Monthly Archives: November 2009

Flair Friday

Good morning everyone. This week we have been trying to tie up loose ends aboard the schooner and prepare for the removal of the docks for the winter. Katie and Rob have been busy vacuuming the bilges and painting the galley. If you ever thought of bilges as dirty, disgusting crevices that no one ever wants to look at… well, you are right. But being the guy accused of being “fastidious” by one journalist I like my bilges clean as can be. Where does all that dirt come from in just one season? That is a mystery rivaling the question of why the chicken crossed the road. With scrub brush and vacuum in hand the bilges get cleaned from stem to stern, a heroic effort deserving of great praise.

Today is Friday and as any of you who have sailed with us know… that means “Flair Friday.” Flair Friday has become a bit of a crew tradition the past couple of seasons and the longer it continues the more the crew try to “out-flair” each other. Even guest sand the kids jump in. Rob’s golf getup, complete with a bag of clubs, set the pace for others to follow. There is no way you are gonna see me in fish net stockings. The flair is a wonderful excuse to laugh at ourselves and goodness knows I need to do more of that everyday. So try a little flair on today and see how the mood at the office brightens. Don’t dress down… dress up!

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Warm Weather and Sowing Seeds

Good morning everyone. We are enjoying a stretch of warm dry weather here. I know many of you shake your heads when I describe temperatures soaring into the 50s but remember that under the cover, with a little solar gain, that means painting and varnishing weather. Katie and Rob have been hard at it. They are quite amazing at their ability to keep the fit-out process going as the days get darker earlier. Sowing seeds towards sailing seven months from now is not easy when the sun barely clears the horizon by 7 AM and is gone by 4 in the afternoon. So when you see them next summer thank them for all their endurance. I know I am singing their praises.

I am spending this week at an EMS conference here in Rockport, brushing up on my EMT skills. I am stuck inside, all for a good purpose I know, but stuck inside none the less. The cruel view from the window is of the sun lit bay gently ruffled by the breeze and the islands stretching down east to Acadia National Park. Did I mention that it is only seven months until we sail again??? Notice the rocking chair in the background of the above picture. It quietly waits and watches, a gentle reminder of what we are all about.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.