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Sunday July 1st 2018
5.9

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 20. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 6.

I woke at about three and got up at half-past.  I was weary, but when I am flying and have things to do, I get up early.  I could have finished doing things yesterday, but there are things I need today -- and I'd be sitting right now in  a boat cluttered with outside items brought in for storage.

I am of two minds about leaving.  Being here is easy.  Going home means work.

*     *      *     *     *

I spent an hour waking up and writing.  Now to get to work...

*     *      *     *     *

It is now an hour later and I have made progress.  I have sorted what stays, what goes, and what I should not have bothered bringing.  Actual packing is almost done.  After that comes preparing  the boat for a prolonged absence and possible bad weather

That took a while and although the heat does not bother me much most of the time, this morning, it did and I took dips in the pool several times to cool down.

I was wondering if anyone ever reads this diary anymore, seeing as I veered far from bees, but Adrian dropped me a line. Much appreciated.

I meant to write this a couple of days ago when you first mentioned it, excuse the delay.

I have never been so hot as when working bees in the summer. Even with just a veil, T-shirt, and shorts i have sweltered - sweating through every pore and salty sweat running into my eyes. It does not surprise me that the heat in Mexico does not generally bother you the way it bothers others who have never worked in the heat.

I still enjoy reading your diary.

Happy Canada day.

Yes, it is Canada Day, and I am hearing that, at 37 degrees, it is hotter in Ottawa today at the Canada Day ceremony than it is here in La Paz.  It is hot here, though, already, and 36 is the expected high.

The sea here is full of life.  At right is a shot of a few of the schools of fish right bedside my boat in the marina.

I filled the water tanks, checked the mooring lines, Covered the dodger and bimini, Tightened the genoa, and put reflective material on the windows to keep the sun out and did 1,000 other little things.

I wonder why it takes me so pack up and leave,  Seems to me that I should be able to keep things sorted so I just empty a drawer in to pack and find I am packed.  The problems arise when I have to decide what to leave and what to take.  I'm used to owning charter boats where I have to remove everything and put some things into storage, not a boat where I can leave things permanently, but I am learning. though. Putting the dinghy on deck and lashing it down takes and hour and the other little jobs like taking off the instruments and cushions add up to at least an hour more.

I was ready by ten-ten, but by then was hot enough to take another last dip in the pool before catching a cab to the Terminal Touristica.  I took a cab rather than Uber because the Uber app is too brain-dead to know where the bus station is.

We were in the new van with the driver who speaks good English so we chatted along the three-hour drive.  The sole other passenger was Mexican and spoke only Spanish.  After a while, after Los Bariles, I was tired and then he an the driver chatted while I napped.  Napping sitting up on that winding road was not easy though.

The flight was late taking off so I texted my taxi in Calgary and that worked out.  He met me and dropped me in Airdrie where I bought groceries and drove home. 

As we flew over La Paz I had a splendid view and was so entranced I forgot to take pictures until i was over Isla Espirtu Santo.   I took one there and another over Isla San Francisco and Isla San Jose.  San Evaristo is visible on the mainland at upper right.


Isla Esperitu Santu on left, Isla Partida on right


Isla San Francisco on left, Isla San Jose middle, mainland at top

I was in bed by ten-thirty.

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Monday July 2nd2018
6.6   215.4

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning and late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 17. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 8.

I got up at 0625. I'm just getting adjusted today.

The Great Filter - Are We Almost Past It?

I haven't had nuts or berries for a while, so I pigged  out on blueberries, strawberries and nuts. Now I'm regretting it.

The morning I spent at the keyboard, wrestling with Windows. It get sluggish sometimes. I watered plants, and after lunch slept for an hour and a half.  A thunderstorm passed over close by and dropped some rain.

I had expected the grass would be ridiculously high by now, but it is still not too terrible.  The house needs a good vacuuming again as the plants dropped have leaves.

