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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Dory Shape

These are the extreme frames and stems for the Marblehead Gunning Dory. Unlike the Tender, the stems will not be flush with the breasthook, but will extend about six inches beyond.
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Not for any particular reason outside that I just think it will look cool. A little bit like a Viking ship. Suitable for pillage and plunder.

Add another three hours for a cumulative 20 hours on the dory. Not too bad. We'll be planking soon.


Dory Projection

After the Bluefish victory yesterday, I took an obligatory nap, then put in another 2 hours on assembling the Dory frames. This brings the tally to 17 hours for the project. I also got a chance to tell Will about some of my fishing prowness. I think he will be a fine boatbuilder like his grandfather.
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With any luck, the frames and stems will be set up on the strongback this week. Then we'll have a feel for the true lines of this boat. Unlike the Tender, it should easily accomodate two rowers, and equiped with a 12 HP outboard, it should be great for moving in close to the rocks to flyfish for Stripers.

Circus Boy and Red Sox

I tried a six pack of Katelyn's Circus Boy by Magic Hat Brewery yesterday at dinner. I share her recommendation. A fine choice.
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BTW, have you noticed that the Red Sox won the American East Pennant? Sox are ending the regular season with a 96-65 record - best in MLB. Unlike the bulk of you fretters and non-believers, I never had any doubts.
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Maybe I'll stockpile some Circus Boy's for the post-season run.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Don't Get Mad, Get Even





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Bluefish will mock me no more this year as Bruett and I boated a dozen of them in Fish Alley by the Ledges behind Baker's Island this morning on the WhaleEye.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Good Guinness


Business drops off fast on Friday afternoon so I jumped into the Tender and rowed out to the gut at Children's Island to see if a big Striper wanted to give it up. No takers so I rowed back for a decent 6 mile rowing workout.
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After a half hour on the Cybex, and a much needed shower.... it was time for refreshment.
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Most people don't know that Guinness has less calories than light beer. I could care less. It just tastes so freaking good. I'm thinking of tasting a lot of it this weekend.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Dory Frames

I've been working on the stems and the frames. These are the skeleton of the Dory and they have to be perfectly symetrical. This is where the bandsaw is a necessity in boatbuilding. The manuals will tell you that you can get by with a jigsaw, which is possible but the quality would be unlikely.
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With a bandsaw, you can screw all of the matching pieces together and cut them simultaneously, ensuring that they come out symetrical. Then you just flip them and attach opposite ends.
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It is also possible to cut the stem molds to use to clamp the stem strips into a laminated curve with the bandsaw.

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I mean, don't go rushing out to buy a bandsaw just because of this. But if you wish to build quality boats, you should invest.
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I have a Jet 14 inch which I'm pretty pleased with.
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With three hours spent of the frames, the cumulative tally is now 15 hours.
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Next I'll attach the frames to the dory bottom and set everything up on the strongback to start planking the Dory.



POTW Week 39

Even though it was a slow day, we still closed out one carrier order, opened another, and continued the Coast Guard work in Maine. So maybe it wasn't that slow.

Announcing....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for Week 39 of 2007
  • Bob Brown *
  • Michael Murphy
  • Mahmoud Almadinejad
  • Lindsey Kepnes
  • Matthew Peabody
  • Kevin Rockett

* Automatic Lagavulin Rule.

This would be so much easier if more of you would just buy me a bottle of Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch like that mountain of a man, Bobby Brown. Then I wouldn't have to think. Course I'd probably be too sloshed to think, with all that Lagavulin around. So maybe we have reached a kind POTW selection equilibrium.

Excellent Michael Murphy Dance Video

I don't generally enjoy watching white men dance, but these moves by Murph at his wedding are a special exception.

Common Courtesy

It's already Thursday. Let the hysteria begin.
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Before you start uselessly sending me your POTW selections, could you please review the selection criteria????

To become a Nanepashemet Peep of the Week, the lucky/unfortunate candidate will be measured as follows:
  1. The candidate has to have done something annoying, stupid or inspirational in the past weeks.
  2. Animals and dead people are not eligible.
  3. The gift of Lagavulin to me within the last week is an automatic selection.
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So even though it is highly unlikely that I would pick anyone that you recommend, you could at least have the courtesy to recommend someone who is eligible for selection.
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Now... Bring It ON!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Slow

Slow day. Waiting for the phone to ring. Joanne thinks that if I work on the Dory during the day, that somehow I'm goofing off. But she doesn't know that I'm doing a lot of thinking... crucial to moving the business forward.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Food Reaction

Joanne and Amy Mann went to the Red Sox game tonight at Fenway Park, and I was left home to cope by myself, so I treated myself to a decadent kettle of macaroni and cheese which I seasoned with a 1/4 cup of Red Hot Sauce.
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DAMN GOOD!!!
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The only problem is that Frank's Louisiana Red Hot Sauce always makes the sweat pour out of my forehead. Eating apples has the same effect on me. I really love both, so I've never really understood why this happens.
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Probably some allergy, but as long as people who eat around me don't get grossed out, I will continue to enjoy both.

