Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A New Age

A boat on land is asleep and in water she is awake and alive. I feel liberated and alive on Earthling now. All the bottom jobs are finally over. I got intoxicated enough with fiber glass debris, anti-fouling paint, thinner, acetone, and mesquite bites.  The first day in water had a few special highlights. Well, I got a spot right up front the boat yard on the new dock. There are only two docks to tie up at Grenada Marine and only two to four boats can stay tied up at the time. I was lucky to get the “Presidential spot” as I referred to it in my previous venture. In Valet Parking business in Chicago, there were always guest that wanted their cars parked upfront. These were customers that usually had nice cars, Porches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Benz, and BMW. Additionally, these customers knew the right person and usually dropped at least a Jackson for the presidential spot in front of the establishment. Earthling might not be a Ferrari but certainly my Mercedes :-) She will stay at the dock here till most of the other projects are accomplished!

The other highlight was the Christmas party at the boat yard. A whole pig was roasting on the fire throughout the day and everybody indulged themselves with great food and drinks the entire evening, thanks to Jason Fletcher and the staff at Grenada Marine.
Watchie and his family
Eric & Jackie Aborad "Makai"
Andy & Marius
Raquel and Mrs Oliver Burris

Furthermore, December 22nd was a special day according to many ancient calendars. The calendars such as the Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians, and others were more in tune with the universe and our solar system. Unfortunately today, most citizens of Earth don’t really have a clear understanding of this age transformation. Which makes sense, it happens every 3150 years and it’s not like Christmas or New Years that would come around every year throughout our life. Some might know this date as the end of the world, we know for sure that nothing ended! But the world as we know it will change in a rapid pace in our life times.
The planet earth goes through a new age every 3150 years. At the end and beginning of each age, the planet and it’s citizens go through a rapid change. Till December 21st 2012, we lived in the age of Pieces, which is referred to as the age of Darkness. During Pieces a vail has been covering the truth and only a fraction of the truth has been revealed. As of Dec 22nd, we entered the age of Aquarius, which is supposed to be the age of enlightenment. Humanity is becoming enlightened and entering a new dimension gradually. I feel very lucky and happy to be alive and part of these transition. Let’s look forward brighter days to come in the near future.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Age

Love from Grenada    

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Back on Earthling

First of all I want to apologize to all followers and friends that I have not updated the blog for such a long time. Life on land has been tense and full of actions. Actions that I’ve been wanting to write about but never found the peaceful alone time. I am neither a writer nor a reader. Writing to me has always been like homework. I am still working on my writing skills and this blog has surely helped me to overcome some of the difficulties. Aboard Earthling, I always had someone to help me fix my writing. Many thanks to Kelly, Nico, and Katherine. Kelly is up in the Rocky Mountains/Aspen working in her field as a hair stylist. Nico is traveling in Israel and then South East Asia for the next few months, and Katherine is coming to visit Earthling for New Years.

In the last five months, I have been working in Chicago, visited my parents, grand parents, and family in Iran, and visited my siblings and family in Sweden.
Now, I am back on Earthling on the hard, alone. I came back to a fried lizard and a fried battery. Unfortunately It was difficult to tell if it was Lizzy or Quickie, but I believe it was Lizzy and I think Quickie was fast enough to get away. The first house battery had to be thrown out and single cells in a couple of the other batteries are bad. Otherwise Earthling is in fine condition, no mice or cockroaches.

Blisters along the old water line
My full time/overtime job now is to give Earthling lots of love and attention, so she can keep me and crew safe at sea. The biggest project is to raise the water line two to four inches. She is a heavy girl and now she has even more toys. A new Lofran Tigres windlass with a wireless remote control along with 150ft of 10mm chain. Only the chain weighs 400 to 450 pounds! She got a new Wirie wifi booster/router, an arch for the antennas and solar panels, new spinnaker (thanks to Donna Hastings), truough-hull for salt water at the sink (in the past we washed dishes with salt water in a bucket), new galley faucet, radar reflector, halyards, lines, and many other small upgrades. The plan is to launch on Thursday Dec 20th and the goal is to finish most of the projects. I wish I could just pay someone to do all the work. To raise the water line cost $2700, approximately 40 hours of labor. Well if I'm lucky It takes me 70 hours to make $2700 and this job will not take me more than 70 hours, logically, I should do it myself. It’s like going to work but for yourself and it is absolutely more rewarding. 

Love from Earthling