adventures of 2008 from 1/1/08 through 09/30/08 have been published on the
website. We continue with the
2008 #29 10/01/08 thru
last update, we were aboard AMARSE docked in Brunswick, Georgia.
WEDNESDAY BRUNSWICK, GA to SAN ANTONIO, TX
Early in the morning, AMARSE was being readied for her respite in
Brunswick while we fly off to Texas. To
keep her safe in our absence, we cleaned out the refrigerator, flushed the
drains with fresh water, shut down the propane gas system, and closed the
remaining through hull valves to the air conditioning system and various intake
valves. Electrical system was set
for minimum requirements and electronics were isolated.
Our heartfelt thanks once again to this wonderful boat and our waterborne
home led to the promise of our rapid return.
In Judy’s Buick Riviera, we departed the marina
at 8:20am. The Flying J station at
I-95 exit 29 offered the lowest gas prices around. We filled up with mid-grade gasoline priced at $3.529/gal.
(Regular Unleaded was $3.419). These
prices were 20 to 25 cents per gallon less than in town and were 36 cents less
than at I-95 exit 3 near the GA-FL border.
We were able to leave the car at the General
Aviation terminal. After
disconnecting the battery posts, we were given a ride to the main terminal for
our Continental Airlines flight. Aboard
the regional jet operated by Express Jet Airlines, the flight departed on time
at 12:15pm. This commuter airline
carrier takes quite good care of their passengers and they even offer a nice
little snack box to stave off the nibbles.
After a stopover and change of planes in Houston Intercontinental, we
landed in San Antonio as scheduled at 3:40pm.
Our good friend and neighbor, Barb, came to pick us up for the short ride
to our house.
We were very pleased to find that everything was in
good shape and it didn’t take long to get everything up and running.
The electricity was switched on, the gas valve repositioned, the water
valve opened, the hot water tank flushed, and the plastic wrapped toilets
unsealed. The charger topped off the truck battery and she started
right up. Life is good!
A shower followed by a quick change of clothes and
we were off and headed for El Jarro Restaurant for a friendly get-together.
The group consisted of Joe Fugate, Roxanne Cady, Scott Kee, Mary, a
couple of their friends, Bill Seward (Steamboat Willie), Judy, and Fred.
It was so great to see them all again.
We have been close friends for many years.
and 10/03/08 SAN ANTONIO, TX
Our days were occupied with general day-to-day stuff.
Nothing very special to mention except that we enjoyed being back in The
Great Republic of Texas.
SATURDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
This morning was reserved for the long-awaited wedding of our dear
friends, Joe Fugate and Roxanne Cady. We
primped and fluffed ourselves in readiness.
Our crocs were traded in for polished leather shoes, t-shirts exchanged
for neatly pressed shirts, and cargo shorts replaced with long, dress pants.
Now, tell me, ain’t we sumptin’ ryte purdy-like?
The 10 o’clock wedding was held at the St. Sophia Greek Catholic Church
in downtown San Antonio.
The priest, Father Dan, officiated the traditional Greek ceremony in all
As it has been for centuries, the bride and groom are joined together
with the crowns.
It was a great honor for them to have Garrett, Joe’s son, cant the
words about the responsibilities of a husband and wife.
In a wonderful display of families joining together, Joe’s daughter,
Kyra, was Maid of Honor, Joe’s son, Garrett, was the Best Man, and Roxanne’s
son, Matt, stood up for his Mom.
Joe’s brother, Mike, came in from Florida to perform ushering honors.
It was wonderful for me to be able to see Garrett and Kyra again.
Joe and I have been close friends for over 30 years and I have known
these fine young people since they were just little babies.
JP, Joe, Raul, and Len represent the backbone of the flight department
were Joe is the Chief Pilot.
Friends, Mary and Judy, look stunningly beautiful.
Their smiles radiate and bring joy to all.
In my book, they are a couple of really cool chicks.
Judy and the lovely bride, Mrs. Roxanne Cady Fugate...
‘John, The Greek’ Catering, served a delicious luncheon.
The reception was held in the activities building of the church.
In this picture, the backdrop is a mural of a Greek village that has been
painted around the room walls.