Dory time

Another 2 hrs today, gluing up the other stem, bringing the total Dory time to date up to 12 hours. The weather is too nice to sit in waiting for the phone to ring.
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Next step is to build the frames and lay them out on the Dory bottom, attaching all to the strongback. Then it will look like a boatbuilding project.

Gale International

Tom and I attended the monthly Executive Breakfast Club meeting at the UMASS club in Boston this morning. Bob Maloney of Gale International gave a presentation regarding the status of commercial development in downtown Boston. His company is presently building 2.5m square feet in Boston, and have a huge development in South Korea as well.
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He said that over the past 30 years, downtown Boston has absorbed an increase of 1 million SF of office space on average every year, and that there has been no new large scale corporations migrated to Boston during that period. The space has been assumed by organic growth of companies, particularly in the financial and venture capital industries, as well as some law firms. This has been achieved despite major banks leaving the core downtown during that period.
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He says that the vacancy rate is around 10% which is the equilibrium point.... over 10% rents begin to go down, under 10%, they go up. Rents are now in the $45 per square foot range and he expects them to trend up to $70.
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Bob says that it costs $600/sf to develop first class office space in Boston, and that you need rents of $75 per sf to justify the expense.
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He was completely in command of the Boston Market, understanding all of the development prospects of his competitors, and what their impact would be on the overall market. A very impressive presentation.
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BTW, I didn't ask any stupid questions, nor did I offer ridiculous comments, although I had to fight the temptation.

Monday, September 24, 2007

More Marblehead





Disclosure

OK. I'm going to admit something to you. Something from my vulnerable side. Something requiring a little bit of trust and understanding.
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I really like watching "Dancing with the Stars."
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Does that lessen me in your eyes???
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If it does.... Kiss my Royal Irish Ass.
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I'm sure you all have your freaking weaknesses.

Impatience

I've received quite a few emails lately, asking about the progress on the basement.
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What do you think I am? A Freaking Octopus?
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I only have two hands and the weather has been so nice that it would be foolish not to take advantage of it in the driveway. And I'm no Fool.
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Even with the need to finish the basement by Thanksgiving, I'm better off spending time on the Dory. Plus I'm writing the book on the Dory project... not tiling the basement. Who would ever be interested in that???? The Dory is where the money is.

Little Persuading

Mondays can be so tiring.
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Three nights of Dark and Stormies can take their toll. I wish that I hadn't been the spokesperson for that cocktail. Everybody who comes over now brings a big supply of Black Seal and Barritts.
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It would be rude to turn down their considerate gesture to join them with two or three D&S's.
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And I pride myself on my manners.
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So today, my ass is dragging.
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Luckily, there was nothing hot on tap at Nanepashemet Telecom.
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I did get a half hour on the Cybex and glued up one of the Dory Stems using a mix of oak and mahogany 5' strips. I thought that I would have to steam the strips, but they bent in the mold using the pipe clamps and epoxy easy enough.
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There is actually an inner and outer stem in the clamps, separated by cellophane so that the epoxy doesn't weld them together.
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Chock up another 2 hours for this operation and the cumulative today is 12 hours.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Stem Work

Laid out the Stem mold patterns which will be identical for the bow and stern.
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I use 1/4 luan for the patterns and always seem to find a piece of a sheet in the garage that meets the required dimensions.
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The curved stems will be formed from strips of oak that are 5' long, 1 1/2" wide and 1/4" thick. I bandsawed the strips from a 3/4" oak board, and will epoxy glue them, and then clamp in the patterns that I cut from a piece of 2x10 construction lumber.
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Add another 3 hours on this project for a current total of 10 hours.

Fit the Bills

Pats play the Bills today at 1:00 PM.
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Until that time, I'm going to use the beautiful sunny day to lay out the Dory frames in the driveway. Somehow a couple more courses of basement tile have to be laid and a workout has to factored in.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Skunked Again


Waiting for Dog and Lec to show for the fishing trip, I put in two hours on the dory, sanding the bottom and laying out the frame templates. Cumulative now is 7 hours.
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Dog showed up to fish with a bottle of Lagavulin. You know what that means???? An Automatic POTW selection. I love it. He also was very considerate in bringing an ample amount of Guinness to last for the three of us during our sporting event.
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Btw, we didn't see any blitzes, and had no strikes. That's right... we were skunked. Live with it.

