Well, it has been too long since we posted. Seems like the right day for it, this morning we told G his dad's a Veteran, his grandfather was a veteran (Jim), his great-grandfather was a veteran, his great-great grandfather was a veteran, and so forth! I think if you went back on all sides of the family there'd be somebody in some conflict for the last 1000 years or so, at least ;-) I was tracing my father's mother's line and found a fellow who was an assistant to an invading general taking northern France around 1000 AD.
Parallax needed our attention, and this being a very busy semester, she was not getting it. So the pump for the A/C let us know by getting clogged. Once the friendly marina folk let us know that 1) the A/C pump was cycling and seemed clogged and 2) it looked like we might be ready to plant soybeans on our side decks, I jumped in the car and scooted over to the marina, cleaning gear in the back.
Spent 4 hours that first day and made enough improvement that our chances of growing soybeans were ruined :-) but she was still not shipshape. And somewhere between the parking lot, checking in with the marina folk (hi Lisa, hi Terry!) and the dock, my car key leaped off the key ring. No, I don't know where.
Derek was out of town at a conference, so I had to take a cab back and use his car the next day to get to school, but I picked him up at the airport Saturday morning (it was an EXCELLENT conference and he is SO glad he went!), and we retrieved my car from the marina parking lot. We also finally discovered why so many of the gate personnel can never find us: we are not in the computerized system, we are in a book they have for slipholders, so they have to look us up there. Some of them do not know this.
Sunday and earlier today, Derek spent more hours making Parallax much, much cleaner... guess we'll have to give up our new version of "hydroponics..." Here's the Thursday morning "before" and the "this afternoon" after:
Still not perfect, but so much better... got to wait to do the teak again until we haul and repaint, as it needs considerable work. Will strip and sand where needed, then do whatever painting needs to be done, then do the finish on the wood.
By the way, fellow sailbloggers, we have been SSCA members for years, and did not know that they had a deal with sailblogs, so if
you are in the Seven Seas Cruising Association, be sure
you do your renewals on SB using the code sbssca10.