Vegas baby…

Well finally, after all these years I’m off to Las Vegas for a little fun time. Thanks to TravelZoo we found an amazing deal at the MGM Grand and have booked our reservation. We’ll Fly WestJet and save some cash on the airfare component. We thought about Las Vegas Vacation Packages and Deals that we could get thanks to the fact that Travelocity’s Low Fare Alert searches thousands of flights for fares that can save you 20%* or more on your trip. Then we thought about Last minute Vegas values at Expedia.com! We decided the deal was too good to pass up at $79 a night for the room!! So we’ll hit Amazon.ca for some good reading…yeah right! We’ve already hit Apple Store Canada
numerous times and will have the iPhones charged up and probably even an iPod too. Who knows, next time we might have to hit Beaches Family Resorts
if Grandma and Grandpa aren’t available to babysit again.

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My little plan

A Hallberg Rassy Rasmus 35, built in Sweden for serious offshore sailing.

A Hallberg Rassy Rasmus 35, built in Sweden for serious offshore sailing.

So I had the fortunate chance to take some courses over the summer and met a very interesting woman who had taken 2 years of her life and gone sailing with an ex-boyfriend. Now, this was 20 years ago when she was in her early 20’s but it still sounded cool. I got to talking to her and she said they averaged about $700 a month in expenses. Some months were as high as $4000 (buying new sails, equipment, etc) and some were $0. That really got me thinking.

So I asked around at home to see what the reaction was and got an astounding “that sounds cool” from those who would be affected…including my 2 month old daughter. Now comes the more challenging part. I used to sail, but it’s been about 15 years since I was even last on a sail boat. The boat that I found (yes, I started looking) is fully loaded with dual-nav GPS, wind generator, solar power, auto steer, sails, remodeled cabin and more. So issue number one is that it is about $90,000USD – but that really seems like a bargain. So I have to come up with about $100k.

The next issue is that passive income that will allow us to travel for however long we desire without the need of having a job. So my entrepreneurial brain started working and I’ve got a couple of ideas however the best one that I’ve come up with is a sponsor (or series of sponsors) to track our voyage around the world. The thing comes with a computer and most marinas now have some form of internet access. So, I simply blog about the whole experience (i.e. write a story) while plastering someones name all over the site and while sailing around (hey there’s a huge spinnaker we can talk about). The ship is currently birthed in Fiji and was sailed there from California. She checks out to be sea worthy at least. I would love to circumnavigate the world. How many people can actually say they’ve done something like that? So I guess step two is going to be finding sponsorship for the ship (that sounds kind of funny).

Of course there are a whole other gamut of ‘issues’ but they are surely easy to overcome with some thought and planning. So my question to anyone who reads this would simply be “any sponsor ideas” or “know anyone who wants to sponsor me?” I figure that at $1000 a month (taking into account inflation and the like) including the boat purchase we would require about $114,000 to go for two years. Of course, that doesn’t include insurance on the boat or our lives so expect that to go up. Really when you look at it like that, I find it hard to believe I’m not already in the South Pacific. So please, any help is welcomed!

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Sweet! Upgraded and iPhone works

Just a quick post that I managed to easily upgrade too the latest version of WordPress and am posting from my iPhone application that they developed in the open source community. A couple minor tweaks and I think it will be awesome…now to see if I can add a picture to this post too.

…unfortunately it fried all categories so none are linked anymore.

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The ultimate horse?

The other day I had the fortunate chance to float with a few friends in a tube in Lake Ontario. We had one end anchored to a make shift anchor with some twine and a rather heavy rock, while the other end was attached to the moored boat. Catching some sun with a beer in hand we all got talking about different things and suddenly it hit me. Who is the “ultimate horse?”

Honestly do you not know what I’m inquiring about. 175hp. Who is the ‘h’ in the ‘hp’ and what sort of power is directly related to it? According to a quick Wikipedia search it appears as though nobody knows who that ultimate horse is, but that it is indeed being slowly phased out of life. I guess that’s why my lawn mower I just bought was measured in cc’s as opposed to hp like normal.

Oh well, just a pointless thought I needed to share. Thanks Meg!!

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