Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #21: Non-update Update on both boats!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 10-18-2012 04:52 PM 4177 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dear Friends…

I am sorry that I have not updated you…its been a tough year and I hope to get moving again. I wanted to let all of you know “where” I have been since my last update—which as of today was 298 days ago!!! Last January! Its crazy to think that I passed my 5 year LJ anniversary and I missed it completely!

I have let a few LJ’s know that our life has changed immensely…I am no longer in Napa…but 500 miles to the south…Last fall we (near this time last year) we found out my mom had early stages of Alzheimers…this was not a complete surprise…but it triggered something in me…living 500 miles from where I grew up made it hard to be a good family member so I asked my wife what she thought about us leaving our home and jobs to move to southern California. She said: “I was wondering when you would ask me!” So we proposed to our family to move in with my mom if we could both find good teaching jobs.

Its not easy for anyone to walk away from TWO good jobs in this economy—but in teaching its a real no-no with the loss of tenure and seniority…its a huge risk for our entire future and this weighs on me more then anything. In fact in one interview I was called to the carpet on this—”why would you leave tenure/seniority in these economic times?” Because no one does it—it really effects mobility in our profession once you have worked a few years you are really stuck…

As the spring progressed we got pretty stressed—being parents, full time teachers, and homeowners—-and now another full time job (or so it felt) looking for jobs 500 miles away and getting our house ready to rent out meant there was no time for building…

The good news…My wife Sarah was able to find a great job…the bad news is that I was not…which has really weighed on me…I have some bad days…and more often as time passes so good days over not working. In the end it means that I get more time to spend with my mom, volunteer in my kids’ school, support my wife in ways I have never done (since I worked waaaaay tooo many hours). We decided that we could make it on one salary if we were super careful and rented out our house in Napa…(cant sell it now). So as long as we have a renter we will be okay…which we do for now—-but not in a full year lease…so we are holding our breath…

We have now been down here for about two months…I had some good interviews, but with school having started a month ago it looks like I am out of my profession until next year…so my worry will be—how will future interviews go with a hole in my resume…

My new focus—-on the good days I am proud to hang with my mom…and now that things are settling down a bit I hope to get back to woodworking…and work on the boats…I was able to bring all my tools and BOTH sail boats…and I am itching to get back to building.

My plan is to weave in house projects (which I have already worked on and completed some) and boat building…I am super anxious to FINISH the PDR-Puddle Duck Racer first since I think I can do once I start up full time again relatively soon…and then get going on the Weekender again…not to mention—-I started building the PDR so that I could learn to SAIL while I finish the Weekender…lol…Newport Harbor and the Back Bay should be great places to sail both boats…

Thanks for your patience…and encouragement…which has come in personal messages from many of you…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dan Lyke

1527 posts in 5240 days

#1 posted 10-18-2012 05:21 PM

I’m sorry I missed you while you were here, but I’m totally looking forward to seeing your progress on the boats. And good on you for making the hard choices and following your heart where you needed to.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 07:07 PM

Keep smiling Matt,
Times will eventually get better.
You are doing the right thing.
We’ll be here to watch your progress when you are able to get back at it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 10:27 PM

don´t worry about the year hole in future interwiews you have a very good reason
that will weight alot on the scale

thanks for the update look forward to shavings from you again … untill then best of luck
to you and the family :-)


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#4 posted 10-18-2012 10:48 PM

I’ll send you a note.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 10-18-2012 10:48 PM

You’ll never regret giving Mom (Grandma) this opportunity to share her life.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 03:50 PM

Thanks everyone…I will send out pictures of the boats as soon as I can…luckily my mom has a 2 car garage and both boats fit with all my tools…its a bit tight, but I can manage…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 11-09-2012 11:05 PM

Hi Matt, good to see some progress! Send me a note when you can please. I have some news for you, Warren

-- life is a journey not a destination

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