We need a better story

20 Jun

Everyone is interested in Tango, since catamarans aren’t as common up here, and our port of call is Maryland. These cues have people assuming we did the Panama Canal. We’ve only been at dock for a few days here in Sequim, and several folks have stopped by daily to ask us our story. It goes something like this…

Curious person knocking or hollering: “Hey there, Tango! I see you’re from Maryland. Did you go through the canal?”

Tango crew (even Peyton has given a version of this response): “Hi! No, that was the original plan, but due to work and life circumstances we ended up having it shipped on a freighter to Victoria.”

Curious person: “Oh, I see. Where are you headed?” You can tell from their tone that we seem to lose street cred here, as if the sailing we have done doesn’t really count once we put Tango on that freighter.

Tango crew: “Well, we are heading down to settle in our new home port in Portland, OR to be near our families.”

At this point the conversation takes a turn. The nice turns are to ones talking about great NW anchorages, places to visit, questions about where we sailed on the East Coast and in the Bahamas, and the standard homeschooling questions we are always asked. The uncomfortable discussions now turn to “well, how much did that cost?” and “why would you go Portland, Oregon?” The best of the worst had a guy tell Robin, “that’s not much of a place.”

We have met THE most nice and friendly folks in the boating/cruising world…but also some of the most opinionated and negative (a nicer way of saying cranky old salts?). Seems like those folks don’t have a problem at all with knocking on our hull and wanting to get into it, something that baffles us every time.

Our internal tricksters are just dying to invent some weird and crazy cruising story as to how we washed up here…one that will clap their jaws shut in surprise and speechlessness.
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4 Responses to “We need a better story”

  1. Mary & Bob June 20, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Tell them you were washed ashore by the Japan Tsunami…….glad to hear you, all the family and the boat arrived in the NW safely – enjoy your summer…Mary & Bob

  2. jackieandnoel June 21, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Glad all is well – we find that the people with more to say (and more opinions) actually have less to actually “say” – don’t them get you down – as you know – the good ones make up for it!

  3. Audrey Peterman June 24, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    I’m just sooo happy you stopped in our marina and we get to folllow your journey..what a wonderful spirited, loving, adventuresome family…#inspired!

    • four2tango June 24, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      Same for you, Audrey! We love what you and your husband are doing!

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