OK, let me preface this D.I.D by saying that I cannot figure out how to embed the video's for the songs and movie so I just threw up the tags. Please take the time to listen and watch these as they really mean a lot to me. - Steve
So I get this call from a buddy that got me a spot on the Puma Ocean Racing team's new racer, 'Il Mostro'. The first leg of the race was leaving from Boston so I just shot down to Fan Pier and jumped on. I knew you needed a lady to christen the bow, so I made a phone call and my friend Selma politely obliged. Here she is laying one into the titanium bow with a bottle of Mumm.
Shortly after the race had started, I started telling my crew-mates how the film "The Perfect Storm" was based out of Gloucester, MA. They all started laughing at me and saying that it was all Hollywood hype, there was never such a large wave. Just then, what do you think happens? Skipper gives us a shout to hang on and right around the same area as the film was some kickin' waves and suddenly...
As I can't really swim all that well, my fellow crew member, James Catacchio told me to grab something that floated well. He said he had something and was ready...
I grabbed onto as much stuff as I could and hoped for the best.
I woke up here...
with a bunch of stuff in my pockets stuff like:
1 movies ( I know ? )
I couldn't figure out why I grabbed that stuff but then it finally hit me. Here is my D.I.D.
I chose this watch to grab onto because it should be something that every adventurer wear while on an extreme excursion - Breitling Emergency (for obvious reasons)
My second was my beloved Panerai Ferrari 008. My first and only Panerai that without, I would have never met such a great group of friends.
I don't know why I grabbed my iPod, it only had 2 songs on it. Then I remembered that those two songs have so much sentiment because of 2 special people in my life...
Te Veo - Jesus Adrian Romero
This song reminds me of my beautiful daughter, Olivia. I don't speak Spanish so I really don't know what he is saying but I don' think you have to. It just speaks to me. If you are a Dad of a lil' girl, watch this video. You will agree with me, I am sure. (damn thing has me all misty eyed just listening as I write this.)
Plain White Ts - Hey There Delilah
This may seem like an odd song to have on my iPod but my 4yr. old son, Maxx is in love with it. He can sing every word and could listen to it over and over again. I love how innocent he sounds when he sings it. It really makes me proud to be his Dad.
I grabbed a book? Really?? Hmmm...Then it hit me. I could have brought something by my favorite author, Harlan Coben, but instead I took a book that was given to me by a good friend. It really is something that I will hold onto and pass onto my kids and tell them where I got it from. It's message is loud and clear..
My iPod Touch has 1 movie in it for a reason, I am too cheap to buy more on iTunes. But it is a good one. Kind of quirky but one of Robert Altman's greatest (IMHO)
I clutched a photo so tight that I thought I ruined it, it is really my favorite of the thousands I have of these two pip-squeaks. Maxx and his trucks and Livvy and her smile!
I do remember one distinct memory that will always stay with me no matter what happens to me - When my grandfather(my Nono)was sick in his hospital bed (the one he eventually passed on in) he asked me to do him a favor. He said, "Stevie, I always want to look my best, even when I don't feel my best. Could you do me the favor of shaving my beard for me?" I gladly did it, just as he taught me how to when I was a lil' kid sitting on his sink watching him. It was the last time he spoke with anyone as he wen't to sleep and never woke up. R.I.P Nono, I love you!!
I grabbed a bag with something in it and it was still hot. I opened it up and knew exactly why I had grabbed it. It was my wife's breaded chicken cutlets. She got the recipe from my mom but my wife makes them like no other. Just the right amount of fresh grated cheese in her home made breadcrumbs. Mmmm... I love 'em.
Finally, I woke up to find the most beautiful woman sitting next to me on this perfect beach. I knew Selma stayed behind and there were no women on board so this must have been a dream. I am glad it was because I could not let one day go by without having this woman by my side. She knows my ins and outs and all my little flaws that make me, well...me. She is my best friend - My wife Kim!
Thanks for coming on my little trip, I hope it was worth the time spent!!
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