*     *      *     *     *

It's 22.5C (72F) in the house and the furnace is on, but it feels cold after Mexico.

This house is quite bright, with large windows on the east, south and west sides of this main room and south, but feels gloomy after the intense glare of the sun in La Paz. The trees have overgrown the schoolhouse, too, reducing the light. 

I often see houses set in forests, and facing north, and wonder how the people can stand the darkness.

*     *      *     *     *

After supper, I traced my latest adventure on Google Earth and then watched Stranger on Netflix. Apparently Billions is not available in Canada.

Stranger is a Korean series I find most interesting.

"With the help of a gutsy female detective, a prosecutor who has lost the ability to feel empathy tackles a murder case amid political corruption."

The camera work and writing is excellent and empathetic and the casting could not be better. The plots' are not gruesome, dark, or nasty in the way so much western work is lately.  It makes me actually consider visiting Korea, something that never occurred to me before.

I can't say I accomplished anything today, really, and went to bed at midnight.

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 The only skill that will be important in the 21st century is the skill of learning new skills.
Everything else will become obsolete over time.
Peter Drucker

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Tuesday July 3rd 2018
66.5   215.6

Today Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 16. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Low 11.

I slept until 0725.  The day is overcast and cool, and this is July. I'm spoiled by Mexico now.

I was inactive yesterday but I'm going to make a point of getting outside and being active today but cool and rainy weather may not be ideal for my projects.

I did get outside, but only to blow up my bicycle tires.  That job took me downstairs to check the air compressor, though, as the air hose was blocked, so I was distracted  there and found myself shoveling ashes.  After that it started to rain and I never did go for a ride.

The day passed with deskwork and plant watering, kitchen duties, etc.

In the evening, I watched three episodes of Stranger and noted that used up three hours!

I went to bed around ten.

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A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Winston Churchill

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Wednesday July 4th 2018
6.7  214.4

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this evening. Low 9.

I slept until 0625 and got up.  The morning is dull, but there is promise of a warmer, brighter day.

I have been cleaning up my computers.  Lately I have a sudden flood of spam that includes my name.  Either some site I registered at has been hacked or something has been tapping my Internet connection somewhere, and there is the possibility that my computer is infected and leaking data.

I ran Eset's excellent free online scan it picked up and removed a JS/Chromex.Agent.AP trojan on both machines, but I am unable to find out much about what that trojan does.  It could be as serious as a backdoor or simply an advertising trojan.  I ran another online scan and did not find anything.

I ran across an interesting article some time back and I subscribed to the writer's email list.  He only wrote occasionally, then eventually decided to change his site, Up Development, to provide instruction on meditation.  I received an email today and that jogged me to get back to meditating, so I looked at his guided mediation video and decided it is not great and too hypnotic, but the written material is good.

Just the same, I figured I'd sit down and do twenty minutes.  I haven't been doing any meditation for a long time and when I have it has only been a random, occasional sitting. I really don't know much about meditation except that it works, regardless of how it is done, in my experience anyhow.  So, I set my alarm for twenty minutes and sat down.

The next twenty minutes started off normally with recognizing surrounding sounds and smells.  Then my current projects, concerns, insights and preoccupations swirled past and vanished, and I moved to body sensations and breathing ...then the next while was like a dream. I don't think I fell asleep, but I was not -- contrary to my expectations -- fully conscious, and I don't recall more than moving shapes and colours and then realizing the time was about up (my internal timer again) and expecting the alarm to sound which it did a minute later, and some impatience.  I'm going to have to research this.

The aftereffect is a feeling of calm and being more present.  When I return home from my travels (my other worlds), it is hard to get my mind back to Swalwell. 

I still have lots of organizing to do, and I am going to cut down some trees today.  In spite of the ambience of having saplings coming up outside my windows, it is just too damn dark in here.

