The Boatist

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Monday, April 13, 2015

The Secret of Happiness

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage ~ Thucydides

I discovered a fascinating documentary portraying happy fulfilled people living below the poverty line. Could it be that being rich or poor is merely a state of mind. The trick - and there's always a trick - is that they don't have real jobs. Let's face it, working and living dirt poor is only fun if you're an artist.

Anyway, I've always had a weakness for this sort of stuff, and I find it especially interesting now because I haven't made a cent in over two weeks, not one cent. I think I'll watch it again and pick up some tips. 

In a world where the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer, where unemployment is steadily growing, it's only a matter of time before living poor and happy becomes a cult...a small cult, really small, like living on a boat. Most people would pull their hair out from boredom.

Oh yes, this is a boat-related blog. Spent the afternoon at the marina yesterday. I finally added 4 liters of pure blue antifreeze to the engine, cleaned the raw water pump, checked the impeller, made a impeller cover gasket with instant seal stuff, installed a battery cut-off switch between the two house batteries, cleaned up and called it a day.

Still haven't made a cent. Maybe it's time to start planning a happy life.


  1. I saw that movie a while back.... they make it look so easy, because it is! I think the (our) problem is our reluctance to part with all the stuff we've accumulated all this years.
    So, you're going through a work slump. Is it a sign of the times, or just a slump? You might as well enjoy it before you get buried again!

    1. It looks easy and is easy, but most people would go bongers with nothing to do.
      As for the work slump, I'm already swamped in work. So much for my vision of going broke and living on the boat eating fish and seaweed...a boat slave damned to never-ending boat work.