07 May 2018 | Anchorage, AK
We depart our lovely home tomorrow.
If we were miserable, lived in a dump, weren't happy, perhaps we wouldn't mind leaving home, but none of those are true.
The bloody weather is not making it difficult to leave! We've gotten new snow every day for the past two weeks, and yesterday we received an inch of new snow! Anyone who says that the climate isn't changing isn't looking out the window! I've lived in this house for 36 years and I've never seen an inch of snow on 7 May. It stayed around until mid-day before most was melted.
To celebrate our last night at home, we grilled burgers out on the Weber, and I made onion rings and French Fries. Mmmmmm... We both ate way too much, but it's the last dinner here in our home for several months. We went out on the porch for a cigar break (one of 2-3 a year) and it was bloody cold! There's still new snow on the ground and a cold wind was blowing.
Conni has been pushing very hard for the past two weeks. She worked all weekend, not appearing at home until 9-10PM: not much of an evening life. She had to complete the firm's personnel work required as the managing partner, but also had a big brief due this week. Sunday night it was a simple meal at 10PM and she missed the party of the year on Saturday, the Cinco de Mayo party thrown by good liberal friends. Nevertheless, today, after consulting her notes, she grabbed a Blue Box and packed in a few hours. Amazing!
We'll have 4 Blue Boxes this year, more than usual, and my huge Bill Bag to check, and each of us will have a pack and another item. Conni's other item is a duffel, and I'll have my uke. I'll carry her heavy bag and she will tote my much lighter ukulele. We've got so much stuff because we stripped the boat of items that get damaged by the heat and humidity of their summer, and we have another person to care for on the passage back to French Polynesia. Snacks and such that we just can't buy on site have to taken, and that requires space and weight.
The next morning....
Raining today: actually, it's pouring today. Not an auspicious beginning but it's not difficult to depart. We've decided to attend a BP Awards Banquet, celebrating this year's BP Teacher of the Year. We occasionally get invited and always have fun. Afterward, we'll spend an hour or two with our friends Peter and Toby, the off to the airport.
Next stop, Oakland.