It is our sincere hope that they live long, prosper, and find everlasting
joy in each other. We love them
both very much!
MONDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful daughter,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my DAD, FRED
E. REED (He had to leave us for heaven almost 40 years ago but has
always been close to my heart and held lovingly in my thoughts.
When I was a young lad, he taught me a lot about being a sailor and a
mariner. I continue to be
constantly guided by his teachings.)
Our dinner plan was to host the newly-weds, Joe and Rox.
Although Rox wasn’t feeling up to a night out following her recent
illness, she urged Joe to come over while she gained back more strength.
I prepared one of my favorites, Mexican Shrimp
Cocktails (Coctels de Cameron). I
make them by combining finely dicing tomatoes and onions, a squeeze of lime, a
few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, some cocktail sauce, and spicy V-8 juice.
The mixture coats the glass of small shrimp.
I added some large shrimp with tails on to give it a more festive look.
I accompanied the appetizer with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and Queso
Fresca (Mexican crumbling cheese).
For the main course, I oven roasted a Pork
Tenderloin wrapped in bacon. Everything
came out very delicious.
WEDNESDAY SAN ANTONIO,
Spent the day running around between auto shops trying to resolve the
problem with the tires on the truck. Rotating
and balancing didn’t solve the vibration shimmy.
Following a recommendation, we took it to Car-X on Nacogdoches to be
looked at. They gave us the run
around and I think they were drumming up unnecessary business.
We paid the $50 bill and learned absolutely nothing.
I’m glad that they were not successful in leading us further down that
primrose path. Live and learn.
We took it back to Sam’s Club where they
graciously and competently rechecked their work reassuring us that they had done
a great job.
Most evenings have been occupied with organizing pictures and update
THURSDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
One of the things that we do in San Antonio is to take care of our
medical checkups. This morning I went to Lab Corp to offer up my arm to the
phlebotomist. They only needed one
vial of blood to accomplish a myriad of tests.
Gratefully accepting their dinner invitation, Judy
and I had the privilege of sharing the evening with newly-weds, Joe and Roxanne,
at their lovely home. Roxanne is an accomplished interior decorator and she has
done a magnificent masterpiece of their place.
She is also a wonderful cook. The
main course was her special lasagna. Her Bolognese sauce has to be the very best that I have ever
tasted. Somehow, I don’t think
she gave me the entire secret of her fabulous recipe.
As an extra treat, Scott Kee and Mary came by to say hi and visit.
It was a great evening and we were so happy to see Rox feeling better and
stronger all the time.
FRIDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
Since we don’t have internet access at the house, I am relegated to
using the facilities of the public library.
Judy dropped me off while she went shopping at some of her local favorite
I am so lucky to have the great honor and privilege
of having this wonderful woman in my life.
Along with everything else, she cheerfully made one of my favorite meals
for dinner. She lovingly prepared
tender chicken breasts sautéed in mushroom sauce.
Oh boy, that was sooooo goooood!!!!!!
SATURDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
Happy Birthday to my Mom,
(Although she left this earth for heaven many years ago, she will always be
fondly remembered and deeply loved).
Once again, Judy dropped me at the public library to use the internet and
work on my logs and updates. She
joined Roxanne at the Live Oak Center for a jewelry-making show.
They both creatively enjoy making things of beauty.
Mary hosted a big birthday bash for Scott Kee.
Although the actual date is not until this coming Thursday, this evening
worked out better for everyone especially since we could be there.
We gathered at Panchitos Restaurant to enjoy the special occasion and to
savor some excellent Mexican food.
Scott and I have worked together and played
together for over 30 years. I’ve
always been a little jealous of how he seems to continuously attract the pretty
girls. Just look at that twinkle in
his eyes as Judy and Debbie flirt with him.
The newly-weds, Joe and Roxanne, were there…
Mark and Lauren Weiss were there…
Scott’s friend and neighbor, Carol was there…
Brian Kee, Scott’s son, was there….
Clyde and his wife, Margo, are Mary’s friends and they were there…
I don’t know how it happened but it seems that some of the gifts were
associated with his favorite part(s) of the female anatomy.
I guess he must have always wanted to be a plastic surgeon or something.
