Hello all! I got a lot of requests for an AMA in a recent post I made, so here it is! Here's the basic story, when I was about 5 years old my parents, 2 doctors, decided they wanted to sail offshore. So, they took lessons, bought a boat, and we took off! We lived on the boat for several years, sailing along the West Coast, until through some unfortunate events the boat sank out at sea. Feel free to ask any and all questions, and I will do my best to answer! Since a lot of it is from memory, it may be slightly off in timeframe, so forgive me.

https://imgur.com/XkAulos Here's a photo of our second boat, Ra, for proof.

Edit* Ok everyone, thank you so much for the questions! I have to take a break now, my fingers are getting sore! I appreciate all of your questions and comments.

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idonthasno1471 karma

I'm OPs mom and sailing was so awesome and you were so brace. What was your favorite part of sailing and living out at sea?

EmanGman90001100 karma

Can confirm, this is mom! My favorite part was probably living in Mexico, the people were amazing, surfing each day and all that lobster.. oh man the lobster. Can't think of a better time :)

SuaveUchiha478 karma

Dude is that really your mom?

EmanGman9000664 karma

Yep! She saw the ama since it got so big.

SuaveUchiha388 karma

Ugh, you (and your mom ) are so frigging cool. Sorry about your dad being a barnacle though. :/

EmanGman9000401 karma

Why thank you! She's pretty damn cool, best mom I could ever ask for.

Pompous_Walrus43 karma

I thought earlier in a post further up you said she was (deceased)?? Glad she is ok but that did that mean when you wrote it earlier?

EmanGman900061 karma

Sorry, I probably wrote that wrong, I meant my mother's mom was deceased by that time.

SirLenzalot1207 karma

As an adult now, would you do it again? Alone? With your parents? Your own family? What would you different?

EmanGman90001422 karma

Good question, now I probably wouldn't but i'm not really sure. I guess I would have to see what my child would be like and for that matter whoever I marry in the future. Not everyone can do boat life, and I wouldn't want to press that on my family. Alone, no way in hell, too dangerous and lonely. I'm a social guy, I wouldn't be able to handle it I don't think.

AssDimple804 karma

now I probably wouldn't

Just wait until you hit adult life and the alternative is sliding papers around your desk for 30 years.

EmanGman9000566 karma

Good point. I'm partial to camping, maybe I'll go off the grid out into the woods with my family or something like that.

lady_and_the_cramp1086 karma

What is your favourite memory from your time on the boat?

EmanGman90002786 karma

The time a whale followed us for about 2 days, or the time we found ourselves in a giant pod of dolphins. Both stand out as the best times of my life.

_Buff_Drinklots_753 karma

Follow up question, what is the worst thing to happen to you while on the boat? Thank you.

EmanGman90001480 karma

Hmm... two things stick out in my mind. First, we went to this island called Cedros. The thing about cedros, is that going through the passage in the middle of the island seems like it'd be ok, but it's a nightmare. the wind is crazy and it nearly tipped us over, I really thought we were going to die there. Once we got out, it was fine, but damn that place. Second, I had a lot of trouble getting my "sea legs" so I would puke a ton, the first month of each trip out was just un-fun. Couldn't eat, hard to sleep, just uncomfortable and sickly. So yeah, those two are the only ones I can think of.

xoxota99197 karma

Well, that and when the boat sank.

EmanGman9000272 karma

Yeah, but I wasn't on it for that event so I don't count it.

butt-hash204 karma

When you say giant pod of dolphins... do you mean 20? 100? I honestly just don't know what a giant pod would be, but it sounds fucking dope.

EmanGman9000826 karma

It was so large I couldn't see open water that didn't have a dolphin in it. 2000+ maybe? Hard to tell honestly.

Dangermommy126 karma

That's amazing. I can't even fathom something like that. I would have been awestruck by 5 dolphins.

EmanGman9000204 karma

I almost couldn't believe what I was seeing, it was so amazing.

lumpking69146 karma

a whale followed us for about 2 days

can you speak more on that?

