Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Seattle Saga

We arrived in Seattle last Wednesday. having covered 400 miles via water to reach a spot that is roughly 180 miles from Portland. Yes, it's the long way around.  But, as always, we have a good time in Seattle, visiting old and new friends, and enjoying city delights.

We came to Seattle in order to have some boat work done. As is often the case, this took longer than anticipated.  One by one,  problems were solved - refrigeration, toilet, computer issues.  One problem resisted all troubleshooting - our watermaker kept telling us it wasn't getting a satisfactory intake level. Every bit of the system was taken apart, examined, and put back together over the course of several days.

Coincidentally, these were days when the mate, who is superfluous to most of these repair efforts, had lots of time to paint. But every time I set out paints and paper, I was told I needed to move. Eventually I resorted to painting on the iPad, which takes up no room at all.  The painting is shown above.  The iPad really might be the ultimate portable studio!

In the end, it turned out that a thin disc of plastic, the size of a nickel, was caught in the intake for the watermaker.  Of course, it was the last thing that was checked. So we got all the problems fixed, just took the long way around.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is axiomatic that you always find the reason for a problem in the last place you look.

Happy sailing


July 22, 2011 7:27 AM  
Blogger Lisa Purdy said...

Hi Catherine
Great paintings! What software did you use with the iPad. What a great solution!
Hope you're having fun.

July 23, 2011 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Glad to see you guys are back at see and I can follow your travels. I'm diggin' the iPad art. All is well in Illinois - busy with kids and work. Safe travels. Rob

July 24, 2011 6:34 AM  
Blogger June said...

I have a continuing dialogue about that "last place you look" thing. Of course, it's the last place you look; why would you keep on looking after you've found it? On the other hand, it often seems like the last possible place it could be, which is, I suspect, what is mostly meant. But then, I often find things the second time around, after I've already looked in the last place. Conundrums to mull over.

August 03, 2011 10:23 PM  

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