Kaimusailing

s/v Kaimu Wharram Catamaran

Vessel Name: Kaimu
Vessel Make/Model: Wharram Custom
Hailing Port: Norwalk, CT
Crew: Andy and the Kaimu Crew
About: Sailors in the Baltimore, Annapolis, DC area.
24 November 2022 | St. Marys, GA
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24 November 2022 | St. Marys, GA

Goodbye Helicopter Dave

I had agreed to help Geoff, the chemist, prep veggies for the St Marys Thanksgiving Feast for Cruising Sailors, held annually at Thanksgiving Day. I biked to his waterfront home and we got to work. 5 lbs of carrots were julienned and parboiled. A bag of shallots was peeled and minced. Geoff sauteed [...]

21 November 2022 | St. Marys, GA

Untitled

I promise not to write too much about NFL football. Not this time though.

12 November 2022 | St. Marys, GA

Cream of Chicken Mushroom Florentine Soup

I unloaded the rental car and the next day drove it to the Jacksonville airport to return it. Geoff, the chemist, picked me up in his beater car, a Hyundai. It has 273,000 miles on it. I said don’t wash it, it might fall apart if you dissolve the rust.

08 November 2022 | St. Marys, GA

Tropical Storm Nicole

The gloomy weather was broken now and then by a day with some sunshine. It is chilly in the mornings and it has rained quite a bit. On a good afternoon I could get my shopping done or go to the Legion for supper. Now I appreciate a ride more than before, as night falls, the thermometer does also, [...]

27 October 2022 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD

Shrimp Malbec

I texted that this year seems to be a lot about troubles. It seems everyone I know has faced difficult times with illness, death, and a feeling of being overwhelmed by it all. Crisfield seems to have taken a step backwards, or continuing its decline in population and business. The town that has nothing [...]

18 October 2022 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD

Crisfield Heritage Festival

I had another evening at the Legion and drank enough to crash the bike on my way back. I made it OK to the marina but made a bad move and went down on the pavement. Road rash. Back aboard SUNSPLASH I mopped up oozing blood with baby wipes. The next morning I was very sore and stiff. There was a [...]

