Murphy got me after all…

Soooo…. Here’s the thing.  

Murphy got me but good. 

In my last blog entry, I spoke a more than a little about this guy, Murphy and his law.  And I spoke of how I have this thing about thinking about things that could go wrong with Selkie.  And it’s cost me some restless nights 

(And yes, Mr. Elliot, I should not start a sentence with a conjunction, but I can’t help myself)

So, on my flight out to down to LAX and on to Baltimore, I did a little laptop blogging on the plane.  I spoke of many great family and personal memories that popped back into my consciousness as I flew down over California from Reno to LAX.  

It was a great blog entry if I do say so myself.  

I wish I could share it with you.  

I might still yet.  

You see, Libbie and I worked hard to find a boat that would take good care of us, if we took care of her.  We scored with Selkie.  

This trip to Baltimore was all about getting Selkie ready for her extended cruising this spring, summer and fall.  

I expected to get Selkie ready for the season, but not without some hiccups.  But then, if it wasn’t boating, there would be a lot less chance of hiccups, right?  

But this latest thing Murphy did to me (and was he ever nasty this time) was not boat related, it was more self inflicted. 

In my trip east I flew into Baltimore from Reno via LAX on the same plane.  Of course, I’ve spent less time flying to Japan from SFO in more comfortable seats.   

But that was not the issue (although my left hip still has not recovered). 

The flight was actually pretty good except for the last hour as we entered a band of storms crossing from West Virginia all the way to BWI.  That’s when the yelping and screaming started and it really didn’t stop until we were on Final coming into BWI. 

But that wasn’t the issue. 

After we landed, my blood pressure started to subside…. but when I got to baggage claim, my 80 lb bag full of expensive tools was missing. The airline found the bag. 

So that wasn’t the issue

I had to schlep everything to my boat in a raging downpour with 2 trips (I swear the dock is at least 1/4 mile long).  

But that wasn’t the issue. 

The issue:  

I left my laptop 




That was the issue.  And it wasn’t a company laptop.  It was my very own that I had puchased with my very own money.  

Murphy strikes again!  

I’m praying that honest people will find it and I’ll get it back.  Wish me luck, but it will probably be a few weeks before I see it.  If I see it.  

(I’ve done all the “Find My Phone” stuff and as soon as someone opens it it will be locked with a message and my phone number…if someone opens it)

In the meantime, Selkie survived the winter in the inner harbor of Baltimore.  She’s really in great shape, and it’s in part to her prior owner, Fritz and the great care he gave her.  I still can’t thank him enough, and I hope I live up to the “Selkie Standard”. 

Selkie after the 3 days of rain

I have spent the last 3 days in Baltimore in the rain shopping and schlepping, figuring out the storage and where things were versus where I wanted them.  

It finally stopped tonight on a cool, crisp spring night. 

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from Selkie’s home this winter, Harborview Marina

That time working on Selkie doesn’t include the 3 trips back to BWI to see if my laptop reappeared.  No such luck. 

This is another life lesson for me.  

As much as I want to be ready for Murphy, he’s going to get me in ways I never saw coming. 

I’m still going to prepare as much as I can. 

But perhaps there are times I should just let things go, so I can watch for that cliff coming at me before I walk off of it. 


I’m gonna do what I’ve always done. 

In the meantime, Selkie is ready for her adventures.  That make me the loss of my laptop a lot more palatable. When I think about what lies ahead for Libbie and me, I become very excited.

Although, thinking about it, I could buy a lot of diesel fuel for the price of a new laptop.   

Nope. Can’t think about it. Ever forward. 

If my laptop shows up, I’ll share that other blog with you.  

PS:  writing a blog on a phone is easier than I thought it would be. 

Peace. Out

By Tad Sheldon

I'm a retired Silicon Valley Technologist and Director. I teach skiing as a 4th (5th? 6th?) career for fun, and am passionate about Boating. I'm even more passionate about my family and friends. I volunteer occasionally for non-profit Boards, and currently serve as the Secretary of the Board for Western Division of the Professional Ski Instructors of America / American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

6 replies on “Murphy got me after all…”

Mom told me what happened. I’m sorry Dad. It’s probably long gone though. At least you know someone who can help with a discount on another one if it comes to it … 😉 and at least it wasn’t a catastrophic loss to Selkie, which would be much more expensive.

Would still like to see your other post someday.


Respond link not working so good on my phone…..Murphy? Anyway just wondering how long you’re still going to be @innerharbor? Just got in town from Ft Myers last night. It’s tough having to recover from two months in the Tropics, before heading all the way to Baltimore to see an old friend. Lol.

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as pilots we were always aware that things many time seem to happy in threes and it is the accumulation of the three things that can really get you into trouble. So keep your head up and know with the experienced crew you’ve got you will be ahead any issues ! Good luck!


Sorry Tad I’m gonna bail on Baltimore today. Crappy weather has taken my juice for making the trip. I will be following you here @selkie, and you never know where or when I will appear on your dock asking to come aboard. Until then I bid you farewell to the wayward life of the wandering wayfarer! May the winds be always in your favor, and the Sun setting off your bow.

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