EmanGman9000761 karma

Woke up one morning to a huge spraying sound, looked behind us and there was a whale about 30 ft back. Not sure what type, but it seemed to like us and followed us for the next couple days. Stayed behind in exactly the same spot, I think it thought we were a whale too. It was so cute and amazing, kid me nearly exploded from the awesomeness.

lumpking69178 karma

Ive heard that people are always surprised by how much whales stink. Did you get any funk off the fucker?

Also, did you ever hear it sing?

EmanGman9000251 karma

Maybe a little but nothing horrible, and unfortunately no I didn't hear it sing that I remember.

nae_co711 karma

How did you sink it?

EmanGman90001230 karma

Dad tried to solo sail to Hawaii against my mom's wishes, ended up sinking it and having to be rescued. Not sure how it ended up sinking exactly since the story he tells about it doesn't sound right, but I never pushed the subject.

SkullFiddle568 karma

Remember that comment when some guy thought your parents were running from something?

EmanGman90001550 karma

Ha, yeah, it would be hilarious if they were, but I think they were just running from a boring life.

BaaBaaBlowSheep144 karma


EmanGman9000312 karma

Maybe... Knowing him I wouldn't be surprised.

2knee1651 karma

I have a few questions: What did your parents do for money? And how was it readjusting to land life?

EmanGman9000992 karma

They were doctors, so they traded work for food and money. It wasn't too hard adjusting back, I think being around people was the only tough part, you get used to being fairly isolated out on a boat so dealing with social settings became odd after a while out. It was fine though after a little bit.

Shannaniganns401 karma

How did they earn while living on the boat? Like, stop at a place and exchange their services for goods then move on again? Or was there a regular hospital?

EmanGman9000797 karma

A little of both, in Mexico they would barter work for goods and when we came back to the US they would work locums at the local hospitals. We would usually come back to the same towns, like Newport OR, so they had a kind of standing agreement with the hospitals there and it always worked out ok.

Davster506 karma

Did the boat sink while you were on it? Did you have to be rescued?

EmanGman90002031 karma

My mom and I were not on the boat, so what happened was that my dad wanted to sail from San Diego to Hawaii. My mom had a bad feeling about it, and wouldn't go, so he decided to solo it. My mom and I flew over while he tried to go solo. Something went wrong and the boat took on water, he had to ditch into a life raft and got rescued 12 hours or so later by a cargo ship. We were stuck in Hawaii for about a year while they worked to make enough to go home.

ManutePol919 karma

holy shit that's a story

EmanGman90001178 karma

Oh, I've got so many more too but I don't have photo proof for all of them unfortunately. Ran with the bulls in Spain at 15, climbed a mountain (I do have a pic of that one), got my scuba license as a kid and went scuba diving in Panama, checked out Morocco... So many adventures.

thegreatmulie537 karma

Sounds like you missed out on a lot of childhood things but also lived a fun and adventurous childhood!

EmanGman9000742 karma

Yes and yes, it was a mixed bag but I wouldn't trade it for anything. some of the best years of my life!

Leto__II158 karma

Why'd you have to stay in Hawaii - didn't they have insurance on the boat? I mean, I just assumed "whoops, I sunk the boat" was just pops pulling off a classic insurance scam.

EmanGman9000263 karma

No insurance that I know of, pretty much everything we had went down with the boat so it was pretty devastating. We really didn't have any savings so that's why we had to stay there for a while, we were able to move back after about 8 months though.

skeddles102 karma

Was living in hawaii nice?

EmanGman9000435 karma

Unfortunately, not really. The circumstances surrounding being there made it hard, and it was tough to integrate. I got beat up a lot, called "howle" because I was white, and overall I just didn't like it. Beautiful place, but not for me.

mwho134 karma

What hawaiian island did you live on? I thought this was a funny post to stumble across because I lived on a boat (docked in a harbor) in oahu for about a year. Boat life is definitely not for everyone, but it sure is memorable and fun.

