Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #8: Non-update Update on both boats! (same as Weekender Blog)

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 10-18-2012 05:02 PM 2579 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dear Friends…

I am sorry that I have not updated you…its been a tough year and I hope to get moving again. I wanted to let all of you know “where” I have been since my last update—which as of today was 298 days ago!!! Last January! Its crazy to think that I passed my 5 year LJ anniversary and I missed it completely!

I have let a few LJ’s know that our life has changed immensely…I am no longer in Napa…but 500 miles to the south…Last fall we (near this time last year) we found out my mom had early stages of Alzheimers…this was not a complete surprise…but it triggered something in me…living 500 miles from where I grew up made it hard to be a good family member so I asked my wife what she thought about us leaving our home and jobs to move to southern California. She said: “I was wondering when you would ask me!” So we proposed to our family to move in with my mom if we could both find good teaching jobs.

Its not easy for anyone to walk away from TWO good jobs in this economy—but in teaching its a real no-no with the loss of tenure and seniority…its a huge risk for our entire future and this weighs on me more then anything. In fact in one interview I was called to the carpet on this—”why would you leave tenure/seniority in these economic times?” Because no one does it—it really effects mobility in our profession once you have worked a few years you are really stuck…

As the spring progressed we got pretty stressed—being parents, full time teachers, and homeowners—-and now another full time job (or so it felt) looking for jobs 500 miles away and getting our house ready to rent out meant there was no time for building…

The good news…My wife Sarah was able to find a great job…the bad news is that I was not…which has really weighed on me…I have some bad days…and more often as time passes so good days over not working. In the end it means that I get more time to spend with my mom, volunteer in my kids’ school, support my wife in ways I have never done (since I worked waaaaay tooo many hours). We decided that we could make it on one salary if we were super careful and rented out our house in Napa…(cant sell it now). So as long as we have a renter we will be okay…which we do for now—-but not in a full year lease…so we are holding our breath…

We have now been down here for about two months…I had some good interviews, but with school having started a month ago it looks like I am out of my profession until next year…so my worry will be—how will future interviews go with a hole in my resume…

My new focus—-on the good days I am proud to hang with my mom…and now that things are settling down a bit I hope to get back to woodworking…and work on the boats…I was able to bring all my tools and BOTH sail boats…and I am itching to get back to building.

My plan is to weave in house projects (which I have already worked on and completed some) and boat building…I am super anxious to FINISH the PDR-Puddle Duck Racer first since I think I can do once I start up full time again relatively soon…and then get going on the Weekender again…not to mention—-I started building the PDR so that I could learn to SAIL while I finish the Weekender…lol…Newport Harbor and the Back Bay should be great places to sail both boats…

Thanks for your patience…and encouragement…which has come in personal messages from many of you…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 05:09 PM

bless you all in this move
to help with family

glad you got water where you are

some good work
would be nice too

and happy birthday

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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John Ormsby

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 05:35 PM

Hi Matt,

Congrats on 5 years on LJ’s.

We wish you the best with your family situation. It is very good of you and your family to sacrifice so much for another family member. It is part of life’s ups and downs. Who know, maybe you will find better times in SoCal?

You will love Newport Harbor. I raced and sailed out of there for a few years. Very beautiful area.

Good Luck and keep us updated, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 07:54 PM

Hang in there Matt. Better times are coming.

It was very good of you to take that risk to me close to your mother.

Congrats on the 5 year mark.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 10-18-2012 10:46 PM

You know my thoughts are always with you and your family.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-19-2012 01:42 PM

Congrats Matt on the 5 years.

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 03:48 PM

Thanks guys! Its been tough and I have been very quiet on LJs but things are settling down a bit here and I hope to get back at it!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 08:55 PM

There is nothing more important in life than family and sometimes you have to go where life takes you. One day you will look back and see what a blessing it was that you made the decision to move back down to SoCal to be there for your Mom.

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