Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'm finally getting my sailboat back today. I've been really missing her and the time spent going out. She'll be coming back with new paint on the hull and bottom and a few other minor things done. I started realizing the "withdrawal" symptoms when I was down at the marina on Sunday and walked past her empty slip.
Compass Rose is a getaway place for me. And I didn't realize how much I enjoy having that time to read, write in my journal, explore places only reachable by boat, and just relax. I don't think that there is a better feeling than being rocked to sleep on the water. Well, maybe a few other feelings are just as good, but you get my drift.
Seeing the photo of Ted Kennedy and his wife sailing on their boat after being discharged from the hospital says a lot to me about how being on the water is healing. Even when the body is hurt, the soul finds comfort in nature.
I've been in a meeting all this week about fish stocks. It's a data workshop so basically we sit around and go over data sets, try to determine what data to use in models and whether those data are defendable for the assessment. These intense meetings remind me that it's nice to have a life outside of science. And the boat is tied to that life.
Hoping that you are enjoying your Thursday.