S/V Bluebottle

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17 May 2017 | Hobart, Tasmania
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24 July 2008

Went to Long Beach yesterday, saw Adrienne's old stamping grounds, Junior high, Woodrow Wilson High School, the park her dad created, where she swam and biked as a kid, and walked around the beach, yacht club, saw a movie being made on the beach, and the trailers with stars on the doors, the trucks, marquees, actors, food on tables, you know, had lunch in a sushi joint with a Japanese beer, after talking to a boat stuff salesman with a healed lip and nothing to offer, visited Gracia Drury, 93, a very dear friend of A's, and Jeannie, a neighbour 2 or 3 doors up from her family home at 45 Laverne, Long Beach. very tender, happy moments for A - and me too. Relaxed, easy and slow. Saw another salesman who brightened up when he heard how much we intended to spend. Shopped at Ralph's, a huge very cheap supermarket, where a bottle of Jack Daniels costs $16. It's hot, and we drove with the windows down, in our PT Cruiser, It's really exciting driving in California, everything runs very smoothly if you follow the rules, and remember to drive on the right, What is strange is the friction between the samenesses and the differences, everything is the same as in Aus yet everything is different. You could be in Sydney (almost.) The other thing is since you don't know your way around, or the local customs, you are limited in your freedom, yet the funny thing is you are completely free. You just roll along - oh, and one more thing being disoriented as to time is a delicious experience, it's the upside of jetlag.
Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart