October 30, 2009

Halloween On O Dock

©2009 ~Cowboy-Lucas

Halloween will soon be upon us.

From his spidery, New England mansion, a ghoulish Tillerman has raised the somber question of whether sailing is doomed. Are the shrouds of death slowly wrapping around our sport? Are our decrepit lives so busy today that we have less and less time to spend on boats?

Are we all zombies, slumped over the computer, blogging too much? Or trapped in that suffocating cubicle at work?

Shouldn't we be out in the sunshine sailing that boat we've left to moulder and decompose in some watery graveyard?

We all have our excuses for why we can't go sailing more. The job, the house, the spouse, the kids, the yard, or even working on the boat itself.

But, are these reasons as real as we imagine? Or, are we trapped in tombs of our own making, that we have carefully built over the years until we have no hope of escape?

Is this scary Halloween story from Tim Burton about you?



  1. I was wondering when you were going to dip your toes into the water. I have been rewarded, great post!

  2. Sorry. I'm way too busy to watch a 5 minute video. Can't you just summarize it for me? Don't you realize that we all have short attention spans and want instant gratification these days?

  3. Geeze Joe, now my toes are freezing. I should have done this in the BVI, or maybe that place you stayed in Oz.

    Tillerman, here's your summary:

    Don't worry, be happy.

  4. I don't understand. Worrying makes me happy. Maybe it's because I'm anal-retentive?

  5. I've been reading your blog for a year and a half and there are still a lot of things I don't understand about you.

    You are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a jelly donut.

  6. Against my doctor's orders, I had a jelly donut this morning. Does that mean I ate the Tillerman? That would truly be horrifying!

  7. Just to be safe, Joe, I'd definitely floss tonight.

    Take two beers and call me in the morning.

  8. O Docker-
    Love, Love, Love Tim Burton and "Vincent Malloy". Always have, always will. Worth 5 minutes of one's time and more-


  9. Thank's for all the comments so won't have to watch the video!

    Time saved yet again to, er, do something constructive like, er, hmm... ???

  10. like go sailing!

    Oh. Wait. That takes more than 5 minutes.

  11. Oh sailing's different bonnie. It's hard so it's worth more than 5 minutes.

    Verification word: crabi

    Is someone calling me crabby?

  12. O Dock, I am sooooo late to the party but it is awesome that you are now blogging. You are by the bets commenter and probably the best writer among us.

  13. 6p00d8341c05bf53ef, (may I call you 6p00 for short?), thanks for the compliments and also for dropping by O Dock.

    Your link goes back to the profile of Adam Turinas, so, if that's you Adam, thanks much. I hope you haven't changed your name to 6p00d8341c05bf53ef. That's a fine name, of course, but I think 'Adam' is easier to remember and quite a bit easier to rhyme, too.

    And Adam, if you're using '6p00d8341c05bf53ef' to evade the spammers or perhaps to hide out until some domestic issue has cooled, I'm terribly sorry for spilling the beans.

    Glad to see you made it through haul out day this year without anyone going for a swim.

  14. Vincent Price came into a store I had in Hawaii (in my youth, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). He was on his way to Fiji for an episode of his cooking show. I was selling handicrafts and artifacts from all over the pacific. He was very nice and chatted with me. Then he bought .... a Fijian cannibal fork!

  15. Panda, I don't care if that's true or not - it's a great story!