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Day 27 — Ahoy! Antigua

Day 25 -- Ahoy! Antigua

Protecting my mental health involves rationalizing why it is okay to spend money on things that I shouldn’t when I’m feeling down, and I’m feeling down.

Being a Medicaid recipient, I could use my benefits to see a therapist, and it wouldn’t cost anything. Medicaid is great because the answer is always zero when I walk up to the checkout counter. Perfect if I were in dire straits and thinking about throwing myself off a bridge.  But for chit chat about how depressed I am, I’d need to find a therapist I “connected” with and then spend weeks building a rapport. I don’t have time for that.

If I went back to seeing my old therapist with whom I already have the requisite rapport, she’d charge me $165 for 50 minutes, and I’d need to see her at least five times to make headway. That would be $825 out of my holey pockets in expenses. And, besides, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently started a Web page that offers help with coping, and that’s free. But, let’s round up the cost of my mental health to $1,000.

If it’s going to cost $1,000 to make me feel better and rejuvenate my mind and spirits, what should I really spend it on?

I know the ticket, and the ticket is a trip to Antigua Sailing Week in late April. Not only would I feel great about going, but I’d have lots of things to write about and under my real name! Sailing week is the second largest regatta in the Caribbean. Participants range from landlubbers on chartered sloops to America’s Cup winners crewing billion-dollar boats. I really do know how to tie a bowline knot. Honest. The Internet teaches you these things.

I can get media credentials and use my credit card to stay somewhere. I’m sure I could get a few drunken sailors to buy me some drinks and dinner. Sounds like I’d be all set (to sail, somewhere).

This adventure is so prime-time fantasy. I’m pumped and couldn’t feel any better already, and I haven’t even bought my tickets. You think I’m kidding, right? That it would be irresponsible for me to go and leave the kids with my ex?

You should at least visit the official Antigua Week Sailing site before answering. I’m not kidding. I am so serious that I went to VistaPrint this morning and ordered business cards for the real me and my Girl on the Brink pseudonym, Ann Powers.

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9 Responses to “Day 27 — Ahoy! Antigua”

  1. capn dave says:

    go girl!!! i hope you have a blast there. we are trying to put a campaign together to compete there next year. hope to hear back from you when you return.

  2. gotb says:

    Hey, Dave, you’ll have to come back and visit the site this week. My photog friend and I will have a Flickr slideshow, and there will be lots of video. Fingers crossed. Bunking on a Far 65, as I think I mentioned.

  3. Don Smith says:

    Hello Ann: My name is Don. I started to read some of your articles and in addition to being beautiful and Intelligent I started to realize when I saw this article that you were like a beautiful ship that was lost at sea for you see I was a guardian of the sea (Retired U.S.Coast Guard Chief) so I wanted to tell you about the Mystery of the sea (They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep./Psalm 107:23-30,) meaning it’s Beauty, Mystery and Hazards, Calm one minute and a Raging sea the next and yes life and death for you see no man or woman is a rock or Island and it helps to have a guiding light when lost.
    The article on dating was interesting and I would recommend seeing the movie “The Ugly Truth” a romantic comedy on relationships and men.
    A sailors wish for you ( May you have fair winds and a following sea). Don

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