I went out to cut trees and decided to put battery chargers on my vehicles.  Then the phone rang.  It was Colin.   Colin was scheduled to lead a weekend flotilla and has been snowed under, so I offered to do that for him, meaning I'm off to the coast tomorrow.

We had been in constant discussion lately about Cassiopeia and a potential sale. Of course a buyer's survey turned up some issues.  They always do, even on a new boat.  The issues were minor, but when a sale is underway some people make mountains out of molehills and get everyone worried, and Colin is not a technical guy, so, what with the changes in staff in Victoria and an alarmist report from a diver about an anode, he did not know what to think. The flotilla opportunity clinched it.  I decided to go out to see Cassiopeia for myself. I reserved a flight for tomorrow.

I had supper, did some more chores, then, since I have been too sedentary, I took a bike ride a half-mile out and back, then watched more Stranger and went to bed.

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 To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
Thomas Paine

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Thursday July 5th 2018
6.4

Today Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 29. Humidex 30. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 14.

I rolled over and looked at the clock.  It said, 3:01.  I found I was now awake, so I got up and looked at my phone.  It said 3:00. 

There again is that precise internal clock that runs somewhere outside my conscious control. Interesting. Somehow it is set to rouse me at three on a travel day.  Today is a travel day but I don't fly until 1135 and don't have to leave here until 0830 or so, maybe 0900 as I'll be gone less than a week and I'll likely park at the airport.

How can I know the real time to the very minute?  I wonder what else my autopilot is up to.  If it wakes me when I don't need to be woken, and knows things I don't know, what else is going on in there? What is my internal programming?   I can't control it.  Can I somehow examine and change it?  Would I know how, and if I did, and what might be be the unintended consequences?

I decided three is too early and lay down again and ran the Spanish lessons that usually have me asleep in no time.  Fifteen minutes later I was still awake, so I got up, showered and began packing.  When I am all ready to go, maybe I'll be tired and have a nap before I leave.

This came overnight.  Good advice. 

Cut the trees!
You won't regret it , and more light will come in.
Might save some foundation damage too.
All the best, Allen, and welcome home.
Best regards,
Brian.
PS interested in hearing if your bees are doing ok.

I had hired a tree trimmer last winter to deal with some really big ones but then the really cold weather came and they did not show.  I'll have to call again.

This job will have to wait a week, though, due to my abrupt change of plans.  Tonight I expect to be on Cassiopeia, tied up at a dock in Ganges on my way to Vancouver.  As for the bees, I'll be surprised if I have any left. I have not looked.  I don't see any around the house.  I cannot bring myself to care. I am burned out on bees right now.

Looks like hot weather coming here in the next days.  At 34, that will be almost as hot as la Paz is every day lately. Glad I'll be on the coast, but it is predicted to be almost too cool there at around twenty for highs.

Here's the weather for along our flotilla route. We start out Saturday morning and it looks like rain showers in the morning, then better weather in the afternoon. It is a short flotilla. We go up to Secret Cove to the marina there, stay overnight, then return Sunday. Winds will be behind us going and variable returning according to the current forecast.

The eight-hour (50 sea mile) trip to Vancouver is longer than the flotilla trip itself (38 sea miles). The time spent on the boat will allow me to evaluate performance and also eliminate any doubts.

I left at eight-thirty, drove to Airdrie and stopped to visit Attie, then parked at the airport. Not long after, I was getting out of a cab at Port Sidney Marina and walking down the ramp.

I met Rick, did few preparatory things and got provisions, then set out for Ganges. 

Bruce and I had an overpriced supper at the Oystercatcher and a few beers, then sat by the harbour for a while to chat away from the loud entertainment.

I returned to the boat and went to bed.  No Internet.

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Mahatma Gandhi

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Friday July 6th 2018

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Risk of a severe thunderstorm late this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 35. Humidex 36. UV index 10 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Risk of a severe thunderstorm this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light near midnight. Low 14.

