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Friday, March 13, 2009

The Great Border Caper Part 2 - The Setup

May of last year rolled around and the lease at the place we were living was expiring. At the time, I was living with Frederico and another friend, Danny. During this time, Frederico had a falling out with his cousin as she strongly disapproved of what he was doing and threatened to tell his parents (They have since reconciled).

Danny moved in with his Grammy to save money, I moved into a Condo closer to the beach, and Frederico, well....he wanted to be closer to the ocean...nay...he wanted to be IN the ocean.

Yes, he bought an old Sailboat. This is also the same sailboat I showed off my amazing sailing skills on last summer.

Anyways, the reasons for the Sailboat purchase were two-fold: Frederico wanted to see what living on a boat was like (it didn't hurt that it was extremely cheap because the marina didn't know he was living there. Had they known, he and his boat would have been immediately evicted), AND he had a plan to bring Raul back over to the U.S.

At this point, Frederico didn't know how exactly he was going to accomplish this, but he now had a major asset that could help in the pending caper.

In order to prepare, Frederico began taking sailing lessons from everyone who knew how to sail. He knew he needed to have solid sailing skills in order to successfully make the journey down to Mexico and back. Along with that, he began helping out his friend who is a boat mechanic in order to learn all he could about engines and any repairs that may be fixed at sea.

He was arming himself with knowledge in preparation for the expedition.

Finally, Frederico reached a point of Sailing prowess and mechanical knowledge where he knew it was time to make a move. But, he couldn't just sail down to Mexico, pick up Raul, and sail back. The waters at the border are crawling with coast guard and border patrol.

Frederico is a thinker and meticulously developed a detailed plan.

He was going to risk the life he had built in America, all in one adventure, just for the chance to start a business in the U.S. with his friend. You'll have to come back next week to see how it turned out :)


Brendan said...

Enjoying the story!

Jen said...

I second that! Can't wait to see what happens next!