Not the Peconic Puffin, though. The Peconic Puffin is fourteen ("fourteen and a half!" says Avery.) Version One was a weekly three page newsletter (a few details can be found in the about section of the blog) that I'd do from May to October of each year (the months we had our weekend share house on the Little Peconic Bay.)
To amuse myself, as well as those first-generation Puffins who still poke around and anyone with too much time on their hands, I'm including the original Peconic Puffin (click on the images to read) from May of 1993.
Cast of characters:
Ann and Tony are the landlords, living next door (sometimes Ann made us muffins.)
Alvin is a chipmunk
Pinky is a six-toed cat, and a local legend.
Dave, Gabriella, Jay, Karen, Cindy, Steve, Mark and I shared the Puffin House.
John at Sail Action is the nascent proprietor of Windsurfing Hamptons.
These, along with a collection of people who appear in subsequent issues--neighbors Bob, Nancy, Eileen and Steve, Slo and Ivette, Sally the girlfriend (now my wife of ten years) and a polite teenager named Jace Panebianco who worked for Jon Ford--were the original Puffins. (Steve and Cindy's girls Jordan and Avery, as well as Slo and Ivette's Eugene were born as Puffins, but that's for another time.)
The blog is still about windsurfing and the people I sail with, along with whatever else comes to mind. Over a thousand people read it, almost all of whom I don't know. Every once in awhile someone walks up to me and says "Are you the puffin?" (It's almost always somebody recognizing my gear or the van. And it always shocks me.) I've met lots of windsurfers on Long Island (most of whom are better sailors than I) through the thing. And I have friends I've never met from Malta, Australia and the UK to the Bay Area and Brooklyn (I got to meet OBX Bill a few weeks ago...that was cool, and totally not digital.) More windsurfing friends=good.