I woke at five and was underway by five-thirty.  The morning was cool, but not cold.  I would have appreciated my enclosure, but it had been taken down and stored off the boat somewhere.  I wore a heavy sweater and jacket over my long underwear and was comfortable enough. By eleven, though, I was down to shorts and tee.

I motored out of Ganges and through Active Pass, then raised the main once through Active Pass and was making up to nine knots motor-sailing. The boat ran flawlessly and is even faster than I recall.   I checked out the various systems and they are all okay except the USB ports are not working.

I arrived at Granville Island and tied of, met with Craig and tidied the boat getting ready for the flotilla.  The genoa is ready and Craig will be putting it on in a while.

I found more water under the engine and discovered that the raw water cooling pump is leaking at the seal -- same as on Just Do It! last trip --  then spent some time chasing down repairs.  It will be next week before that gets done since today is Friday.  In the meantime, I don't think the small leak will sink the boat.  If it gets worse, I can just shut off the engine, and we do have bilge pumps.

We had a get-together at six and all except one of my crew was there, plus the family on the other boat, a couple from San Fran with two teen daughters.  We discussed the route and went down to the boats to look at what we have to work with.

After that, the Cooper staff were sitting around in the office. Friday night sailing was on and Colin was out with the bunch on the Martins. Everyone seemed to be hanging around socializing. It's Friday night, after all.

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 Success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives.
Michelle Obama

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Saturday July 7th 2018

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming west 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 26. Humidex 29. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming clear this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light near midnight. Low 10.

I'm up at four-thirty.  Today is the start of the flotilla.  We leave at nine.  I'd have like to leave earlier, but apparently the insurance does not cut in for the charter boat accompanying Cassiopeia until then.

I have a slight pain in my midsection this morning and a need to burp a lot. It feels like it could be my spine, but also my esophagus.  I have noticed this to varying extents the past few mornings.  It goes away after I've been up a while.  Could be I drank coffee that was too hot or a reaction to drinking beer? We had a few in the office last night.

I have some prep to do before my people arrive at eight or so.

I found my enclosure is on board.  It consists of fabric curtains with clear plastic windows that zip together.  I found the panels rolled up and stored under a bench in the salon.

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The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
Michael Porter

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Sunday July 8th 2018

I was awake at 6 sharp, then 0730 sharp, and got up at 0745.  We had  to be off the dock early to be sure to be back on time. We set our goal for nine.

We were off at nine-fifteen and alternately sailed and motored back to Vancouver, stopping at an island near Gibsons to raft up for lunch.  The water was twenty degrees C so I put on my shorty wetsuit and went for a dip.  The water was brisk, but pleasant.

We arrived back a little after six, fueled up and my crew left. We exchanged contact info and perhaps I'll see the folks who were on Mahala Nui in Mexico.

I spent the evening on the boat resting up.

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Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Plato

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Monday July 9th 2018

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 29. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Low 13.

I got up at 0735.  I have a full day of boat repairs ahead of me and a trip back to Sidney today or tomorrow.

I decided to make the trek and after spending over an hour working on the forward shower pump, discovered someone had closed the through-hull -- the outlet valve -- and of course the pump could not move water.

By then it was noon.  I cast off and headed for Sidney.  The  day was overcast and the wind was not very co-operative.  I did manage to sail a while, but was not making the kind of progress that would take me to Sidney before dusk.  I started the engine.  I considered  stopping in Ganges, but figured I have work to do and Ganges is at least an hour out of my way and would also be a distraction.

The day turned rainy and cool and I thought about Mexico.  Every day is sunny there and even the winter days are not this cold.

I have to say that I had forgotten how big and beautiful this boat is.  Baja Magic is a beautiful boat, too, but smaller and the electronics do not compare.

I motored through John Passage and over to Van Isle Marina for fuel, then docked at Port Sidney on the main dock.  Rick was there and we chatted, then I went to Fairway for a few items and returned for the night.

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