What do you think? Mary
looks a little embarrassed while Scott looks totally intrigued with the
One of the gifts was this beautifully carved, wooden motorcycle.
Scott has a vintage BMW motorcycle.
I would think that the other gifts go well with motorcycles too. Babes, Beer, Boobs, and Bikes…
What could be better?
Even the birthday cards seemed to carry the theme to the extreme…
The mere push of a button and it plays a catchy tune that would even
bring a smile to Jimmy Carter’s face.
It was a great party, hosted by a great gal, for a great guy!
Judy and I drove out to Bulverde, Texas to visit Jack and Mary.
Jack is the Chief Pilot for Rush Enterprises.
For several years, I had the great honor to fly with Jack.
I must say that I sometimes miss those wonderful glory days.
Jack and Mary are very happy together.
Just look at those smiles. Too
bad we can’t spend even more time enjoying their company.
TUESDAY SAN ANTONIO,
Finally, I finished up the complete series of logs and updates for the
Peru trip. There were 14 updates
needed in the series because of the many pictures that we wanted to share.
I hope that everyone enjoys the published material.
WEDNESDAY SAN ANTONIO,
TX to LUFKIN,TX
When we return to Texas, we try to schedule our medical checkups and
annual physicals. I was pleased to receive a clean bill of health from Dr.
White. Everything was A-OK and my
lab work came back with great numbers. Cool…!
I hope to enjoy this life for many more years…
Judy had everything packed and ready for us to
drive to Lufkin, Texas. With
periods of very heavy rain showers, it took us almost 6 hours to get there.
We will be houseguests of her son, Mark, and his wife, Dawn.
It will be a grand reunion of all her immediate family this weekend. It has been many, many years since all have been able to get
together at the same time.
Mark had the newly released DVD of Indiana Jones
and the Crystal Skull. We found it
very interesting since much of it is based on archaeology in Peru.
Of course, everyone seems to like movies starring Harrison Ford.
THURSDAY LUFKIN, TX
BIRTHDAY, FRANCIS SCOTT KEE
Today, Scott is officially older than Methuselah and he was 969 years
old. Oh yah, I know that Scott
doesn’t look that ‘old’ now, but I can remember when he did.
Happy Birthday, good friend…
We checked out the new guesthouse project that Mark
is building on his property. It is
coming along nicely. He has been
working extra vigorously to have it completed for this visit weekend.
Although the schedule fell a little short of the plan, it was nearly
ready and would be far enough along for Chris, Becca, and Emily when they
arrive. Judy helped Mark put down
the beautiful wood flooring today.
Mark and Dawn took us, and brother Scott, to lunch
at Cheddar’s Restaurant. Thanks,
it was delicious.
Scott volunteered to slow cook his special recipe
for Carne Guisada,
a savory Mexican stew. It had
Chris, Becca, and Emily arrived after their long
drive from Oklahoma. The family was
complete and Judy had all her three sons, their wives, and 6 grandkids all
giving her big hugs and lovings. She
was in her glory. There was her
oldest son and his family; Mark, Dawn, Tyler, Nick, and Alex.
There was her middle son and his family; Chris, Rebecca, and little
Emily. There was her youngest son
and his family; Scott, Sarah, Alexis, and Ashlyn.
Chris and his family had the honor of being the very
first overnighters in the new guesthouse. Judy
and I had the privilege of sleeping upstairs in the ‘big house’.
Fortunately, Scott and family live nearby in the same town.
FRIDAY LUFKIN, TX
Uncle Mark was keeping a close eye on little Emily to make sure she
doesn’t crawl too far. She is at that age where she can really zoom around on all
For most folks, nobody can cook quite the same as Mom does.
Chris and Mark talked Judy into cooking Bacon and Eggs for them just like
she used to do.
This was the first time that Judy has had the opportunity to see her
youngest grandchild. Emily is so cute and bright-eyed.
Mark, Chris, and I worked in the Barn Garage on my Nissan Pickup.
Using Mark’s lift and air-tools, we gave the front brakes an overhaul.
