Chasing my Tail

Been a weird holiday season.  Started the season out with the flu.  Our primary computer stopped functioning completely, The new Rosetta Stone we bought won’t work. We did arrive in the San Blas,  Two boats went up on shoals. One’s still there.  My back has gone bad and I’ve adjusted some.  Bug (Lobster) hunting ain’t the best, fish are skittish.

When I went into Panama City to pick up the clutch for the water maker I dropped the computer off at an Apple store called  the Mac Store. I had to pay them to diagnose what I told them was wrong.  Oh well, they don’t know me. They took about 10 days to come to the same conclusion.  They emailed me as they were trying to diagnose the issue and I emailed them similar issues that Apple has had and identified the mother board and replaced it under warranty up to 4 years after date of purchase.  The tech at the Mac store said he had contacted Apple and they’re not going to do anything. Eventually the Mac store gave me a final quote of $1,350.00 to replace the mother board.  YIKES. I gave them a simple reply. NO!  I’ll get it fixed in the US for less, get my info off the hard drive from the time I had not backed it up till it went down. We lost about  1 months worth of emails and other various information.  Back in the states we’ll decide weather to keep it or sell it and there is on the list to purchase a replacement.  We’ll decide then. No need to rush anything. Nothing happens fast here, unless it’s a boat screw up.

During daylight, how can this happen?

During daylight, how can this happen?

As we had anchored in the San Blas, approximately an hour later we watched another boat go up on a reef and the yacht ended up being abandoned.  The boat is still there about 5 weeks later and lays like a beached whale on it’s side slowly moving back and forth as if it’s rocking back and forth in pain. Another larger boat was put on a reef about a mile from here by a Captain that had chartered it and that boat was salvaged about 2-3 week later; pulled off by a 150′ sail boat that ended up tying a 3″ hawser around her and then getting up some way. With the mass of the 150′ boat she dragged the one on the reef across tires and some logs and rolled her into deep water. There they were going to take the boat to Shelter Bay Marina to be fixed back up.

We had purchased the current version of Rosetta Stone for the Apple Macintosh line of computers while in the States.  We’d been using a friend’s older version to test it and see if we liked it and then we did. The new version was installed in the states and required an immediate update. However at my families I had high speed internet and the issue was quickly resolved. In Linton I was going to begin my Spanish lessons again. Rosetta Stone didn’t work. I tried everything I found on their website and it didn’t work.  I down loaded any required updates (3g was in the harbor) and Rosetta Stone still didn’t’ work.  I contacted them and they have no idea, referring me often to their web site. We’ not in the San Blas where the internet is as fast as it was 20 years ago in the US and they email me these fancy html pages with the same suggestions they have on their website. They want me to call them (from the Republic of Panama) on my dime and talk with them – like my phone connection is even that good! Yeah, right.  I’m so mad I wasted the money on the product. I’m back to borrowing our friends and would only recommend Rosetta Stone if you find joy in hitting your fingers with a hammer trying to set a nail.  Do yourself a favor look at a different product. Rosetta Stone is NOT READY for public purchase on the Macintosh platform nor is their support staff; IMHO.

Don't try this at night!

Don't try this at night!

We went into Panama City with IB and Becca; mostly for a sight seeing trip and to experience the Kuna Yala Disney World ride through the mountains of Panama. Somewhere in there my lower back decided to take a holiday and stop functioning. W/ said I was walking like an old man, I felt worse, I  gobbled up aspirin like candy and tried to make an appointment at a Chiropractor in Panama City. While the vast majority of people in the Medical field speak English their office help as the same command of the English language as I have of Spanish.  I was able to imply that it was an emergency and she took my number to call me back. I never received a call back and went back to the boat with my back that made me move as swiftly as a centenarian.

Close to the Continental Divide Kuna Yala

Close to the Continental Divide Kuna Yala

While in Panama City after a busy day at the mall we arrived back at the hotel room and I went to check in on the internet and see if President Obama had need of any of the wisdom I’ve collected with my vast life experiences.  I was sure he was about to email me here and this is where I found that my WiFi in our newer; now primary computer, didn’t quit working. Thinking it was a software fluke I went about doing everything I know how and only got the wireless connection to work briefly the following am. So we took one non working computer back to the boat and on the list for W/ when she goes into the city the next month is to take the working one in and have it repaired. Fortunately; I have the extended warranty on it and there should be no fees!  Hopefully it will be fixed and work till long after the warranty period has expired.

One item that has taken up some time was working on our finances.  Like the vast majority of people in the world we have a limit amount of money and like the vast majority of potential cruisers they always want to know how much it cost to cruise.  So I try to post quarterly what the cost are and where they’ve occured.  This is cruising in a 42′ fully refurbished sailboat with two people who aren’t shy about eating at restaurants and doing some sight seeing. So pick the data apart and see if the info can help you choose weather you or your family can cruise successfully or not.

IB (Passport) ,Mike (Respite),  Ian (Kadoona), and I  had spent some time in the water looking for bugs.  We kindly call them bugs and IB had found in a reference book that  years ago in Maine you we not allowed to feed lobsters more then 4 days a week to your workers as that was considered cruel and unusual.  Too bad.  I could right now eat them 4 days a week and with our hunting skills and buying power we’ve been consuming them about once / week.  We bought quite a few off the Kuna that come by the boat and want to sell them. Often they’re reasonable but if there are other boats in the anchorage and especially some of the “tourist” boats and if you’re one of their first stops the price is much higher than what we’re willing to pay.  If we’re the last stop we can get a fair price for them and then enjoy one of the treats that keeps cruising worthwhile.

Go Slow
Sail Far
Stay Long

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