Our Journey began first by purging everything we owned that didn't earn its spot on the boat. There were a few boxes and my custom Seven
road bike we left with Jerry and Gwyneth Pyle, my in-laws - bless their hearts! The rest? If you read Pamela's post - "stow it or throw it"
you get the picture. So in the heat of the work that needed to be done clearing out the house Pamela or I would ask the other before turning our attention on a room or area- "is there anything that you want to keep?" and if there was anything you wanted to see again you mentioned it and it would be preserved but the rest was STOW IT OR THROW IT.
Back in the day of 3,500 square feet we owned not one but three bar shaker sets. My Father Ralph Jaenicke Jr. was a wholesale liquor distributor as he raised his family and instilled an appreciation of a fine cocktail in me. Each had their utility. One was compact for traveling on the many weekend trips to boat shows, boat showings whatever. It worked on the road. The next was a glass 2 piece that had a fitted lid and was decorative and allowed you to show off the drink being made to guests as you mixed their craft cocktail. The last was an everyday traditional stainless shaker that paired with any old pint bar glass as the top and was big enough to make two drinks at a time. You see them at every bar you go to as its big, easy and fast.
Pamela's kitchen was gourmet before I moved in to 22 but then you added my modest culinary collection and we had it all man, everything. It was a HUGE project to take on the kitchen for the aforementioned SIOTI exercise and it fell to Pamela. I remember thinking to myself that I was lucky when I drew the 16 hour one day out-and-back delivering boat parts to Charlevoix MI for us to meet and have installed. She had the kitchen. When she asked me which shaker I wanted to bring and I said "the stainless one" It hadn't crossed my mind we had two stainless shakers. Our first occasion to break out the painkillers was in Michigan City, a tradition in the B.V.I. made with Pussers rum
, cream of coconut, orange and pineapple juice shaken into a beautiful froth and topped with nutmeg. A sailor's classic.
I discovered that true to her charge Pamela brought the stainless workhorse BUT added the lid from the decorative glass shaker as it was stainless too. It was just a miss on the fit so when I went to shake it a little of the sticky sweet drink would dribble down the sides and all over everything. It happened to be on another couple's boat so here I was getting ready to roll out one of my signature cocktails and it was just a little off and as many know me to be a persnickety cocktail maker, was underwhelming to me. I had to clean up the campsite more than I wanted on someone else's boat.
So back to the picture and feeling at home. In the transition from our house that had everything and everything had its place you can imagine how disconcerting it was to not be able to find the thing you need. We rolled into Leland marina and we got a little bag with every local merchant's information and one of them was a supper club, the Blue Bird
that offered a free pint glass with purchase. How could we pass that up? Well our shaker set was united with the proper top, an everyday pint glass from the Bluebird in Leeland.
The picture was the next opportunity to make our boat our home. No, not three shakers for our craft cocktails, just the perfect one for Big Frisky.