpe Diem has a new guardian. Today I gave Pat the rest of the money and we went together to the town clerk to get the bill of sale notarized.

The freshly aquired “Carpe Diem”Now I have weekends of hard work in front of me because Carpe Diem had been sitting at the Indiantown Marina boatyard in Florida for the past 5 years and had collected the rainwater from the past hurricanes. Though Pat had done a wonderful job on the gunwales, he forgot to install a gar board plug which prevented the rainwater from draining. Also the collected rainwater together with the Florida heat produced a thick coat of mildew all through the cabin and last but not least the water level was high enough to enter the engine through the air intake. Still the boat is solid and well worth the money and I can’t wait starting the work.

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Mar 24 2006

The document that got everything started

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Purchase Agreement

The other morning my boss Colin came into the shop and asking me if I was interested in a Tartan 27. He mentioned that we had recently replaced the standing rigging on it and that the previous owner also had put a new diesel engine in it. The boat was offered to Colin for $2000 but he didn’t have the time to take care of it. This seemed like to good to be true and I asked him for the contact information.

After looking at Carpe Diem yesterday and talking with my very best friend Hartmuth who would lend me the money to buy the boat, I signed an agreement with Pat Cass to buy his Tartan 27.

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Jan 04 2006

Visit from Massachusetts

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Sailing on the Indian River close to Jensen Beach FloridaHartmuth and his two girls Iolani and Mareika stayed with me over New Year. We had some great fun together going sailing every day for three days in a row. Maybe the girls didn’t like it that much anymore on the third day but I had a ball.

On the first day we launched at the Jensen Beach Causeway and sailed up“The Green Gecko” with part of her crew beached on Hutchinson Island the Indian River past the Hutchinson Island power plant and on the way back discovered some nice beaches. On the way up we were running petty much the whole time but had to beat to make it back to the ramp.

Iolani, Hartmuth and MareikaThe second day we used the boat ramp at Shepards Park and sailed past Southpoint Anchorage up the North Fork all the way to the end reaching both ways in 15 to 20 kt winds. That was a fast ride and kind of exhausting but still beautiful. The girls got tired of the wind after a while and tried to find comfort underneath the fore deck.

The Saint Lucie River was chosen for our last voyage launching at Sandsprit Park. We had to go little ways on the Manatee Pocket to reach the river. Sailing through Hell Gate didn’t pose any problems since we had some SE winds. On this trip there is not much of nature“The Green Gecko” at Hutchinson Island to see only big houses on both shores. Once past the Stuart Causeway the river opens up and we were able to do some long tacks from shore to shore. We were viewing Günter’s apartment at Four Winds from the river and headed back to Sandsprit Park.

Today they went back home to Massachusetts.

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