EmanGman9000166 karma

I lived on Oahu! Right in Honolulu :D How funny.

Schizocarp61 karma

What as the bad feeling? Storms?

EmanGman9000224 karma

My mom describes it like this " I felt like my mom (deceased) was screaming at me not to go, so I listened." There was also an electrical storm as he went out that fried the boats wiring so he actually had to come back and let my mom fix it, as she was the electrics person.

n1ywb94 karma

Same thing happened to the Andrea Gale, one of the new crew took one look at it and noped out, said he had a bad feeling. Couple weeks later it sank in the perfect storm. I'm glad your pops made it home.

EmanGman9000272 karma

Me too, sadly right after my dad was rescued we heard about another family that was missing and the "eperb", a locator beacon that sends a distress signal, was set off. We told the coast guard we would shelter them when they were found, but unfortunately the life raft was found with no people in it. It was a heavy blow, since that could have very easily been us.

seamstress80391 karma

Didn't you have to go to school?

EmanGman9000635 karma

Homeschooled by my mom mostly, so I did go to school :)

seamstress80274 karma

Did you notice a difference on school level when you returned to normal school aged 9? Were you homeschooled all the time?

EmanGman9000716 karma

Actually, I was a bit more advanced when I got back, I eventually was able to finish school a year early. My schooling was very...odd, so it's hard to say exactly. I moved a lot even after I got back and did all types of school, online, normal high school, college classes in the start of my junior year. So it's a little messy to say the least.

KJ6BWB98 karma

What'd you get a degree in? What do you do for a living now?

EmanGman9000300 karma

Have my associates in science, working towards my BS in biochem. Right now I do the "wait for school to accept me" gig, but usually I'm a caretaker for disabled adults.

steefkeef91 karma

Are you planning on going to medical school?

EmanGman9000176 karma

Probably not, I work as a disabled adult caretaker but besides that I don't have much medical interest.

winnebagomafia174 karma

You mean BOAT - schooled?

EmanGman900068 karma

Exactly ;)

j938920315 karma

Can u describe a daily routine out at sea? Is it mundane?

EmanGman9000641 karma

Not really, there was a lot of maintenance to do, we had electronics so we could watch movies, play video games and listen to music. There was also fishing, swimming, and other fun stuff. Also, it was before internet was really popular (at least for us) so I had a much easier time relaxing and not being go go go.

fairlylocal17298 karma

A follow-up. Did you really swim in the middle of the ocean with all creatures down below? I'd be terrified if I had to.

EmanGman9000853 karma

Oh yeah, usually nothing is around so it's pretty safe, you stay close to the boat and since everything thinks it's a big animal nothing comes close. I did start to get that "i'm being watched" feeling on occasion and would hop out.

lillslim297 karma

How was the privacy handled? Did you have your own room?

EmanGman9000472 karma

There was a v-birth which is a little cabin up front, it had a curtain but besides that there wasnt much privacy. I was young though so I didn't really mind, you get used to it after a while.

quarensintellectum419 karma

If a V-Birth is the little cabin up front, where is the C-Section on the boat?

EmanGman9000337 karma

More towards the middle ;)

Madely_123129 karma

Yeah you're a child but your parents are adults....in a presumably sexually active relationship.....trapped on a boat for months with a small kid and no bedroom...

EmanGman9000344 karma

Loud music and a curtain, I would go to bed... They didn't... Now I need to take a shower, I feel dirty.

thegreatmulie246 karma

how was social life? I imagine you guys made stops at some point. Did you meet new people while living this life?

EmanGman9000475 karma

Totally! Met people everywhere, the best place was Mexico, lived there for a while and I met so many cool people and other kids. It was great, my only regret was having to say goodbye so often.

thegreatmulie47 karma

Communication was probably tough but I'm sure you learned the languages, right?

