November 2019

Overnight trip and long days to Cocoa, FL

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Sat, 11/30/2019 - 17:40

Overall the overnight trip was not an enjoyable experience.  As the sunset of that day faded and I slowly motored on, I experienced a profound sadness and strong desire to not be there (some tears even!).  I was too tired from not sleeping well the previous night, which I'm sure amplified those emotions.

I had probably 15-20 naps of 15-20 minutes each through the night.  My alarm would go off, I would throw on insulated pants, a jacket, and a lifejacket, go upstairs, attach the tether, and then spend a minute or two examining the surroundings and the chartplotter display.  Then back below for another 20 minutes of rest.  At the 5.5 knot pace I would progress almost 2 miles between each of these appearances.  Louise stayed below the whole night.  There were basically no waves which was nice.

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Sailing solo

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 17:38

On Sunday Anna flew back to Minnesota to visit family and do wedding planning things. On the way back to the boat I stopped by to say hi to the catamaran Sobad which had left Wrightsville Beach at the same time as us. The wife actually graduated from Bismarck High School about 30 years before me! Small world.

That afternoon I motored about 20 miles down the ICW. I had planned to go about five miles farther but the current was against me and would be favorable in the morning. About 20 minutes after I anchored a power catamaran anchored nearby and I recognized it as someone we had met in Maine. So I took the dinghy and chatted with him for about 5 minutes.

The next day I went 42 miles to Beaufort, SC. There were a couple really shallow spots but I squeaked through. I anchored south of town about a mile and then took Louise for a walk. Then I dropped Louise off at the boat and went back for a couple beers and wings on special.

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Tiny Bubbles

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Fri, 11/22/2019 - 18:38

This is a puzzle game with a UI that is well-suited for a touchscreen.  I did pay for the DLC that removes ads (I almost always do this).

Survived the storm

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Mon, 11/18/2019 - 14:05

The wind blew hard for over two days but our anchor held well and we stayed in place.  It was a stressful weekend with howling winds, a rocking and spinning boat, constant worrying, and poor sleep.  Yesterday evening it finally started to get better.  On the plus side, we didn't have it quite as bad as two of our neighbors who kept swinging towards each other at anchor.  I think one of them had a full keel so was more affected by the currents in our anchorage.  At one point the guy from the one boat rowed his dinghy over to the other boat and three of them were up on the bow of that boat messing with the anchor for about an hour.  Not sure what they were doing as the situation was still similar afterwards.  But all of their rowing and standing around was taking place in 30 knot winds and pouring rain--not fun!

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LG VX3300

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Sat, 11/16/2019 - 12:27

One of the first things I did in college was get this phone with some of my hard-earned Medora wages.  My roommate (and high school friend) Nic drove me to the Verizon store in his yellow Pontiac Aztec.  Phones were pretty popular by then and many high school classmates and Medora coworkers already had them but it wasn't a given.  Mainly I was interested in being able to keep in touch with a girl.

Motorola Droid X

Submitted by aaron.axvig on Sat, 11/16/2019 - 12:21

My friend Simon had me use the navigation app on his Android phone one day when we were driving around.  BTW he called it a "Droid" but technically it was not one of the "flagship" sort of devices (Motorola specific I think?) which carried the Droid name (most people made the same mistake).  While I certainly knew of the general capability of smartphones at that time, experiencing it lead to me joining the smartphone craze just a few days later.