Thursday, November 6, 2014


We went on a shopping trip the other day. As I had mentioned, one of our stops (actually the first stop after picking up the rental car) was the Apple Store at Dadeland mall. It was a zoo. Now, if you have ever been to the Apple Store, and I assume everyone has by now, you know that it is a crazy place. All the employees are talking into headsets of one kind or another. You are never quite sure if they are talking to you - or anyone. The collection and diversity of customers is incredible. From Fashionistas to business people to grandparents, they have it all. We were more than a little skittish and taken back by all the noise, the crowd and the characters.

It was then that we realized it. They were all looking at us. We were the unusual weirdos in the group. At the Apple Store, for crying out loud! What has become of us? Apparently, our nervous behaviour, bedraggled look, quick-dry clothes and wet boat shoes were not the appropriate fashion statement. The constant averting of my eyes toward the door may have been part of it, too.

As we left an hour later with our new iPad, anxiously, almost running, Junie says, "Man, we need to get out of here. We need to pack it up and sail away." Ummm. We already have. We have taken on the aspect of cruisers, for sure. Now, we may be leaning towards Prep'ers. In the past, we have watched the TV show, Doomsday Prep'ers, with a smirk and a grin at these weirdos preparing to run from collapsing civilization. Now, we find ourselves on a sailboat, watching the political unrest in the world and Ebola outbreaks. Throw in a frightening trip to the Apple Store and we are ready to flee to the ocean!

On SeaClearly, we are surrounded by dried and canned foods. Enough for about 4-6 months. Seriously. We have wind and solar power for energy self-sufficience. We have water tanks and a watermaker. We do almost all of our own boat maintenance. We are a sailboat so we can travel anywhere at the speed of breeze.

Fortunately, we don't have to flee to the ocean unless we choose to do that. We still like lunch at a little cafe along the street. We like to visit Costco (even if our most recent trip was ugly), and we still like people, in general. I'm not sure how people feel about us, though. Oh well!

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