EmanGman9000154 karma

Yep! Learned Spanish when we lived in Mexico, I got pretty decent at it too, although after we left I didn't really have any way to practice it so I lost it until years later when I took school classes in it. It came back pretty easily though.

Kismonos62 karma

might be unrelated, im kind of a fan of learning languages. So did you learn spanish just by listening, and mimicking and picked up eventually? or were you taught by someone who spoke spanish and english?

EmanGman9000100 karma

Listening to other kids, asking my parents who knew both (though they werent the best at it so I had to figure it out on my own sometimes). It was a total immersion, so that really helped.

420mem3r188 karma

Did any family come to visit u guys?

EmanGman9000304 karma

Not really, we traveled up and down the west coast and would usually be offshore by about 200 miles (if I'm remembering correctly) so visits were difficult lol. We would visit them when we got back to shore, since we would only spend about 6-8 months at a time out before coming back to restock.

svenr126 karma

How does crossing the border work doing this? Do you have to go through passport control at each harbor? Are harbors even set up for that? I mean you could have been coming from South America or Asia and smuggling all kinds of stuff.

EmanGman9000204 karma

I don't remember ever having to give passports, but we did get stopped by the Mexican Feds one time. Besides that, I don't really remember, sorry :/

kutties187 karma

What do you do now in life? Did real friendships derive from the time you lived on the boat?

EmanGman9000365 karma

Now I'm a student, I mess around with crypto curriencies and have made decent money off of that, but my real passion is Biochemistry and i'm applying to the U of Minnesota to study it. Not sure what my career will be, but I know it'll be science-y! I don't have any friends from that time, I met a lot of people but always had to say goodbye and never kept in touch because of my age and the distance between us.

mdoor1123187 karma

Went to University of Minnesota - started in Biochemistry. Good luck! Let me know if you need help with Gen Chem 1 - it can be brutal

EmanGman9000156 karma

Why thank you, I might just take you up on that :)

ba354360 karma

Best of luck with getting into the U! Currently studying biochemistry there and love it. Tons of opportunities to get involved in really cool research.

EmanGman900045 karma

Thanks! I'm super excited to hear back from them, hopefully they aren't full already.

TheLambSaysBaaaah29 karma

Sorry if it's off-topic, but could you elaborate on the crypto currencies comment?

Did you trade them like other currencies, like Forex? How did you get into that?

EmanGman900090 karma

So I first heard about Bitcoin years ago, and it interested me. I kept an eye on it but never really explored it fully, until a few months back I really got into it. You trade it on several exchanges, like poloneix, kraken, or bitstamp, and it's sort of like Forex I believe. I'm still in the learning stages of it but with how much crypto currencies have grown recently I've done quite well, I got my mom into it as well and she's done amazingly. I would suggest the bitcoin subreddit for more info if you are interested.

ls713179 karma

This is such a random question, but what did you guys do with your garbage? I imagine you had packaging from food, etc.

EmanGman9000312 karma

There wasn't a ton, plastic wrap from food and that kind of stuff. There was a little cargo spot towards the back we would keep plastics and stuff not biodegradable, but anything that would break down we would just toss overboard. As long as it wouldn't hurt anything in the water, we chucked it. Good question though!

Whatsthemattermark161 karma

My dream is to do exactly what your parents did (minus the sinking part). Any advice/warnings?

EmanGman9000264 karma

Take good lessons for a long time before you do it, plan it out well in advance. Find a boat that's stable, not to damaged, and comfortable. Make sure to bring plenty of entertainment. One warning, everyone is sick for a while first going out, keep garbage bags nearby. Keep a life jacket on, always, you never know what might happen. Don't go alone, solo sailing is difficult to say the least and really lonely regardless.

Whatsthemattermark92 karma

Would I be able to bring a dog?

EmanGman9000244 karma

Actually, we had a german shepard named max that we tried to bring but he hated it so much we had to give him away. It was really sad since I had him since I was little, but the poor guy wouldn't eat or drink. I wouldn't recommend it, but some dogs do ok. Depends on the dog I guess.