Fishing Dilemma

Lots of stuff to do today. Lec and Dog want to go fishing, which to them is drinking beers and smoking cigars. Dog likes to insult me by saying that I don't go fishing, I go boating. Lucky for him that I have enormous self control and rarely fly off the handle, or he could be in store for a knuckle face massage.
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Before I take these irreverent pagans out in the WhaleEye at 1:00 PM, I need to get some tiling done in the basement.
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They don't deserve a Bluefish blitz, but I do, and I'll be in the same boat. So let's see how the Universe sorts out this conumdrum.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Time to Reset the Clock

I'm toying with the idea of getting into shape.... just getting sick and tired of being a fat POS.
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When I was in college, a skillion years ago, I was in unbelieveable shape, both endurance wise and upper body strength. But then you tend to put business, career and social obligatons in front of fitness and you slide.
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A big mistake.
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It's really a function of priority adjustment and the realization that getting fit again will be beneficial for business. It's time to make the time.
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I figure to get more Tender rowing in, keep cycling on the Cybex, and start running again - maybe set the Boston Marathon in April as a goal. Start slow and make it a habit. The problem is that every time I've been motivated to get in shape in the past, I've hurt myself by overdoing it.... pulled a calf muscle or threw out my back.
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You have to get in shape in order to get in shape.
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My plan is to intensify the low impact rowing and cycling for a week or so before hitting the road. If this really works out, I expect to see a lot of Peeps at the end of the Marathon route in Copley Square next April.

10 1/2 Kilometers

This loop is 6.7 Mi around Marblehead... a nice training loop for 10k runners
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New Way to Blog

I have a copy of Microsoft Word 2007 which allows you to post blogs from directly within the program. I think it's cool, but then again, I am a nerd.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Peep of the Week for Week 38

So you all thought that I would forget the POTW selection.
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You Crazy, Kooky, Whacky Bastards!!!
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I'm 100% on my game. Solid as a Rock. Steady as a Priest in the Altar Boy's lockerroom.
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Ok... scratch the last one. But no way could I forget. We've been doing this for over 50 Thursdays in a row. It's become more than a habit... more like a religious ritual. I approach it with the utmost reverence and respect.
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Tired of this Bullshit??? So am I. So here goes....
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Announcing....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 38th week of 2007

Tommy McMahon
Mike Nestor
Jay Turner
Bill Hillegas
Eric Gagne
Jill Phillips


These people now join the immortal roster of peeps with their names carved in the permanence of cyberspace. Now I'm getting unnecessarily emotional.

Conflicting Priorities

The Dory constructon has sat, unattended to, for the past few days due to the frenetic pace of Nanepashemet Telecom this week. I'll start the templates for the frames this weekend, but I also have to get some basement tiling in. In the end, the weather looks like fishing might get the nod.
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It's the best time of the year to find a Bluefish or Striper blitz, and I'm way overdue this year.

Lead Eroded

Sox lost. 1 1/2 games in front of the Yankees. Holy Crap! They're ruining my Septemba! !!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Keeping Pace

Boston is leading 1-0 over Toronto in the fifth inning.
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Jerry Remy running for President of Red Sox Nation is pretty funny.

Baseball is the only game that gives you enough time to let the announcers offer diversions from the action at hand. There is an easy, comfortable pace to the game.
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It was a long day, but we picked up a purchase order from a major company and answered the right questions for another. Just when your confidence starts to waiver, the good stuff gets you optimistic again.
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Tomorrow, we sit down with the Bank to bring order to the action.

Depraved

This is a video of me reading my email. The Blog is really going downhill.


  • Waterfront Offerings
  • Land Offerings

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    Familiar Feeling


    I don't know about you, but I'm starting to get worried over the Red Sox. They just lost the second in a row to Toronto, four of their last five, with the Yankees hot on their tail.
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    I'm just not comfortable.
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    Clay Buchholtz, the rookie no-hitter pitcher, will try to stem the slide tomorrow.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Peep of the Year in Fine Form

    Once again, Tom McMahon, our reigning Nanepashemet Peep of the Year, shows why he is worthy of the title.
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    Manhandling a poor Yankee fan at Fenway Park.
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    Annoying?
    Inspiring?
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    Both????
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    You be the Judge.
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    But it again validates the controversial choice.

    In McMahon's own words....

