Giving Up Boating ....
I had to stop going out in my boat for medical reasons.
No, really. I went to a dermatologist about 7 years ago and found I had skin cancer.
As they say, if you have to have it, I had the "good" kind. It was a basal cell carcinoma and a surgeon removed it.
But I grew up in the South Carolina Lowcountry and, as a youth, had a long history of getting sunburned, peeling, then going back for more so I could have a tan.
I was raised believing that bronzed skin looked nice and healthy.
But CANCER is an ugly prospect.
So I got rid of my boat.
And I sold the snappy-looking convertible.
I put myself on a schedule to see the skin doctor every six months. And even sooner if I saw something unusual.
I bought a Tilley wide-brim hat and I stocked up on 30+ sun block.
Sometimes I miss the wind in my hair and the smell of salt air.
That's when I dig into my photo files and take a look at a client's 50-foot yacht down in Florida.
I had snapped it years ago to use on a business card I was making for him.
He had even let me take a picture standing at the wheel of the $$$ yacht.... for about 10-15 seconds.
Wow. I was afraid to move!
I was never that nervous with my own little 14-footer.
Saw the skin doctor today and I'm doing fine she said.
(Click on pictures for more detail. These are old photos so they don't appear too much larger.) Thanks.