Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July


This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Meanwhile Back In The Bluff City



The old brewery is just next to our little loft in Memphis. We enjoy looking out our side windows and seeing it in all iit's funkyness.
Hope it stays there.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Things That Go Bump

Unsettled weather has determined our near future cruising plans for us. 15/20 knot winds from the NW? Wind over waves in the northern direction of the Gulf Stream can be worrisome. We'll enjoy our time at Old Port Cove Marina for now.

During the night SeaTow towed in a big boat. Looks like he may have been disabled by lightning. If you watch the clip, you'll notice he has no running lights or cabin lights. Bad sign and the sky's been putting on quite a light show out east over the ocean.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hmm...

Maybe a wait — then 2 runs and a wake up.
Prudent?


Thinkin' ZoomaZz


2 runs and a wake up.

An unexpected trip, but exciting nonetheless. Next post from de i-lans, mon.



Cheers,

Istaboa

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NIce Clip

If you're not in to Rock 'n' Roll... mute the sound.
Really good visuals.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Another shot of our Memphis neighborhood — and a few thoughts



Currently, we're in Jupiter and the weather's been nice.

Our home away from home —


Cinematic City from jason allen lee on Vimeo.
A look at Memphis.

Music by Tim Hecker.


Radar and I are up early this mornin', watching the sun rise over the top of a big yacht named Sea Bear, it's a gonna be a nice day.
Looking out over the stern of Istaboa, it occurs to me that life seems to be getting better for many folks and not just the 1%. This marina is filling up with big yachts where just a year ago it had more empty slips than full. The size and number of vessels has increased dramatically.
On the docks are marina worker bees swarming around the boats like in years distant past. Older boats are being fixed up or traded in for newer and bigger ones. Lots of upgrading and polishing, lots of captains and owners specing out projects. With a more upbeat cadence as they walk the docks, there are smiles on the faces of the boat fixer-uppers like I haven't seen in a long time.
The marina operators are all reporting the best year they've seen in more than a decade. Some are getting cocky again, like they were around the turn of the century. (Yep, we've been doing this for a while.) Maybe they'll remember what happened last time and not let this new found prosperity cloud their humility. Probably not.

Even our little venture, onSpot wifi, is feeling like a young Dogwood tree at the commencement of spring; laden with buds, fomenting a bloom the likes it's never seen.

And such articles are starting to appear —

Now Do You Believe We're In A New Tech Bubble?


Yeah, times do seem to be a prelude to a redux of the late nineties. Remember $20.00 bottles of water and $500.00 cigars? (The good old days of my generation.)

I recollect something an old fishing boat captain from Panama City told Mel and me years ago; we were leaving Carrabelle, FL about to cross the Gulf of Mexico for the first time and his advice was, "Don't get excited."

Hopefully this old age I'm experiencing will bear some wisdom and we, "don't get excited".

We haven't yet, but we are enjoying the sun while it shines.

It feels good.

Adios,

Istaboa