    "This one was something special. This jerk off ran from next to the sox dugout after Hinske hit a double on Sunday night. He then gave Hinske a pat on the back, took Robinson Cano’s hat, put it on and headed for the outfield. He didn’t make it too far though because even though I was hungover this guy had nothing when he tried to turn on the jets."

    Sunday, September 16, 2007

    Patriots v. Red Sox

    Red Sox v. Yankees are on ESPN and the Patriots v. Chargers are on Network TV.
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    Thank goodness for cable TV and the "last" button. The commercials won't have a chance as we switch from game to game.
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    It will still be a late night though because both games started after 8:00 PM and I have a huge customer meeting tomorrow morning in downtown Boston.
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    I suppose I'll do the responsible thing and go to bed before either game is decided.

    Lost Lure

    The day went as planned.... got some tiling done, got some rowing in.... the only glitch was that when I brought the Tender out to the mouth of the Harbor, about 100 yds. off of the Marblehead Lighthouse, I lost my only lure on the first cast.
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    Didn't really bother me, because I was only out to row anyway. But in the future, I'm going to bring a little extra tackle.
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    I rowed about a quarter of the way into the Marblehead Channel and picked up some decent wakes and swells. The Tender really is a stable and seaworthy design. I pulled the oars up and floated aimlessly out there for about a half hour or so. Nothing metaphysical or anything, just enjoying the movement of the water in the Channel under the Tender.
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    Anybody passing by thought I was fishing anyway, so it probably didn't look so weird.
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    But I was just sitting and breathing. It was kind of like when I go fly fishing in the Saco River with my rubber pants on. Just standing there feeling the water pass by.
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    On the way back, I stroked the oars fairly vigorously... a decent workout. It will be interesting to do this around mid-November when all but the working lobster boats will have been hauled out of the Harbor.

    Basement Projection

    Tiling floors always gets me into rigor mortis if I overdo it. So today I quit after three hours, before I got to the staring blankly at the floor stage. Since it's only the basement, there is no crucial time requirement like happens with most tile jobs. So I'll come back later this week and get a little more done.
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    I'd love to have this project done by Thanksgiving when Mike gets home again from DC. There are a lot of miscellaneous details since I will be ripping out the existing cabinets and constructing a built in for the HD TV the we foolishly bought before the new flat screen technology was available.
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    Can't let the Dory project get stale either.
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    Thanksgiving is probably an attainable goal but I'm not promising anything.

    Tile Restart

    Today I'm going to set the Dory aside and restart the basement tile project. I told Joanne and Katelyn that I was going to work both simultaneously, and it is time to disprove their skeptical reactions.
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    There will be a hard stop at 3:00 PM to row the Tender in Marblehead Harbor during high tide.

    Saturday, September 15, 2007

    Lazy Day



    This was the extent of the work completed today. A completely wasted, rainy day, trying to shake off the effects of last night's Dark and Stormies and the loss by the Red Sox to the Yankees in the longest 9 inning game on record.
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    Most of the day was spent working the kinks out of Outlook 2007 that I have on my new laptop. It has a nice business information system that I'm interested in using for Nanepashemet Telecom.
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    The bottom of the Dory has been cut using a jigsaw, with at least 1/4" margin from the final dimension so that it can be hand planed to the line.
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    The epoxy glue has to be scraped off both sides and the whole thing sanded smooth, then I'll start to contruct the oak frames, and fit them on the strongback.
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    Add an hour to the total for this work. Cumulative 5 hours.

    Dory Bottom

    I was hustling to glue up the Dory Bottom in order to get over to the Peabody's house and watch the Red Sox - Yankees game. Linda O'Shea had an interesting week, and I had promised to conjure up some Dark and Stormy's to add a finishing touch. The Dark and Stormy's fit the bill, but the Sox came up short in a disappointing loss.
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    The Dory bottom was constructed from four 1x6 select pine, 12 foot boards and a 2 inch 14 foot mahogany board that was glued in the middle to give the appearance of a keel. Dories don't have keels, but the mahogany piece will serve to accent the front and back stems which will be constructed from laminated oak and mahogany strips.
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    The template that I made yesterday worked out well, and I biscuit jointed all of the sides of the boards together. In the end, I am happy with the choice of the 1x6's because I was able to alternate the grain and relieve the warping strain, which wouldn't be the case if a single 1x12 was used on each side of the mahogany.
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    When the epoxy glue is cured tomorrow morning, I will cut out the bottom, scrape off the excess glue, and start the internal oak frames. I also have to devote some time on the basement tile project, and would love to follow up on Maxfield's tip to find Blues around Thatchers/Milk Island.

