Sunday, August 15, 2010


Dear Friends and Family,

While we've had no solid hits on Jimi's house, other things are moving along. It's probably best this way, so we don't become too overwhelmed with things to do.

Jimi has been studying for his HAM Radio test relentlessly. The HAM radio is a amateur radio system, which we will use on the boat. After purchasing the equipment, using it is free and includes a way we will be able to receive emails, weather reports, and upload our position to a webpage all at sea without an internet connection. Users of the system are required to become certified in two of three levels. Jimi will need to get the user two certification and I will test for the user one certification. The information is very technical and difficult. Jimi, however, is more familiar with the technology than I am and will take the test sooner.He has studied for six days straight to take both tests this Wednesday. I will wait until he is finished before I begin mine.

Tuesday night Jimi and I played two games of 18 hole putt putt golf. It was a nice change; fun and relaxing at the same time.

Thursday night we played nine excellent games of pool. Well.... excellent for me! Lol

Friday night we camped at the Pawnee National Grasslands. It was beautiful, and there was a meteor shower that Jimi watched; I slept. Jimi took about five hours of pictures; roughly 600 images to created this time laps video. Please watch when you have time; it's only about thirty seconds long. Video link

Camping and Star Timelapse August 13 from Jim Nicolaus on Vimeo.

Saturday night we met Brad and Ellen in a bar in Denver to watch friends Jeremiah and Mike jam on stage. It was a late night for us, but fun to be with friends.

Rest of the week, Jimi studied. I did a great deal of reading, some painting, and I worked.

Daniel had surgery on his toe last Monday. Everything went well for him except for all the confessions he blurted out to his father as he was waking up from the anesthetic - so funny. Pool Daniel. He now has a metal rod through his toe into his foot holding the bones together for healing. I've attached a couple of pictures. The doctor said it should only take a few weeks to heal.

Jenn is doing well in Idaho with her father and brother. We talk just about everyday. She's thinking about selling her car there and flying back to Colorado before leaving for boot camp.

We had a fantastic weekend and look forward to great things happening over the next few weeks.

Love everybody,
Lorie & Jimi

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