Whatsthemattermark81 karma

Shit sorry to hear that man. We had to give away a dog when I was about 8 too, hard times. Thanks for the info, I'm guna start sailing lessons so early days yet but I've got a boat savings fund and I'm 100% guna do it. Might possibly have to drop you a message further down the line : )

EmanGman900073 karma

Please do! Good luck on the journey, I'm sure you will love it :)

xxb4xx137 karma

Honest question - where do you get your mail?

EmanGman9000186 karma

I think we had a family friend hold it for us and then we would get it when we came back after the 6-8 months, but i'll have to get back to you on that one since i'm not sure.

xxb4xx58 karma

Thanks mate, just general curiosity, that's all.

EmanGman900073 karma

Of course! It's a good question, I never really thought about it.

that_one_sqoosh121 karma

Why did y'all stop sailing? What did your parents move on to?

EmanGman9000314 karma

Boat sank when Dad tried to foolishly solo sail from Cali to Hawaii, he was rescued but we were stuck in Hawaii for nearly a year and it wrecked my parents marriage. When we got back to Oregon they split and life got a little shitty for a while.

tj_bhm135 karma

Oh no :(

EmanGman9000296 karma

It all worked out in the end, it was better they split because my dad was starting to become more mentally ill and was turning into a bitter, nasty person. I actually haven't talked to him for almost 2 years because of his behavior.

Chicken__Butt129 karma

Do you think his early mental illness was part of the reason he decided to live on a boat? (Like... was it a therapy for him or was he becoming paranoid and wanted to get away from people? Or something else?)

EmanGman9000260 karma

Yes and no, I don't think he was really paranoid but he was slightly manic depressive and the manic side led to the desire to live such an extreme lifestyle. I think he liked being in charge of things, he is an ER doctor, so being captain was the ultimate thrill. He wanted to sail to some really hardcore spots, but my mom was always the voice of reason, she talked him out of a lot of very dangerous ideas.

gogolplexian2 karma

How is your relationship with him now? And how is the marriage going, do you think the boat life affected badly their relationship?

EmanGman90003 karma

I don't speak to him, when I was about 17 I was forced to leave his house under terrible circumstances and he was flat out abusive for years. He cheated on my mom for years during their marriage and after the boat sank it all came out in a bad way, I really don't like him as a person at all unfortunately.

SweetLittleButtercup118 karma

Have you discussed this point of your childhood with your parents as an adult?

Maybe to see what they were thinking when they decided to up and live on a boat, since I'd guess that wasn't a spur of the moment idea. Did they plan it out with a child in mind? Why not let you in on it beforehand?

EmanGman9000207 karma

Yes, I've discussed it, they basically say that they thought it would be an interesting way to raise me and they wanted to live their dreams. With not telling me, I think they figured it would be easier to convince me once it was already in motion. I can't blame them, but sometimes I do feel like I didn't get a chance to really have a solid foundation in my childhood, but I think what I got instead was pretty worth it. I don't really know though, I'll have to talk about it with my mom sometime soon.

ShiEric89 karma

Did you know about The Wild Thornberries? Did you ever feel like you were just like them?

EmanGman9000114 karma

I loved that show and totally!

Garythegoon09114 karma

Is your nickname the Nard Dog?

EmanGman9000260 karma


Owneh95 karma

You should write a book. What did you do daily if you were offshore for months on end? I'm guessing there was no internet so what was daily life like?

EmanGman9000205 karma

I'm actually writing one! I have a lot of other stories to tell, some amazing and some terrible, but I've always wanted to write a book so I figured why not? Daily life depended on things like the weather and where we were, if it was calm or stormy. Usually it would just be taking turns steering, setting lines to catch fish, plotting the course for the day. I had school work to do, as I was homeschooled, and then we would make dinner and my dad or mom would read to me before bed. We also had wind generator and electronics, so I could watch movies, listen to music or even play video games! I had a PS1 at the time, it was awesome.