    Time expensed today on the Dory included 1 hour at Home Depot picking out the pine, 1 hour laying everything out and mapping the template and biscuit joints, and one hour epoxy gluing and clamping. A total of three hours today. Cumulative time is 4 hours for this project. so far.

    Thursday, September 13, 2007

    POTW Week 37

    Mid-September.

    There is a theory that time passes quicker, the older you get. Not sure how this would be validated, but it sure seems on the mark.

    Lots of great stuff happened this week. Weddings, Births, Purchase Orders, the Debut of Dory Construction. Some things still irk the hell out of me, but you have to love the good stuff.

    Announcing....
    Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 37th week of 2007
    • Bob Wojcik
    • Mike Rockett
    • Lauren Crawford
    • Doug Maxfield
    • Jaime Andrews
    • Tina Rhodes
    Now if I could run into a Bluefish blitz this weekend - it would be total satisfaction.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    Broke the Ice


    Today, I officially started the Dory by cutting out a template for 1/4 of the boat floor out of luan plywood. Since the Dory is a double ender, the 1/4 template can be traced on the two sides of the front 12 foot floor, and the two sides of the back for perfect symmetry.
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    Tomorrow I'll be in Portsmouth, NH for a bid walk, and I can stop at the Moynihan lumber yard on the way home for two 14' 1x12's which I will join in the middle with a strip of mahogany using biscuit joints. These will be glued with epoxy resin, then I will lay out the pattern from the template.
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    The template layout and cutting with the bandsaw only took 1.5 hrs. But at least we quit talking and started this thing.

    Feeder Frenzy

    On the birdfeeder this morning was this female Downy Woodpecker.
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    Are you as breathless as I am?
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    I've seen the male previously, but was unable to capture on film.
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    BTW, please disregard the rampant bird turds surrounding this beautiful specimen. I keep asking Joanne to clean the deck railing.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    Nice Outcome

    For all of you Peeps who were wondering how my big telecom meeting went today, I have to say that it was far better than expected. Today fully qualifies as a power day in the grand scheme of things. Now I have to harness the power.

    Quality, Comfort, and Embarrassment

    I buy my furniture at Bernie and Phyl's in Saugus, MA.
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    They have a good selection, competitive prices, and are convenient to our house in Marblehead.
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    But , Man! They have the worse TV ads ever. They have their two sons sitting on a couch like fifth graders telling you what their Mom and Dad says. It is so degrading to those two thirty somethings that you have to think that they are either half wits, or hopelessly dependent upon the family money.
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    It's painful to watch. You feel like just telling them to cut it out, because they seem like nice people.

    Osama Bin Stupid

    Six years after 9/11.... we still haven't found that mongrel Bin Ladin. I hope he is enjoying the hole he is living in. With our system of justice, death would be too good for him and prison would be a big step up in his standard of living. So maybe he can stay in his dirt hole.
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    What did Al Queda accomplish by their suicide mission??? Unless your actions can capture hearts and minds, it is merely self destruction. A lot of people carry deep prejudice toward Islamic people now, who really shouldn't.
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    In the immortal words of New York Firefighter, Michael Moran, more than five years ago, Osama bin Laden can "kiss my royal Irish ass."
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    Nice job Osama. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. You've engendered deep anger towards your people for decades to come.
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    I had a good chance to be on the United flight to LA that crashed into one of the Towers. There was a trade show in LA that I was scheduled to attend that day, and my normal procedure traveling to the West Coast was to take that 7:30 flight from Logan landing in LA at 11:00 AM Pacific time. But then we had a major screw up in Pittsburgh, so I canceled the trade show plans. Screw ups can be beneficial.
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    It wasn't my time.
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    I plan to use these bonus years teaching my grandkids to blog and build boats among other things.

    Monday, September 10, 2007

    Little Will




    I was just about ready to shut the Blog down for the night and watch the last innings of the Red Sox - Tampa game, when Aunt Sarah Crawford sent me these great photos of little Will Crawford in his first week of life on Earth.
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    He's a keeper and will merit the family discount at Sundance Pre-School in a few short years.

    Getting Started

    For the record, no construction today. But I have been thinking about the flat dory bottom that will be the foundation of this boat, since the garage has been cleaned and the strongback is ready for a new mold.
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    Unlike the tender, the dory does not have rabbeted keel... it has a flat bottom that is rockered and 12 feet long.
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    The plans call for a lamination of two 3/8 pieces of marine plywood with a maximum width amidship of 21 inches. I'm thinking of using two 1x12 pine boards, joined in the middle with a strip of meranti mahogany, since it will be ecapsulated in epoxy/fiberglass anyway. The meranti will add a nice design element.
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    Maybe I'll toughen up the bottom by fastening 1/4" thick strips of aluminum.
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    Regardless of what material I choose, the absolute first step will be to construct a template of one quarter of the bottom from 1/4 inch luan plywood. This will be used to trace a perfect relica of the bottom curve at both ends of the bottom piece.
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    Thinking about building the Dory probably doesn't count in the actual construction process. I intend to keep a record of the time, methods and materials. If you factored in thinking, it would be way past budget.

