Our Encroaching Ice Age

A reprieve at last and I’m back out on deck, Nikon in hand, shooting the proof of our impending doom. The only thing protecting our ship from “Polar -Vortex 2014!!!” are those little pods of bubbles in the lower third of the above image, and let me tell you, that shit works! Everything that doesn’t have a bubble’r under it is frozen this far west in the canal. The bilge froze up last week so I had to take one of our invaluable room heaters (we’ve graduated to two heating units) and point it directly in to the open engine hatch. By morning I could run the pump by hand and clear the bilge of packing drippage. No big deal really. The drinking water has been freaking cold, but it’s not frozen… Yet! The city is still very strange to me in the morning… But even the cold, dead of winter somehow keeps me stimulated visually. When we’re both on board we generate enough energy to keep the place warm and cozy but take one of us out of that equation and the boat is just a little too cold to hang out in. The ride from the boat to the train station and back has also been a constant adventure and a true test of my stealthy, polar-urban-vortex bike riding skills but the salt on everything in the path of the commute is really putting my bike to the test! So far I’d say I had a good bike… Dena’s not so lucky, her bike sucks and this is why. Sorry Dena… I wish it wasn’t true, but it’s true. But, the sun did come out today and it got just a little warmer, that’s something, right?  

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Big City, Little Boat

Damn it’s been cold! We’ve both been working “over-nights”, or rather Graveyard shift, for the past month or so witch means we’ve been doing our commuting to the city in the middle of the night, the coldest part of the day, and the only upside, besides the fact that we make just a little more money than if we were working days, are the sunrises. I mean, it’s not like I take my camera to my wage-slave-gig but my shoe-phone can even capture the dramatics here. …And you cant argue with the fact that Gotham City is pretty freaking intense looking in the morning. So far we’ve been using our time pretty well considering our work schedules. We’ve taken in some theater, some museums, Central Park lots of street food and some of my favorite graffiti of all time. (If you haven’t seen the documentary “Resurrect Dead”, you should, it will explain the above photo captured in the middle of the street in the Garment District…) Anyway, the big city is a blast and we’re making the best of it and staying as warm as possible. Even considering all the issues we’ve had with our propane heating system, our shore power battery charger and 1/2 of our electric blanket all going tits up at the same time, still, we’re keeping our little boat cozy and warm with plenty of daytime snuggling under tons of blankets in each others arms. I fucking love this town!

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