ThreatLvIMidnight53 karma

I would totally read that book

EmanGman9000112 karma

Thanks! I'm still coming up with a title, but "Damn you Kafka" is one i'm partial to, so look for that!

ero_senin0574 karma

Where did you ride your bike?

EmanGman9000108 karma

I didn't learn to ride a bike until I was about 10 or so lol

malcolmX_70 karma

Do you still like eating fish? I'm assuming you had many during that "trip".

EmanGman900082 karma

Yes, but you're right that it gets old quick, I can really only eat it for one meal and then I need something to eat something different.

KoenPols69 karma

I've had quite a similiar experience: when I was 4, I sailed around the world with my parents and 7-year old sister for 13 months around the Atlantic Ocean. I'm 23 now, and the thing is, for me it was always very 'normal' for us that we've made the trip, but it has formed me into how I am today (I guess).

How do you feel about your years on the water, how thankfull are you towards your parents? Do you feel like you want to do this yourself when you have kids? Do you sail yourself? Sorry for the many questions, I don't come across someone with kinda similar experiences!

EmanGman900056 karma

Oh wow, that's so cool! I don't meet many people who lived like me either, we're a rare breed it seems :) The years out on the water were some of the best years of my life, I'm super thankful towards my parents, it would have never happened if they weren't so awesome. I don't sail myself now, school and work has gotten in the way, but hopefully I can do it again some day in a more relaxed manner. I like day sailing now, the offshore stuff I pretty much got out of my system lol

SixFlyingDragons58 karma

Did you guys mainly buy food or fish for food?

EmanGman9000408 karma

A mix of both, we would stock up on non-perishables before heading out and then supplement with tuna that we would catch. You get sick of tuna though pretty fast, so one time we happened to pass another boat out in the middle of nowhere and we radio'd them to see if they wanted to trade anything. They were out of movies, and we wanted meat which they had! So we put the movies in a waterproof bag and tossed it to them as we passed each other, and they threw us the meat. It was an amazing moment and so funny.

No_Chances69 karma

This is my favorite part of the whole thread

EmanGman900079 karma

It's one of my favorite memories, just such a rare and special moment out in the middle of nowhere.

4000daniel158 karma

Would you rather have lived on the land during those years?

EmanGman9000148 karma

No, I think I gained a lot more than I lost, I mean how many people get to grow up on a sailboat?

mhuraizee54 karma

What are some of the most creepiest/chilling experiences you've faced in the open sea?

EmanGman9000148 karma

I would say storms on the open sea are the hands down, most terrifying thing ever. Huge, macker waves, just such raw power it makes you feel tiny.

Leto__II53 karma

How often did you go back to land?

EmanGman900069 karma

Every 6-8 months, then leave again after a month or two.

T0BBER51 karma

In those years, were you introduced to the internet and did you have access? If not, how was turning back to shore on a world filled with it?

EmanGman900073 karma

No internet, didn't really have it until we stopped sailing and even then it was dial up so I never really used it. I got my first real taste of it around age 11 or 12, and by then I had very much readjusted to land life so it wasn't much different then other kids my age.

redditor32351 karma

How did pooping work? I've always wondered.. is there a septic tank that you would have to replace when you docked, kinda like an RV or did it just get released into the ocean?

EmanGman9000119 karma

Usually released into the ocean, or you could also just sit slightly off the deck and go right into the water. "Hang tooky" we called it, nothing better.

Irukandji3741 karma

Do you sail on your own now? If not, do you think you'll go back to it? I'm curious what changes you might have noticed in the past ten years regarding new systems and technology for sailors. Also, were you part of any communities of sailors on the west coast? My parents live aboard a 42' Tayana and are going through the Bahamas currently, seems like a lot of work but a really nice way to live.