    Preparing for Take Off

    Tomorrow we have a customer meeting that I have been working on since April. If you had told me then that it would be September when we pulled this off, I would have dismissed you as unrealistically pessimistic.
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    Does that make me unrealistically optimistic?
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    Maybe, but at least I have the freaking meeting tomorrow. I'm thinking that our telecom business could really take off, but I'm afraid to see if all of the anticipation has been unfounded.
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    No Matter.
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    If it doesn't take off tomorrow, it will take off another day.

    Not Dancing

    We were ready to rock and roll this morning, but the music never came on. It's probably a good thing because we needed some quiet time to write a proposal. I also paid some bills which is always a triumph for me. Even when I have the money, paying bills is such a stressful chore.
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    I'm tempted to get into the garage and start the template for the Dory bottom, but I really have to finish this proposal.
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    Anybody seen Tuna Lips???

    Sunday, September 09, 2007

    Lucky Break

    We innocently offered to take Katelyn back to South Boston from Marblehead, but when we arrived it was obvious that her car had been towed. OhBoy!
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    Lucky for me that I was in the mood for a heaping "Stress Sandwich". After a relaxing ride around South Boston and Dorchester, with Katelyn cursing and screaming, we found the car and unraveled a plan to get it back in her possession.
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    Good thing I was in the mood to miss the Patriots- Jets game. The Patriots managed to beat the 6 point spread by scroing 24 points more than the Jets.
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    There was no way that I wanted to sit on the couch in Marblehead and relax this afternoon. Some days you just get lucky.

    Work Break

    With the telecom work rolling in, the week is starting early. I'm going to hit the Harbor for a row, then work on the Garage reorg. That should leave the afternoon open to crank on the Telecom work.
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    Normally the weekends should be reserved for weekend stuff, but today has to be an exception.

    Saturday, September 08, 2007

    A Great Wedding.





    The wedding of Tina and Colin Rhodes was easily one of the best that we have attended in years. It was brutally hot, the air conditioning was broken and the windows in the reception hall were painted shut.
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    People were sweating in places that they didn't know they had. But the whole group decided that they wouldn't let this disrupt the joy of Tina and Colin. They had wedded bliss welded to their countenances.

    The food was great and the dancing was way more vigorous that usual, despite the enormous discomfort. They had real Dark and Stormies - with Baritt's Ginger Beer and Gosling's Black Seal Rum - the closest to perfection other than my own. I've never seen that at a Wedding before, and it was a real nice touch.

    There were the MegaPeeps - Brian and Stacey Butler - in attendance as well as Lindsay Kepnes. Jaime Ferrara came as Jaime Andrews, and we met her husband, which brought that whole issue to a good resolution.
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    We had a blast. Good Luck - Tina and Colin.

    Another Day Off


    Needless to say, the boat construction is not proceeding today with Tina's Wedding and all.
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    So I took a long row from Riverhead Landing at the end of Marblehead Harbor, all the way out and around Marblehead Rock and then back through the Harbor on the Fort Sewall side.. Once I got out by the Lighthouse, I trolled for stripers and circumnavigated Marblehead Rock, which really stinks close in.
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    The only one violating the no-wake zone was the Marblehead Harbormaster. I''m sure he had a good reason.

    A New Entry

    William Sandison Crawford III was born last night. 7 lbs. 12 oz. Will and Lauren are doing well, but Peter, the new Grandpa is questionable.
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    Welcome William. Have a great run.

    Friday, September 07, 2007

    Dale and Gail Johnson

    Dale and Gail came over for a dinner of grilled tuna and mussels. Naturally, Joanne did a great job at dinner and Dale was present for the entire time. Luckily, his alter ego, Buck, did not make an appearance.
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    Dale is all worked up because he has to go to London for a presentation to a Venture Capital company regarding his metals recycling company. From my perspective, it is a slam dunk for him because of his talent and business sense, but he is still pensive about the outcome.
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    We always have a good time with Dale and Gail, because they laugh at our jokes, and we laugh at theirs. In the end, that is all that is required.

