Monday, November 18, 2019

We got our new, temporary "boat business cards"

I decided to get some temporary "boat business cards" for us, since I don't yet have the new address memorized, and this will help me.

I took that picture of the spinnaker two years ago, when Katy and I sailed the Bonnie Lass from Falmouth to Chatham and back.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The last two summers sailing the Bonnie Lass

The last two summers sailing the Bonnie Lass

In 2018, Katy and I started making an effort to log our trips in the Bonnie Lass. We weren’t very rigorous about it, but the miracle is that we did any logging at all.
I’ve scanned the pages out of the log and put them into this photo album. Here’s a brief summary of our trips. There are obviously a lot of missing trips, and not a lot of detail (more in the actual logs, but not THAT much more).


Saturday April 18, 2018 - Red Brook Harbor to Waquoit

Katy, Bob and Jerry
We left Parker’s Boat Yar in Red Brook Harbor around 7AM, sailed through Woods Hole around 9:30, and moored in Waquoit before noon. Traversed the Hole without engaging the engine!

April 2018 - Waquoit to Nantucket for Daffy weekend

Katy and Jerry

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Left Waquoit around 8:40, arrived at the dock in Nantucket and were tied up by 4PM.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Departed Nantucket around 10AM with no wind; motoroed to Waquoit, arriving around 3PM.

Thursday/Friday, June 7-8, 2018 - Waquoit to Tashmoo and back

John, Nancy, Luke, Lily, and Bob sailed to Tashmoo, spent the night, and sailed back.

Saturday/Sunday, June 9-10, 2018 - Waquoit to Tashmoo and back

Katy and Jerry
Mostly motored from Waquoit to Tashmoo, spent the night, and motored back.

Sunday-Thursday, July 1-5, 2018 - Southold, Block Island, and beyond!

Katy, Bob, and Jerry
This was a trip to Long Island to visit Bob’s cousin Joan. The dates are suspect; I think this was actually July 2, not 1. We have a missing day.

Sunday/Monday, July 1-2, 2018

Brought the boat in to to the do ck to load, departed around 5PM, with the deliberate intent of sailing overnight to Long Island. We had dense fog, used the radar. Very little wind, so we wound up motoring. We ran out of fuel around 8AM Monday morning and had to have fuel brought out. Blush. Anchored in Southold off Joan’s house in the the evening and had dinner with her.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sailed to Block Island and anchored in Great Salt Pond. Got launch service to the dock and got a taxi into town and back.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sailed from Block Island back to Waquoit, arriving home around 7PM.

Friday/Saturday, July 6-7, 2019 - Waquoit to Chatham and back

Katy and Jerry
We sailed from Waquoit to Chatham to have dinner with Jacqueline Schwab and Edmund. This was a great downwind sail on the way to Chatham, with an exciting time picking up a mooring in Stage Harbor. We sailed and motored home the next day.

Saturday/Sunday, September 1-2, 2018 - Waquoit to Cuttyhunk and back

Katy and Jerry
Overnight to Cuttyhunk and back.


Sunday, April 21, 2019 - Start the season

Katy, Bob and Jerry
Parker’s Boat Yard in Red Brook Harbor to Waquoit to start the season. Mostly motoring.

Daffodil Weekend 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Long sail from Waquoit to Nantucket; light winds, lots of sail handling practice.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Nantucket to Waquoit, more motoring.

Monday, May 27, 2019 - day sail

Katy and Jerry

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - day sail

Bob, Ronnie, Katy and Jerry

Monday/Thursday, July 1-4, circumnavigation of the Cape

Bob, Katy and Jerry aboard.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Left Waquoit around 11:30, sailed though Woods Hole and the Cape Cod Canal. Refueled at the Harbor of Refuge at the east end of the canal, and sailed to Sesuit Harbor for a buggy anchorage.

Tuesday/Wednesday, July 2-3, 2019

Left Sesuit and sailed to Wellfleet, intending to dry out the boat and do some bottom cleaning. Little did we know that Wellfleet is pure mud; dry out was impossible. Jerry went into town for some supplies, and we bought fish for supper. We left Wellfleet on the rising tide and sailed overnight around the northeastern end of the Cape. We sailed to Nantucket and anchored out for the evening of July 3. Nantucket harbor is a great place to anchor!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

We left Nantucket and sailed to Oak Bluffs. It was a complete zoo! We spent a brief time walking around, sailed to Falmouth for fireworks, then home to Waquoit after dark.

