Friday, July 20, 2007
Bye Bye Fort Lauderdale
I don't believe we're leaving just 5 days before mini-lobster season! aaarrrghh We haven't had a freezer full of lobster for a long time. But, we really gotta get going. So, we let it go. We had a busy week taking care of things. One important thing that just got completed at 8pm last night is installing new steps. They died (wouldn't drop down anymore) a few weeks ago. Jim ordered new ones, but when they came and he tried to install, they were the wrong steps. So, he returned those and ordered the right ones ... $500!!! Every day he checked to see if they arrived ... nope. Yesterday afternoon they got here. Last night he got help to install them. whew! It's kinda hard to get in and out of the motorhome without those steps! I had a couple website and database jobs to wrap up with my customers. Or, at least say goodbye and make sure our 'remote control' system was working so I could continue working from wherever I am. Then there's friends and family to say goodbye to. It's sure interesting how time is different for us in this lifestyle. I swear that, when I lived here, I might even go 2-3 months without seeing my good friend Chris at all! Now I was here 3 1/2 months and we saw each other a half dozen times. We had lunch yesterday and it was sad to say goodbye. Knowing that you're not going to be in one place indefinitely gives more importance to every day. I think that's a great thing. Have you ever been thru the exercise of asking yourself "If you knew you only had one week to live, what would you do with your remaining time?" It's kinda like that, only without the impending doom. We know our time is limited wherever we are, so we make the most of it. My Mom made it especially easy to say goodbye. I dropped her off at the airport the other day on her way to an adventure in China and Tibet. We made good use of our time by editing some of her old videos. Check out this short clip from her 2000 dive trip to Micronesia. If you just get a white screen, have patience, you don't have to do anything - it will start playing on its own. OK - time to 'stow and go'. On to the next adventure!