Who am I, what do I do?
I’ve lived in New York since 1990 and in upper Manhattan since 1998. My partner and I bought a townhouse shell in Harlem in March of 2010 and started renovation on it in March of 2011. I’ve found I love the entire process of looking, buying and renovating so I write up the experience here on the blog.
Work-wise I’m a self-employed web and database guy.
Where did the site name come from?
“Beating upwind” is a sailing term. It’s what you do when you need to get a sailboat to go upwind. Things don’t normally move toward the wind (the wind blows them away). Sailboats are no different and “beating upwind” effectively is one of the hardest things to do in sailing, but it’s one of the most important skills a sailor can have.
It’s said that “gentlemen sailors don’t sail upwind”. The point being that if you’re rich enough, life is easy and you can just wait until the wind changes or get off the boat and pay someone to sail it into the harbor for you. Beating upwind is the activity of those who are driven to accomplish a goal. It’s hard, but if you need to accomplish something by a certain time, it’s what you have to do from time to time.
My life has had it’s share of “beating upwind”. Luckily I’ve had my easier, downwind moments as well. But the times when I’ve pushed through and gotten something done are the moments that have really made me who I am today… In New York one of the primary struggles is housing. Finding enough space to be comfortable at a price you can afford is a real challenge… So Beating Upwind is dedicated to that objective.
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