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S/V Adventure
Follow the O'Neil family, sailing in their Catalina 42, on their 2-year sabbatical to see the Pacific coast of the US, Mexico, and Central America, Galapagos, the South Pacific, and New Zealand.
The Rice Krispie Scandal Of 2012
06/02/2012, 475 miles off the coast

The last couple of days has proven that the story in "Lord Of The Flies" is more reality than fiction, in how societies form anytime a few people are stuck together in similar circumstances, and how power corrupts as "leaders" emerge and assert their power over everyone else. Here aboard S/V Adventure, it's dessert, and not a conch shell that dictates who has supreme power.

If you've been following the blog you know all about the Hostess Cupcakes that Sean kept from from Ron and I, and how he used these cupcakes, much like the boy with the conch shell, to reward and punish his intrepid crew. Anyone who's familiar with "Mutiny On The Bounty" knows that this is a dangerous bit of power to wield. Take note, power seekers and empire builders, for the threat of mutiny is always at hand!

After the cupcakes were gone, we turned to a big box of Rice Krispie Treats for our movie time dessert. There are 54 individually wrapped treats in this box in 3 different varieties, 18 of each variety. One can do the math and see that with three of us aboard, this works out evenly, so there's should be no problem. "should" being the keyword. You see, Sean has been responsible with doling out our dessert treats, and he assured us that he was randomly doing so - however Ron and I noticed that we seemed to not be getting any of the "double chocolate" variety. A bit suspicious, no?

Sean went into an explanation of random number theory, distributions of probability, entropy systems, and so on - but Ron and I weren't buying any of it. Explain all you want, but why was Sean getting all the "double chocolate" treats, while Ron and I received none?

Certain that something must be amiss, Ron dumped out the entire box of treats on the salon table and counted each treat by variety. This was enough to verify that no amount of theorizing could explain the fact that there simply weren't the right number of "double chocolate" treats to corroborate Sean's story.

There seemed to be only one solution - we had to hide the "double chocolate" treats so Sean could not find them. There's just one problem with this plan - Ron has forgotten where he hid them! So now, NOBODY gets any "double chocolate" treats!!

Tonite we are going to have cookies instead. We've had enough of this Rice Krispie Treat business, but there's only 7 cookies left. You do the math, this isn't going to be pretty. The scandal continues...

06/03/2012 | Kathy
Yes, we have a similar problem at home when we buy the big 54-pack of Rice Krispie Treats, except I always thought it was Casey that was taking all the double-dipped chocolate ones...Now I know it's been Sean all along!
06/04/2012 | The Interegator
Methinks Ron has "conveniently" forgotten where he hid htem. You should watch him very closely.
06/05/2012 | Lila West
Just talked to Kathy and sounds like you're within 165 miles of the coast. Very exciting!! Keep safe and we'll expect you home soon. Have read and enjoyed all the blogs.
Still sailing
05/31/2012, 579 miles to go

Another pretty good day on the water. Sean has finally realized who is really in control, so we're all happy.

Minor inconvenience today as we ran low on battery power. We had to run the generator for several hours, and it is working a lot better now, so all is well there.

We are starting to calculate exactly when we will be in sight of land. We'd like to see something on the water besides rubbish and whitecaps. There's a offshore drilling platform a few miles off our route that we should be able to see Sunday. We might take a look at it.

We even have a parking spot for Adventure figured out!

This American Life
05/30/2012, 694 miles to go

My crew no longer listens to me. They're being mean to me too. I've, therefore, devised a devious plan to take back control of the ship. I've hidden the Rice Krispy treats. I know it sounds cruel, but it's the only way...

We're making good time today. Ron tortured us with the original Pink Panther last night. It took us 3 hours to get through the film and we were all out cold towards the end. The movie wars will begin tonight. It's my night and I'll be pulling out one of my Buster Keaton's classics tonight. Or better yet, Dances With Wolves - The director's cut.

We're making good time today. All is well.

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S/V Adventure
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