Today I am writing from the salon area of Sur la Mer. There is a train yard nearby as well as the Port of Long Beach, so there is constant train traffic. I do not mind the trains; they actually sound like giant waves crashing on a beach as they pass by. This reminds me of when I was a child and young man living at Crystal Cove in what is now known as the Newport Coast.

I started a class this week at Orange Coast College that is about Boat Handling and Seamanship. There are two classes in a week. An online class where the instructor teaches via a Zoom meeting, (thank you Covid-19), and a hands-on lab, held at their sailing center on the Newport Bay. This week I attended the Zoom portion of class while I was at a client’s distribution facility in Sacramento; and I traveled to Southern California to attend today’s lab. I will spend the rest of the weekend on Sur la Mer with my beautiful partner, Grace. I can’t think of any place that I would rather be.

I am grateful that I am able to travel and take time to further educate myself. I am grateful for having a peaceful place to come to and hangout with Grace. I am grateful that she allows me aboard. There is a lot to be grateful for and I am truly grateful for that.

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