Saturday AM at VERO Beach FL
09 January 2021 | Vero Beach FL
Dean Perry | COOL but very SUNNY
Wow…. Again it’s been a long time since I’ve written…. Although, ….. and I hate to say this… I don’t think ALL that many folks missed it…. (big pause there)…. And wow that was a negative thought…
Anyway…. We’ve been located at the most northern end of the Mooring Field at Vero Beach, Florida. We’re continuing to self Isolate…. (because of the Covid-19….); We’re in sort of a “cruisers BUBBLE”… Where most of the cruisers, are (IF you’ll pardon the pun) “in the same boat. (Living in a “home”; with no fixed address, and limited places to GO, as long as this virus persists to disrupt everyone’s lives).
One of our buddies here is from the UK (“Five Flip Flops”) and they have Covid shots arranged for March in the UK… BUT… IF they go back there to get the shots, the UK, and the USA won’t let them back OUT, to come back to the US, and their boat. A BIND !!!
The activity at the capitol on Wednesday had a profound effect on me, and sleep that night…. What have we (as Americans) come to… ???? Did those folks, who ransacked the Capitol, just get caught up in hours of MOB mentality, or are they just STUPID…. I mean with facial recognition software, and phone records…. HOW in God’s name did they think they would not be caught and punished? AND continued to take selfies while they’re stealing MAIL, and furniture from the offices…. Wow !!!! It’s just unbelievable….
We’ve changed the LUBE OIL in both engines (Perkins, and Northern Lights Generator)… and continue with small boat projects…. And ONE major project (replacing the “Strong TRACK” for the mains’l slides. The OLD track came off the mast easily, and is now laying on the side deck… the new track is some 49 feet long, and is also laying on the side deck…. Warming, and Unrolling…(comes in a 41” diameter ROLL).
Two weeks ago we encouraged, and succeeded in starting an “old tradition” of the sailors GAM (a meeting of sailors to socialize, and play music….) The GAMS of old were ususally between whaling ships that were at sea for months, and possible years… So when they saw another whaling ship or any ship on the horizon they’d meet and raft up… and socialize…
Anyway…. the COVID, and lack of cruisers in the harbor put an end to the GAMs….at the end OF last season…. SO………..they’ve NOW started again…. Yeah !! (with social distancing and protections OF course).
Susan and I took a long walk yesterday… ..the first of many, we hope…. Being cooped up on the boat is not always a lot of FUN…. There’s always stuff to do…and stuff to repair, etc. BUT…..
I heard a phrase the other day that’s SO TRUE….. it went something like this… (when you live on a boat in salt water)…. “EVEN WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING…THINGS ARE BREAKING”
Granted ….NOT a good Thought… BUT SO true !!!!
Speaking of music…. I got out the dobro the other day….(it had been such a long time since I’d played it… I was afraid of the condition in which I’d find it….BUT it was fine… and played beautifully… .NICE.. .so I took it to the last GAM………………… unfortunately… only a few folks listened at that time….OH WELL… Susan and I enjoyed it!!!!
OK…time for the day to begin….