Crisfield Crab Festival

06 September 2022 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
Cap'n Chef Andy | mild
The jet lag takes a while for me to overcome. It starts out waking at 2PM yet feeling lousy, like you want to get a lot more sleep. But the early day lethargy turns into nighttime energy. I’m not falling asleep when I should and I close out the bistro two days in a row. I spend a couple days just hanging on and taking care of basics. It’s supposed to be a big weekend, and so it may, but I’m not doing too much of anything. The big thing for me was the NY Jets winning preseason game #3.
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The zen is being disrupted. Too many changes too fast, and I think I deal with such things better than most. It’s strange how the pains come from some activity a few days earlier, so I guess I should expect more in the coming days. I reneged at going to the Legion and instead made an edible dish of pasta and canned clams. It was not bad, but I put half into the fridge, as emergency rations.
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I have the phone plugged into the laptop to bring the photos over, also It gives a small battery charge to the phone. T-mobile has a better approach to tethering your laptop to your phone, very difficult to do with Verizon. It’s nice to know I can get internet on the laptop, all I need is a T-mobile cellular signal.
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I entered the wordle! tournament. This is a game similar to the wordle game put out by the NY Times, except this version allows wordle!’s to be played anytime, one right after the other. The tournament gives points for each successful guessed wordle! If you were to guess it right off the bat on your first guess you would get 6 points. Each successive try reduces the points you get depending on how many guesses you have left. I think you get one point if you need 6 guesses, the maximum, to solve it. I am leading the tournament with about 40 minutes left and I am ahead by 38 points. I wouldn’t mention it otherwise.
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It seems when I left for Hawaii Eve sold her final puppy. She then got the news her ex-husband had passed away. They were both involved with their son who lived close to his dad. She had to pack up and drive up to Pasadena and Kent Island to deal with things. She was gone when I returned from Hawaii and now has returned a few days after I did. Cuddily’s old boyfriend Buster came down from up North to recuperate from a cancer scare. I felt strange. We were at the Legion, the only place open in town on Monday and Tuesday. Cuddily and Buster were getting around in his little fishing skiff that he trailered down. It was a year ago that they more or less broke up, yet maintained contact, and now were mending fences.
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I was wrong about a number of things. When I arrived at the Shanty right off the plane, I thought it was quite busy for a Thursday night, it was in fact Friday. I also thought that Labor Day weekend was going on a week before it actually happened. And now today I was looking ahead on the TV schedule for NFL football on Sunday, not so fast, it isn’t until 9/11 that the season begins.
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The Labor Day weekend kicked off with Cornelia Marie’s birthday party. Of course I forgot it was her birthday. I had planned to go shopping with Helicopter Dave and Roughrider Lynn and they planned to use the taxi service to get around. I inquired at the marina office about golf cart rental and I could rent a golf cart at half price, so that’s what I did.
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We drove up Cove Street to Somerset, then up Somerset to the grocers. I made my purchases of ingredients for shrimp and avocado salad, then waited for Lynn to finish shopping. She took so long that I thought about having one of the store ladies check the ladies’ room in case she had some trouble there. Both she and Dave were complaining that they weren’t getting enough exercise cooped up on their boat and thus were not in the best physical shape.
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We decided not to stop by the Legion for a cold beer and took the golf cart to the drive through liquor store near the marina. We purchased 4 boxes of wine, one case of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, and a magnum of tawny port. Lynn and Dave developed a taste for that port, where else, in Portugal. They plan on returning there by airline and have to find somewhere to store their boat.
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Back at the marina I helped Lynn load a dock cart with her supplies and walked it out to their boat. I then drove to my dock and brought my supplies to SUNSPLASH, retaining a partial box of pinot noir and a new chilled box of pinot grigio. I then drove back to the office where I had rented the cart, returned it, grabbed my bicycle and pedaled to the Red Shell Shanty which was open early. I had an Orange Crush drink and texted Eve that I had run my errands and could make it to the birthday party along with a new box of chilled pinot grigio. She replied she already had a new box in the fridge, but I would bring my box as a birthday present for Cornelia Marie.
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Eve said she had a chicken slow roasting on the grill and needed to come down to the Shanty for a Grapefruit Crush. When she arrived I had her drink ready as well as a 2nd crush for me. My first empty glass was taken away, hide the evidence. A small group of youngsters were watching the progress of the crush drinks and I said, it’s hard when you have two gas pedals and no brakes. Then Eve walked in with her black lab. She was still dealing with her recent trip up to Pasadena. We had another pair of crushes.
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I pedaled to her house as guests began arriving. We were all set for barbecue chicken dinner as soon as the potatoes were done. The feast was inside in the dining room with platters of food passed around. When I left and biked through the marina the Shanty had closed for the night, it was after 10PM.
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The next morning I had a hangover so bad I thought about doing a covid test. Actually that is a quote from Cuddily who did do a covid test when all she had was a hangover. I didn’t make my usual morning omelet, it was getting close to noon. I made the pint of coffee, Kona this time, I earned it. No omelet, just a sourdough sandwich with what was left of the deli chicken and four pats of cheese on top, plus black pepper and garlic powder, and then topped with mayo.
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I wasn’t able to do much, really did feel that bad. The next day, though, I felt great and biked around the marina which was now full of tourists. It was the day of crab races. There was a section of the marina reserved for a dog show. I can’t make this stuff up. There were horses, ponies for the kids to ride on. I received a text from Eve that she had 3 crabs entered in the crab races. I paid the $5 admission fee and walked my bike into the crab racing arena. I watched one race and then wisely retreated to the Boater’s Lounge, air conditioned, college football game on.
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Eve left and went to the Legion. I missed her text about going, but I had my bike and I felt good enough to pedal cross town. It was crab special at the Legion. $14 for a dozen crabs. Teri and Eve got their crabs and corn.
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One of the elders of the Legion came to our table and said he had done some research. Eve’s ex-husband who had recently died was a Vietnam veteran and was the veteran’s advocate for 5 counties in Northern Maryland. It turned out the Legion elder had almost the same birthday, missed by only 3 days, and had served in the same battalion in Vietnam. His comments brought Eve to tears. It is a small world.
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The next day I made the crab avocado salad. I did not use a blender, just made it like guacamole. I brought the salad to Eve’s house and she complained it had too much garlic in it. It was only 8 cloves. On the way I stopped at the Shanty and the chef tasted the salad and said it was great. We decided to add more shrimp and avocado to smooth out the flavor. I returned to the marina and got another pound of shrimp, Eve brought avocados from the grocer. The salad is easy to make and easy to adjust the flavor.
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Eve made a conventional salad and her sister and brother in law came over with pulled pork. It was summer salad dinner but we ate inside due to pesky flies that persist when there isn’t a breeze blowing.
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I awoke at about midnight that night and couldn’t get back to sleep. This happens from time to time, so the next day was very slow. The image is of sunset over the marina during Labor Day weekend.

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