2007 Sea Ray Select EX – SOLD

When I moved to the Cayman Islands in early 2009 one of my first priorities was to purchase a boat. I knew that it would be one of the only, if not the only, opportunities in my life to be able to take full advantage of a boat. I’m not sure I’ll ever live somewhere again where just about every day is a great boating day. Even on days when it was rough, the bay was usually calm enough to do some water activity. Originally, I wanted to get a boat that was big enough to take to other islands. Something with a cabin down below where we could dock and live on the boat for a week or a long weekend. However, I quickly realized there were four big challenges with a boat like this. First, as it turns out, Cayman is situated FAR from everything else. Jamaica is about 150 miles to the east and in boat terms that is FAR. That’s about 7 hours on the open ocean and not a trip we would make often. Second, a boat like this costs WAY more than a deck type boat. Third, a boat like that doesn’t have a lot of room for passengers. Finally, a larger boat like that doesn’t really have the horsepower for water sports like skiing and tubing. So, with this in mind, we started looking for a deck type boat. I wanted a larger boat in this class, which put us in the 26′ – 30′ range. We settled on a used 2007 Sea Ray Select EX. It turned out to be the...

First week in the RV

So far we’ve traveled just about 2000 miles in our new RV and overall the trip couldn’t have gone much better. There have been several moments where I was titled out of my mind, but reflecting on it now they were all just minor things. It’s stuff like a fuse blowing, the generator not starting, someone cutting us off, someone not letting us over, getting into a parking lot where I can’t make turns, scraping against tree branches, not having Internet, etc. My only real complaint with the RV is the driving comfort. The captains chair is really made for a much taller person and I’m having a hard time getting comfortable on long hauls. It’s not really that big of a deal as I don’t plan on driving 500 miles in a day with this thing again, but if it comes up I will be miserable for sure. The only reason we have been pushing things this hard right now is to make it to Woodstock, VA (my parents home) in time for Thanksgiving. At this rate, we’ll be pulling into Woodstock around 4pm on Thanksgiving day just in time for dinner. On the way back we are going to go at a much slower pace and enjoy the places we go. When we get to someplace we really like, we’ll stay a day or two. Our trip back will also find us on the most southern route, so it will be a bit warmer as well. We’ll be going via Charlotte, Athens, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston – all places where we have friends. That should make the...

First night on the road in our RV

We spent our first night on the road last night in our new RV and I have to say everything went better than expected. Driving the RV was no problem at all. Since you are driving a 5 ton bus down the road you need to be paying close attention, but it’s easy to drive otherwise. We also had no issues at the RV park. We got lucky to get a nice quiet park with extra wide spaces. Hooking the RV up is a snap. You only have to attach a power and water cable and you’re done. Since this thing has huge holding tanks you only need to worry about that (dumping) every few days. The RV interior space is also quite comfortable. I spent most of the time at the new custom desk we had built and Michele spent her time at the dining room table. We were able to watch TV thanks to our in-motion satellite and Michele cooked a great dinner. The kitchen is almost as nice as one at home. We have a 3 burner gas stove and pretty large fridge. The only thing that is lacking at all is storage space and a dishwasher. There is a space for a dishwasher though and Michele and I agreed that we will install one for our next trip. Not only is it a pain to wash dishes by hand, it wastes time. The dishwasher can handle the task while we’re rolling down the road. We spent the night in Kingman, AZ and are about to pull out of here to head east towards Flagstaff. We’ll...

Using Compressed Air Cans To Get High?

My wife and I spent about 90 minutes at Target tonight stocking up for our upcoming RV trip to Virginia. Since we are stocking the RV for the first time we needed all sorts of stuff from dishes to hangers, from a notebook to a desk organizer, from a… well you get the idea. One of the things I picked up was a compressed can of air. This wasn’t for the RV per se, but just to have around. A compressed can of air comes in handy to clean computer parts or electronic gadgets. As we were checking out, the lady all the sudden randomly asks for my ID. Since I didn’t have any beer or cigarettes on the belt I was kind of taken aback by it. When I asked her what she needed it for I was informed that it’s now a state law to check ID’s for anyone purchasing compressed air cans. My first reaction was that maybe kids are using them as a weapon or something. However it turns out that kids are actually using them to get high. More out of curiosity I asked her how old you need to be to purchase compressed air. Her response was 18. So I was like, I’m obviously over 18, but she said that she needed to see my ID anyway. So, I took my wallet out, which has one of those clear plastic things for the ID, and showed it to her. Then her response was “Please take it out.” (at this point I was hoping she was still talking about the ID) I was kind...

Ticket Prices Are Out Of Control

As I mentioned in a previous post, my wife and I are planning on heading back to the Washington, DC area to visit family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m rarely back in that area these days, but when I do go home I find myself wanting to do things that remind me of years gone by. This time of year that means hockey and going to Washington Capitals games. It also means football and going to Washington Redskins games. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I found myself at so many Redskins and Caps games I’ve literally lost count. At one point I had season tickets through a friend of mine for the Redskins. This was during the last two seasons at RFK and the opening season at FedEx Field. I gave up on the tickets after the first year at FedEx Field because I just didn’t enjoy going there nearly as much as RFK. It also didn’t help much that the team pretty much sucked (not much has changed). I also had a sweet hookup though one of my original jobs for just about unlimited FREE Washington Capitals tickets. This is way back when they used to play at the Capitol Center. I was good for at least 20 games a season during those years. Even when they moved to the MCI Center, I still made it to 5-10 games a year. It was a combination of free tickets though work and tickets I just purchased on my own. My recollection is that tickets were quite reasonably priced back then. As we...