The Magic Box Of Leftover Fried Chicken and BiscutsEarly evening, thunderstorm coming tonight
07/05/2008, Oriental Harbor
The Unexpected ArrivesKeith, hot and increasingly windy
07/05/2008, Oriental Harbor
I came back to the boat to spend some time with the dogs in the late afternoon. I'm sitting at the computer reasearching something and I hear a woman yell that she's coming close to a boat. I look up through the forward cabin window and see a large cabin cruiser bearing down on me. I walk forward and watch as the driver glances back and sees how close we are, hits forward thrust, and then I hear my anchor chain being taken up and eventually grinding on their prop as it tangles and stops their one remaining engine. It was not a happy moment. But long story short we got to know each other pretty well cruiser style while waiting for the diver (who wasn't supposed to arrive until tomorrow morning), enjoyed some Bojangles chicken (which I've been craving for weeks), and wonder of wonders within moments of my reboarding Tropical Dreamer with the leftover chicken and biscuts and slaw, I heard yelling from the bow - the boats had separated themselves.
Oriental Sailing School In Parade07/05/2008
Oriental Throws A Grand Parade07/05/2008
I was only trying to get ready to depart. That involved numerous dingy trips from the boat to the docks in spite of all my efforts towards mass unloading. As if yesterday's festivities weren't enough, I dingyed into a full-blown parade. Well over one hundred different vehicles, from old women in electric wheelchairs to John Deaton in his marine cherry picker decked out and leaning far forward and dressed as a dragon riding through town - that was amazing. Politicians, summer camps, every business in the area. If there is a parade to rival San Diego in terms of Americana, dare I say Oriental's Croaker Festival is it.
Dogs Awaiting My Return07/05/2008, Oriental Harbor
I left the dogs on deck when I went for a short solo trip into town. When I returned, they were outside the boundary I had set eagerly waiting for me. I will need to put the seat in which blocks the rear deck as they could easily fall off into the water if a rogue wave hit unexpectedly. The picture is blurry but I thought it was worth showing anyway.
Heading Back To The Boat07/05/2008, Oriental Harbor
Southern Delecacies07/05/2008, Oriental 4th of July Fair
This little boy was particularly enamored by Anne. He tried to impress her with his speed racer shoes, but Anne can't be won over by shoes - she wants food.
Outdor Concert By the Local BandKeith, sunny and hot
07/05/2008, Oriental, NC
I dingied into town with the dogs and we came across a street fair. The band played an assortment of old and new tunes. I recognized several people from around town in the band. I guess in a small community like this, you run across the same folks often.
Keith's Side07/04/2008, Tropical Dreamer
Singer Family Adventures
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