The Checklist

The Checklist; a never-ending, increasing, persistently annoying, always looming, grouping of words on paper (the paper which always seems to be wrinkled, too small, and frequently misplaced). The Checklist often presents a hold-up on progressive movement. The Checklist, at times, is so demanding of attention that it interrupts social events. The Checklist pretends to be helpful, but in fact pulls the cruiser away from purely fun activities and brings the cruiser back to the reality of work.

Brian and I spent several hours reviewing and creating The Checklist which we believe requires completion prior to our departure for Panama. Here is what we’ve established as necessary to-do’s:
~ reseal cap rails
~ sew new sail covers
~ repair the outboard (yes, this is one of those “extra’s” that happens to have been added since our arrival to Long Island) *
~ replace zincs *
~ replace galley light switch
~ install padlock on companionway
~ spare companionway boards
~ top-up batteries *
~ improve anchor snubbing system; change out ring for block *
~ varnish ladder and dinghy paddles
~ oil cap rail
~ polish exterior stainless
~ chase and identify slight diesel leak in the engine room *
~ scrub hull – again
~ inventory paper charts *
~ download electronic charts
~ order additional computer fans for head vent
~ taxes
~ contact Panama Canal Agent; questions, pricing *
~ register for Pacific Puddle Jumpers *
~ review customs/immigration procedures for Panama *
~ review canal registration procedure *
~ order SIM card for satellite phone
~ research customs/immigration procedures for French Polynesia *
~ make dinner reservations for Christmas dinner in New Zealand
~ wait for appropriate weather window

This is the probably, actual Checklist:
~ daily spear fishing (I mean, we have eat!) *
~ Long Island Breeze Resort Happy Hour…Fridays 4:30p-6:30p *
~ hiking *
~ beach combing *
~ sundowners at Fairhaven *
~ Saturday morning Farmers’ Market *
~ emailing family and friends *
~ Skype dates *
~ kayaking *
~ blogging *
~ wait for appropriate weather window *
~ and…all that stuff in the previous list

* These items have been completed. Keeping the play-work balance intact!

6 thoughts on “The Checklist

  1. You two are such underachievers. : )
    Holy cow! My favorite is Christmas dinner in New Zealand!

  2. This message just came on the Pacific Puddle Jumpers website. Thought you would be interested in seeing it.

    From: pacificpuddlejump@yahoogroups.com [mailto:pacificpuddlejump@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Sail Trim
    Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:50 PM
    To: pacificpuddlejump@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: [pacificpuddlejump] 3G cellular data

    Be very careful with private information on Wifi in Nuku Hiva. A handful of us had our credit card info stolen and didn’t find-out till a month later in Tahiti.

  3. Thanks, Scott, for the Pacific Puddle Jumpers update. This is good information and it reminds me that I must start checking-in with this group!

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