The days are passing by.We have had a steady tradewind from southest the
last 5 days,but still quite uncomfortable seas from southwest.Everybody are
well,and the children in a remarkably good mood.Every day is quite scheduled
allthough everything goes in a slow pace.
At 8 o´clock we have 1 hour radio participating in Pan-Pacific net.Then
there is "shower"(bucket on deck),and breakfast.The watermaker is started up
running for a couple of hours and the children do schoolwork in the
afternoon.There are normally some cleaning,service/minor repair every
day,and navigation work.At 18.00 we have radiocontact with the American boat
Gaviota,and Portuguese Navigo,both sailing in the same area.Around 19.00 we
have "popcorntime"before dinner.Around 19.30 there is another radionet we
try to participate in called the Marquesasnet.Most cruisers on their way to
Polynesia paricipate,giving positions and weathercircumstances.In the
evening we read and also check mails.First nightwatch starts at
21.00(normally Felix and Carolina).Once a week there is "movie" on one
laptop in the salloon.Felix and Gabriel also plays computergames,and
Carolina spends some time painting.
The "cockpitdiscussion" was about trademarks.I bought expensive Timberland
boatshoes 2 years ago,only used on the boat.They got saltwater on them,and
both lost their bottom!They certainly didn´t pass the "Southpacific quality
control".A couple of months ago I bought an Omega Seamaster
divingwatch,expensive and famous trademark.After it´s first dive in the
Galapagos it had moisture inside!It didn´t pass the qualitytest neither.I´m
sure both these trademarks once were coming from companies with ambition to
produce qualityproducts.Nowadays though, when globalized commercialism is
the new religion,it seems as if the most important thing for the companies
is fast cash for their shareowners giving a short perspective on company
ideology,and in the eternal hunt for money,pressing production prices on
behalf of quality?
Other famous trademarks are for example Britney Spears,Björn Borg,lots of
footballplayers etc,all of them surrounded by a "commercial machinery" for
money production.We do live in a time of gread,don´t we?