Saturday, June 27, 2009

Losing the Dream

Or not! Ever since I pulled into this lot on Clear Lake, south of Houston in April, I've felt sad for the owners. That they had lost their dream. I love sailing and I know how I would have felt to have lost my boat. BUT surprise. Yesterday I read an article in The News that States like Florida and South Carolina are passing laws to prevent people from abandoning their sailboats and collecting the insurance money. It seems that the economy has caught up with peoples' dreams.
Now I'm not even remotely suggesting that this is the case with these boats. They succumbed to Hurricane Ike. The photo above symbolizes Ike to me. Tattered and torn like the people of the Coast are from all these horrific storms. These boats, if not claimed by their owners within four weeks were to be crushed and hauled off. Oh horror.
As I walked this yard, which I wrote about back in April though, all I could think of were the lost dreams, but not the lost memories. I doubt any of these boats were used to make a living like the lost shrimp fleet. But they sure brought a lot of pleasure to many people.
Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me in her fury during the storms. Not just winds and water - but the terrifying tornadoes also. I can tell you I sure NEVER want to go through another hurricane as long as I live........never.

I had dreams too. I always wanted to own a Mason sailboat and live aboard six months and charter it six months. I wanted to dock it in Amergis Caye. Well, that dream never happened. I've never even been to Amergis Caye, but, heck, there is still time.

Hopefully one of the people who lost their boat will get another boat and enjoy all the sailing they want, and maybe sail around the world! I've known several who have done just that......a cool way to live - if you're more adventurous then I.
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comitan said...

Dreams are never lost if you can shift them a little. Timing changes maybe destinations but dreams don't go away unless we discard them.

Unknown said...

Who had me "googling" Ambergris Caye. in Belize, right?

Ambergris (grey amber) is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull gray or blackish color produced in the digestive system of sperm whales.

Who knew?

Babs said...

Ah comitan, but reality sets in....sometimes.
And Charley - sorry I looked back and I DID misspell it, sorry. Who knew that's what it mean is right!

1st Mate said...

Babs - After the hurricane last year that hit Galveston and Houston I imagined the hundreds, maybe thousands of boats that must have been damaged, some beyond repair, others just so mucked-up that the owners must have despaired. And there they were, in your photos. When we get the boat bug we all know this kind of thing could happen, but all the same, it's so sad…