Looking at the date on the last post it has been a loooonnnng time since I updated this. Don't know if anyone care or reads this anyway. The other blogs get more traffic, this one is a little more personal I think.
Anywho, we are off to Japan finally, low on funds, cold, not much wind, and a very late start in the season, but we have cast our fate to the Tao and untied the dock lines. Well sort of, because we retied them in Morro Bay as our lay over spot, whilst waiting for fair weather. We had planned on being in LA by now. Oh well, there is a saying about the best plans of mice and mice, also a Chinese saying about men plan, heaven something...
It was a scary time leaving Alameda our home for the last 6 years or so. It took a lot of guts to cast off and many time close to tears before the departure. Even now it is at times scary, when looking at the enormous amount of things to do, and needs. This is a real spiritual Journey, with the thought the Tao, God, the Great Spirit will provide...Yosh!
Hard to believe it is already Sept. This time next year we will be close to the Japan cast off. At this point to be honest it us hard to see how it will happen. At the same time things are falling in to place, there are also set backs. Like the car breaking down and needing to be replaced just after spending over 500.00 on repairs recently. Very uncool ! I will never buy an old American car again...unless it is a Vette! :-)
We have to dip into our little bit of savings we have in Japan to replace it. Then we have to replace that. That money was set aside for our apt in Japan. We will also need money to ship our goods, do some upgrades to the boat also money to live.
Then there is my job. I am very grateful to be working. However my day job is a dead end path. I was told I was going to be going on full time a few weeks ago. After planning for and expecting it for a couple of weeks , I am then told that I was not going to get the full time position. The person I was replacing was getting another chance at it. Even though I have seniority and every one complains about this other person.
On a good side I was hired for more p/t hours at the marine consignment store. I was also hired to some promotion work on a boat designed and made in Japan called the Zen 24. It will be demo'd and sold here in the States.
I was able to pick up a small office space at the marina where I work and also relocate to a better slip and get liv-aboard status. So yeah, good things and downers both happening...life is in full swing.
I met a woman today at work. She is a interior designer. She owns are boat and lives on it she also has an office she uses basically as a closet and office space. Her rent for the small office is pretty cheap.
Upon hearing that I thought this could work for LZ and I when we move. Rent a small office space there at the marina for our staging room, dressing room, closet, storage, office and live on the boat.
It sounds like a good plan. We will need a storage space anyway until we are ready to get underway. I have a business license for the city and have the "in" with the harbor-master to getting a live-a-board ok'd. If there is a small office space available when we are ready to move it would be a perfect. Well, second to having a on-site manager job at an apt complex with a free apt. Doubtful if that would happen here on the island, that would be perfect, but this idea if works could be second best.