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Departing

Weather permitting we will be heading for Hampton Roads tomorrow AM.

Cycling Up

My month in New York City is coming to an end.  Tina and Dan have headed home after making sure that I visited every possible tourist attraction.  It was great fun for me, a combination of revisiting old haunts and finding the new that has been created since the last time I took time to actually enjoy the city.  I think for me the best part was SoHo, I loved the galleries both art and clothing. I even got Dan to correctly pronounce Houston Street.  (No, it’s not the same way they pronounce the city in Texas.)Dawn is in for the weekend so I will get one last chance to tour the few places I have missed.  Tuesday morning Peter and I will be heading down the “North” a.k.a “Hudson” River and then out into the Atlantic Ocean for the 2 ½ day transit to Hampton Roads.  After a month of being lazy getting ready to take off again is quite a shift.  I am rueing all the tasks that I did not get done – I am an expert in procrastination.  Fortunately Reboot is always pretty much ready to sail, we…

September 19th - Trip to Wall Street

Tina, Dan and I spent the day in lower Manhattan.  Our plan was to take the Light Rail to Hoboken, then the PATH to the WorldTradeCenter.  Of course the trains don’t run on the weekends the way I remember them running 41 years ago when I lived in Hoboken.  But after realizing we had to go to
Journal Squareto go back to the WorldTradeCenter it all worked out.




The station at WTC was much as I remembered it.  My guess is that the actual station was outside of the complex and they only had to rebuild the last set of escalators to the street.  You come out directly adjacent to the site.  We were all very disappointed that the powers that be have completely surrounded the site with high opaque fences.  This prevents you from looking down into the pit.  I am sure some bureaucrat can cite some ordinance meant to protect us as the reason for the high walls but they could have made some of them transparent.  I think it would be far better if people could in fact see into the site every day.  May…

Sunday Hudson River Sail

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For the first time since my arrival in New York City we took Reboot out for a sail.  The weather after two days of rain turned beautiful.  This was nice not only for us but also because Sunday was the “Race for the Cure” in Central Park (about 30,000 runners and walkers) and “Broadway on Broadway” the annual free Broadway Show kickoff concert in Times Square.  Our plan was to fight the current down to the area of the Statue of Liberty and then ride it back up toward the GeorgeWashingtonBridge.  As always happens the best laid plans didn’t work out that way.  No sooner had we left the marina then we found our way south blocked by a row of Coast Guard Auxiliary boats.  There apparently were motorboat races for Harbor Day.  So we mucked around in midtown and above in winds that clocked all over the compass and went from nothing to 30 knots to nothing in a two or three minute period.  It was not exactly the leisurely sail we had anticipated.
The good news is that we got to see some interes…

Callahan's Hot Dogs

When I was a student at Steven’s Institute of Technology we used to drive up to Fort LeeNJ for the best hot dogs in the world at Callahan’s.  It was a hot dog stand across the street from Palisade’s Amusement Park that survived the closing of the park.We did Google Map’s and of course both the Fort Lee and Little Ferry locations showed up.  And of course so did the www.callahanshotdog.com web site.Long story short after four hours of driving around, only to find both hot dog stands had been replaced by other commercial buildings I returned home to do further web searching.  It turns out that both have been closed and gone for a number of years.  What a waste of an afternoon.Bummer!

Sky wave!

Reboot is equipped with a medium frequency/high frequency single sideband (SSB) transceiver.  I use it to keep in touch when out of cell phone (3 to 5 miles) and VHF Marine radio (25 miles) range.  My normal procedure is to check into the Maritime Mobile Service Net on a frequent basis.  They enter the offshore position reports for me.  (For lots of information on the MMSN see http://www.mmsn.org.  You can also listen in as they have an audio stream of the net on their web site.)Most of the net controllers are on the east coast of the US with a few in the Midwest and further west.  After putting the mast back up I reconnected the antenna for the radio.  (Since the antenna is also the backstay holding up the mast, no mast up, no antenna.)  I wanted to test that everything was working correctly so I tuned in the net several days in a row.  I heard nothing but was aware that at least the receive side was working as I could hear other stations.  This is not unusual as propagation is a fun…

Cameras and Wireless Internet

I listened to an interesting interview on TV about technology.  Did you know?1)  Nokia has built more cameras then all of the film and digital cameras ever build by anyone else?  It helps to be the leader in cell phone production don’t you know.2)  That the normal timeframe for a generation of cell phone cells (1G, 2G, 3G) is 15 years, but that 4G is so much better that it is expected to roll out in 5 years or less?  And that 3G is about as fast as a DSL line, but 4G is as fast or faster than a cable modem?Of course I don’t expect 4G towers in the middle of the ocean any time soon.

September 11th, New York City

The weather turned cold and wet last night.  The clouds started to close in at sunset.  By early night the sky was overcast and the New York City was cloaked in fog and light rain.  As I walked back to Reboot I saw the white shaft of light from the WorldTradeCenter site burning thru the clouds and rain.


