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Another beautiful day in Annapolis
Partly cloudy 70, pleasant day
10/08/2008, Annapolis, MD

Brrrr.... 40 out again this early morning. I kicked on the heat and crawled under my army blanket before making coffee. We headed over to the Harbor Master's after stripping the sheets off the bed - did a load of laundry while showering. Jan was there doing laundry when I got there and Iain was chatting with Wayne outside the shower/laundry rooms. We stood around chatting and watching the boat show go up. This has been interesting watching them put it together - all the docks with power lines, water lines going up, boats coming in, people all over the place setting up booths, etc... This is definitely a planning/organizing intensive operation. It's amazing to watch it come together slowly and amazing to think of how quickly it comes back down for the power boat show, then torn down again completely.

After laundry we walked into town & went to ACME for lunch, CVS (we need to go again with Wayne's script tomorrow to change it back to them), then back to the grocery store (this time I got eggs and brought them with me!!!), to Rite-Aid next store for beer (Yuengling), back to the Navy bus to downtown Annapolis again, a walk to the dingy and home again home again jiggity jig. J

We hooked up the t.v. and can now tune in a couple channels so we can catch up on some news. We heard that the Dow went below 10,000 the day before yesterday and was near 9000 (?) yesterday - yikes.

There's a huge mega yacht that's been dancing around in the mooring area Silver Seas about a 90 foot beast that I've no idea why he came under the bridge specially at rush hour because they won't open the bridge again until 6:00pm and his revving up his engines to go forward/backward is really churning up the water here. Incoming call brb...

Laura from Disney - they're having fun with the kids there LOL I can imagine Greg with the fast track pass - I'd be racing from ride to ride too! Awww how fun...

Okay - antenna is up and world news on the BBC! We can watch the news while the generator is running - looks like the Dow closed at 9200 today and other world economies are shakey too. Wow...

Hmmmm no eggs - I know I bought some...
Sunny, cool 68-70, very nice.
10/07/2008, Annapolis, MD

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

It got cold out last night and when I got up this morning, I turned on the heat (oh no!). Then put together Aunt Joyce's fruit salad and made cinnamon rolls. Jo and Greg joined us for breakfast and we sat and chatted about everything. We're both nubies and they noticed Raksha here (and we told them about the boat incident yesterday). They were at Catskill with Raksha before we got there. So they were mast number 1, then Raksha, then us LOL. Honk, onk, onk... We've become part of the great migration south. They left right before we got there.

We all decided that today was grocery day and after they'd left, Jo called us back to let us know which bus to catch to go to the grocery store (the Free Navy Bus YAY). We ran into them in the grocery store and Greg looked a little worried at the amount he'd have to carry back to the boat. Hope they made it back okay. I know our load was heavy, and the further you walk, the heavier it gets. I was looking forward to eggs and sausage tomorrow, then we got back, I noticed we had no eggs (I know we had some in the cart), so no eggs for breakfast tomorrow L.

We barbequed some chicken, and had broccoli & cheese and Hawaiian rolls with wine for dinner. There's a chill to the air again. Must be that October weather trying to set in. But we are pointed south - in V formation - honk, onk, onk, ooonk...

I noticed that the finger piers and floating platforms are going up at breakneck speed in the harbor. It's all being fenced off and set up for Thursday - opening day of the Sailboat show. Time to start thinking about solar panels, wind generators and davits for the dink.

Honk, honk, ooooonk....

New boat - X-34 Makes a big "Hit" in its US debut
Sunny, 70’s, Very nice
10/06/2008, Annapolis, MD

Guests (ducks) for breakfast (no I didn't feed them)

After coffee we noticed a dingy heading towards us and I thought "man that looks like Mike and Kathy" LOL - it was. They're back and invited us over for a beer at 4:00pm. After they headed off to town, we headed over to where we were originally anchored to chat with Simpatico and Dove - we wanted to let them know we weren't deserting them - just moved to a mooring; and invited Jo & Greg over for cinnamon rolls and fruit salad tomorrow morning. The Harbor Master called us and left a message wanting to know what our intentions were - that we were supposed to be checked out today! What?!?! We paid for a week... We called back and got that straightened out (thank god for receipts!) then it was into town do catch up on our laundry.

We got a little turned around with our directions at Church Circle and State Circle but saw the post office and stopped in to see if they had any mail for us yet (they didn't). I thought that the Post Master might know where the Laundromat was and while she was giving me directions another customer said he'd show us - he lives above it. So we got a mini-tour of the state capital grounds, legislator, and a few other historic buildings along the way. Once we got there I noticed a couple inside the Laundromat that were in the post office too. They're also in our anchorage on the sailboat Jockslodge (Iain and Jan). They hail from Canada and we sat and talked about politics and where to go and where to avoid while doing laundry. They're probably heading Cuba way but gave us tips on where to go (St. Mary's for Thanksgiving - I guess it is a huge thing with cruisers - They supply the turkey and everyone contributes a dish). Very likable people. After laundry we got back to the boat and while I was making a chicken spread to go over to Sapphire, Jim from the Sailboat Timeless yells to Wayne "did you see that?" "A sailboat ran into Raksha and then just skiddaddled through the bridge while it was opened and didn't bother to check to see if it was alright or not". The sailcover on the boat read X-34. Jim got in his dingy and just as he was untying, Iain and Jan came by in their dingy so I asked them if they'd check Raksha since we knew that Pierre and Françoise weren't aboard. There was damage. We hailed the harbormaster and told him what had happened and he went and chased the X-34 down on the other side of the bridge and brought him back. They notified the DNR, and took down all the guy's vital statistics for Raksha. The guy is a captain transporting the boat to the boat show and didn't think anything of it - just wanted to make the bridge before it came back down or some nonsense. Makes me wonder about these guys that transport boats! That was just wrong, and rude... After that we headed over to Sapphire. What a pretty boat. We had a nice time chatting with Mike and Kathy & they were quite informative too. It sounds like they've got a full schedule. Madcap's coming to stay with them for the boat show (another Bayfield 36) and I think there are a couple more B-40s here too. At 6:30 we needed to skidaddle back to the boat (no light on the dingy) and saw Pierre at Raksha and stopped and explained what had happened, and to let him know that he should talk to Jim, then zipped back to the boat for the night. I spent the rest of the evening trying to sort out what was wrong with my Sierra Compass - it wouldn't connect to the broadband - only to a very low wireless signal. I guess an automatic update screwed something up in the software so I spent over an hour trying to figure out what the heck was going on. My own broadband locked me out! Reckin frecking smecher!

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