Making nautical t shirts at Old Salts Life is not why I haven’t been on the blog lately and you probably can guess ., no not designing nautical t-shirts , sailing t shirts and i long ago quit weaving hammocks. And I haven’t been lazy. In fact I worked way too much for my aloha lifestyle
Blame it on the Boat
Well I guess I know I have to get back to print nautical t shirts because I got to work but I bought another SailBoat. I had to have a bigger boat. Well actually I bought 2 boats since on here last. I first bought a Ranger 33, and realized a little late that that beautiful sleek racing machine was just a little too narrow for me to socialize, but with a blown ATOMIC 4 I got her cheap. Here is where it gets exciting. I had the local Atomic 4 specialist come buy to look at it. No problem , he had another engine to drop ion. As we were talking he kept commenting about how much he wished he could find a sleek 33′ like this because his present sailboat was just to wide and bulky.A 1973 CAL 35 Cruiser, maybe I can immortalize it in a few nautical t shirts. And of course I let him know a wished for a wider sailboat.Wham! He said lets trade even..and he had just put a rebuilt PERKINS 51 HP engine in. He had a new Hot water heater, Charles battery charger, new Lectra San,
Well that was my summer building FREAKY TIKI II. She has been rewired, recovered and a little paint. Its fall , she is ready to go and I am just itching to head up to Oriental, the Outer Banks and New Bern.
Some times you just got to make those hard decisions like designing nautical t shirts or not. Its Thanksgiving and my Mom is in town with my youngest brother and nephews , nieces. Everyone is going to my Other brother’s house for the big feast. Now I don’t have to worry about selling nautical t shirts at Salt & Asphalt because its an internet store and it runs itself. I don’t have to worry about Freaky Tiki Hammocks because it is also an internet store, so here is the dilemma.
Good Surf Today
Today the surf is good 3 to 4 feet and clean, 68% weather(pretty good for the end of November) and water just starting to drop below 70 degrees. Dilemma #2. Yes it is beautiful weather with a light breeze and smooth conditions. Maybe the last really beautiful day for awhile to take the Cal 35 out for a sail on this wonderful afternoon.,even though I know it is climbing to 70 next week, but what do. Go spend Thanksgiving with family , go surfing or go sailing. Just way to many choices. Then I start to reason, the surf will get good again, the sailing weather will always be around, but friends and family aren’t always going to get together. So I went to the boat and just opened it up for fresh air, grabbed my surfboard and surfed just an hour and then still made it to the most important thing ..family. Life is Good
Just a little side note Just getting back from New Bern and christmas with the family. As always I ate to much but all in all I feel good..family does that. Well off to the office to work on a few nautical t shirts and sailing t shirts.
I invented the original rope hammock many years ago. Some credit the Aztecs, some credit the South and central Americans for invented today’s rope hammock..but no it was me. I know some of you doubters will have a hard time with the facts here but its my story and this is the way I tell it
Me, the Carpenter
Many years ago I had gone to hear a sermon by the Sea of Galilee. And believe me they were not any fancy rope hammocks around. Anyway back to the history of the rope hammock. My dog squirt and I were heading to listen to this carpenter from Jerusalum about peace love and happiness..come to think about it, he sound a lot like today’s modern hippie,but that is another story altogether. I was started to get a little hungry and that carpenter had been breaking bread and pulling sushi from his basket all day. I was in need of a little rest and relaxation.
And the Idea Comes
Now this is where I got the idea for that first hammock. Having a full stomach and nowhere to lay down but some sand and a bit of grass I started thinking. On the way in I saw a few roman soldiers putting some crosses in the sand and stringing some poor peasants for stealing food. AND THEN IT HIT ME ,I grabbed a fisherman’s net, strung it up between the 2 crosses and off I was..in that beautiful thing I called fisherman’s net between 2 crosses that I later shortened to a hammock. Well by the time I woke everyone had gathered around me wanting to know where they could get a hammocks on sale and I went into business at Salt & Asphalt and have been working ever since.
Well, another holiday is here as today is Christmas. I could think of a lot of fun things that I would rather do today at Old salts Life t shirts but we know….I am going to my 87 year old moms. My mom is tough, she raised 4 boys and we are all hellions. I choose the life of a wanderer and business man with Salt & Asphalt T Shirts and Old salts Life t shirts…just couldn’t stay in one place to long. Being a surfboard shaper and builder, a hammock weaver at Freaky Tiki Hammocks and a designer at Old salts Life t shirts , I could go anywhere there was an ocean and surf and make money.
One brother Michael (who I lived in Hawaii with) got married had kids and the I helped him get into the Surfing business. He has done very good, very grounded. One brother , Nicky (the older one) has always sold cars..had a bunch of kids and basically led what we call a normal life and then my youngest brother Doug, still not sure how things are going there. This week he set up a video gambling parlor and is making money. But with gambling comes it own problems.
And now there is Today
And then here I am. Sitting around only with just my best friend Squirt. I am happy.. No stress.no worries, just surfing, sailing and put in a few hours a week a the surf shop doing what I love. Don’t have a lot, but I got better memories than most on this planet. Son of a Sailor..at least I don’t live in a trailer.