I was in the executive offices of Fortis when the WorldTradeCenter was attacked.  For some reason we had a television going so we were aware almost immediately of the attacks.  My first concern of course was for my brother who worked in New York City.  I was pretty sure that one of his two sons and his wife were safe, but I was not sure where his older son was working at the time.  As I found out later in the day they were both safe.


The storm came in with a vengeance overnight.  High winds and heavy rain were the agenda for today.  I turned the TV on to find that every channel in New York is covering the memorial service at the WorldTradeCenter site live.  I did not expect to watch the …

High Tides, High Winds

Although the Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club has much to commend it the one downside is that under certain conditions we get a lot of rolling waves thru the marina.  This is due to the fact that we are saving something (not sure if it is a fish, a grub, two lawyers who would otherwise have to work for a living, etc.) so the owner was prevented from putting up all of the break walls he originally planned to install.  The yacht club sits in the open space between two old New Jersey piers.  Both piers have had buildings erected on them, residential on one side, commercial on the other.  The problem is that at low tide the waves can make it under the piers and sweep thru the yacht club.  Apparently putting up sea walls to block the flow of tides would disturb some perhaps sentient beings but more importantly would require several pseudo-hippy Bergen county housewives to find another cause.  So we rock and roll.With the tropical storm off the AtlanticCoast the wave action has been piling up th…

Labor Day 2009 - Take me out to the ball game

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Gate 6 at the new Yankee Stadium. Tony was kind enough to share tickets to the Yankee game on Labor Day with Ace so I got to see the new Yankee Stadium. We did the trip in the classic New York tradition arriving at the stadium via subway. This is the closest entrance to the "D" train subway stop, it turns out it is also the closest entrance to our seats. The old Yankee Stadium which is across the street from the new one. My father actually sold peanuts in this stadium when he was a kid. Note that he was born in 1913 so you can get a sense of how old this place really is. It was renovated once in the 1970's but the decision was made to build a new stadium rather than renovate this one again. Since I have never been much of a sports fan it is always good to have a rabid fan alone to bring one up to speed. In my case it was my nephew, Bob, who provided all of the necessary insights. This is Derek Jeter at bat. He is four (or was it five) hits away from surpa…

September 2nd - Concert on the Hudson

Today I made some progress getting the boat together. It is slow – because I am – but the boxes are disappearing and I am starting to get some living space back again. I am still not over the hump; every time I want to do a project I need to move things to either get to parts, tools, or the space I need to work in.I went for a walk to stretch my legs and found that there was a free concert just down the street. I decided to go down and listen for a while. The music was great, a mix of jazz, bluegrass and a little soft rock. I had never heard of the group and had forgotten their name by the time I got to the concert. The park is right on the Hudson River so of course the entire skyline of New York was in view. Also, it was a full moon tonight. I had forgotten how bored the children get. Sure enough there were large numbers running and “razoring” around. I think that is the current name for scooter of my youth.The highlight of the whole concern was of course the encore. It wa…

R.I.P. - Kevin Murray

I spoke to Dan and he mentioned that Kevin, the Service Manager at Southwind had suffered a heart attack and passed away soon after I left.  “Boats” was instrumental in getting Reboot ready for salt water.  I know little of Kevin’s personal life other than he had, I believe, two daughters.  He also was close to retirement after 28 years in the Navy and Navy Reserve.May he rest in peace.Kevin – Fair winds and following seas.Roger

The view from my bow

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The Erie Canal "Smile." Yes, its dirty water most of the way! The Financial Captial of the World. Will it remain that way? Only time will tell. The NY Passenger Ship Terminal and Intrepid Museum ... The tall building is of course the Empire State Building. The right most building with a bronze/gold top is Metropolitan Life Insurance Company ("The light that never fails.") My father worked there before and after World War II. He started as a mail hop and ended as a Vice President. This was also the view from my first dorm room at Stevens, he told me to look out each night at "Mother Met" and remember that she was the source of my tuition money. OK, I cheated, I walked out to the end of the dock...

Cornell Club Reunion, Stevens Institute of Technology, Tuesday, September 1st

This was the “blast from the past” day.First, Ace invited me to the Cornell Club where he was having lunch with Tony, his law school roommate.  Of course Tony invited his brother Joe (not knowing I was coming) to join them also.  The last time the four of us were together was in 1974 in Vail, CO.  We all still are as young and handsome as we were then.  I also have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.On our way home from NYC we detoured into downtown HobokenNJ, home of Stevens Institute of Technology.  I received my undergraduate engineering degree from Stevens in 1968 and remember visiting it once before, perhaps in the mid-1970’s.  I have not been back since.  Like many small, private, old (1850) engineering schools much remains the same, but there were several new classroom buildings erected since my last visit.  Of course in 1968 Hoboken was about as working class a city as you could find in America.  Now it has been gentrified, the rents are astronomical and I am sure most if not all o…