We replaced the pads, had the rotors refaced at O’Reilly Auto Parts,
scrubbed out the wheel bearings in the parts cleaner, and repacked them with
high-temp grease. We offer them our
special thanks for all their generous time, knowledgeable expertise, and caring
helpfulness. It sure saved us a lot of greenback bucks.
Dawn prepared her special recipe for Ground Beef
Stroganoff. I made a version of
Mexican Shrimp Cocktails for those interested.
Although it tasted all right, I don’t think that those tiny shrimp were
as good a quality as those I get from Wal-Mart.
The “Wally-World” brand of frozen shrimp is really firm and tasty.
(From left to right)
Sarah, Ashlyn, Grandma Judy, Alex, and Alexis (Lexi).
SATURDAY LUFKIN, TX
I got really angry with my health insurance designated prescription
provider this morning. We realized
that we are being severely ripped-off on our mail order prescriptions from
Caremark. Here is how wickedly bad
they are; we ordered one generic brand of cholesterol medicine from Caremark.
We were billed $107.85 for the 90-day supply.
I contacted the pharmacy at Wal-Mart and was told that the same 90-day
supply would only cost $10. That
means that Caremark is charging one-thousand-seventy-one percent more than
Wal-Mart, that's right, 1071% more. Their
response to my email stated that they were aware of the difference, however,
that was how our insurance program was being handled.
With a $2200 deductible, that kind of treatment hits us hard in the
pockets. Don’t you think that
might be irresponsible or perhaps even criminal behavior on their part? Just so you know, CVS and Caremark are the same family of
companies. Oh well, we all know
what to do next time, don’t we.
On a much more pleasant note, it was wonderful fun
being with the family. The cousins
all had a good time playing together.
Nick and Emily…
Alex and his cousin, Emily…
Saturday is soccer match day everywhere.
Judy enjoyed watching Alex competitively attack the ball against the
Nick (left) has become an accomplished player and is excelling at the
sport. As a former soccer coach,
Judy enjoyed watching the progress that the boys are making in sports.
Nick and Alex…
I think I’m starting to gain a bit of favor with little Emily.
Judy is really enjoying this first visit with her grandbaby.
Alex, Dawn, and Nick in the foreground…
In the background, that’s Judy holding Emily and that’s Tyler in the
The proud parents, Rebecca and Chris, show off their beautiful baby
Emily. Emily’s cousin, Alex,
jumped in to join them for the picture.
Chris and Emily…
The proud Papa, Scott, with his two lovely daughters, Alexis and Ashlyn...
Even though his t-shirt proclaims the Palestine Wildcats, Scott hooked
onto a totally different kind of ‘wild cat’ with this catfish.
(Note: Palestine, Texas is pronounced “PAL-ESS-TEEN”).
Judy, Lexi, Ashlyn, and Mark take turns casting a line…
Yahoo, Lexi got her a nice one…
It looks like Papa wants to tease Lexi with that slimy catfish…
If you ever wondered what Judy looked like as a young girl, take a look
here. They say that Lexi bears a
very strong resemblance to how Judy looked back then.
From my perspective, I’d say that Lexi is very lucky and that she will
grow up to be the major beauty that Judy is now.
Almost the entire family was together for this photo.
Unfortunately, Sarah couldn’t join them tonight.
Our wonderful hosts for the reunion, Dawn and Mark…
TX to SAN ANTONIO, TX
It was a gorgeous Sunday morning at Dawn and Mark’s fabulous home.
The light was just right to snap this photo.
As you may remember, Mark finished building the house about this time
last year. They have made lots of
improvements since then.
This is the adjacent guesthouse that Mark is currently building.
I really like the design and layout of the place.
Notice the beautiful hardwood flooring that Mark (son) and Judy (Mom)
installed just recently.
The delightful patio area is perfect for barbequing and hosting family
and friends in true Texas style.
Becca and little Emily as they get ready to leave with Chris to make the
long drive back to Oklahoma...
Judy, Scott, Sarah, Lexi, and little Ashlyn…
With all of the ‘good-byes’ shared, we departed for San Antonio at
10:35am. It has been a wonderful
time for this family to share and exchange their love for each other.
We delayed our lunch stop until we got to
Schoebel’s Restaurant in Columbus, Texas at I-10 exit 196.
