Monday, January 30, 2012

You have to admire

this mans dedication to his project.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Canadian Coast Guard turns 50 today

The organization that I've worked for for the last 31 years celebrates it's 50th Anniversary today.

I designed the logo!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

TW28 Launching

I only know him as "Fabio" on the web forums. He's been building his own TW28 for the better part of a year. It looks like late last night they launched it.

Hopefully we'll get some better photos of her afloat today.

Well done and well deserved Fabio. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Well it's another year

I guess I better say somethin'! Happy New Year everybody. I wish you all the best hope you all prosper in 2012.

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster ride. About 10 days before Xmas I get "The Letter" on Black Monday. Gov't cuts are starting to be rolled out across the country and my position has been offically eliminated. After 31+ yrs in the Coast Guard my future here is very limited. What it all means right now is not much will change right away. That's ok I understand how fast gov't works. I've sort of known this has been coming for awhile.

After thinking hard about this I'm really pushing for an early retirement (package) that won't see me penalized because of my age. They (Gov't) did it back in the 90's with something called an Early Retirement Initiative (ERI). If I can get the same benefits as they did back then I'll volunteer to go early.

I really don't think this is a bummer and would welcome the opportunity to retire early. More time for boat building but I'd have to be more careful with the $$$.

We had a pretty good wind storm come through night before last so I am looking to anchor the shed a little better. I got two of those screw in anchors farmers use for fences and a 20,000 lb ratchet strap. Once the ground thaws a bit I can get the anchors in. I've had this reoccuring nightmare of the shed being blown away in a storm and the other night it was a dream of the shed deflating like a weather baloon that's been shot down! :-) Have to quit eating jalapeno's before bedtime!