Sail Maintenance

Nirvana’s sails have seen better days. Today I pulled down the headsail so I could patch up the sailcover.

Nirvana’s headsail on the kitchen table.

I think it’s seen just a little too much UV and the threads were starting to go.

I did what I could with the household Singer but couldn’t get everything finished before I broke all the needles.

To finish up the rest I used the Speedy Stitcher which managed to punch through the thicker parts of the sail.

It’s not beautiful but the sail cover won’t be flapping in the wind and I was able to give it a good scrub. This should last another season.

Next on the list is the outboard carbeurator.

Ebay is still useful.

I have a hand-me-down Sony Alpha that has a busted battery door. It finally stopped holding the battery in all together.

I was able to find a replacement part for $39. Installed and as good as new.

Brothers, a Tale of Two Sons

We played Brothers as a family over the past few evenings. I don’t think I’ve ever been moved by a video game like this.

It’s quite brilliant. You play two characters simultaneously during the game. Two brothers on a journey to find a way to heal their sick father.

The controls take a little getting used to. The left stick and shoulder button control the older brother and the right stick and button control the younger. You have to control both brothers at the same time to navigate puzzles.

The older brother can use his strength and height to perform tasks the younger cannot. The younger brother cannot swim and you have to hold on to the older with the right button as you swim with the left stick.

There’s a tragic point in the game where everything changes.

My muscle memory with the controls took over and the result was nothing short of heartbreaking.

Hours later and I can’t stop thinking about how the game designers were nothing short of brilliant.

I spent the night talking to my young boys about how the game made them feel.

There were tears.

But more importantly, I know they have a deeper appreciation for how much I love them and how much they can love each other.

Video games, man.


I have been learning French via Duolingo and Pimsleur audio lessons.

I am halfway through the fourth Pimsleur course and have been doing just about one lesson a day like they prescribe. That puts me at about 145 lessons.

I started to watch a movie in French. It opened with some women talking to each other which was easy enough to track.

Then this dude shows up. I couldn't understand a single thing this jerk said. Has he ever pronounced a consonant in his entire life?