Posted by: nativeiowan | January 1, 2016


It’s official, on this side of the world, anyway. 2015 is one for the records, and 2016 is fresh and free n ready to be a story written. A story recorded in the annals of history. A tale to be lived and retold and reviewed and reinvented…

Makes me think if an old song I re-found last year…

I dig the line… “..stood on the edge of a feather, expecting to fly…”

I think thats what we like about the “New Year”… it is new. We can expect sooo much… We can resolve to be better, get worse, learn something new, destroy copious quantities of brain cells, eat tons of meat, go hunting everyday, spray DDT on the dandelions, wear a stupid hat, learn to fly, live on the ocean, run 20 miles daily, watch less TV, start painting, take up nude photography, bungee jump, fly at super sonic speeds, say hello to more dogs, talk to more homeless people, wake up daily at 2am, never sleep, dance daily, stand one legged on as many street corners as possible…

I think thats what we like about the “New Year”… it is new.

And we, too, can – at least for a few days- entertain the fantasy that everything is new and I to can become new again, be different, change, help, do, achieve, reinvent, contribute, assist, win…

There is a rather dark psychological edge to this New Year manic depressiveness, but I shall ignore it. I am in a positive and smiley mood so I shall resolve to stay on a-high-note.

Shall we discuss the past, 2015, first? Or shall we discuss 2016, the future… What it may hold, what we may expect, what we may demand or dream?

The old line is “Health, Wealth, and Hapiness”. Which works. But I need something new. I need more words… I need: – Frenetic Fun, Unending Smiles, loads of luxurious laughter, truckloads of tears, at least one new non-life-threatening scar, fast cars, the vroom of motorcycles, tales of daring-doo and gravity defying reports from the razor’s edge…

Yep I need a lot. A whole lot.

But then I have a lot… A big, big family. Totally dysfunctional, dyslexic, and determined. We play rough. We breed em tough. We wear are scars like badges of honour. We love to play practical jokes. We laugh and cry unceasingly. If there is not a wail, a yell, or a groan, then we ain’t having fun like we should.

Who is in our Tribe these days… Qalo, Viola, Abraham, Andrew, Axel, Annie, Anthony, Angelo, Angelina, Anna, Terry, Mrs Terry, Dylan, Maxwell, Connie, Don, Joanne, Mendoza, Ed, Ozzie, Bridgette, Jimmy, Mack, Paul, Betsy, Lucky, Natasha, Tolia, Kuma, Jelly, Lauru, Iowa, Rhett, Scarlet, Rango, and Rosaleene….

I also need to add here the outlaws of the Tribe… Joe, Ollie, Hans, Lenny, Willis, Uncle John, Uncle Teddy, Rob, Diana, Jennifer, Ken, Chris, Cath, Wren, Leo, Nick, Bren, Pete, Tu, Ify, Ruatau, Toi, Tahi, and of course Old man Peter.

So, 2016… What does my crystal ball see… I do see water. lots and lots of water. boundless vistas of blue and grey and green… I see… ICE…ice copyIce is our next retirement project. Grace and I shall soon be spending much of our time on the water. I told her she could be captain and would be cook. We start this maritime adventure in April and shall earn our blue water fins quickly…

I’ll sail ICE from Fiji to Aus in May. The designer/ builder/ past owner will teach me the ropes on that passage. I have a great crew set up and ready to sail… Hans, Willis, and Mendozza will crew the crossing, learn the systems and be my for-ever, crack-crew.

Once in Aus we’ll replenish and refresh and then sail onto Gizo. After Gizo, who knows?

I am keen to sail the Pacific. It may take a few years/ seasons but I am attracted to Easter Island. Polynesia, the Hawaii to mainland USA crossing. I want to spend a season checking out Alaska. The Pacific is a big, big place…

If I could get a great crew together… a trip to either or both poles, noting well I am keen to visit Antartica.

That is what ICE was designed for.

2015 was very powerful… For many reasons. Loads of fun and tons of tears.

Very special in that we managed to organise a couple meaningful meetings… Granny Did Vegas was a great gig n thanks go to WiIlie and Misellen, Andy n Ange n pups, Alayna n Derrick n pups, Jameson, Monk, and or course, Granny.

I made two, dig-it!, 2 trips into Montana and must thank Chris n Cath and Libby n Roger, n the kids and inlaws and outlaws up on FlatHead lake.

I also saw/ spent time with Don n Linda, Jan, Hal n Deb, Grove n Deb… all after about 3 decades of absence. That was powerful and meaningful and fun.

2015 has been busy and fun… We’ll look back fondly to 2015. It shall be a memorable and BS-tale-filled year in the Tribal history…

It wuz loads of fun…

Dylan in Honiara over Cmas 2014 festivitiesIMG_1776

Of course, it is hard to think of “last-year” without wondering where others are, how they are, and when next we may meet…

Uncle Teddy is always high on the list. Teddy… where are you? Not a day goes past with your name coming up.

Bro Rooster… Maybe this year? Maybe a voyage on ICE?

Nic, you’re always on mind. I do wish you smiles, health and more smiles.

A quick look into the smile filled past year…

A wrestling match in Honiara…IMG_1783

Spectating the spectacle in Honiara…IMG_1784

Cmas 2014 and no one went to the hospital… Gotta try harder…IMG_1792

NY eve in Pasadena… Luv a Parade…IMG_1927

VG’s spaceship at New Mexico’s Space Station…IMG_1979-Panorama

Road Trippn…usa 0315esk + copymissoula copy

Somewhere in Utah…IMG_2442

FlatHead Lake…IMG_2450

Heading home to Ioway…day 5 copyday 5.5 copy

Bro Monk on his beautiful Bonnie…IMG_1330

A long ride, worth the time…missoula copy

Bik’n the US is, for me, is excellent in it’s long, lonely riding…elko 1 copyelko 2 copySLC copyaz copyAz-ca copysrosa copyUT copyDurango copy

a 4wheeln shot while tooln through the Rockies…IMG_2759pas - dsm copydsm - spk copywc copyIMG_2756

Bro Monk making sure I get home n to bed…IMG_2765

Ms Jan… 30 years of distance bridged over 2 beers…IMG_2767


The Great North West…IMG_2861

Peter n Ruatau…2015-10-24 11.36.38

Lucky 13…2015-10-25 19.58.42-2

Solomoni, ieee….2015-11-03 16.39.24

Glorious Gizo…IMG_3191

More Ink…2015-12-17 08.41.33

Ed looking very impressed…2015-11-24 06.28.59

Full moon over Honiara…2015-10-29 20.19.08

Last full moon of 2015…2015-12-25 19.04.31-2


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