Friday, July 5, 2019 - day sail

Bob, Katy and Jerry

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - day sail

Bob, Ronnie, Zaina, Katy and Jerry

Monday/Wednesday, July 8-10, 2019 - Waquoit to Edgartown to Tashmoo to Waquoit

John, Bob not sure if there were others.

Sunday, July 21, 2019 - day sail

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - day sail

Bob, Ronnie, Zaina, Katy and Jerry

Saturday/Sunday, 17-18 August 2019 - Waquoit to CUttyhunk and back

Katy and Jerry
This was partially a trip to get some pictures of the Bonnie Lass under sail.

Monday, October 7, 2019 - day sail

Katy and Jerry - high winds, never left the bay.

Saturday/Sunday, November 9-10, 2019 - Waquoit to Newport to Barrington

Katy and Jerry

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Mostly motor sailed from Waquoit to Newport. Arrived in Newport after dark and picked up a mooring.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sailed (yea!) from Newport to Stanley’s boatyard in Barrington. Good-bye, Bonnie Lass.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The emptying of a home

Today some gentle giants came to our house and hauled away a truckload of life.

It's strange walking through the house and seeing all the empty spaces.

RuthAnne's room

Owen's room

the basement

Katy's sewing room shelves (the plastic boxes will be filled with more stuff to move out)

A few days ago I took the bulk of the vinyl over to Stereo Jack's, and my AR turntable to Rockin' Bob's.

The front parlor and dining room are still full of things to give away. 

It's a strange mix of feelings: relief, sadness, excitement that we're getting close to actually moving to the boat -- a swirl.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Saying Goodbye

Tomorrow we will close on the sale of our home of the past 25 years. It's an odd feeling. On the one hand, I am SO EAGER to be starting this next phase of our lives, and we've been preparing for this moment for over a year now. OTOH -- these walls resonate with the lives lived within them for the past quarter century.

Our daughter RuthAnne was up from D.C. this past weekend for a Gyro training. As I said goodbye to her on Monday morning, she noted that this was the LAST TIME she would ever leave this house. That must have been strange for her, and I'm sure it will be for me, too.

We've tagged much of the furniture and many other objects in the house with one of three colors of painter's tape: green for "give away", blue for "send to long term storage", and purple for "goes to the Cape at least temporarily". We have movers coming next Thursday to haul the first batch of stuff off to storage. It's all going very fast now.

"But I've loved these days."

Saturday, October 26, 2019

I'm getting my Technician class ham radio license

Today I passed the exam to get my Technician class amateur radio license. This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid.

I should receive my call sign in about a week.

Next stop: my General license.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Things I learned today

I keep learning unrelated factoids.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Hey, I'm retiring!

Long time, no update. Well, much has happened.

Katy and I are about to move onto a 45' sailboat, a Garcia Exploration 45. We will be moving to France early next year, and begin sailing in late April or May.

More to follow, but to say the least, we're very excited!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Just checking in...

For those few people who actually follow this blog - I'm still here, and I intend to start posting more regularly again.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Command Line Argument Processing

This is another in my series of "simple programming techniques I don't want to keep reinventing."

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>

int main(int argc, char**argv)
  opterr = 0; /* disable auto error reporting */
  char opt = 0;
  /* These copies are needed because optind and optarg aren't
     necessarily visible to debuggers, and you often want them. */
  int myoptind = 1;
  char* myoptarg = 0;

  int a = 0;
  const char* b = 0;

  while (((char) -1) != (opt = (char) getopt(argc, argv, "ab:"))){
    myoptind = optind;
    myoptarg = optarg;


    case 'a':
      a = 1;

    case 'b':
      b = myoptarg;

        char erropt = optopt;
        fprintf(stdout, "unrecognized option '%c'\n", erropt);

  if (myoptind < argc){
    fprintf(stdout, "unused arguments:");
    while (myoptind < argc){
      fprintf(stdout, " %s", argv[myoptind++]);
    fprintf(stdout, "\n");

  fprintf(stdout, "a: %d\nb: %s\n", a, b);
  return 0;

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Thinking about gun violence in America

This week's edition of On The Media focused -- once again -- on gun violence.

