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Natural Mystic Getting More Natural and P Kiddy Casino

April 9th, 2008 · 11 Comments

The surf was super fun and the wind awesome, but all good things must come to an end.  Monday arrived to find the Natty M crew hard at work doing some spring cleaning and getting her lightened up a little.  We have decided to head off to Panama and get in line to transit the canal as the waves here are winding down, the cruising season is starting to come to an end and if you are sailing around the world you got to head west some time.  

In preparation for the eventual loss of civilization we are in the process of installing a wind generator and converting all the light fixtures to much more energy efficient LED’s.  We want to get off the oil and be prepared to live in the more remote parts of the world, being as energy efficient as we can.  Since the Natty M has no generator we are hoping to use both our solar panels and wind power to keep us charged up and some sense of civilization going.  This project is way bigger then it sounds and involves running all kinds of wire all over the place and the boat is in complete shambles at the moment.  If we can get this done by Friday I will be ecstatic.

Our crew issues are improving however, we have taken on a Kiwi as our new first mate.  His name is Kahlil Lawless and is currently sporting a mullet and handlebar mustache, classic!  I surfed with the dude at Cupecoy when it was going off, he was ripping it up and by chance ran into a couple of his mates who just said he quit his job on another boat and was looking for a new ride.  It looks like he and his mate Dizzy who is from Tazzy are going to join us for the trip to Panama and then with any luck we have a couple more people lined up to join us from there, as Kahlil and Dizzy are going to take off to Peru in search of some fabled, remote left points. 

The wait to get thought the canal is currently 6 weeks and the line isn’t getting any shorter, so we better go get in line.  We talked with a Canal agent about the current situation and there doesn’t seem to be anything you can do to speed up the process, but as there are some great cruising grounds on the Caribbean side of Panama we should have some more fun and adventures in store for us there. 

But, as we do have to work hard during the day the fun never stops at night and last night was no exception.  Our current port has a casino and I decided to have some fun in celebration of our new Crew-member, so I gave everyone $20 bucks and we headed out to see who could last longest at the black jack table.  The only problem we encountered was that P Kiddy followed us the whole way and came to the Casino with us.  He got through the door and was then accosted by security who said he could not play at the table with us.  One security guard even said how much he liked eating cats and how tasty P Kiddy looked, the guy was completely serious as P is one of the meatiest cats you could probably ever find to cook up and was sizing up his drumstick which is apparently the tastiest part, SCARY!  So, then after befriending the entire casino staff in his P Kiddy way and still not being allowed to play at the tables we had to take him home, so we could get down to business.

They must have put some Caribbean voodoo hex on us because we all eventually lost our $20 bucks with Kahlil and myself out lasting Ben and Super Girl.  But, we had an unreal fun time and laughed our asses off for that small price, good times to be sure and well worth the price of admission. 

I’ll try to keep you all posted as to all the crew happenings, boat work and shenanigans down here and with any luck when we get some better Internet, put some good photos of the P Kiddy casino evening up.  So, take er easy and relax, cuz that’s what were going to have to do for a while in the tropical heat, waiting for our turn to take that currently not so short, shortcut to the great Pacific.  Cheers – Kyber

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kyber // Apr 9, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    I forgot to thank Jamie and Sandor for letting me borrow their kites while I was in SB and Sandor your kite is in the box, Bra. Thanks a Million Dudes.

  • 2 charles logue // Apr 10, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Wish I was there to help with the wires. Wind and solar are certainly the future with oil at $112. per barrel. Sounds like owning the canal is very profitable.Looking forward to pictures of the new crew members. Remember our porn star connection to Fear the Mullet? Classic. P.Kiddy is certainly very, very special. Aloha from the N.Shore.

  • 3 Dave Salgado // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Kyber,

    Please take total advantage of this special time in your life, I know you are, but having been there on a different scale, it kind of blurs after awhile. Enjoy every single moment you; will remember the moments or snippets forever and you will be stronger because of your life experiences. Take care, be safe, I wish I was on your crew!!!!

  • 4 Jamie // Apr 11, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Im in? When and where. Time frame for me is May 4th-18th. Where will you be ??? Bonaire? Coche? Aruba. Yeah baby! Jamie

  • 5 perry russell // Apr 11, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Hey Kyber………now I know why I haven’t seen you out in the water for so long. Looks like an incredible adventure you’ve undertaken……..good for you. Really enjoyed reading through your blog. Hope you score in Panama. – perry

  • 6 Robbie Grant // Apr 11, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Kyber,
    The following comment isn’t intended to be a published comment, but I don’t have an e-mail address for you, and wanted to ask you a favor re: the quote below.

