Aleta: Drag Queen

They say the story doesn’t begin until the conflict arises. That the hero’s journey starts with a mission based on conflict, a journey is taken, and the hero is transformed. That’s it – three acts and you’re done. (Now go …

Life on the River

We’ve been at anchor for two weeks. There’s a method in our madness, kindly supported by our friends Mark and Tammy. They’ve been taking in our mail, receiving packages, and letting us borrow their car. During that time, we’ve been …

The Gecko

WARNING: This entry includes fruity British colloquialisms for which no apology is made – ed.  There’s a Brit that’s best avoided – but is all the same unavoidable. When I lived in London we used to call them wide boys, …

Thunderbirds Are Go!

We pulled out of Fernandina and headed south, ever southwards, towards Jacksonville and the St. Johns Inlet. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about this short section of the Florida coast, so let’s skip it. We arrived sharply into the Fort George …

Monkey Business

Okay – so some folks asked about signing up for Aleta.Life updates. In the old days we’d have mimeographed a bunch of pages and sent them in an envelope with a stamp from some exotic location. The stamp might have …

Pulp Friction

Fernandina Beach – a tourist trap bookended by two giant papermills. It’s really someone’s idea of hell on earth or a poorly executed site gag. Hurricane Irma had raged through here at the end of 2017 and caused a good …