September 07, 2003

lost astronaut, photo by mario lalich

Friday I went with a friend to a JPL-people party that was on a 42-foot boat. It was really unfortunate that every once in a while the wind would change and the smell of some harbor sewage collection building would intrude in an unwelcome way (I kept smelling it all next day, too), but overall I could see a lot of benefits to boat living.

(You wouldn't believe how long I looked for a picture of Jack Klugman as Quincy, M.E., on the boat he lived on in LA).

Barking seals in the evenings would be nice (once you got used to them). Lots of nearby marina bars and restaurants could be a plus. It's cheaper than a house. But the best thing is that you could pull away from the dock at night, head miles out into the ocean, then turn off the engines and the lights and just drift while you lie on your back on the front deck and look up at the stars. Sure, then the pirates and SCUBA diving organ thieves come, but it's pretty cool up until that point.

Posted by jjwiseman at September 07, 2003 09:45 PM
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