Wednesday, June 08, 2005


I was going to entitle this post “Despair.” I decided on the word “Dauntless” instead. That means “to persevere fearlessly.” Chin up, old boy, we can’t let the monsters in our minds make us miserable, just because a silly old house can’t sell. Plus, I need to be a good influence on Lori, my better half. I’ll be the first to admit this is like a month of visits to the dentist, with anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness, and no stomach for food, but dammit, we’re dauntless. Fearlessly persevering!

The moniker has quite a background going back to the Revolutionary War. The first ship built by our fledgling nation was the Oliver Cromwell, a 24-cannon ship built at the Dauntless Shipyard in Essex, Connecticut. The name was reserved has a hallowed history that includes the schooner Dauntless (1866-1915), the Navy torpedo dive bombers of WWII (circa 1943), and one of the most famous Coast Guard cutters (WMEC 624, currently in service in Galveston). There’s a certain patriotic pride that goes along with the name Dauntless. It means when the chips are down, drive straight at the enemy and stare ‘em right in the eyeballs.

I just wish everything wasn’t on hold. Heck I can’t even drive much of anywhere! I can’t even rent a moving truck because I don’t know the when and if. So here I sit, work being slow, attempting to be “dauntless” and doing chores for Lori and rubbing her back (muscles like banjo strings) and making diners and trying to be upbeat.

I hope it works.


Jeff & Angela said...

What a word! Sounds alot better than despair. We are in the same boat. We are looking at heading down next week, but here we sit waiting to hear from the S.B.A. I have been feeling the despair, jumping everytime the phone rings. I like the word "Dauntless" much better. Lets keep all of our fingers, toes, hair and eyes crossed. Good Luck

Anonymous said...

You always hear that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" crap in situations like this...
Hope in this case at least it's true.
I am going to be traveling a lot the next several weeks but surely there will be time for a "Sam & Lori Finally Made It Here" BBQ or something -- and I hope it is sooner rather than later. -sf