Life in Las Vegas for the Nine of Cups’ crew is quite different than our life on the boat. For sure, our morning schedule is significantly different than it is on the boat. The mornings in Chesapeake have been hot and humid and subsequently dewy … everything sopped and wet until the mid-morning sun (or the captain’s chamois) dries it off. We take limited morning walks because our woodsy path across the river is soggy and muddy. Here in Vegas, dew is never a problem. It’s hot and dry pretty much all the time … go figure, we’re in a desert. Morning walks around the golf course in the cool of the early morning are awesome as long as we beat the golfers to the course. We’re usually on the path by 0530 … a great way to start our day.
After morning coffee on the back patio, we do a few house chores and then head into our room/office. For Marcie, it’s writing blog posts, updating Facebook, working on website pages, paying bills, writing articles, keeping up with email and other communications. For David, it’s mostly writing articles and the weekly Blue View article or video and concentrating on Blue’s upfitting layout. David and Paul always seem to have a project or two to work on ... which usually requires buying more tools. Last time it was landscaping and building a raised planter. This time, Paul has plans to build a platform bed.
If it sounds boring, it’s not. It’s a great chance to catch our breaths, spend time making good on long overdue writing promises and spending time with family. Though we don’t always interface with family early in the day, dinner is a joint effort at the kitchen table, spent in casual conversation. Sometimes there’s a movie afterwards or sometimes we play cards. It’s quite easy and pleasant.
On occasion, we go to the movie theater and pig out on popcorn and the latest releases. We’ve also been known to frequent the mimosa-rich buffets at the local casinos on the weekends.
So which life do we prefer? Well, we like change and mixing it up a bit and I think we always will. There are all sorts of amenities here that are wonderful … bathrooms are close and showers don’t require us bringing all of our gear with us. There are laundry facilities within steps of our room AND they don’t require quarters to use. There’s a huge fridge and extra freezer always jam packed with stuff to eat and drink and when we need to restock it, there’s a huge choice of stores nearby. Food is cheaper here than in Virginia; gasoline is definitely not! We’ve not been bothered by the extreme heat here, but then we spend lots of our time indoors in A/C and David’s not working on repairing decks.
We never seem to get into too much of a routine or rut though because before you know it … like another three weeks … we’ll be flying back to Virginia, picking up Blue and driving to Boston to house/cat sit for Lin for a few weeks. No moss growing on these old salts!