On the Sunday before Thanksgiving a reporter for the local daily paper wandered the dock in search of a story about people living aboard due to the downturn in the economy. That wasn't the story. None of the live-aboards who spoke with her are here for that reason. Many of us have gone or are planning to go on a long cruise and this is the way to get used to the boat and focus on the future. All of us like the lifestyle and the neighbors. I like the way it forces us to live more simply. We may decorate for the holidays, but don't feel the need to keep up with the neighbors and light up the world. In my opinion, no one needs to buy those huge inflatable lawn ornaments. What is up with that? By necessity, we keep things simple. Perhaps that is the lesson for today's economy.