Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday living

The old clipper sailboat that was built in Shanghai sold yesterday. She was bought by a nice fellow who was thrilled to get her. He is going to do a year-long restoration on her.

I know how thrilled he is because I am still so glad to have bought my boat a little over a year and a half ago. It was a happy day but also a bit daunting too. But any hesitation I had is gone. Since then I have gotten so much pleasure out of her, even though I spent money on her too. I don't begrudge any of that. I want to live a life that gives me and those I love pleasure.

The man who owned the old boat was a fellow who spent no money on her. He ran her aground four years ago and did nothing to check for damage. When she was pulled from the water yesterday, about 3 feet of her rudder was gone. He had told me there were a few "chips". In the final deal, he let the boat go at a much reduced price because of the rudder damage. He did not gain anything from his inaction or from not being forthcoming. Frankly, I was embarrassed to have told the buyer that the boat was in good shape when there was such a flaw.

I take care of the things that I have. My father taught me to treat things well and to not expect replacements. I am mindful of the value of what I have. Plus, I like fixing things myself--a DIY mentality. And if I can't fix something, I pay someone who will.

There are all kinds of people in this world. I don't have much respect for ones who hide and conceal things from others. Eventually, we all are found out for the wrongs that we do. What goes around does eventually come around.



14 comments:

  1. i agree on the attitude towards those that hide things...sadly he had to know it would be seen when pulled from the water so what did he gain....

    happy saturday man...

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  2. Yep.
    Karma can be a real bitch.

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  3. It's lovely to think of the old beautiful boat, restored and reloved and set to dancing on the waves again.

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  4. I'm glad to hear someone wants to restore the boat and give it the care it needs.

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  5. What a wonderful day the old boat found a new owner that will care and love for her... beautiful!

    Agree completely regarding the Karma!

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  6. I truly know that feeling of sailing the sea, even though for only couple hundred miles. Another world!

    And I've always found what goes around, etc. And on the return, like a hurricane, it is stronger than ever expected.

    But all storms end, and sun shines thereafter, often brighter than
    before. www--What a Wonderful World!

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  7. One mans trash is another mans treasure.

    It seems to me that some people like to buy only new and then some of us like to rescue old items and make them seem like brand new.

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  8. somehow i'm not surprised you look after your things. after all, you 'look after' people too, with your insights that you post here. hey syd, nice to visit you again, hope you've been well!

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  9. Twice I watched the sailboats setting out on the Cape to Rio nautical race from Cape Town. Beautiful sight.

    Living with secrets can be soul-destroying.

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  10. Thinking of you this morning mr. handyman.

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  11. That ship has some beautiful lines to her when she is in full sail. Is that the one you sold Syd or the one you own now?

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  12. I take care of my things, too. I can't comprehend people who don't. I have to either fix what is broken or get rid of it. I don't like clutter, either. And a deceiver... don't get me started. Fair winds, my friend.

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  13. I have been reading your blog for about a year and a half... your stories always calm my mind when I am troubled and I really just wanted to thank you for sharing all that you do.

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  14. Very timely blog. I am dealing with being a victim of employee theft and fraud that may have a very detrimental impact on by business and my remaining loyal employees. I'm trying to use the 12th step to deal with this situation. I do feel the negative feelings of being a victim creep into my behavior and attitude. Your comments about the seller of the boat ring true. Just like the rudder, we were victimized by what we couldn't see. The individual who try to defraud us is real loser. She lost an excellent job, respect, benefits and security. Every time she hears a siren I'm sure she will shudder. Hopefully she is losing a lot of sleep too. All over just a few dollars.

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