One of the unexpected benefits of writing you for the last three years is that I can look back into your archives and read about not only what I was doing one, two, or three years ago, but also what I was thinking, dreaming, pondering, and otherwise generally blathering on about at those times.
As you know, I do sometimes actually browse through my old posts and remind myself of what was going on in my head in the past. Is that narcissistic? Am I the only blogger in the world that does this? Or the only one prepared to own up to it?
Anyway, back in April 2005 I had only been blogging for a few months and hadn't really gotten into my stride. That month I went on a long road trip to the Florida Keys to attend one of Rick White's Sailing Seminars and then, on the way back up north, I raced in the US Laser Nationals in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. I see that I wrote posts about the areas of my sailing that needed improvement and how I screwed up in one of the drills at the seminar, and was also whining about all the minor injuries I sustained there.
By April 2006 I think I was definitely well into the blogging swing. I was actively sailing in the Laser frostbite series at Cedar Point YC in Connecticut and posted this picture of me making a front-line start in one race. (No I didn't use Photoshop. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.)
Usually my finishes were not as good as my starts. I wrote about one such day in Wheeze Uck.
I was also showing my serious, analytical side on the blog with a whole series of posts about Dave's Top Ten Tactical Tips (based on a lecture by Dave Dellenbaugh that I had attended) and was provoking my readers to share their (lack of) knowledge about how sails really work in a series of post such as Geeking Out. There was also time for some fun too with lighter observations on sailing such as Weather Forecast for Sunday and Rule 18 Protest Hearing. And I did find an excuse to show you all some pictures of my new granddaughter in Yoga.
Last April it seems I wasn't doing so much sailing or blogging as I was in the middle of a house move (actually literally homeless for all of April) and was training for the London Marathon. I wrote about running the marathon and I see I was still stirring things up with some geeky posts such as Why? and Apparent Winds, Shear and Twist. Of course, I still found an excuse to post a picture of my granddaughter in a post title Red Sox Nation.
And I did write about my first sail of the year in the north-east in Best Six Things About Sailing Saturday.
Hmmm. I sailed in Massachusetts before April 9 last year did I? Seems like it's time to go sailing. See ya.