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Anthem Adrift
Short Time
06/22/2009, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

June 22

A couple of unobvious reasons short hair sucks, 1) higher cost of sunscreen for ears, 2) poorer treatment by locals due cruising sailor look. Clean-cut, yet somehow sleazy, appearance belies possibility that one is a famous, but incognito, celebrity. No one suspects Johnny Depp now.

Drivers on St. Lucia roads tend to slow for pedestrians obviously waiting to cross. Bad idea. Best practice is to hide such intent because squishy, 170 lb. bodies often fair poorly in encounters with thousand+ pounds of high speed metal and glass. Not applicable to Buddhists (reference previous conversion commentary, Feb. 6).

Preferred summer storage yard, Power Boats, in Trinidad is full. Bugger! Have made requests for next two choices, 1) Peake, more coin, better facilities or 2) IMS, cheaper, but dirty. Could also make proposal to Jackline insurance company for technically riskier location, e.g. Carriacou, Grenada or here in St. Lucia, with sufficient precautions.

Crossed paths with Bay area acquaintances, good friends of good friends, David (retired American Airlines pilot - nobody's perfect)& Lisa Meuche on Endeavor 40, Starstream, traveling back to St. Maarten for storm season. Same insurance company.

Spent precious hours of fleeting life polishing stainless and tidying boat. Day passed quickly. Eleven strange individuals, all good friends, coalesced on Jackster, to discuss weighty subjects under influence of mind expanding chemicals (often disguised as rum). No consensus reached, but hope endures. Will advise.

You know laziness is getting out of hand when lying down is just not worth the effort of getting back up. Hey dude, what time is it? Ummmm... Monday?

Jack

Double Trouble
06/21/2009, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Warm Spring from Volcano

June 21

Everyone has to get up at 'what time thirty?' to arrive at Soufriere (means volcano in French) volcano before mud gets too hot... Uh huh. We (13 people in, as it turns out, an 11 passenger van) beat crowds to all good spots and hogged pool under warm waterfall until some sucker succumbed to a cute child and its family. Got back home around 2130 after several stops for whistle wetting (including home-spiced rum), a visit to K & D's house construction (beautiful location) and dinner at Bosun's in Rodney Bay Marina. Switch-backed roads made lovely St. Lucia seem bigger. Lubricated discussions determined best way to raise children as only those who never had any can.

Approached yesterday by friendly fellow who has family in Detroit, loves our country and Americans, and hates Germans because (?) they speak poorly of the US (trying to blow smoke where the sun never shines). Read palm to reveal disagreement with sister and generosity toward himself. He mostly hid disappointment at wasted effort. Tried again different location before being informed of error.

Contemplating movement after today with heavy weather coming in late Wednesday through at least Friday. Leaning toward remaining here partly to receive new VISA card UPSing to replace now frozen one used for bogus itunes purchase of $130.

Jack

Lock and Load
06/20/2009, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

June 20

Haircut huge mistake as feared. Despite explicit instructions, first few whacks took off most hair on one side before initial cut touched floor. Too late for recovery. 'Locks' no longer an operative term as hair shorter than during previous life. Hope to partially recover from shaved skunk look by mid-July return to Florida.

Resurgent wind and sea next several days will make crossing to Admiralty Bay, Bequia rather more exhilarating than necessary. Staying St. Lucia is no hardship as new favorite place on earth has sufficient diversion to prevent ennui. Static location should engender boat work, but rather expect to use St. Martin-developed model: procrastinate until lifestyle is jeopardized (e.g. beer gets warm) then fix everything. This philosophy jibes well with indolent, disorganized personality.

Contemplation of work with now uninsulated brain has induced exhaustion requiring closest possible examination of eyelids. Please maintain a contemplative silence until happy hour.

- Later

Too torpid for happy hour. Played with computer updates until back of eyelids again required attention. Fifteen people in small 15-people van exploring island sights is project for tomorrow. Hoping for universal, lavish use of deodorant. Ordeal or Adventure?

