This used to be a blog about sailing. It was easy to write because I thought about sailing (almost) every day. (Damn Tim Coleman for thinking of the best title for such a blog before I did.) Or if I didn't have an original thought about sailing, or had some sailing experience to recount, I usually spotted some weird item of interest on the web about some watery pursuit. So the blog almost wrote itself.
The last couple of weeks I have completed the first part of moving house. We sold our big old family house in New Jersey, put most of our worldly goods in storage, and moved to temporary accommodation in southern New England to search for a new house in this area. Truth is the move has been in the works for several months now. I did consider writing here about all the trials and tribulations of selling and buying houses and moving... but that would have made it a very different blog.
But the process of moving has occupied much of my mental focus for the past few weeks... not to mention it has been quite physically tiring too. And though I would never have expected it, the focus on moving house has not only meant I haven't had time to go sailing since my trip to the Dominican Republic in January, it has also meant I haven't even been daydreaming about sailing. And so the blog writing has dried up.
Will the random thoughts on sailing start again and give me something to write about here? I certainly hope so.
However it is amazing how being homeless concentrates the mind on searching for a new home. Perhaps I will write about that. Because as well as all of the usual criteria anyone would use to select an area to live and a house to buy, I have the sailing checklist too. What kind of sailing do they do in this town? How far is it from the nearest active Laser fleet? Where would I keep my boat? Where is the nearest boat ramp? Can I see water? Do the neighbors have boats?
So we will see what happens. This blog is not closed.