November 14, 2004

I'm going for it!

I told the guy who is selling the houseboat that I am interested today. He got my cell number, and his banker will give me a call. It's all in his hands now. I'm so excited I could just burst.

I talked to my current roommate last night about this potential move, and he was very supportive (which kinda surprised me). He said that he'd hate to see me leave, but I'd be crazy not to jump at it. That was a big load off my mind, as he's been really great in helping me get through a tough time. Now that I'm back on my feet, he's still behind me. That's a good friend there.

I still haven't figured out the whole "Internet Access" problem yet, but a few suggestions have been made. WiFi seems to be the most prevalent among them, but unfortunately it doen's seem like an option at this time. You see, the Marina that I will be staying at is kinda out in the sticks. The town doesn't even rate a stop-light, so there's not much in the way of choices for internet connectivity out there. I'll probably have to go the dial-up route for awhile until I can get an ISDN line dropped. Cable may still be an option, but I'll have to look into it. Noone else out there has any wireless that I can slurp off of, so that's out. I'll probably be the one who gets wireless in there, and then they'll all slurp off of me.

I decided to take a few shots while I was over there today so I can share with the class. Check it out:

(Sorry Bou, nothing but the larger image when you click)

Here's another:

I think it's pretty cool!

It's got a 115 horsepower Mercury Outboard motor (can you say low maintenance?), 70 gallon fuel capacity, Gas/Electric refridgerator, two 20 lb propane tanks to run the stove-fridge-and water heater, 100 gallons of water storage, and my very own "head" with a shower stall and everything. The pontoons are a plus, as I don't have to worry about water coming into the "bilge", and they are foam filled, so even if I cracked one, I wouldn't have to worry about the whole boat sinking. The siding on the outside (while not the prettiest) is extremely low-maintenance, and this thing has been in a covered slip for most of its life so the roof is in great shape. There's even a five kilowatt generator on the back deck, so if I head for a cove I am completely self-sufficient. The only downside I see so far is that there are no heaters built into the vessell, so I'll have to use kerosene or ceramic space heater's in the winter. I can live with that.

I've even thought up a perfect name to christen her with...Water Closet. Suits my twisted sense of humor quite well I thought. Keep your fingers crossed for me out there, and I'll let you know when I get this boat.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at November 14, 2004 06:15 PM

LOL! As I was about to click to make it larger I was thinking, "Click or don't click..." and then I saw your message. *Big Grin*

How fun! Wow. You don't need no stinkin' heater... you just need a woman to share the bed with... ;-)

Posted by: Boudicca at November 14, 2004 07:59 PM

Yeah!!! I'm so very happy for you. That's wonderful.

I almost decided to live on a boat when I first moved down here. But after great thought decided it wasn't right for me. I actually needed a closet as big as the cabin. ;-)

I'm jealous. What a great opportunity.

We are gonna need pictures of the inside in order to get the right housewarming gifts!!

Posted by: Tammi at November 14, 2004 08:42 PM

Yeah Bou! Know where I can find one? ;^)

I'll have some interior shots when I take possession. It's really quite nice. Lots of woodwork, and pretty wide open. The "galley" has lots of storage, and more counter-spoace than you'd think. There's a big futon in the main room that I can use for settin' or sleepin', along with the double-bed in the "stateroom". I'll definately have to do some creative decorating to make a spot for my PC and such, but doing that should be fun. Dammit! I knew I should've taken some interior shots.

Posted by: Johnny - Oh at November 14, 2004 09:29 PM

How cool, you'll be sleeping with the fish!

Posted by: Machelle at November 15, 2004 09:14 AM

Looks like there's plenty of room for all of us!

I love the name :-)

Posted by: Sally at November 15, 2004 09:17 AM

I smell a comment party in the offing when you close the deal ;-)

And will you be changing your blog name to "Water Closet Extremist"? :-)

Posted by: Harvey at November 15, 2004 01:32 PM

I'm thinking, I'm thinking. I don't think I know any wimin in TN...

Posted by: Boudicca at November 15, 2004 04:55 PM

Dude, that's too cool! And I'm happy as hell for ya!

And being out in the sticks like that .... I envy you. I'm out in the sticks (not a single traffic light), but to be out on the water like that... awesome!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at November 16, 2004 03:13 AM

Wonderful! I hope it all goes well for you! :-)

Posted by: Teresa at November 16, 2004 01:36 PM

I've been around boats all my life and spent quite a few summers on my dad's boat at his club. It is a pretty damned cool way / place to live.

It can be quite relaxing - and no lawn to mow!


Posted by: _Jon at November 18, 2004 12:42 PM

You do realize if you get this, you will become the targetted vacation destination of all bloggers?
As a pre-planning tip, I like my eggs over easy and a nice moist towelette upon waking.

Posted by: LeeAnn at November 18, 2004 12:55 PM

I like LeeAnn easy & moist upon waking, too.

Wait... did I read that right?


Anyway, it's been a few days... I hope Johnny-Oh hasn't fallen overboard.

Posted by: Harvey at November 18, 2004 01:17 PM
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