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.

08 June 2012 | Home
05 June 2012 | 100 miles to the Farallons!
02 June 2012 | 475 miles off the coast
31 May 2012 | 579 miles to go
30 May 2012 | 694 miles to go
30 May 2012 | 800 miles to go
29 May 2012 | 915 miles off California
28 May 2012 | Past halfway between Hawaii and SF
27 May 2012 | Past halfway between Hawaii and SF
26 May 2012 | Halfway between Hawaii and SF
24 May 2012 | Middle of the Pacific Ocean
23 May 2012 | Middle of the Pacific Ocean
22 May 2012 | Middle of the Pacific Ocean
21 May 2012 | Middle of the Pacific Ocean
20 May 2012 | Pacific Gyre
16 May 2012 | Pacific Gyre
16 May 2012 | Pacific
18 September 2011 | Home
07 September 2011 | Crossing the southern tip of the big island
05 September 2011 | Pacific

The Rice Krispie Scandal Of 2012

02 June 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...
Vessel Name: Adventure
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 42
Hailing Port: Marina Bay, Richmond CA
Crew: The O'Neil Family
About: Sean (Captain and Line Man) Kathy (Helmswoman and Cook) Tara - 12 years old at trip start, Casey - 11 years old at trip start (Crew and Students)
Extra: We're on a three-year sabbatical from the daily grind to see the Pacific coast of the US, Mexico, Central America and the South Pacific and stopping at New Zealand.

S/V Adventure

Who: The O'Neil Family
Port: Marina Bay, Richmond CA