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How I Take a Day Off Every Week

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This is a guest post by Gary Oster from Project: Time Off.

Well, not really EVERY week. As you climb the ranks, it can seem harder to use all the time off you’re given. You feel pressure to be visible. Your partner may not have the same number of days.

The list of excuses can go on and on. And in my long career, I’ve used all of them. When I was starting out and focused on climbing the ladder, I was the quintessential work martyr. You know who I’m talking about: the person who takes on more than they have the time for, thinks no one can do the job as well, and rarely (if ever) takes a day off.

Thankfully, I had my aha! moment and made a change—for the sake of my family and my personal well-being. Part of that change was to make scheduling time off mandatory—and in doing so, it started to feel like fun instead of a chore.

As the kids have left the nest, my wife and I have started our own traditions: a vacation in the winter to go somewhere warm, around the long weekend to kick off summer, and a last hurrah as summer fades away after Labour Day.

But even with these planned vacations, I still have days I need to use. A few years ago, I decided to make long weekends with summer Fridays. I’m a passionate boater and no matter where I go with friends or fishing with my dad and son, I am happiest when I’m on the water.

My favourite kind of sunset on a Summer Friday. (Image from

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Winterization and Ethanol Blended Fuels

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This is a guest post by BoatUS President Margaret Podlich and AMA President Robert Dingman.

The coming of cooler weather means an end to the boating and motorcycling season for many. Chiefly important in preparing these vehicles for winter is managing the potential for engine damage from a federally-mandated ethanol blend in America’s gasoline supply.

Ethanol in gasoline stored for long periods can damage marine and motorcycle engines: “phase separation” of the fuel can leave a corrosive water-soaked ethanol mixture at the bottom of the gas tank. Half of the respondents of a recent Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) survey reported that they have had to replace or repair their boat engine or fuel system parts due to suspected ethanol-related damage, costing an average $1,000 for repairs. Continue reading

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Jake Owen’s Summer of Boating

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DB-004Hey guys, Jake Owen here again! I swear it was just June and I was telling you about what I was looking forward to this summer.

I’ve had an awesome time teaming up with Discover Boating again on the road and on the water. I feel so lucky that I get to share my passion for boating with my fans and encourage more people to get out on the water too.

JO_WakesurfingEarlier this summer, we had a blast boating on the Cumberland River in Nashville with a few media and some really cool fans. I’ll never turn down a chance to wakesurf, and it was even more fun that I got to teach these guys to ride—they were all naturals! Rolling Stone also came along for the ride and captured it beautifully in their boating photo gallery.

While I prefer spending my summer days out on the lake, rowing boats in the middle of New York City with the Huffington Post was pretty fun too. It was a nice change of pace from busy days on the road. I’ve also always wanted to try those remote-controlled sailboats in Central Park, so I was pumped when People NOW suggested we try racing them – check out the interview to see who won!

You better believe I spent some time on the water this summer with my friends and family. I was able to visit my cousins in Alabama and nailed a 360 flip on a challenge. I landed another one in Nashville – take a look. But, the summer’s on-water highlight was probably seeing my dad wakesurf for the first time. He beat cancer two years ago, so watching him go from a hospital bed and radiation to wakesurfing like a champ was incredible. Next up is the day I’ll get to teach my daughter Pearl how to waterski and wakesurf!Jake Owen_On Stage

I’m so fortunate that my job is to play shows for you all. While touring North America this summer with Kenny, we saw so many great cities and met tons of amazing fans. Whether you came out to a show, or caught up with me on social media, being able to connect with my fans is always a highlight.