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Friday, July 30, 2010

7/30/2010 - Why pencils have erasers

I certainly hope no one has been writing down our schedule because that already-messy document is about to get messier.

If everything had worked out as originally planned, we would be right where we are right now, sitting at Cody's house complaining about the dial-up internet access. But Siempre Sabado would be tied up in Martinez, California instead of Charleston, Oregon. In the original scenario, we would have driven back up to Silverton and then spent the month up here going to a family reunion, visiting with Lulu's brother Joe (from Iowa) when he brings our niece, Emily, out to get her moved in to Lewis & Clark College mid-month, and then working on and ultimately attending our daughter's wedding at the end of the month. Well, just because we haven't gotten the boat out of Oregon yet doesn't mean that August has somehow gotten less busy.

So here's where the eraser comes in. Instead of rushing back to Charleston right after the reunion next weekend and then waiting and hoping for a weather window to get us to Martinez in time to drive back up for the wedding, completely missing Joe and Emily's visit in between, we've decided to just come back here and blow off trying to get out of Charleston this month. We'll just stay here, get our visiting and so on done and then return to Charleston at the very end of August and hope that the milder inland temps in September give us better coastal conditions for making the trip down. So the only difference from the original agenda is where the boat's parked in August and what we'll be doing the first week of September.

After the reunion, I'm going to go back to Charleston to get a couple things done so Siempre Sabado is ready to go when we are: replace the oil pressure switch, re-wire the alarm, run a heavier power line to the VHF/AIS radio so it won't keep telling me the battery is low, and fix the bow pulpit where our run-in with something (who knows what) caused the front screw to be ripped out of the platform. Meanwhile, Lulu will stay here helping with the wedding preparations.

So, there ya go. Blog entries will be a little sparse during August as there won't be much happening that would be of much interest to anyone outside the family. But check in anyway because, as you've figured out by now, things change.


Anonymous said...

When you get back to Charleston, check out the small cafe by the bridge. It used to do a splendid breakfast and they baked their own very good bread.

Enjoy August, and sun....we have cloud and damp on the coast this week.


Viking Star said...

Hey, never worry. Kristi and I have figured out (by using up all the erasers on our pencils) NEVER to make planes more then a few days out.

But then, that is part of the life style - isn't it!


Anonymous said...

I wish too that your plans would of gone as you had planned them, but I am being a little selfish in that we have you around the area a little longer. I guess no matter how old your kids get they are still kids to the parent and we tend to want to keep our kids in the nest even though we know they are perfectly able to to it alone. Mom

SV Estrellita 5.10b said...
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SV Estrellita 5.10b said...

I deleted my last message because Carol reminded me that you WILL be checking into the net and SV MOM told me that you had winlink. I'm going soft in the head!

Steve and Lulu said...


Thanks for the suggestion. "Fisherman's Grotto"? We'll give it a try when we get back over there.

Steve and Lulu said...


Not sure if your comment was actually meant for us. We do have SSB but so far have not had much luck sending a transmission out (e-mail or voice). I suspect a poor ground plane. But, if we ever do get properly connected we probably will check in on the net.