Saturday, August 16, 2008

Rule of Three

DrC's Big Catch
Originally uploaded by toastfloats.
Editor’s Note: Written in early July while we were still on the inside passage.

Laureen says, “If three things go wrong, don’t do it. The karma is bad.” This is Laureen’s Rule of Three. Laureen is a wise woman in many ways. Yet, at the core I think this may be a very important part of the secret sauce which makes her such a successful woman.

We here on Don Quixote would probably have never made it out of the house, let alone on to the boat, off the dock, and up the Strait, had we paid even the slightest attention to the Rule of Three. Now, however, that we are veterans of several months of breaking things, we are starting to selectively implement threeness.

For example, last night we abandoned Lagoon Cove in favor of Cutter Cove:
* We potentially anchored too close to a rock which might show up on low tide. Sure we could move, but...
* The marina harbormaster was decidedly unfriendly when we thought to come visit other boaters at the Happy Hour. It’s not like we asked to eat their munchies or drink their drinks, just sit on the dock with other boaters, but...
* A friendly couple on a powerboat put out some god awful amount of rope rode so as soon as the tide turned they floated as neat as you please into our laps. Fortunately, Dr C spotted them about 3 feet before their stern slid between our bows and under the tramp. We could mess with our anchor and ask them to take in their rode, but...

Then there was our plan to stern tie in Blind Bay:
* The wind
* The tide
* The verticality of the cliff on which Dr C wanted me to tie it.

We could also look at my ambition to engage in amateur theatrics:
* Mera does all parts with an English accent, even the Russian ones
* I can’t find my drama book... I think Aeron absconded with it
* Dr C runs and hides when people come to visit the boat.

If three things go wrong -- even if you could either fix all three or the three are entirely unrelated -- the gods are trying to tell you something. They are smacking you on the forehead with a loud karmic, “NO.” It behooves the smart cruiser to listen closely to these otherworldly voices. They are infinitely more intelligent then the girls’ flower fairies who tell advise us on clothing accessories, moderately more accurate than the Canadian Marine weather forecasts, and at least as consistent as the advice tendered by fellow travelers on where to get cheap beer.

Bread? Out of bread flour, forgot the sour dough starter the night before, can’t find the salt. No bread.

Swimming? Jellies surrounding the boat, can’t find Jaime’s suit top, Aeron slips on the deck and scraps her knee. No swimming.

Cruising? Can’t get the commercial loan, economy tanking, alternator died, food costs soaring, Jaime’s turning into a teenager 3 years early, ... ... ... ...

Toast’s Rule of Three: *cover ears* I’m not listening I’m not listening I’m not listening!


Nancy said...

I too have had problems with your blog. I'd pull up the page and then I'd get a window that would say "Internet Explorer can not access this page." So I'd pull it up again and again and try to arrow down before the window popped up because... I'm that much of a stalker. At least that's how I feel as I check your page almost daily to see what your family, that I've never met, is up to.

I do this because: 1. You thoroughly entertain me, 2. You educate me, and 3. I'm totally jealous that you are living my dream.

We're hoping to spend a year in the Carribean in the next couple years, but our trial run with our soon-to-be-adopted kids didn't go so well in June.

But now, I can read toastfloats again, so my dream can be fulfilled daily, by you. And I THANK YOU for that!


Toast said...

Which is why I've pulled the ID stuff off. Really, I apologize. If it worked well, it would rock because then I would be able to reply to you directly. Since it didn't, Bye Bye! *sigh* Ah well, sometimes being a bleeding edge type is a disadvantage ;)

Be patient with the family, Nancy. You'd be surprised how bad it can go on a week long trip and how different that is from actually living out here.

Nancy said...

Thanks Toast! We'll keep trying!!! We are dealing with a few issues beyond just getting the new kids used to the sea.
For example:

Once the kids are a little more settled, we'll head back to Puerto Rico for more "fun".