Today started around 5:30AM when, looking up from the settee, I saw the waning moon high in the sky and started to feel the morning sun heat up the boat's cabin. Yes, I slept aboard as much for security as for the fact there just wasn't enough room for me in the bed with three girls.
Updating the blog is de rigueur so here I am whilst the "To Do" list expands the longer I write. I have to deliver some parts to Terrance, my small-engine mechanic, who is working on the carburetor for the Tohatsu 9.8 outboard. Since he's on the other side of town, I'll take advantage of the route to stop by the open air market and pick up fresh vegetables and eggs. The nearby Family Store (one of dozens of Chinese shops) will have my favorite Gallon Jug coffee (whole bean) so add that to the list.
There's a small leak under the kitchen sink that needs attention today, the dogs need their walk, and I owe an email to a supplier in China to get an updated quote on some equipment. A trip to the ATM will necessitate a visit next door (to the bank) at the Purple Toucan to touch base with our friends, Jose and Yolanda. It's only right that I purchase a bottle of Belikin Beer, after all they are in business to make money and I do what I can to help friends.
What was once a simple taco factory around the corner has expanded to a small vegetable stand and meat market. As no one can afford the electricity it takes to properly age beef, it just isn't done much here. In fact, meat hits the market so quickly, rigor mortis often sets in after you get the meat home! I'll buy the occasional cut of beef and keep it as long as a week in the fridge before even thinking about cooking it. But I digress. I need to stop by the shop and see what they have to offer today. Maybe some pork ribs...
In addition to their walk, the dogs need a bath and our newest, TEMPORARY addition to the pack, Bruce Lee (some kind of terrier breed), will also get a haircut. That evolution will certainly necessitate a change of clothes and perhaps another Belikin.
One should never let a busy schedule interfere with opportunities to procrastinate but it really is time for me to get moving.