There are some interesting people in my neighborhood, like the guy at White Rock Lake offering free advice. A few weeks ago, while riding my bike around that lake, I ran into him for the first time.
He’s been doing this for years now, on weekends, out there with his sign, dispensing free advice to anyone who’ll stop. So, I took a few minutes to tell him about my plans. I explained what the MR340 was all about and told him that Sharon’s only requirement is that I get a full time job, with insurance, before buying the boat and setting the plans in concrete. Of course I asked for his advice.
He thought about it for a good long time. He stared off into space. He pursed his lips and furrowed his brow. And he gave me some of his sage wisdom:
“Get a job with insurance and do it.”
Well, I guess you get what you pay for, but at least he agrees with me! So, I continue looking for full-time employment, and I keep up the situps, pushups, and weight training. The bicycle has been in the garage for a while now – too cold – but the weather will warm up again soon and I’ll be back on the trail. A friend as offered to let me use her kayak for training and when the temps get higher still I’ll trade the bicycle for the boat. Things are moving along. 198 days to go.