09/26/2009, Annapolis, MD
September 21st, 2009 Annapolis, MD
09/26/2009, Annapolis, MD
After coffee we lowered the dinghy and removed the motor. Then I retrieved Amy's kayak from the rack and her paddle from Scott's boat. After launching and cleaning it up enough to sit in, I paddled it over to the launch at Truxton Park to meet the dinghy repairman.
I paddled back to the boat and had some breakfast. Then we dug out our mast ladder, removed the main sail and hauled it up. I loaded up with tools, tied on a safety line and headed up with Kathy taking out the slack in the safety line with every step.
I removed our tricolor, covered up the connection and climbed down.
I'll take it to one of the shops around here to get the correct bulbs.
Then we got the sewing machine out and set it up on the deck just forward of the companionway and lowered our staysail. We have noticed that the stitching of the sacrificial fabric was falling apart in spots and needed to be re-stitched.
September 20th, 2009 Annapolis, MD
09/26/2009, Annapolis, MD
After coffee I worked on running wire for the new VHF radio. Our neighbor Jerome was leaving this morning so we stayed around to assist. Jerome is a single hander who has been on the water for 20 years. This is his last season.
Before he left I took him to the farmers market and we both picked up some fruit and vegetables.
With Jerome safely on his way I returned to installing the new radio and Kathy made us a great lunch/dinner....Pork chops baked with a cracker coating, baked potatoes with garlic butter, broccoli and a Caesar salad with newly toasted croutons.
It was mid afternoon by now, on a beautiful fall Sunday so we took the dinghy on a tour of Spa Creek and the anchorage off the Navy Yard to see who was around that we knew. We talked to some folks on a boat behind us who have some mutual friends and then went up-stream to talk with Bill and Christy on "Veranda". They have kids this weekend and have been busy showing them Annapolis.
We read until dark and then watched some dumb movie. We need new video.
September 19th,2009 Annapolis, MD
We spent hours this morning trying to purchase the decal that we need to renter the country. Needless to say we failed and will have to attempt again tomorrow. After quitting that job we had some breakfast and dinghied over to get Bess's car key from Christy. Christy told us that she had left it in the car and after a few minutes search we found it under the rug.
The car is a relic... In fact, we had one early in our marriage...1984 rabbit. Hers is a diesel. The driver's side door does not open from outside so you have to reach across for the passenger's side which luckily isn't very far. It started hard but eventually fired up. Idling, the whole thing shook. I could kind of calm it down by pulling the steering wheel towards me but it did smooth out some with a few rpms. Someone needs to check the motor mounts.
We drove away with some concern but really needed to find Best Buy to purchase a new XM antenna to listen to the MSU/ND game this afternoon. First though, we drove to the Apex dealer to see what they could do about water getting into the area between the hull and the floor. The owner is a friend of Scott's and was very nice. He will pick it up for a day next week and have it back the next for $200. Even though we've spent more money than we should have this summer, it was something that we need to get done that I don't want to dive into.
With that done we headed out of down in the general direction of Best Buy. Unfortunately the general area of town was the best we could do ... and the car had developed a new noise that sounded suspiciously like a strut on it's last legs...clunking and jerking. We pulled into Trader Joe's where I knew the employees to be friendly and asked directions...the first two guys knew how to get there but couldn't tell me. They called in the asst. Manager who was able to point me in the correct direction and say go right, take a right, and angle left. In about a mile we were there. We purchased the antenna and then stopped at a Safeway for some groceries. One of our jobs was to find a place for Kathy to get a haircut but there were not shops in this little mall so it was back to the dinghy ...if we get that far.
On our way we stopped at Bacon's to look for a used dinghy anchor but they didn't have what we wanted. After wandering around for a half hour or so we were off again hoping to make it the mile or so to the parking spot. We did, off loaded to the dinghy and were back on board in a couple of minutes. All in all it was a successful trip.
We put our things away and headed down town for some lunch and to check for packages. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon with temps in the low 70's and blue sky. The sidewalks were full. You would think that there was something going on... but no, just a nice Saturday afternoon in Annapolis.
Our goal was the Acme bar about half way up Main Street. It was full of Midshipmen in whites. Most were sipping ice tea but a few were old enough to buy beer. We ordered from the monthly special and got a Greek salad and a Cheese steak each for $5. We each had a couple of beers and left paying about half of a Bahaminan lunch.
We took a 4 foot wide alleyway to the next street to check out some Raven's cheerleaders who were signing autographs and then back to Ego Alley to the Harbormaster's office. Our new VHF was in which will give me something to do tomorrow.
Back at the boat we plugged in the new XM antenna, which worked, and listened to the first half of the game. We had found a note on our boat from Gerry saying that we should come up and do some laundry because they were going to be gone for a couple of days, so during half time we walked up to thank her and try to set up a time on Tuesday. Since we wear the same clothes every day, more or less, we still had lots of clean ones.
For the second time in two weeks, the game ended on a sad note.