    “I hope to write a better post in a day or two explaining my actions and thoughts. . . .”

    I want to hear about it. As entertaining as the narrative has been, thus far the only tension developed has been external — boat breakages, bad weather, expensive destinations, Caribbean boat work . . . .

    As a reader, I want to know not just about those challenges, but also of the psychic ones — the chasm between your expectations and experiences, the apparent paradox in translocating thousands of miles from one’s spiritual home in order to appreciate how much it informs one’s identity, and the metaphysical solitude involved in undertaking an endeavour such as this.

    In his concise treatise on creativity, ‘The Courage to Create’, Dr. Rollo May writes something to the effect of, ‘commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt.’

    Readers are largely unaffected by stories where the protagonists do everything right, have no doubt about what they’re doing and essentially remain unchanged from beginning to end.
    Individual evolution, doubt, adversity, the details of the process by which they are all overcome (or not), and the added perspective they give to one’s psyche are what imbues a personal narrative with depth, makes it resonate with your readers, and makes it, well. . . personal.

    Paradoxically, this doesn’t make the undertaking more narcissistic or negative, rather it gives those you so sincerely thank something more meaningful — a little more of yourself. . . .

    Also keep in mind that at some point when this is all done — or even if it never ends — you will be a reader too. You will be reading this account of a part of your life not as the person experiencing it, but as the older, wiser, person you’ve become because of it. When that day comes, if you’ve made a transparent record of your transformation, you will be capable of making the nexus between intent, action and completion. That’s how you will be able to achieve Dave Salgado’s mandate.

    I know you’ve got a full plate with getting ready to head for Panama, but please take the time to flesh out what you meant by the quote at the top. I know there’s something there that merits more than the one line mention it got. I know there are probably a thousand reasons not to right now with everything you’ve got going. Don’t let it it slide! After you’ve surfed the last wave and kited the last session, and savored the last Margarita, you will only have this account of your trip and your photos. Memories will blur, recollections will morph and details will be lost. Make sure you get it all down now while it’s still fresh.

    To paraphrase Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, please ‘deliver this blog from the womb of it’s purposeless splendor’.

    I wish you godspeed and patience getting through the canal and don’t hesitate to write if there’s anything you think I could do to help.

    Sincerely,
    Robbie G.

  • 7 Ty // Apr 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Hey guys, super glad to hear that you found some sailors!! Sounds like your new 1st mate surfs alot better than me too. I actually got to kite in SD yesterday and with the santa anas it was so hot you could trunk it. (I thought I would never get to do that again after the trip). And it was crazy wind it was up high and there was nothing on the water, so it was completely glassy. It looked like you could never kite, but super fun. Anyway I am glad to hear you guys are moving forward. Wind Generator–Good call. Oh yeah, I did some work in OC, and stayed with my friend Zack Maxam. He and his wife just got a cat that is a bengal, its only a year old, and tiny, but its amazing the behavioral tendencies it shares with P.Kiddy. Later boyz

  • 8 Tristan Fitzpatrick // Apr 17, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Yo howzit friend? Looks like you guys are just partying. Surf looks good the tail looks good.
    Send me some of the pictures too gnarly to make the site. Keep on trucking.

  • 9 Loyd Applegate // May 7, 2008 at 1:02 am

    rains. It is great to live your adventure vicariously. Although much has
    changed much remains the same. What will be remembered in years to come will be not only the great beauty and personalities you encounter but the mundane, and adverse conditions. i.e. the madness of clearing port finding clean fuel, and the little necessities of life. I applaude you and your shipmates for embracing the adventure. I will be life changing for each of you. It would be great to see a few more pictures of your boat.
    Be safe, a fellow sailor in Realtor clothing. Loyd

  • 10 Loyd Applegate // May 7, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Just a footnote. The first part of my email disappeared. I was speaking with your dad today Kyber and he turned me on to your adventure. I talked briefly of my sailing adventures in the Carib. in the 60’s and 70’s. I was saying that the Panama Canal crossing is an E ticket ride. I hope that you catch a classic thunderstorm. Loyd

  • 11 sandra742 // Sep 9, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

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