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.
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”.
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.
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.