August 2010 - Sail Sale
La Runa's Last Sail
This has been a piece I never wanted to write. I finally sold La Runa, a sloop I've sailed for 16 years, and have owned for nearly nine.
In anticipation of parting with the boat, I had a couple of farewell sails with good friends who have sailed with me before. Despite the overcast summer, I am thankful that I got to have final sojourns with Alexis, Barbara, Brenda, and Pam, four of my most consistent crew who were great company..
On land , I've been sitting for weeks editing my current documentary "Keep it Flowing" a 1/2 hour on energy and water conservation that will air on LA CityView 35 and be incorporated into the curriculum of the LA Unified School District. I've finished my final cut, which now awaits approval.
Brenda Varma & Paul Suchecki photo by Barbara Shapiro
L-R Barbara Shapiro, Alexis Tosteson Garcia, Pam Gross
Even though I've only had time for some tennis and bike riding, the good news is that despite countless hours spent sitting, editing, I haven't gained weight as I did somewhat ironically when I cut the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now." Who knows what my next documentary will be about?
I hated to give up the boat, but part of getting older is knowing when to hold and when to fold. I don't intend to stop sailing, parlaying my expertise into passage. Still I know it will be different. On my own boat to paraphrase Edmond Rostand in Cyrano de Bergerac. "I stood not tall but alone." My boat wasn't big, but it was mine. Someday, I hope to get another.