Well, another holiday is here as today is Christmas. I could think of a lot of fun things that I would rather do today at Salt & Asphalt Life t shirts but we know….I am going to my 87 year old moms. My mom is tough, she raised 4 boys and we are all hellions.
Family and the holidays
I chose the life of a nomad, traveler and business man with Salt & Asphalt T Shirts and Old salts Life t shirts…just couldn’t stay in one place to long. Being a surfboard shaper and builder, a hammock weaver at Freaky Tiki Hammocks and a designer at Salt & Asphalt t shirts , I could go anywhere there was an ocean and surf and make money. One brother Michael (who I lived in Hawaii with) got married had kids and the I helped him get into the Surfing business. He has done very good, very grounded. One brother , Nicky (the older one) has always sold cars..had a bunch of kids and basically led what we call a normal life and then my youngest brother Doug, still not sure how things are going there. This week he set up a video gambling parlor and is making money. But with gambling comes it own problems.
Son of a Sailor and Living in a Trailer..Here I am
And then here I am. Sitting around now only with my dog and my best friend Squirt. I am happy.. No stressful days .no worries, not weaving hammocks just riding waves, playing on the sailboat lying in my Mayan hammock and putting in a couple hours a week a the Hot Wax Surf Shop doing what I love. Don’t have a lot, but I got better memories than most on this planet. Son of a Sailor..at least I finally got out of that trailer.
Making surfing t shirts is not why I haven’t been on the blog lately and you probably can guess ., no not designing nautical t-shirts sailing t shirts or surfing t shirts and i long ago quit weaving hammocks. . Well I guess I know I need to get my head of this hammock pillow and get back to print surfing t shirts because I got to work but I bought Cal 35 sailboat. I had to have a bigger boat. Well actually I bought 2 boats since on here last. I first picked up a 27 O’day sailboat and loved it but you know..I needed to go bigger. And I bought a 33 foot RANGER sailboat. I soon realized a short while that that beautiful sleek racing sailboat was just a little too narrow for me to live and travel with no shower. It had an ATOMIC 4 blown engine, and I got her cheap.
My new 1973 Cal 35
Here is where the excitement begins. I had an Atomic 4 engine mechanic come buy to look at it. No problem since he had another engine to drop in. As we were talking about my boat being too narrow he kept commenting about how much he wished he could find a sleek 33′ like this because his present sailboat was just to wide and bulky.A 1973 CAL 35 Cruiser, maybe I can immortalize it in a few surfing t shirts. It didn’t take long for me to let him know a wished for a wider sailboat.Wham! He said lets trade even..and he had just put a rebuilt PERKINS 51 HP engine in. He had a new Hot water heater, Charles battery charger, new Lectra San,
Well that was what i did with my summer building FREAKY TIKI II. She has been rewired, new engine, sliding windows, recovered and a little paint. Its fall , she is ready to sail and I am just itching to head up to Morehead City, Beaufort Oriental, the Outer Banks and New Bern.
I invented the original rope hammock many years ago. Some credit the Aztecs, some credit the South and central Americans for invented today’s rope hammock..but no it was me. As strange as it seems , you are about to learn about the real and honest origins of the rope hammock.
The First Hammock is Conceived
Many years ago I had gone to hear a sermon by the sea of Galilee and believe me they were not any fancy rope hammocks around. Anyway back to the history of the rope hammock…I had gone to the sea to hear this carpenter talk about peace love and happiness..come to think about it, he sound a lot like today’s modern hippie,but that is another story altogether. I was started to get a little hungry and that carpenter had been breaking bread and pulling sushi from his basket all day. I was in need of a little rest and relaxation.Now this is where I got the idea for that first blue hammock. Having a full stomach and nowhere to lay down but some sand and a bit of grass I started thinking. On the way in I saw a few roman soldiers putting some crosses in the sand and stringing some poor peasants for stealing food. AND THEN IT HIT ME ,I grabbed a fisherman’s net, a little rope for hanging kit strung it up between the 2 crosses and off I was..in that beautiful thing I called fisherman’s net between 2 crosses that I later shortened to a rope hammock. Well by the time I woke everyone had gathered around me wanting to know where they could get a hammocks on sale and I went into business at Salt & Asphalt and have been working ever since.