    Wedding Hype

    Tina James and Colin Rhodes are getting married tomorrow. I know that the Peeps expect me to attend all of their weddings, but I can only do so much.
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    Murph last week and Tina this week were special Peeps though, who did a lot of hanging around Beverly Ave. while they were growing up. Just because I am attending these weddings doesn't make me official wedding invitation bait. I would go to their weddings even if they were not POTW alumni.
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    I don't know the Rhodes family, but Tina's family is really great, and I'm looking forward to the Saturday nuptials. Plus Katelyn is a bridesmaid, and I have some cool new dance moves to try out on her at the reception.
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    Plus the huge rumor is that Lindsay Kepnes is in town for the event. How great is that!!!

    From Tuna Lips

    This one was too good to be hidden in the comments....

    t was October 1, 1949. That Chink Mao was declaring the world was red, Frankie Laine released the album "Mule Train", which made me snuffle for ole Sal, and Dick Button won the men's figure skating championships. He sure could glide, that Dick. I was making my way to do some logging as I was a lumberjack, hoboing on Sardis & Delta Railroad near Sardis, Mississippi. What once was an honorable craft, hoboing around for work, was becoming a boiling cauldron of theivin', gamblin', and whorin', with the not infrequent enough encounter with buggery preverts. It was fall, and there was plenty of wood to chop and send down the river, and I was plenty hungry, having only eaten a red capped woodpecker and some cow corn in the past week. My body smelled, my teeth hurt, and my droppings were as hard as a cow's turd in winter. It was a tryin' time for this pilgrim, leading this life that was not at one with nature, as I had a great fondness for things of the woods, but was chopping down trees, which was where my friends, the birds of the sky, resided, and I had nothing to eat. Momma had learnt us not to steal, but poppa would steal a hot stove if it was available, and he was no worse, though now paralyzed due to being hit on the head with a sledge hammer by an angry Chinese feller in pajamas who was working the railroad, and did not like poppa stealing his poppy paste that made the town folk drool. No good rice eatin heathen! It was at this time that the local orchard was pulling in the apples, and the town folk was pressing cider and curing hams, and boy o boy did I like cider and ham. So, I took the road into town, and decided to look around for an entreprenuer's opportunity, the kind of thing that made this fine country great, and the kind of thing that would stop me from molesting mother nature and get me some cider and ham. As I ambled into town, tape worm dangling, in need of a bath and a mule, it dawned on me. I was to . . . .

    Synchronicity

    Depending upon how the noon time customer call goes, I might be down in NY early next week, and we have a bunch of other stuff hitting next week.
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    Why do diverse things seem to come to a head at the same time? Does it happen to you? It seems too coincidental that stuff that you have been pursuing with different people and different activities would culminate at the same focal point.
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    I suppose there is a metaphysical explanation, and we'll have to wait until we are dead when we look and say "A Ha! That is how that was connected!" Either that, or we fade into oblivion, which doesn't seem logical either.

    POTW Week 35

    The ride back from Albany was torture.

    We had barbeque with the customer, and whatever I ate decided to have an immediate party in my intestines.

    A lesser man would have pulled over to the side of the road and called it quits, but I gamely hit my own bathroom in Marblehead at 11:30 PM last night with no messy incidents.

    Announcing....
    Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 35th week of 2007
    • Michael Murphy
    • Beth Murphy
    • Lauren Rathbone
    • Ryan Nestor
    • Jeremy Johnson
    • Keith DiMatteo
    I'm eating light today.

    Thursday, September 06, 2007

    Emotional Response

    Peeps -

    Enough of the congrats on the Blog anniversary!!!
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    I would never have mentioned it if I thought that everyone was going to get so sappy and emotional.
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    It's just a blog....
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    You've got to find more substance in your lives.

    Speaking of which, the POTW selections may be delayed this evening because I have to attend a business dinner in Albany, NY.... then drive all the way back to Marblehead. Not to panic though, because this weeks nominations are not too difficult. As aways, I am open to your suggestions for selection, and will continue to ignore most of them.

    Wednesday, September 05, 2007

    Moving into the Cycle

    September is shaping up as busier than August for Nanepashemet Telecom. And August was close to a show stopper.
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    The shift from business development to operations is in full swing. We'll be able to implement the easiest type of business development - repeat business through great service. That's a nice cycle to get into.

