Our Story began on April 7, 2012, a few months after the Mother, of our daughter, died from Cancer on Valentines Day 2012. I purchased a West Wight Potter to Motor-Row-Sail, to create more awareness 2 find a Cure 4 Cancer, and named my Potter . . . FLOYD. Since our adventure began, Floyd & I have made several course changes, which has expanded our purpose. Creating awareness, is Not Enough. The Cure, Must be available to Everyone. If Not, There Is No Cure.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Chapter 1 When I first met Floyd
When I First met Floyd
It was April 7, 2012 when I first
met Floyd; however, it was not until our meeting came to a close that she
revealed her name to me. Floyd is much
younger than I am, she can only recount his birth month and
year . . . being February 2011. I recall being born in the month of December
in the year of 1952.
Ken, the owner of International
Marine, whose manufacturing facility of the West Wight Potter was located in
Inglewood, CA, introduced us as he gave me a tour. While Ken showed me the various boats that
were in different stages of completion for customers, my eye was always drawn
back to “Floyd”. Floyd, at the time was
referred to as “Pinky”. Built and painted Pink to promote awareness for the “Sail
4 the Cure” campaign. Pinky participated
in several fundraising events since her birth date by the time we met.
During the tour of International
Marine’s plant, Ken excused himself . .
. as a call came in that he had to attend to . . . upon his departure Floyd
asked me why I came . . .
This was the moment . . . when
Floyd and I began our friendship. Floyd
wanted to know why I came to Inglewood . . . as she felt that someone would
come and take him on a journey . . .
but not sure if it was, I , that she was
to take the journey with.
Before I could speak, Floyd asked
me if I had a child . . . I replied that I had a daughter 27 years old named
Sabrina and that her mother passed away 2/14/2012 from cancer.
Floyd asked again . . . why I came
to Inglewood. My response took me back
to the mid-summer of 2000.
I told Floyd that prior to 2000, I
had not experienced many friends and or family members passing away. However, that mid-summer of 2000 changed all
my perceptions about living, death, grieving, recovering and a re-awaking of
our Devine purpose.
On that mid-summer of 2000, my
mother was admitted to a New Haven, CT hospital for observation. Our parents, Florence and Robert, had four
sons . . . I am one of the four.
We all were there to support our
mom and Dad . . . the oldest Bob was the primary care support. To him we will always be thankful. By November, our mom left this world to be
with our lord in heaven. Within five months,
our Dad who grieved at the loss of his beloved wife went to be by her side.
Prior to our Dad leaving this world,
he told me to live each day as if it was your last day and to take my
retirement on an installment plan and give thanks to Jesus. Our Dad wanted to share with my brothers and
I that only the lord knows when it is time to go home. However, while we are
here . . . and always give something to
Since 2001, I have done my best to
find balance as given to me by the last words of my Dad. Since then, I have taken time from my day to
day work . . . saving as much as I could to visit and connect with family that
I have not seen in a long time and empty my bucket list.
As of today, most of my Uncles and
Aunts have passed away (mostly from cancer) in the most recent 10 years, and all
of them were as special to me as my mom and dad. Moreover, I had an opportunity to visit with
most of them before they left this world, as my dad encouraged me to do.
As Floyd listened, her sails were not
Luffed . . . nor a sign that he was in irons as she quietly stood fast in the following
Floyd asked again . . . why I came
to Inglewood . . . I told her that I was seeking balance in my life and that of
my daughter and for all those who have left this world via circumstances of
living such as cancer, including those who have survived; such as my brother’s
I also shared with Floyd that it was a passion
of mine to sail the 700 miles of the Sacramento River Delta waterway.
As Ken returned from his business
call, Floyd and I included him into our conversation.
Long story short, we all embraced
the pursuit of an adventure to Sail “Floyd” through the 700 miles of navigable
waterway in the Sacramento Delta. Floyd
and I have now bonded.
Floyd since birth was not fitted
for this adventure. Ken and I, with the
assistance of many references to previous Potter Owner’s modifications . . .
re-fitted her so that we could make this adventure possible.
Most stories have a beginning,
middle, and end . . . The Story of Joe & Floyd is no different. Floyd and I met on 4/7/2012, shared our
history and found common grounds, and decided to ‘Sail 4 the Cure”.
Post Script: Floyd, Bless her Heart,
asked also to be fitted with oars and a motor so she could relax and enjoy our
adventure. How could I say no . . .
since we fitted her with many features to make it more pleasurable for me.
Til’ we chat again, Floyd &
Joe (Joe will be rowing and motoring so Floyd can relax)