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About Capt. Paul West

I love life. It's what I do best is live. So on these pages I will put what I do. I'll share the adventures of living. Yep, I'm an old guy that knows time keeps on tickin', but that's a cool thing to understand. Welcome aboard. Subscribe today. Join me and I'll take you places that you may not expect. In fact, I'm not even sure where I'm going so we'll discover the future together.

From What We Awoke To We’re Stoked – Day 1

This is our laid back day. A day of, sort of, rest. Waking up and realizing that we are in Greece is a very strange feeling for me. I really never thought of being here. I mean, I thought about it, but I never really even did much research as to where I really was going to be. How cool is this feeling of being. A feeling of just being here, or there. It didn’t matter, I was just… Here…

We woke up around 10:00 a.m. Pete and I got some coffee going, I slipped on a spiral marble stair case, hung by my bad arm on a pipe and grabbed Pete’s bad shoulder to save my fall that I’m sure would have put me up in the hospital, showered in the smallest shower I can remember and met up with Pete again, and Iva, to go for a walk. The city is so different than I imagined it would be. Being one day in London, then flying and arriving in the dark, then walking out the door of a place I had no concept of… Whew, I loved it.

Small skinny streets, fast moving traffic, strong but gentle people and incredible sights. We headed in the direction of the marina. The town of Piraeus seems to have two bays or ports. One for commercial ship traffic and one for pleasure vessels and the fishing fleet.

We found a place to eat a brunch and walked the waterfront and found a place to kickback and spend a few hours sipping water and a capachino. We engaged in great conversation and Pete did a walk for a couple of miles to bring us back more conversation. It was truly a blessed time. A day we really needed and enjoyed.

We headed back to the hotel, finding an amazing chocolate shop, more views of the city and some cool bars and stores. Truly a wonderful city to explore.

Once back at the hotel, we relaxed for a while, collected emails, caught up on some news from home and then went to dinner at the roof top restaurant again. What a great place to eat with great prices. Our waiter George is wonderful. He takes pretty good care of us and is teaching us about the way of things here in Piraeus.

So off to the room to settle in and write up today’s doings. The internet is a bit slow tonight, so I’m in hopes the pictures get uploaded too. I don’t think I’ll sit up and wait. I’ll check on them in the morning.

Tomorrow morning, we take a tour to Athens to see the Parthenon, one of the great wonders of the world. Tour the city and then back to Piraeus for a “Ship Get-Together” to meet some of the people that Pat has met online. Where at you ask? Yep. The roof top restaurant here at the hotel…

Capt. Paul (jpet)

Capt. Paul

Today’s Photos… (I had a glitch, but these are the ones that I could get to post.)

Off to Piraeus Greece – Day 0

Oh what a morning. Waking up in London, cool crisp air and a beautiful day, cloudy, but nice. Coffee, some fruit and packing. Making sure we can get what we need in the right places at the right time and and bags the right weight as well.

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Our experience with the transportation from Gatwick Airport to the flat in London was not the best. An hour ride was over two hours and the driver was very airport (jpeg) We have the same service picking us up. Our fingers were crossed.

He came, he was great and the trip was an hour this time. We were also sweating the timing of our flight. It seems that at 9:01 p.m. Today the air traffic controllers, in Athens, are going on strike. Flights that get in after 9:01 are being canceled. We arrive in Athens at 8:20 p.m. So I think we are going to be just fine. We are in the air anyway. We may end up landing in Italy, who knows. But we’re on our way.
Our other option was to leave this morning and take two trains and a ferry. That takes about 24 hours. But the trip would have been beautiful. Through Germany, Switzerland, France and an overnight ferry ride. So there was no down side to our plan B.
So for now, we fly. Thoughts of everyone at home. Today is my daughter Nadines Birthday. She’s doing so well and we are so proud of her. Happy Birthday sweetheart. We’ll sing to you when we find a WiFi connection that works. Pat and Katie at home. We are wishing that they were here, but life happens and they had to cancel. We miss you. Also Judy that couldn’t make it with us too. We know that you’d be having a ball and laughing a lot as we are. Wish you were here.
In any case, I’ll finish this up when we get checked in later tonight or first thing in the morning. Now time for a quick nap…

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So after disembarking the plane and anticipating a long wait in customs, we ran across a little shack that said, “Passport Check.” We showed our passports to the guy, he scanned ’em and that was that. We were in Greece. That was that. A simple process with a friendly face.

