Guess Who Had More Fun?

David,  helping deliver a friend’s boat to a boatyard in Ft Myers Beach for new bottom paint & a survey …. or me…. left alone for the day,   I could wetsand and add another coat of varnish to the 2 perfectly glossy coats we’ve already added … or  ….

David’s delivery concerned me a bit … after all it was someone else’s boat, and the wind was blowing … 20-25 solid, gusting in the 30’s.   No sails aboard … and also no auto-pilot – the boat’s “put away” for the summer and the owners haven’t been back yet to get it ready to go.  But bottom paint & an insurance survey call, so the boat has to go … David sensing adventure happily says YES … instead of sticking around to slave away for more varnish.  Imagine that.

After he left, I decided to take the day off… so I headed up to use the marina wifi to update all the software on the phones & computers.  After that, I went shopping at Verizon to see about a new IPhone 5S, but decided my IPhone 4 still works so … time to go back and accomplish …. something …. but what?

David gets to help deliver a friend's Valiant Pilot House ... we'd never even seen a Valiant Pilot House before this one showed up in our marina.

David gets to help deliver a friend’s Valiant Pilot House … we’d never even seen a Valiant Pilot House before this one showed up in our marina.

Luckily on the way back to the boat, it started raining, very lightly, but enough to convince me I really shouldn’t be wetsanding and varnishing….   so I tackled the re-organized user manual project instead.  NOT necessarily a better choice.  We have 4 BIG tacky accordion files containing 89 separate user manuals for things like our auto-pilots, the EPIRB, all the VHF’s, GPS’s, radars … if it has instructions, it’s in there.

But it’s a MESS!  Over the past 12 years when it was first organized (mostly to get the manuals OUT of 2 of my 4 galley drawers), we’ve added, upgraded and subtracted stuff … leaving the files totally crazy.  Since it IS important to be able to access user manuals easily, and sometimes under stress, I decided to redo the system.

It's a wonder we could ever find anything ... and true be known, it usually took awhile fumbling through four different files that looked like this ....

It’s a wonder we could ever find anything … and true be known, it usually took awhile fumbling through four different files that looked like this ….

Hmmm... David's definitely having more fun... the new folders lay in a stack in front of my lists of what user manuals need to go in which topic new folders. The old blue

Hmmm… David’s definitely having more fun… the new folders lay in a neat stack in front of my lists of what user manuals need to go in which topic new folders. The old blue “mess” folders stand around taunting me.

So I ordered new Smead accordion files … BUT, in an optimistic moment, at least that’s the only excuse I can thing of, …  I now have 72 new file slots, not 89.  So I need to consolidate and reorganize.  No problem … 3 hours into the project and only about halfway through … thank GOODNESS, the boat rocked as David stepped back aboard from his delivery adventure.  WOOHOO!  An excuse to leave this not so fun project and live vicariously through his adventures!

So guess who had more fun today?

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