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UMT Marine

If I have the chance to travel to the DC area next week for an interview I hope to have a couple extra days to drive around the area and do some spring sightseeing. One thing I’ve always wanted to do is book a “boat and breakfast” package to sleep aboard one of the sailboats in the Annapolis Harbor. The Windward is a 74 foot sailing schooner that takes people on 2 hour tours during the day. On Saturday nights they allow up to four couples to book their special “boat and breakfast” package which includes a 2 hour sunset sail on the Chesapeake, docking in Annapolis for you to have dinner downtown, and then return to the ship around 11pm to sleep aboard the schooner in one of the 4 staterooms. In the morning you are served breakfast on deck and you have until 11:00 am to re pack your duffel bag and head out. It sounds like great fun, and with the right mix of other couples could be a magical evening for everyone.

There are three areas in Maryland that I love and would certainly consider living there if I had a good employment offer. Frederick, Baltimore, and Annapolis. To be honest, I love Annapolis, the state capital, and have spent dozens of weekends there on sailboats and in bed and breakfasts for summer weekends. I’m sure that UMT Marine, with their website of does a lot of work for people and plenty of businesses in that area.They would expect nothing less than the best and UMT Marine is knows for their commitment to old world, custom crafted marine technology. You really should check out their website, it’s pretty impressive and full of interesting information in the manufacturing of Custom Marine equipment.

If I get the job offer I’m expecting, I won’t hesitate to call a broker to get started looking for a house. Spending some time tonight on various websites to get a feel for prime real estate in the Baltimore area and also checked out the Annapolis area so that when I have my job interview next week I’ll know what I can handle for housing and relocation expenses.



Camping Trips and Fly Fishing This Summer

This year might be the year for me to focus on camping trips and fly fishing. With the bad economy still making life harder and harder, a lot of people are not going to be able to travel as extensively as they had been five years ago. I’m sure that a lot of the more exotic locations, like Las Vegas and Orlando, will once again have a huge drop in tourism this year. But people are accustomed to getting away while having fun and recreation on their weekends and their vacations. So I suspect there will be a lot more camping and day trips for American families again this summer.

Some of my summer plans include at least a one week-long fly fishing trip out west. I have enough frequent flier miles saved up that flying is not an issue for me which saves me a huge chunk of money. I can still fly to Washington State, Oregon and Northern California on free flights until this coming September. In fact, I’m planning a long weekend trip to Oregon next month. I’ll miss the Klamath Falls Spring Trout Derby, but the area is great for fly fishing well beyond that time.



Preparing The Yard For Spring

I am going to head out to Home Depot and Lowe’s this morning and try to beat the crowds. I’m sure the place will be packed with people who just realized that Spring is really close at hand and their yards and gardens need some work to get ready for the spring, summer, and fall growing season. I’m sure the danger of frost is not gone yet, it is only the middle of February. I wouldn’t even think of planing anything as of yet, but there is a lot of work that needs to get done before even thinking of putting anything in the ground yet.

I have to buy some weed and seed, plus a spreader as mine has left my garage for some reason. I want to buy some bags of topsoil and spread it around the yard to fill in a few holes and trenches created by moles, digging dogs and water runoff. I need a new rake and some leather work gloves.I might splurge and buy a new chainsaw if they have something for a good price. And, of course, the seed packets are all out on the shelves that I will take a gander at. I think I will try to do some green beans and pumpkins this year, in addition to the green peppers and jalapeno that grew well last year.


Another False Spring

Today we almost hit the 70 degree mark for about an hour and it was great. The little bit of snow that we had last weekend is ancient history and I can tell that spring is on its way. We should have 4 days of temperatures in the upper 50’s and 60’s this week. That’s enough to bring the early spring blooms out. Yesterday I noticed some the very beginnings of some daffodils and crocus coming up in neighbor’s yards. Today I noticed the forsythia and several trees starting to produce their red buds.

Imagine the colors we’ll have in just another month or two. The azaleas and dogwoods will be blooming and the grass will start peppering the yards with bright green blades. This weekend will be the start of my gardening efforts and my Spring landscaping chores. I’m sure a lot of other people have the same thing on their minds, so I might get an early start on the hardware store by stopping by Friday afternoon rather than waiting until Saturday.

This has been such a wacky weather winter that so many trees, bushes, flowers, shrubs are totally confused. This makes me wonder how that will affect how they actually grow this year. I mean we have had so many false “springs” that have got to have played havoc on the poor things. We didn’t get much snow at all this winter so I imagine we will be experiencing some effects of a drought. This is so stressful for people who spend so much time, energy, work and money on their landscaping. But when the county puts restrictions in place and tells us not water our yard or wash our cars, that means everyone, and a neighbor will snitch on another neighbor in a heart beat to get revenge. There are a lot of people who hate their neighbor(s). It is a perfect way to get back at someone, sad but true.


EDS Air Conditioning and Heating

There is something (some people say it’s a gift and some call it a curse) about the majority of females in my family that has provided them with an extra sensitive sense of smell. There are a couple that are sprinkled about that don’t seem to have that “special sense” and my mother, seeming to acquire what-ever those women didn’t, is, with no doubt the best/worst, depending on the particular situation at hand.

For example, my mother took a trip down to Florida to visit with my sister and her family last week. She flew down, as it would be way too long of a drive for her to do on her own and this way she could spend time visiting instead of being on the road. Dad usually drives them down, but Mom went on her own this time, for various reasons and the whole thing seems to have worked out well for everyone involved.

As soon as my mother stepped into the Guest Room that my sister had all set up for Mom to use during her stay, she started sniffing and was concerned with a smell that she really couldn’t identify. Other than it was a hot smell, possibly a burn/burning wire smell, heat, which was a concern for everyone. There was a quick check up all around the house to see if anything could be seen or smelled by anyone in the house, meanwhile a fan was placed in the Guest Room, was turned on  to High in to help circulate the air in hopes of reducing the “mystery smell” and life went on. A pleasant visit for all.

In my In Box this morning I found an email that my sister just sent to my parents, and cc’d me, to let us know that the “mystery smell” was most likely the that their gas furnace heat exchanger is overheating or it might be that the heat exchanger is cracked. They have placed a call in to EDS Air Conditioning who will be coming out first thing in the morning to see what they have to say about the whole situation. They have used EDS Air Conditioning before in the past with their Air Conditioning service needs so they are familiar with them which always makes a consumer/home owner feel better.

Hopefully this can be resolved quickly and affordable. I’d hate to see them without any heat right when winter has really started to finally kick in. Today was a bitter cold, horrible, nasty weather day, but I’m not in Florida where the abundance of sun has made Florida famous and nick named “The Land of Sunshine”. My sister seems to enjoy living there and quite a few friends and family go down to visit her, which is always nice.