Our driver was waiting for us. He was a big guy named Johnny. He grabbed our stuff and we walked with a slight run really to keep up with him. He loaded all of our stuff and we were off to the the Piraeus City Hotel. What a great ride. We know know a lot about what’s going on locally and a lot about his family. This is the guy you want to meet in a new place in the world. Thank you Johnny. We appreciate you a lot.

Piraeus is a great city. It’s like all the pictures of Greece. Duh!

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So once checked in, we were hungry and it was a little before 11, the roof top restaurant here at the hotel was open. We took the elevator, that only fits two people, got a table and had our first Greek meal. Wonderful it was. Now off to bed.

Tomorrow is a laid back day. No tours booked and a new city to explore. This adventure is going just fine…

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Running Down the List in London – Day 2

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The Tube. Check. Covent Garden. Check. Davenport’s Magic Shop. Check. Getting Lost. Check.

So it looks like we knocked off a couple of things on our list today. What fun. In all reality though, I think the Brits are just putting up with us and helping us along the way.pete, iva, pat, tube (jpeg)We end up in the right places somehow and meet the right people and do the right things at the right times. So, I’m thinking we are pretty blessed. We do seem to be wondering around in a haze, but we seem to end up where we stared to go. How it happens? Well I’m not sure, but I live in gratefulness.

This morning we had coffee and got ourselves going to walk to Covent Garden. Well we have an Underground station just up the street so in we went. Asked where we should go to get to point A. Well just three legs with one transfer and we ended up there. How cool is that.

Covent Gardens was all that I expected it to be. Art, performers, food, drink, and an Apple Store and a visual treat. Once there, we foraged for food. We found a nice French place that treated us with some tasty treats and then off to explore.

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Pat and Iva went to check out the shops. Pete and I went on an adventure to find Davenport’s Magic Shop. Pete and I found some great alleys to walk and streets to enjoy, but no Davenports. I had the address and a map, but it was nowhere to be found. We asked directions. Nope, no one knew anything. It just didn’t exist.

Then we found a book store and a wonderful lady. Yep, she took the time to look it up on the computer and after finding it, and looking at the map, she said it has to be underground. So she gave us directions, we headed down the street, we found an underground enterance. We went down three flights of stairs and there is was. Jackpot.

After spending time with the Danial’s (Yep, there were two Danials there, and showing each other a trick or two, we were out of there, we worked our way back to daylight and headed back to Covent Garden to meet up with the ladies.alley (jpeg)

We all headed back to the Tube to head to our neighborhood. Working our way back was a bit easier. It seems that on both trips on the Tube, our fares were free. One person let us in on one end and told us to pay at our destination. So on the end of the trips, we went to pay but the person on the end didn’t want to deal with us muchdavenports (jpeg) and just let us out on the street. What an experience it all was.

Once at the flat, we dropped things off and walked back out to find some dinner. We found a place for some nice chicken and headed back home. For the evening.

Tomorrow is a travel day. You know what that means, it’s Day 0 again. Off to Athens Greece. A 3.5 hour flight.

Peace and Love from London…

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Capt. Paul

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Roaming London – Day 1

Oh yes. It was amazing. I loved every minute of it. It was a great nights sleep… Sure, I slept a bit on the plane, but in and out as we all do. But today I was up and ready to go. London. Wow, I can’t believe I’m here, but I am, so time to explore.

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First to forage for food. Well just around the corner was MA. Free range eggs, organic ingredients and a menu that changes daily. Sounded good to us. Now I don’t remember what the name of this dish was, but it had a small potato ball, mushrooms, fresh braised tomatoes, two medium eggs and baked beans topped off with a couple of veggie sausages. It was terrific. If I didn’t want to explore, I’d have it again tomorrow, but there’s another place that has a sign that says, “Brillient Breakfast.” It’s only open for breakfast and lunch, so I think I’m there in the morning.

We asked our waitress, “Which stop do we take, once we get on the tube (subway), to go to downtown to see all the cool sites?” She laughed and said, “You are in downtown. If you get on the tube, you will spend four pounds to the next stop that’s about a 10 minute walk.” (Lesson one, get a map before you ask really stupid questions unless you just want to entertain the locals.) But, as you know, I’m in the entertainment business, so what the hell, we started walking.

We're walking the streets. (jpeg)Street perfomer. (jpeg)The Eye. (jpeg)The energy here is amazing. Everything is majestic, historical and amazingly enough, pretty common place for the locals. I never thought about that part of it. People take the miricals of history, that I’ve only dreamed about seeing as just daily life. What an eye opener. I have to think on that for a while, but a very interesting discovery for me. Actually kind of life changing in a way. We passed the Eye, and train stations, streets, shops, the The River Thames, bridges, pubs and then we found the the London Duck Tours. Now we’re talking. A tour of London by an anphibious Duck boat.

