Sunday, March 30, 2014

Still In Denver, But The Countdown Has Begun!

Wow! It's really been a whole month since my last post.

We're still in Denver getting things wrapped up here. The repairs to the basement are coming to a point where they're stable enough that we can soon leave it and head back to St. Louis for a few days, then back to Why Knot, which has been comfortably waiting for us in North Myrtle Beach.

The whole basement thing here has been a pain in the neck! Lisa warned me that there's a difference between how contractors out here approach a project compared to how they act in St. Louis. In St. Louis contractors move with a chop-chop attitude, moving quickly and aggressively to win the contract, get to work, and get it done. Not so out in Denver. There is a much more relaxed attitude about it. Saying it was laid back would be an understatement. They make boaters hanging around on their boats in a marina on a warm summer day look like a bunch of hyper go-getters.

But the work is progressing. The major stuff is done or within a week of being done. There are a few things that are going to be deferred until we get back out here in October. Getting the carpeting down is the biggest of these. We're just not happy with the selection and quality of what's available. We have an idea of what we want the entire finished project to look like, but we can't seem to figure out what kind of carpeting fits our ideal.

The most involved aspect of the whole project has been the very large bathroom that has had to be completely redone from the waterline to the top of the radar dome. Everything! We've really gone all out to turn it into something very cool. We've actually had a bent in our minds to make it look like a dock. The tiles we chose have a wood plank kind of look and it looks really cool. It's going to be awesome. A little marine vibe in Colorado.

We're at the point in everything that we felt it was safe to start the clock, so to speak, to leave Denver. We've booked our flights back to St. Louis for April 15th. Yay! We'll hang out in St. Louis for a few days, maybe a week, when we'll then rent a car, load it up, and head back east to South Carolina.

Once there we will wait for several weeks for Rick and Margi of Journey to make their way up there. They will be crossing their wake at Barefoot Marina and we're looking forward to help them celebrate finishing their Great Loop adventure.

Hey, by the way, Jim and Dale of Sweet Pea! When you read this, give us a call. We need to talk.

I want to thank those of you that have purchased Our On Board Life from Amazon and gave it a read. The feedback is good so far. If you haven't bought your copy yet, I just want you to know that you've broken my hearts. (That's a Doctor Who reference. He has two hearts. Jim from Sweet Pea will get that.) Tears are rolling down my cheeks as I type this. My thoughts have turned gloomy and gray. I'm so sad. (Available in soft cover and ebook)

My despair has gotten so bad that "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" or some other appropriately sad song is playing on a continuous loop in my brain. Sometimes the theme song from The Addams Family works its way in there, sometimes it's Dixie Chicken by Little Feat, occasionally that banana song by Harry Belafonte, but most of the time it's "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone."

Ah, here it is now - "I know, I know, I know, I know, I know..."


Anonymous said...

We finally got our boat to M.Beach last week, and look forward to seeing you. We definitely plan to be there to celebrate with Rick and Margi. Right now we are back and forth from there to home every few days. Starting in May we will be there most of the time, still waiting for the boat to sell.

Hugs to you both. See you soon.

Betsy on Rick 'n Roll

Kermit and Katherine said...

I was just thinking about you this morning. In fact, I looked up your Google+ page to see the update. Minutes later I got your post! Isn't that funny? Glad to hear you set a date to get to the boat. We finished our home remodeling (YEAH!) and decided to go ahead and purchase a new boat - so we did! We also sold Good Karma! The transactions will take place in the last week of May. We will have a new Good Karma on the water by June. New Good Karma is located at Saugatuck MI so we will have a little reverse commute to take it from Saugatuck on Lake Michigan around the Mackinaw horn back to Lake Erie. After outfitting in Sandusky we plan to go to the North Channel. Whether we come back to Ohio for the winter depends on lots of factors. Hope to see you on the water soon! Katherine and Kermit on Good Karma