Fun and Games
13 November 2009 | Solomons / Lusby
Beth / rainy, windy, yucky
We blew in Carole and Richard's door on Thursday night shaking rain off ourselves like dogs. We have had some wild weather here - like most areas along the eastern coast of the US. The water at high tide was just a couple of inches below the docks, and we had to make a mighty leap to and from Madcap's deck. It the wind wasn't blowing so hard, we'd put out our little step, but I'm afraid we'd lose it.
It has been pouring steadily for a couple of days and Little Loonie (our dinghy) had a good 8 inches of water in it. Madcap is tied up like a spider in a web - with lines to pilings on all sides. It is a good way to handle the wind - we have some movement, but no smooshing and squeaking against fenders on the docks. I guess folks are luckier around here than in some coastal areas where there has been much more flooding. One good thing about being here is that we are well protected. If we had headed out during the week, we'd be holed up somewhere else waiting out the weather so we really haven't lost all that much time.
We are absolutely delighted that the Spartite has completely eliminated leaks down our mast. We have always had water come in around the mast no matter how much I taped and wrapped it. There are a couple of other spots that need attention but basically, we are pretty dry now. We've got new glass and sealant in our butterfly hatch this year, the spartite around the mast, and the teak eyebrows along the cabin sides were taken off and re-screwed and glued so that took care of most of the culprits. Jim says no boat is completely dry and I'm not sure if he is putting me on because he'll get to fixing those other drips in his own good time or whether that is the truth!
We learned to play dice at dinner the other night - great fun. Richard and Carole are good teachers and we shared a lot of laughs. We're working on developing our own styles - one-hand rattling or two-hand shaking, wiggling of butts, whispers of encouragement and curses all seem to be in the repertoire. Jim won the first round and Richard won the second. Next time, the women will hammer them!
Friday was our road trip to Atlantic Coastal welding in Bayville, New Jersey to pick up water tanks. We decided to go get them ourselves so they'll be here for the crew to start installing them bright and early on Monday morning. It was a good day for a 10 hour round trip - windy and spitting rain - not much else to do - and even though it was Friday the 13th, we had no bad luck!! Now we can't wait to get them in place and hooked up.
On Saturday, the weather cleared just in time for the Zahniser's Annual Chili Cook-off. We were invited to attend, along with the local folks who keep their boats here, and we had a fine time - due partly to the good company of our table mates, Dan and Roxanne, and partly to the great variety of chili samples - 21 in all!! It was hard to choose, but there were some excellent pots of the hot stuff. Their entry won Most Unique - and it was not only unique, it was really yummy. They were kind enough to give us the T-shirt that was in their prize basket, so one of us will be sporting a Zahniser's shirt in the sunny south - and I'm going to try to make something close to Dan's chili too!
We spotted a great garbage truck ad the other day! The Bay Area Refuse truck had "We Cater Weddings" splashed in big letters across the back! Kind of expands my frame of reference on "catering"!