    A Year of the Blog

    This is the first anniversary of the Nanepashemet Blog. On September 5 of last year, I posted an entry regarding the Herreshoff Columbia Yacht Tender, and pretty much posted every day since then.
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    The Blog has caused both joy and pain, and I'm amazed at the impact that words can have, and the interest that they can engender. I'll have to admit that the Blog was originally intended as notes to myself, with the added implication that it can't be too frank because of business and confidential situations. The fact that a bunch of other people started to constantly look over my shoulder is both flattering and confusing.
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    At times I've gone over the line, which I regret, but in general it has been a fun mode of expression that adds a dimension to my relationship with some of you that I couldn't achieve just by regular discourse.
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    People ask where I find the time, but it seems that this Blog gets written by itself sometimes, and I am just a bystander. I've always found it easy to write, and most of this stuff gets done between sips of Dark and Stormies at night or coffee in the morning.
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    If you don't like the Blog, then why are you reading this? Life is too short to be preoccupied with getting pissed off at these ramblings. If you do like it, I can't see where I'll be stopping soon.... so RockOn Peeps.
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    Keep on Keeping it Real.

    Tuesday, September 04, 2007

    Busy Outlook

    Today...., a quick jaunt over to the Salem Waterfront Hotel to check out a work item for Mike Rockett, then lunch with a customer in Central MA, then dinner at the UMASS Club in downtown Boston with Keith DiMatteo who is going to revamp the Nanepashemet Telecom Website.
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    Plus, the day starts off bad because Katelyn used all of the towels and brushed her teeth with my toothbrush during her 23 showers this weekend.
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    Work on the Dory looks unlikely.

    Monday, September 03, 2007

    Getting Closer

    No boat work today.
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    It was such a beautiful Labor Day that I offered to take Tom O' Shea out for a spin on Bluefish Alley behind Baker's Island. No strikes but a real comforable ride. I hardly ever get skunked out there between Halfway Rock and the Middle Ledges, but today was won by the fish.
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    I did get a little more cleaning and organizing done in the Garage though. The fact that I'm talking about building a boat rather that wholescale redoing the basement is causing more consternation with Joanne and Katelyn, but they will have to get their priorities straight.

    Looking Inside

    Sometimes life can seem hard and unfair.
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    That's because it really can be.
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    But what makes it worse is when you try to assess the blame for everything that ails you to someone or something.
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    Instead of looking within for the basis of our discontent, it is far easier to think that our harsh and unfair situations were caused by other's actions and evil intent.
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    This never solves the problem because it diverts the attention from the ultimate true source - ourselves and our own outlooks on life. As long as we project our own feelings on others, we can never actually change our feelings and eliminate the issues.
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    How can you know what others think, if you can't even be honest with yourself and understand your own thoughts? People are far more engaged in their own problems and generally have neither the time nor the interest to invest in screwing with you.
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    So the blame game exaggerates and perpetuates the problems. If we would look within and forgive ourselves, that's always a good beginning.
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    Off Handed

    At Murph's Wedding, Jeremy Johnson, an Attorney living in Minnesota, said that he found the Nanepashemet Blog to be surprisingly insightful.
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    I'm still trying to understand if that was a compliment.
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    Course Murph is a loyal Peep, but I was also intrigued to see all of the people at the wedding who knew the significance of being named a POTW.

    Gunning Dorys of the World


    A quick Web search found these Gunning Dorys on the West Coast.
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    There also seems to be a significant amount of interest from France for some reason.
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    One thing is certain - the craft does seem to have a natural attraction to some people.

    Starting to Reorganize

    Yesterday I started the garage reorganization. I cleaned up the floor and moved a lot of stuff around, but it didn't seem like I gained much space. I'm thinking that I have to clean out under the deck, waterproof some space and move the lumber and miscellaneous stuff there. The garage space has to be left for the stationary tools and the project at hand.
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    I can use the panels that were made from strapping and plastic tarpaulin to construct the temporary varnishing shed to provide a stop gap measure. It will be ugly, but it already is, so no additional violalation.
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    Neither Joanne, nor Katelyn are buying my idea of finishing the basement simultaneously with the Dory work, but I intend to devote time to each.
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    By the way, I'm sure that I am afflicted by that hoarding disorder. I just hate to throw stuff away, especially old files, tools, wood and metal. Living in relatively close quarters, this condition has to be aggressively challenged or the Dory will be far harder to construct.

    Saturday, September 01, 2007

    A Nice Start





    Mike and Beth Murphy were joined in holy matrimony today with a beautiful ceremony in Southborough and a fun reception in Stowe, MA.
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    Best wishes to a very nice couple.
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    Murph always called Joanne, "Mom", which caused some confusion with some guests in the receiving line.

    Practice Makes Perfect.

    I dragged Greg Bruett up to the Gerry Club last night in order to get into drinking shape for Murph's wedding. If was great practice because I feel like hell this morning. We'll take the drive from Marblehead to Stow, MA a little after noon time.
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    No boat work today.

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