Jack

Sampson, Not Just Rope
06/19/2009, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Spiced Rum in Castries

June 19

Cruisers, while a generally independent bunch or they wouldn't be out here, apparently emit a gravity that tends to clump them seemingly without conscious intent. It is a weak force, however, that does not apply to specific events, such as today's cat herding local bus trip to Castries. Seven eventually congregated to meet Ken & Diane for lunch at a karaoke bar where primary singer was the very good proprietor at, however, painful decibels. Finished almost in time to avoid sounds of a piglet being castrated. Spent afternoon making purchases, each to his own wont. Reconvened for ride back to Iguanawanna (happy hour "noon until late") where, after universal infusion of happiness, plan was hatched to get pizzas and assemble on Spectra for "Captain Ron". Gaiety continued late.

The largest town in St. Lucia is large and prosperous, including a big market area, Home Depot and the ubiquitous KFC (China, for example is lousy with them). Purchased Skype headset for dead one, boat card sheets for used ones and St. Lucia T-shirt because that's what I do. Noticed far too many people who wear form fitting, clingy clothes than should. Avoided nude beaches in French islands for comparable reason.

Beginning to contemplate shearing ungainly locks now that necessity to use ass parts for lion termination has decreased dramatically. Prefer, just in case, a Delilah free salon.

Jack

Shame on You!
06/18/2009, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Mall

June 18

As much as ejaculating (is that a naughty word?) this balderdash (hanging around Brits, you see) engenders the occasional personal chuckle, sometimes the evening gaiety extends past a reasonable hour (for cruisers) and content is below acceptable standards or late (often both). Notwithstanding the purpose of writing this (expletive deleted), which is primarily selfish (ref. Jan. 20 & 25), guilt insinuates into consciousness creating an unseemly thirst for mind altering drugs. OK, I'm passing blame for any rum consumed, but better you than me. There's also that predestination thing. Whatever one does was going to happen anyway, so relax and enjoy. Anyway, there is now ample evidence to exonerate me from any responsibility for being informative or interesting. Do you feel better. I know I do.

Visited the mall (huh?) for various small purchases and a Subway sandwich (huh?). Eschewed the enticements of KFC and Dominos (huh?) which were enjoyed by Sweet Carolines. Avoided all friends dragging spider web of entrapment toward purveyors of adult beverages. Coherence was necessary to begin resolving inconvenience caused by bogus use of VISA card for extravagant purchases from iTunes. New card creates major PIA as old number intertwined in several financial interactions, not even counting unchargeabilitativeness (not a real word) here.

Planted like a mangrove until at least Saturday. May take local bus to Castries with someone or other tomorrow or may sleep until noon when happy hour begins at Iguanawanna.

Jack

Beam Me Down, Scotty
06/17/2009, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Anthem in St. Lucia Channel

June 17

Two and a half months and 700 nautical miles since first, obviously ill-timed, comment in Dominican Republic that easy sailing would soon become a normal part of cruising experience. It's not that hard-on-the-wind into six foot, short period seas isn't fun. Everyone loves that, but the promise of hull-speed reaching has finally been realized. Fifteen to eighteen knots on the beam in four to six foot seas. Nearly perfect sail from Le Marin to Rodney Bay was capped by rain shower to wash off salt spray. Expectation runs high for continuation of same.

Ken and Diane from Annie II (Tanzer 26, still temporarily abandoned, mastless, in Salinas, PR), who are building a house near Vieux Fort, south end of island, met us (some of gang who traveled with them from Provo) for drinks and dinner. I had a lamb burger. They stayed over with Inspiration Lady to avoid rush hour through Castries... really. The place has changed a tad since last visit eighteen or so years ago.

Before heading to Bequia (BECK wee), plan a week or so around St. Lucia to take advantage of local knowledge for exploration.

Jack

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