- from Staying Alive, the Bee Gees
Got a lot of little jobs done yesterday and today. I think the boat is about ready to go. Finished the wiring harness on the trailer using the trick of filling the wire connectors with waterproof silicone sealer. That will minimize the salt water from getting to the wires at least for a year or two. I've had good luck with this in the past.
Cleaned and lubricated all the o-rings on Beckson deck plates. Those o-rings are six years old now. I carry a few spares but the originals seem to be in good shape. I'll clean and lubricate them again before each cruise.
And I cranked up the outboard for the first time since Jim down the street rebuilt the carburetor and water pump for me. It started up right away and ran great. Below you can see the water stream coming out of the rebuilt pump. Jim happened to be driving by just as I was running it. He stopped by to make sure everything was in good shape. Above and beyond the work he asked for he meticulously cleaned and lubricated the entire outboard. His recommendation was at the end of a sailing day to close the fuel line and run the fuel bowl empty. If found today that this takes just about two minutes. And then to start it up again, with the fuel bowl empty, took just two or three pulls on the starter. Not bad at all and it should keep the carburetor clean. Thanks for the work and advice Jim.
So just a few odds and ends left to do, basically the little jobs I do before every day sail.
As for blogs, the New York Times had story today about the waning of blogs. It struck me as one of those "trend" stories that, when you look at the details, isn't really a trend. The story was based mostly on the younger crowd - ages 12 to 17 and 18 to 33 - who had switched to using facebook. I guess early on blogs were used to communicate information that is now more easily communicated using facebook - i.e. where you are, what you are doing, etc. The Times also threw in some contradictory facts, saying Blogger had a two percent decline in unique visitors (down to 58.6 million) "although" (this being one of those "although's" that means here's a fact that contradicts our point so ignore it) globally unique visitors were up nine percent to to 323 million. That doesn't sound like "waning" to me. ( I really enjoy the global aspect. This blog has had visitors form Australia, New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Finland, Poland, Malaysia, Uruguay, Denmark.....the list goes on and on.)
I'm a little skeptical on the story, but at the same time I will tell you I'm a huge fan of the NY Times, read it every day.
I'm not on facebook and don't expect to be (though I have lots of friends who enjoy it). I have fun writing this blog and I've got a list of blogs and online journals that I always look forward to reading. I've made some good friends over blogs and have learned a lot of valuable information. It is the exchange of ideas that is important, the form doesn't really matter. Blog, online journal, video, newspaper story, whatever. It is just good to know what is going on out there.