I am the man with the unplan.  What is the unplan?  The unplan is simple: my long range plans are firmly set in jello, and are therefore subject to revision, reversal, and massive change.  Although I know who I am and where I am going, I don't have any long term plans set in concrete.


My life is full of maybes, perhaps, and possibilities, but real long range plans are clearly out of the question.  Three of my colleagues who had long term plans are no longer alive, and the handwriting is on the wall and in clear focus.  The message says, "Today is the only day I have, and I need to make it count for something good."


I used to be a man with a plan,  When I was halfway through college, I made a plan to go to medical school, and I did it right on schedule.  But after that, the unplan  took over.  When I was an intern, I planned to become a pathologist, but instead, I became an eye surgeon.  I planned to practice general ophthalmology, and instead became a retina and vitreous surgeon.  I made a plan to work overseas in Saudi Arabia for five years, and instead stayed for eleven years before I set sail on the ocean of my dreams.  I planned to spend two years sailing around the world on my yacht, and it took eleven more years to complete my circumnavigation.


Life has been full of twists, turns, and reverses, and it's easy to see why I am the man with the unplan.  I didn't realize I was the man with the unplan until I had a car accident in New Zealand.  When I rolled the van I was driving, I broke two legs, five ribs, one scapula, and I  punctured one lung.  I spent nine days in the intensive care unit, had three operations, and received seven units of  blood - all of this was quite unplanned.  I stayed in the hospital for two months and gradually regained my ability to walk.  It took six months to be able to bend my right knee ninety degrees, and that made it difficult to climb on and off my yacht.


While I was hobbling around on crutches in Whangerei, New Zealand, I passed a real estate office that had an advertisement in the window for waterfront property - one kilometer of ocean frontage.  At the bottom of the advertisement were the words, "For long term plans."  I looked at those words and burst out laughing.  Those words - long term plans - were massively presumptuous in the world in which I lived.  In my world, I didn't know if I would ever walk normally again.  Skipping and running were out of the question.  First, I had to progress from hobbling to limping.  Even my trip around the world on my sailboat was up in the air; I didn't know when or if it would ever continue.


I realized then and there that I was the man with the unplan.  Although I had a general direction to my life, and I had a list of things a mile long I wanted to do, I no longer had solid plans or even a schedule.  My life was full of possiblities, but long term plans were a thing of the past.  When you are fifty old, and you don't know how much time you have left, you leave the long term plans to young whippersnappers who feel like they are immortal.


Since that time, I have been living more in the moment.  I have a general direction to my unplanned existence.  I planed to sail across the Atlantic Ocean sometime in November, December, or January, conditions permitting.  I will probably cruise in the Caribbean from January to June, and then I will arrive back in the USA in June, July, or August.   That's my unplan.


The truth is, I was never very good at squeezing my life into any type of mold, and plans are sometimes the most restrictive molds of all .  Anyway, the majority of my plans have turned out different, maybe even better, than I had hoped.  So I have decided to stick with my unplan and see what happens.  One thing you know for certain, we will be surprised when we see how it all turns out.


By the way, God, if you happen to be listening, I would appreciate it if you would extend my unwitting and unplanned existence for another forty or fifty years, because there is so much to do and so little time, and I want to make the next fifty years into a real adventure.  I promise I will do better this time.  Amen.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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