Friday, October 9, 2020

Goodbye, California


My wife and I are separating after 33 years. Harsh but true. We had a good run. I blame the current political climate, but the official reason is "irreconcilable differences." 

I have decided to "retire" to Wisconsin to write a book about my late father: a deeper dive into my "Revisiting Highway 61" series blogged here (see the tag). My brother and I are the only witnesses left to my father's incredible and early interest in scuba diving and his pioneering underwater photography. I don't expect to make any money off of this -- it's just a strong desire of mine -- it's something I feel I must do and do well. I'm giving myself 6 months. I'm also going to start an online business selling what I make. California is terrible place to start a business in case you haven't heard.

That photo was taken recently aboard a rented sailboat on Lake Pepin which is a natural feature of the Mississippi River. After the outing I saw another boat in the marina:

It was getting dark and the photo is a bit grainy but the other boat's name was πνεύμα. I instantly recognized the word "pneuma," but I guessed wrongly that it meant "wind." It actually means "spirit" which is an inspired name for a sailboat. Inspired in the classical sense. 


  1. Thirty three years is a long run, chickelit. May the wind of Spirit fill your sail as you chart your course and move forward!

  2. I'm sorry that things have gone sideways for you. I think that the book may be cathartic and it will occupy your time. I wish you well, fair winds and following seas, wherever the trade winds take you.

    I left California almost 2 years ago for the Northern Arizona forests and built a house pretty much in the middle of nowhere - an hour's drive to the nearest store. But I wouldn't go back to CA to live.

  3. Great, nice to have you now forget about voting like you still live in CA. The less a politician promises you, the better.