Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Boat show yesterday wasn't as much fun this year as usual.
When you are selling your boat, it's pretty hard to get revved up about spending a few thousand on a watermaker or solar panels. Still, there was lots of neat gear and it was fun to be around all the excited people.
I overheard one couple - looking at a $500,000 boat - saying that their current boat (paid for) is just a 'little too small' for them to cruise on. So they were thinking about going into debt and buying this new rig, postponing their travels for, say, 5 or 6 years.
Jaysus. For $500,000 they could do a lot to mitigate a boat that is a 'little too small.'
Hell, for $175,000 they can have Sabbatical!
In the photo with today's block is the Latitude 38 magazine booth with Dona de Mallorca, the captain of Latitude 38's vessel Profligate which I wrote about sometime last month when it left Puerto Vallarta to return to the U.S.
She's a charmer and most of the guys who walked up went away with a lot more T-shirts than their wives had sent them to buy.