There are so many things in this world that I really like that start with "S."
There are sunsets
|We took the dinghy to get this photo of El Galeon docked at St Augustine City Marina, 21 April 2015|
|I will be forever grateful to our dog Mandy for many things, one of which was waking me up in time to see this sunrise, Northport, Michigan (our hailing port), summer 1999|
and scuba diving
|Aruba, February 2013. Photo by Manon Hautman.|
|Approaching Thomas Point Lighthouse, Annapolis, Maryland, September 2009|
|(image and recipe from here)|
and South Carolina
|Wrought-iron gate, Charleston, SC, April 2010|
and snow, especially when seen from inside a cozy cabin
|(Image available for download from here)|
(and sex, but I'm not posting a picture for that)
I don't like excessive structure (too confining) and at the other extreme, I don't like orchestrated surprises (too contrived). In the middle ground is spontaneity, just being able to go with the flow and respond to cool opportunities as they happen. But my favorite things of all that starts with S is synchronicity. Sometimes things just work out. Dan and I "met cute" at the office water cooler (same building, different employers). The life afloat seems a particularly good breeding ground for spontaneous connections. There are so many stories of cool cruiser friendships that happened because of the simple coincidence that two boats were in the same anchorage or marina at the same time. We got hooked up with our whole crazy history career because we met Grace in the ship's store one afternoon, and with the Spanish galleon because we happened to be getting our mail at the same time as their then-events-manager. It's fantastic to be in a port that a lot of people visit, we have learned to always keep a good supply of snacks for impromptu happy hours because distant friends show up unexpectedly fairly frequently on good-weather days during the spring and fall migration seasons -- a literal case of learning to expect the unexpected!