And so it begins.

One day back in 2010 or so, my wife Pamela was in her rather too well air-conditioned office in our hometown of Ithaca, staring with longing through the window at the rare sunshine and relative warmth of an Upstate New York summer.

And she decided then and there that she had had enough of anything and everything that can possibly be conveyed by the word indoors, and she came home that evening and let me in on something that had apparently been on her mind for a long time.

“I want to go cruising.”

“Okay.” Pause. “One question. What, for the purpose of this discussion, is cruising?”

Apparently, not this.

Apparently, not this.

“Cruising is what we’ll be doing when we’ve sold the house and bought a sailboat, and are sailing her to places I would rather not drive or fly to.”

“Oh, okay.” Pause. “Another question. Don’t we have, uh, jobs?”

“Yes, we do. But we’ll leave them. And we’ll start a business we can run from the boat. And until it’s up and running, we can live off the extra proceeds from the house sale.”

“I see.” Pause. “Just one more, for clarity’s sake: Do you know how to sail?”

“No. Do you know how to sail?”


A long pause, during which I contemplated this fact: In our household, the traditional and time-honored role of The Keeper of Good Sense had, until now, been held almost exclusively by my wife.


“Well, then, I guess we had better learn how to sail.”

“So it would seem.”


That conversation was five years ago.

Tomorrow, subject to the successful completion of various maneuvers to collect seven signatures, transmit two documents, and drain our bank account of considerably more than half its value, we are stepping aboard our new home on the water. One that moves. And floats. And will stay floating. Hopefully.

So please stay tuned. This, it would seem, is just the beginning.


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19 thoughts on “And so it begins.

  1. My only boating experience is with some friends who have a houseboat on a lake below the Sierra Mountains that was formed by building a huge dam. The experience involves grilled fish from the super market and lots of margaritas. I’m thinking that you will have a lot more excitement. Looking forward to reading about it.


  2. I just ventured over here from your wife’s blog 🙂 It’s amazing and inspiring that you followed through with your dream of leaving the old & known behind and setting sail for adventures ~ with Honey. How cool is that! I’m not sure I’d be that adventurous. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to following you guys on your adventure!


  3. Jodi already made a cowbell joke. Where do I go from here?

    Regardless, I am very excited to see you sailing into the blogging world and floating your thoughts out there for all of us to see. I’m sure your posts will be anchored in that good humor that makes you such a delight to be around -based on the enthusiastic responses above, I can tell that you’re already making waves. I’m hopping aboard this journey and can’t wait to read about the hull adventure.

    Buoy, oh buoy – I feel like a real dinghy for capsizing this comment section with so many puns. (Not that I feel guilty enough NOT to bookmark the wikipedia page of nautical terms I just landed on, however.)



  4. The only magnet currently on my landlocked refrigerator is this: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I admire you both and wish you the best. I look forward to hearing about your adventures as you put the dream into reality.


  5. Yay, excited that you’re blogging, and I’m already hooked! You, Pamela and Honey are about to set off on the most awesome adventures and I’m so impressed, and can’t wait to see what’s in store. Now I’m kind of picturing a Lt. Dan type of moment with you swinging from the rigging.
    Peggy (Kelly and Ike)


  6. Hi Mike! Congratulations to you three! And I’m looking forward to reading this because I’ve always enjoyed your occasional comments on Pam’s blog.


  7. I think you’re both absolutely bonkers in the very best way. From the time Pamela mentioned you guys were learning to sail, selling everything and hitting the waves, it seemed like the kind of thing people talk about doing “someday”, not something people actually DO. You, however, are not “someday” people and I am so excited to see where this adventure brings to you guys.

    Also, I’m super excited you’re blogging. I’m pretty sure Mike Webster is the cowbell of the blogging world.


  8. I’m so excited for you both, and cannot wait to hear all about your adventures.

    I’m also super excited that you have started this blog, the world needs more MIKE!!


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