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So we jumped on and away we went. The palace, Big Ben, museums, gallery’s, a wonderful guide that knew everything about everything and presented it in a whacked out manor with that in the face British humor. After the land tour we pulled up to the River Thames, cruised down a ramp and splashed into the river. Off we go. Throwing us more facts and entertainment up river about a mile and then back to the ramp. It was a great tour and gave us a thumbnail view of what downtown is all about. Score!

Once off the boat/bus, we started the hike back to the flat stopping at a pub with the most incredible fish and chips with smashed peas I’ve ever had. What a great dinner. I’m not drinking alcohol at the moment, but Pat wanted to sample a local beer. She chose a lager. The bartender brought out three for her to taste. She chose one. He brought it to the table and I took a sip to make sure it was okay. Wow! Bummer of a time to be on the wagan. It was GREAT!

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So a couple of doors down, was a store. Kind of like a 7-11 in the states, but more of a convince store. It had fruit, meats and general stuff for eating and drinking, but a lot of organic foods too. It seems to be the norm around here. How cool is that. The stores have real food and the restaurants serve real food too. People walk. Roads, with two lanes for bikes. People take public transportation and live very healthy lifestyles.

How cool is all of this. At first glance, London is a pretty fantastic place to me. I like it, a lot. But, it’s cool weather. I’d have to buy more long pants in shades of dark green, grays and blacks. I kind of stand out with my white cotten beach pants, a tee-shirt, boat shoes and a Schooner Warf Bar blue denim shirt. I think they know I’m a tourist. Of course I feel that way too when I visit Minnesota. I guess it’s just me.

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Also, during this trip, I’m thinking about all the people, places, animals, property and lives that Hurricane Matthew is affecting. My heart, thoughts, love and wishes go out to everyone in his path. Be safe. Be blessed. Lot’s of work to do after this one. Dang!
So home we came, settled in for the night, checked email, blogged, told stories, ice Pete’s neck and now hitting the sack. Tomorrow is another day. Covent Gardens tomorrow and Davenport’s Magic Shop. Treasures to be found in people and places…

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Off and Running… Day 0

Well the day has come. Time to load Fredie’s car and have him run us from Fort Myers Beach to Orlando to catch a flight to London, England for the start of our adventure/journey. This is a milestone trip for Pat and I. Pat turned 65. I turn 65 in November. We’ve been married for 25 years and together for 29. We’ve planned this for 2 years and there’s no turning back. Here we go.Storm to Orlando (jpeg)

It’s my first time in Europe and Pat’s 2nd (She went when she was 19). So a lot of new stuff, places, people and adventures. I’m pretty excited. Yep, I’m half English and half Cowboy according to my Dad. My Mom was full blooded English and my Dad said his heritage was pretty much anything I could think of so I guess Cowboy was the best way he could put it. I’d take one of those DNA tests, but maybe I’ll just call myself a Cowboy.

As we headed north to Orlando, we ran into a pretty impressive storm. It made me think of what is going to happen to Florida and the east coast as Hurricane Mathew works his way north through the Bahamas tonight. My thoughts are with friends in the islands, boats and wildlife. As Jimmy Buffett says, “There ain’t no reason to hurricane season.” Be safe everyone and pay attention. Please.

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So after we got to the airport, we headed to the counter and got the tickets and they accepted our 40 pound bags for shipment to London. We headed to the gate to meet up with Pete and Iva our good friends from Illinois. In fact, our trip started out with Pat & Katie from MN, as well as Judy from AZ coming along also, but because of conditions of life, that happens, they had to cancel. So the phrase for this trip is, “And now there were four.” One suggestion from Bro. Dan was, “**** Pat,” but it was overridden, except now Pat has the title anyway.

Well the flight was good. Up the east coast, about 100 to 200 miles off the coast until about New York then we began to head northeast then east to London. It was an 8 hour flight from Orlando and only about 45 minutes of turbulence a couple of times through the night. We left Orlando at 10:30 p.m. and arrived in London at about 11:30 a.m. London time.

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After customs, we went to be picked up by our driver to take us to the flat we rented, but he’d left. So we called the company and they sent him back to us. Our 45 minute drive was over to hours because the driver took us through a ton of neighborhoods. He didn’t know how to get to where we needed to go. After two gps’s and a phone call or two to dispatch, WE found the pace for him and all was fine.

A great place, a good dinner and an amazing nights sleep… We were here! Now to explore and meet the locals and experience the sites and the culture.

