M&M’s Restaurant- Oriental, NC 9/3/14

M&M’s offers Killian’s and Bud Light on draft for $1.50 on Wednesdays!   After a long hot day a cold beer, or three, seemed like a good idea. This blog needed updating, so Diann and I went to the bar area, of the restaurant, and did the WIFI thing.  Two hours, two glasses of water, and two Killian’s later and I …

Alex RookerM&M’s Restaurant- Oriental, NC 9/3/14

Wednesday- the move to Deaton’s

I awoke before the sun was truly up. Zoey had to pee and I was ready to begin my day. The Bean Coffee shop was already open. After Zoey wet the grass, I took my laptop and a client’s real estate file (yes I’m still doing a tad of brokerage—- from the boat) to The Bean. Hot coffee and an …

Alex RookerWednesday- the move to Deaton’s

Tuesday September 2nd- Oriental Town Dock

Pulling the anchor at South River was about what I had imagined. Diann slowly motored as I pulled up the 5/8s inch nylon line to the point of the 20 feet of 3/8s chain. Then, I got most of the chain up by hand. Next I used a bowline tied into a link and used the mast winch to pull …

Alex RookerTuesday September 2nd- Oriental Town Dock

Labor day 2014

I awoke at 5:30AM and worked with computer files and emails as our power cord would be cut when we left out this morning. My 2007 Toshiba laptop continues to be a wide-screen workhorse but I haven’t replaced the internal battery- making a/c a necessity. Last minute double checks of the boat, lines, and systems made us ready. OOOOPs I …

Alex RookerLabor day 2014

Sunday August 31, 2014

Sunday morning we “bent” the sails back on. My first attempt at putting up the jib was to send the tack end up the roller furling track. It didn’t look right…………LoL After getting the main on, Diann exclaimed-“we left the sail cover at your Mom’s house. Other projects ensued. The most important one revealed itself as I inspected the impeller. …

Alex RookerSunday August 31, 2014

Saturday August 30th 2014

Let’s have a whirlwind——– Up at 6:45AM Picked up a rental car at the New Bern Airport. Went to Mitchell’s Hardware for stainless steel specialty items to make working on the Westebeke Impeller easier. Drove to Oriental and dropped the rental off at Deaton’s Marine where we will become work on the boat- and live on it on “the hard”. …

Alex RookerSaturday August 30th 2014

Friday August 29th 2014

Today I wound down the property management function of my real estate practice.  Lettering has been shaved from the plate glass window, HOAs have been referred to another firm, as have my conmmercial management to another firm. Diann and I left Hickory around six  PM and made it to the boat at Mid-night. Tired of a full day,is an understatement. …

Alex RookerFriday August 29th 2014

Written September 9, 2012

Sept 9, 2012 Iy’s been a hard seven years since my last journal entry……… Lin and Larry Pardey are often quoted as advising, “go small, go simple, go now”. Their advice is excellent. Given how much of our “youth” and money we have lost since the recession began, we “could’a & should’a ”   left in 2006 and we’d have been …

Alex RookerWritten September 9, 2012

Written October 31st 2005

October 31st 2005   The Jeanneau trip in April was good. The week long Gemini catamaran tripin May even better. The aftermath was the unveiling of Boating Travel Guide.com July was a fruitful one. We were given the opportunity to acquire a lot on Lake Lookout- which has changed and sped up our plans. Previously in the mode of renting out the …

Alex RookerWritten October 31st 2005

Written April 7, 2005

Well the BoatingTravelGuide site is about to be refined by design to be functional on time. I found a variety of web design folks: the first wanted a piece of the action and delayed the process; the next offered to do it for $8,000; the next for $4,000; and the one with whom Diann has a relationship- $2,000. It does …

Alex RookerWritten April 7, 2005