Right now the temperature outside is 29 degrees. It’s not expected to rise above freezing here until January 6th.
Yet, here sits the Captain in the belly of The Tiki Hut, with Tiki music on the stereo (a Christmas gift from the First Mate), and a small heater to create the semblance of warmth.
There might also be something in me mug to help keep me warm, I don’t know.
Crazy, I know. But I miss me boat.
But since the Winter Solstice was only a week ago, I suppose I will have to be patient.
To pass time, the Captain has been thinking about the new year that is just days away.
Every year, some people make resolutions about the new year – how they are going to behave differently, presumably to improve their lives. Weight loss is always the #1 resolution, naturally following a holiday season filled with binging on food and alcohol. Financial restraint is another popular resolution – again, following a season of carefree spending.
So a couple days ago on Facebook the Captain posted a sincere query, asking what sort of resolutions me friends might be making for 2018.
A couple mates took the question to heart and shared their hopes and dreams.
But then the negativity started rolling in. And negativity, as the Captain has learned, is like an oil slick on water – once it gets started it just continues to spread.
“[I resolve] to not make any resolutions.”
“None. Whoever keeps their resolutions, anyway.”
“May all our troubles last as long as our New Year’s Resolutions.”
Wow! And they call the Captain cynical!
For the politically-engaged Christian, check out Jim Wallis’ 2018 list of resolutions here.
The Captain is not a deep thinker like Wallis, but I am serious about making improvements in this coming year.
One obvious resolution would be to finish the Boater Safety course online that I started in June of 2017.
I got stuck on the chapter about buoys and other navigational markers.
Related to that, the First Mate would appreciate if I learned how to drive the damned boat!
And those will happen.
As 2017 winds down, I’ve already begun cleansing my life of some of the more negative aspects that tend to bring me down.
In fact, last week I pared down my Facebook friends list by 30 names – people who just weren’t contributing to the direction I see for my future.
And there may be more to come.
While not original, I suspect the Captain’s list of Resolutions will ultimately look something like this.
Always a work in progress…
And now that the cabin has warmed up to a comfortable degree, it's time for the Captain to return to the real world.
So the Captain and First Mate wish you all a safe and blessed New Year. May 2018 be your year - a year filled with only good stuff coming your way.