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The Partly Calendar – Explaination

So there was a time in my life where I was part of an entertainment duo. What? You’ve never heard of the Partly Brothers? That’s unbelievable. Partly Music. Partly Magic, but all FUN. So since you may not have been enlightened, I want to take you on a little journey because I’ll be using the Partly Calendar, with all it’s simple but important itracasies.
Brother Dan created this little way of keeping time on the road so that we could smile, laugh and discuss time. We tweaked it so that it is usable, for the most part, to anyone that wants to use it. I’m not sure if it’s ever been in print before, but here we go.

When you start your trip, you jump in the car, that is considered Day 0. That’s because it’s a travel day. Simple huh? Then if you continue your journey it’s, you guessed it, Day 0 again. So basically travel days are Day 0’s.
If you travel and have a Day 0 and you stay at that destination overnight and also the next day, that’s a Day 1. So if you stay a another day, that’s Day 2 and so on. So, for example if you travel the first day, you have a Day 0 and if you stay a week, you’ll get up to maybe Day 7. Then hit the road again for lets say three days, you will have Day 0, Day 0 and Day 0. Then gig for two day’s you then have Day 1 and Day 2 and so on. Simplicity at is finest.

Now Bro. Dan likes to keep it simple. This is a very good idea. When I started cruising with my wife Pat and even when sailing on Panacea for several days at a time, it got me thinking… When that happens, strange things happen
So here’s what I came up with. If we get on a ship and leave port, as you’ve guessed, that’s a Day 0. And let’s say, it takes 3 days to sail to where we are going. That means that we are still in the same room we started in, also in the same environment, especially if we are on a cruise ship.
My thought is that we would have of course, the first day out is a travel day, so that would be, Day 0. The second day of travel is a continuation of travel days, but we are in the same comfy environment, with clothes in the closet and toothbrush on the sink, so that would be a Day 1. So in reality, we are looking at a Day 0.1. Right? Then it makes sense that the next two days would be a Day 0.2 and Day 0.3.
Bro. Dan wholeheartedly disagrees in this continued warped way of thinking. He thinks that they should all be day 0’s to keep the integrity of the basic system intact.
So as this blog continues for the next month, I’ll be checking it out for viability and accuracy. There will be some land based travel and then 23 days of cruise travel. I’ll report as we go as to how this works, or not and embellish the findings. Maybe embellish is not the right word to use, but that’s what I’ll be doing anyway.
It’s a great life. Now time to relax and enjoy our milestone adventure. Total decidance, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
See you on the sea…

Capt. Paul West
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Ahhh… It’s About Time!

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I can’t believe that I’ve finally decided to dedicate a direct blog for me to communicate my life and not just a product, service or anything specific really. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, but I’ve beenimg_1886 trying to play the game. I’ve been trying to do what I’m supposed to do. I was trying to conform to what people to expect me to be. Well now… How silly is that. It’s beyond silly, it’s whacked.

So kick back and enjoy the way it is. Not the way it’s expected. Really it will just be me, my life and the stuff that means something to me. Here’s what I’m thinking:

  1. I want to communicate with people not categories, not customers, not companies, but people. That’s who I’m living with around here. That’s who I play with. People, how cool are they.
  2. I love to sail. s/v Panacea and I have adventures. I do charters out of Fort Myers Beach, I sail with friends and we img_1834experience sunsets, dolphins and other island wildlife.
  3. I travel land and sea. So I have a lot of stories to tell and things to share.
  4. I’ve been a professional magician for the past 45 plus years. Sure the magic business is changing. The kids are faster, cuter and cheaper. But my stories are better.
  5. I’m a self proclaimed musician. I play a little guitar, sing a few songs and recently took up the ukulele. Now that’s a cute little instrument.
  6. I’m the inventor of CellGrasp, hold the patent, manufacture, market, package and sell the little things. So you’ll hear about CellGrasp’s adventures too.

So there you have it. I think you’ll enjoy the read. You’ll be able to comment and tell your stories to as well as contribute to the CellGrasp Life that we are all going to share and experience.
bpnewspaperxDon’t be strangers. I had this blog up and running, but it was getting mixed with the other blogs and so pulled the plug and am starting fresh. It will be what it will be.

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on sailing adventures, educate, promote, share and just enhance my life and maybe yours too. My promise to you is that you’ll have a good read now and then and have to put up with my sense of humor, pirate jokes and links to others that I want to share with you.

Once again, I’m Capt./Bro. or just Paul West. Thanks for listening and thanks for playing with me too. It’s a great world we live in. Like I always say, “Despite management, we are going to have a great time and make it a great community and place to live, work and play.”

See you on the dock…
Capt. Paul
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