Mary Anne and Steve's Travels

When I was running software development teams, I had a rule: tell people what you want accomplished, but not how to do it. Of course some need mentoring and everyone needs review. But if you’ve ever worked for someone who told you to do something and precisely how to do it, you know how annoying, even soul-destroying, this can be.

Which brings me to… STAY AT HOME!!!!!

Let’s all take a deep breath, shall we?

What’s being asked is: don’t catch COVID-19 and, if you do, don’t pass it on to anyone else.

If you want to accomplish this by never leaving your house, good for you. But there are other ways – like thinking about the effects of your actions and being careful.

Here’s why I bring this up. Mary Anne and I just returned from a spectacular week aboard Impromptu. Since we only visited uninhabited Islands, we rarely saw a living soul, even at a great distance. We left home, drove to our marina, boarded Impromptu and cast off. Total other humans interacted with: 0.

Did you do that well last week? Maybe, maybe not. But sure as it will rain in Seattle, someone will not be able to resist scolding me for not STAYING HOME!!!

Their likely argument will be that if we had trouble at sea, we’d require rescuing thus endangering the rescuers or taking them away from some COVID-19 duty. Yeah, maybe. But vastly improbable under the circumstances.

But, what if we’d stayed home like good, obedient folks? And had a stroke or heart attack at home (remember, we’re old!) Or, God forbid, we followed our Governor’s suggestion and went for a bike ride on Seattle’s pothole-ridden streets? No one ever got hurt cycling.

My point: you can build all the castles in the air that you like, but I’m not living in them.

Note: This rant should in no way be taken as support for the morons deliberately gathering in defiance of social distancing directives in order to “protect their rights”. You have the right of free speech – up until it infringes on the rights of others. Ditto your “right” to kindle another flare-up of this virus.


  1. Good for you two! On a couple of bike rides this week on 520 Bridge and Burke Gilman Trail I wondered why I did not see more boats.

    1. Wow sounds glorious. My love of Tango and travel is not so attainable now. Instead I word in my garden slinging the new compost delivered to me, marveling about the weedless beds. Even Louie loves the new blanket of sod. Relatively content in shut down, I’m a cooker, organizer, biker, writer, thinker; all I can do solo. Neighbor happy hours, chats, FaceTime with others, all good. But…one can not wonder what normal will be. My trip to U.K. and Italy in Sept was shaping up so nicely. I haven’t let the thought go neither have I bought a ticket. My heart goes out to my beloved NYC and Italy. What are your plans for Sept?
      Love the easy navigation of this. Oh and by the way- stay safe and stay home.

      1. “Stay home” – how droll!

        We hope to get to England and Ireland in September. We also hope to do some boating in Canadian waters over the summer. Failing both, we hope to visit some places on this side of the border by boat. If all hopes are dashed, I guess we’ll spend the summer shouting at neighbors walking by to “go home!”

  2. Hi guys, loved the pictures of your travels, I only wish the boys (husband included) and I could take our travel trailer out and away! We are both working from home at the moment and the kids are doing school online. The biggest struggle is parenting and teaching while meeting work deadlines. I liked the comment I heard that said ‘we were are not working from home while dealing with a virus but rather dealing with a global pandemic and trying to get some work done’!
    Don’t get me wrong I’m fortunate to continue to have a source of income but damn already, I am a terrible teacher! M.A. our piano teacher has been doing FaceTime lessons for C, not as good as live but I’m excited to see his progress. A may even sign up!
    Stay sane, stay healthy! Barb

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