The whole show is worth listening to, but the last segment really got my attention. It's entitled, "Stopping gun violence without new laws", and it describes a program for addressing urban gun violence - a massively unreported part of the problem. OTM refers to it as CeaseFire, but it changed its name in 2012 to Cure Violence. Cure Violence treats gun violence as a public health problem, and takes a very data-driven approach to solving it. What's really great, though, is that Cure Violence offers a way to do something about guns that the NRA not only can't stop but isn't even opposed to.

They have gotten my support, and I urge you to support them, too.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tiny Desk Concerts

Today's Doonesbury at the Washington Post led me to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. Nifty! The one that hooked me is this one:

Yusuf Islam doing an NPR "tiny desk concert"

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Scott Atran, again

In the aftermath of the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, anthropologist Scott Atran has an article in the Guardian discussing how ISIs operates, how and why "the West" fails to understand the true nature of the threat posed by ISIS, and why this misunderstanding is so lethal.

I've written about Atran before; his 2011 interview with Krista Tippett is still timely.

Atran's Guardian piece led me to his comments at the U.N. in April 2015, which contains policy recommendations for Western governments. Those, in turn led me to the website of Peace Direct, an organization I intend to find out more about. A quick read suggests they are on the right track, but then the picture on this page about their work in Pakistan sort of screams "cultural insensitivity"...

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Today's New York Times Magazine has an extended interview with Marilynne Robinson, an author I must confess I've never read. Parts of the interview are just brilliant:

People: Brilliant creatures, who at a very high rate, predictably, are incomprehensible to each other. If what people want is to be formally in society, to have status, to have loving relationships, houseplants that don’t die, the failure rate is phenomenal….Excellent people, well-meaning people, their lives do not yield what they hoped. You know? This doesn’t diminish, at all, the fact that their dignity is intact. But their grief… -- Marilynne Robinson

This notion (fact?) that we are all mutually incomprehensible is at the core of the conflict, and resultant suffering, that pervades our lovely world.

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Apathy works like forgiveness"

A review in this week's NYTimes book review prompted me to re-read "Goodbye, Columbus." It's better than I remembered, and I'm just finishing "Eli, the Fanatic."

Roth is better than "Portnoy's Complaint." This book proves it.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Installing Ubuntu via the Internet using a small USB stick

I needed to install Ubuntu on a new computer that had no operating system on it, and my older, available Windows system does not have a reliable DVD burner. Further, the only USB stick I could find in the house is small - 512MB. No problem, I thought - I used to do network installs of Linux all the time. How hard could it be?

WOW - really hard! These days there seems to be an assumption that everyone is able to download a 2GB iso and burn it to either a DVD or a largish USB stick.

Eventually, though,  I found what I needed:

  • A "mini ISO" for Ubuntu. This is a very small bootable image with just enough bits to be able to run a network install, and...
  • The "LinuxLive" USB creator (aka "lili"), which creates a bootable image of an ISO on a USB stick.
Once I had these, all I had to do was run lili, "burn" the mini ISO to the USB stick, and boot the sucker. I was now in what felt like a late-1990s-era text-mode Linux installer. Hooray!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Honk! 2013

This afternoon Katy and I walked out to Davis Square to take in some of this year's Honk Festival.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A summer at Pinewoods

We've been going to Pinewoods Camp off and on for years, but this summer we've been there more than we have for a long time:
  • the second spring work weekend
  • Owen and Alison's wedding
  • July 4th CDS session
  • CDS Labor Day session
  • and just now, the fall work weekend

We had great weather for this work weekend - cool but sunny, with a breeze to help us cool off from heavy lifting. We put docks up on the bank for winter storage, closed cabins, moved a mountain of mulch, and dug new holes for two of the camp outhouses. Here we are preparing to move the second to its new home, a few feet to the right:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Thanks for the dances, Helene

Helene Cornelius, a long-time Boston English Country dance teacher (and dancer!), died early last month after a fall. I danced with her just a week before she died. The Globe recently published a very nicely-done memorial article, which mentions Pinewoods camp, where Owen's wedding just took place.

Thank you for all the dances, Helene.

Owen and Alison have wed

This past Saturday Owen and Alison were married at Pinewoods. After a wet start on Friday the weather turned beautiful, and the weekend was about as perfect as it could be. Pictures here:

Alison & Owen's wedding

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hi Tech?

This is what the lobby of our office building looks like every time it rains:

Nice work, Equity Office..