EmanGman900056 karma

I don't sadly, I did a little bit of day sailing a dew years ago with my mom but it hasn't really been my thing oddly enough. I got my fill those years growing up, plus I get motion sick really bad now and school got in the way. I'd imagine the technology is just incredible now, I would love to see what a modern boat has under the hood so to speak. That's awesome that your parents are living the boat life, it is an amazing way to live and I hope one day i can do more day cruising in nice warm places like that.

tellmetheworld40 karma

Where was your "Time-out"? And was it still awesome?

EmanGman9000166 karma

Well, there wasn't really a time out but one time my dad got a little mad with me and threw me overboard. I had a life jacket on and they got me right away, but I did my homework right then and there. Effective punishment if you ask me.

oyog37 karma

How many types of knots can you tie?

EmanGman900053 karma

Like 5 :)

Stewpid34 karma

Any experience with rogue waves?

EmanGman900052 karma

No, nothing like that. Massive storms, but no rogue waves.

snuff_box_plastic32 karma

Did you ever come across any sharks? They're my favorite animal, but I've only been able to see/swim with them once in the wild. If so, what types?

EmanGman900060 karma

We accidentally swam near great whites in Guadalupe, didn't see them but the locals we're screaming at us when we swam in. It was terrifying once we realized what they were saying.

aristo-crat26 karma

Are you me? My parents did the same thing but from age 9 to 12 for me. We have a 49' ketch that we sailed down the west coast to Panama from Seattle. I wonder if we met/crossed paths.. The cruising community is pretty small and it seems like the same time range. 2000-2003.

EmanGman900030 karma

Quite possibly! That would be amazing if we had, I do remember meeting a lot of boat kids while sailing, but we all went along our ways. Literal passing ships in the night.

Sigwrplwm25 karma

With all that time spent at sea, did you or your parents ever experience anything unexplained?

EmanGman9000113 karma

Hmm... Not that I can remember, I guess the one thing that was kind of weird was this one night, we were sleeping when all of a sudden my mom got up because she felt weird. We were anchored off this island, next to another boat, and she said when she got up she decided to go above deck and make sure they were ok. Sure enough, there was smoke coming out of their boat because an electrical fire had started and they didn't notice since they were asleep. She rushed over on our little dingy, and was able to put it out after waking them up. It was amazing, they would have probably died if she hadn't seen it happen. Still can't explain how she knew.

thelegenda33 karma

Your mom has a strong intuition!

EmanGman900026 karma

Very, we would have probably died if we went, or maybe not, who knows.

Old_Red_Alligator20 karma

How loaded is your family?

EmanGman900057 karma

Now, pretty loaded. Then, not so much. Boats are expensive yo, maintaining them more so. We ate ramen a lot.

Nuclear-Sloth14 karma

A magic boat ride! Were there sea monsters?

EmanGman900033 karma

We accidentally swam in a Great White Shark feeding ground once, does that count?

TheHornerGene5 karma

please tell me you fished every day you could...?

EmanGman90007 karma

Pretty much yeah, we would hang a fishing line off the back and troll for tuna. You get sick of tuna pretty fast though, let me tell you.

moxiesmiley4 karma

Did you get watersick when you were on land since you were at sea so much?

EmanGman90008 karma

Actually no, I was seasick a lot! Didn't have great sea legs the first month or so, so the plastic garbage bag was always around close by.

NDoilworker2 karma

I can barely remember 5-9, is it vivid for you?

EmanGman90002 karma

Not exactly vivid, flashes of memorable moments but the day to day stuff I've had to piece together with stories and pictures.

NDoilworker3 karma

Oh cool! How was I? Can you remember if it was me or Joey who broke the blue vase? It's something we've always argued about but neither of us are sure.

EmanGman90002 karma

Joey, for sure.

fedxc1 karma

Was there a podcast about your parents recently?

EmanGman90002 karma

Not that I know of haha

BroughtToYouByCoke-1 karma

Before you got on the boat did you get to experience the amazingness that is Coca-Cola™?

EmanGman90004 karma

I'm more of a Pepsi guy ;)