Well, my Baby-Boomer generation is getting older. So I got to wondering how Janis Joplin would see things if she was still alive.

Here’s a little song in honor of her.

(Sing it to the tune of “Mercedes Benz.”  And be sure to pronounce “again” like a Canadian.)

Oh Lord why’d ya give me
this crazy white hair
The years go so fast now
it doesn’t seem fair
Once I was a young man
as strong as a bear
Oh Lord why’d ya give me
this crazy white hair?

Oh Lord why’d ya send me
the things that you send
I pee way more often
than I did back then
If I travel too far
I depend on Depends
Oh Lord why’d ya send me
the things that you send

Oh Lord I guess I
can’t really complain
You don’t just send sunshine
you send us the rain
But I can find blessings
now and again
Oh Lord I guess I
can’t really complain

Oh Lord I guess I
can’t really complain

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Sorry my last post was such a downer. It’s just that the dizziness sometimes gets in the way of my plans. I’d better get used to it, I’m sure other “issues” will get in my way soon enough.

The last two days have been great. I finished the work on my sailboat and today I launched it. Launching my boat isn’t a matter of just backing a trailer down a boat ramp. We have to hire a company to lift the boat up with a crane and plunk it down into the water.

It was a little eerie seeing my baby hanging on straps in midair, but she fared well. The crew at Colony Wharf did a great job.

Now it’s time to step (raise) the mast. I’m too cheap to hire it done so we’ll man-handle it ourselves using the gin pole I made. (Hope it works!)

Then the challenge comes – rigging. Once the mast is up I have to set and tune the shrouds and stays. I’ve never done that before so I’m looking forward to the adventure.

Then we sail her north. (We launched her in another city because the facilities in our town were too expensive.)

I won’t be sailing it up with my son. He was going to come up this weekend but the night before he was due to arrive a bridge on Interstate 5 collapsed stopping his planned journey. He was bummed that he couldn’t sail this weekend, but there will be other days for other sailings.

As I see it, this year – 2013 – will be worth memorizing. Things may get dicey in the years ahead, but 2013 will be a great year.

Memorize your good times. Make them your own. That’s good advise for anyone, sick or not.

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I had lots of plans today for working on the boat. But the damn dizziness hit and I had to take the morning off. A bit of a pain.

But I’m taking my own advise from previous posts and trying to be patient with myself and pace my life around these issues.

Still, it’s not much fun. Very frustrating.

Looks like my afternoon will work out fine though.

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Gin PoleI’ve just finished building what’s call a “gin pole” that will help me raise the mast on my sailboat. We had to take down the mast when we brought the boat up from Olympia, Washington. So we’ve got to raise it again when we launch the boat.

Here’s how to build a gin pole.

It took several days and a lot of mistakes to build. Frankly, I didn’t think it was going to work… but it does!

There were two reasons for the length of time it took to build. (A) I didn’t know what I was doing, and (B) I had dizzyness some mornings. But… Yay! it’s done!!

I’m going sailing this weekend with my son. We’ll be raising the mast dockside so, hopefully, this method will be safer and easier than trying to do it by hand.

Today I’m putting on the bottom paint. (For all you landlubbers out there, it’s a special paint that prevents barnacles from attaching themselves to the belly of the boat.)

I’ll let you know how the trip goes. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

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