Brad, Dan and Scott's Sailing Adventure

"There she is boys! The SS More Powerful than Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and the Incredable Hulk combined." This space will be used to post updates of our odyssey.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Southern FL

12/1/06-12/3/06

Ft. Lauderdale or somewhere close at least

The first and second of the month were spent traveling through opulence.
Every house we passed competed for the title of world’s worst use of
resources. Not only did the speed boats in front of these houses have
four outboards on them (fuel prices are of no concern to Americans
apparently) but they managed to enlist Greek sculptors to carve their
stone statues. Architectural Digest could not cover these houses because
120 pages would not due these houses justice. The distribution of wealth
in America is shocking. Even harder to bear is the knowledge of what a
sailing to Haiti would reveal about the distribution of wealth in the
world. We spent one more night in the Indian River and then continued on
to Pompano Beach. Our anchorage in Pompano Beach is surrounded by
residential neighborhoods. It seems like people in Florida take their
coconuts for granted for they often litter their lawns. Local apathy
towards coconuts helped rationalize the coconut gathering expedition.
Three ripe coconuts were “harvested” from a shore side property. Eating
a coconut is only half the fun. The other half, opening, required the
tool bag to be fully utilized to unlock the tropical fruit.

We visited our first real beach on the 3^rd with temperatures in the low
80s. The surf was choppy which prevented us from spending too much time
in the water. We were able to occupy ourselves by having a rock throwing
contest like true men.

Provisioning has begun for the jump to the Bahamas. The wind generator
we purchased was delivered missing a part and we are stuck in the
Pompano/Ft. Lauderdale area until it arrives.

Comments?

6 Comments:

  • At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    True, true, natural resources squandered away...however, how do 3 guys out of upper crust and blue ribbon Weselyan, living on a private yacht, for who knows how long, have standing to comment on the concentration of wealth in Jeb Bush's premier city of Miami? Hell, in 10 years you'll all be there (or in Cabo, St. John or Newport) too. :-)

     
  • At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anonymous burned you pretty good there. also, pictures? does the camera not work in Florida? it's ok with me though...there hasn't been a good looking guy on the boat since Georgia.

    -hal

     
  • At 3:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Welcome to the Sunshine State!! We have been following your adventures and misadventures and wish you well and safe passage. Are you planning to come to the Gulf Coast? We are in Fort Myers, FL and would love to see you. Cheers from Brad's Aunt Linda and Uncle Van

     
  • At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Aunt Linda's 3:20AM comment time is one on the most impressive parts of your already impressive blog! People are reading you all the time from everywhere! We love it.
    Are you going to catch the Shuttle takeoff on Thurs nite?
    Bob Schlauch

     
  • At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My father, Bill, who sold you the boat, was so excited to learn about your blog that he e-mailed me right away. My husband and I are now following along with the Kaleidescope's adventures. Good luck on trip to the Bahamas! We will be in Nassau in mid-January and would love to catch up with you then, if you are in the area.
    ~Alison

     
  • At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Dan said…

    Allison-
    We love the boat, I'm sure you have plenty of memories of it. Don't worry, we're taking good care of her. We're planning (hoping) to make it to the virgin islands by mid January, but might very well find ourselves in the Bahamas. We don't really know at this point.
    Thanks for reading.
    -Dan

     

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