We have enjoyed stopping there many times.
Their soup and salad bar has a nice variety and the meals are well
prepared. There are always
leftovers to take home from the generous portions.
Since we have no internet connection at the house,
we stopped off at the library for a quick check of emails and to send some that
we couldn’t get out from Mark’s provider.
By 5:30pm, we were home for the night.
For dinner, I prepared a Mexican style shrimp
de Cameron). I made the sauce using
spicy V-8 juice, finely chopped roma tomatoes and onions, a little soy sauce, a
few dashes of Lee & Perrins, and a few shakes of kosher salt. I put the sauce over the good-tasting, small shrimp from
Wal-Mart. It was just the perfect
choice for a light meal.
Judy was quite tired and headed off to bed.
I should have been declared and certified “Nutz” for staying up until
1:30am working on logs and updates.
Early voting for the 2008 Presidential Elections started today.
Since we will be back on AMARSE on November 4th, we went to
the Thousand Oaks Library to join the long line that had already formed.
Because of technical problems with a computer printer, voting officials
had to hand-write each sticker for each person.
Of course, this was very time consuming and the line barely inched along.
After about an hour and a half, our ballots had been cast and we had
performed our civic duty.
While Judy visited the dentist office for cleaning
and routine checkup, I utilized the services of the library internet.
At 6:30pm, we met up with Scott and Mary at the El
Jarro Mexican Restaurant. Along
with awesome margaritas, they serve the best chips and fresh salsa that I’ve
ever tasted. Their queso dip (cheese) is fantastic, as
are their dinner meals. For
tonight, just cocktails and a snack seemed to fit the tempo while we visited
with these great friends. It will
be altogether too long before we get to see them again.
If the Captain ever takes a break from flying all over the world, maybe
they will come to visit us in the Bahamas this winter.
TUESDAY SAN ANTONIO,
It was my turn in the dentist office this morning for my cleaning and
checkup. “Look, Ma - No
Bob Allen arrived from his home in San Miguel de
Allende this afternoon around 2:30pm. Riding with friends, they traveled all night long using the
Mexican toll roads that cross the US border at Laredo, Texas.
Although they are quite expensive, these direct highways are the safest
and most expeditious routes to take during the nighttime hours.
Bob comes up to the US a couple times a year to visit the VA Hospital and
stock up on supplies that are unavailable in Mexico.
I buzzed him around to Best Buy, Northern Tools, Pet Smart, Sam’s Club,
and Judy helped him find the bargains at Kohl’s.
Bob is a very interesting fellow.
We have been friends for many years and we always enjoy our visits with
him in Mexico. He is currently
administering a highly successful program to help underprivileged kids in small
Mexican towns. Through individual
and corporate donations, Bob arranges and distributes backpacks and school
supplies to school kids. For more
information about his program and works, take a look at the YouTube
clips on your computer. Just search
for “Bob’s Backpacks” on the You Tube website.
In as much as we are leaving tomorrow morning, Bob
will be overnight at Joe and Roxanne’s. He sure had a load of stuff to take back to Mexico.
WEDNESDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX to
JACKSONVILLE, FL to BRUNSWICK, GA
Finishing packing and closing up the house were our first orders of
business this morning. While Judy shrink-wrapped the toilets and covered up the
drains, I closed the valves on the gas and water, left the truck with Sta-Bil in
the gas tank and the battery disconnected, and shut off all the electricity.
Asking for her continued best behavior, we thanked the house for a
pleasant stay again this time. Hopefully,
she will be in great shape when we return in the spring.
At 9:45am, Judy drove Barb’s car to the airport.
Although she had been fully released by her eye surgeon to drive, Barb
felt more comfortable for Judy to drive the first part there.
She had just had cataracts removed on Monday.
Isn’t modern eye-care amazing? Thanks
again, Barb. She is such a good
friend and neighbor.
The Continental Airlines Boeing 737 departed on
time at 11:50am. TSA security had
been quick and efficient. With a
change of planes in Houston, the second Boeing 737 landed on time in
Jacksonville at 5:20pm. By 6pm, we
had our bags, returned to our car, hooked up the battery, and were starting the
drive north to Brunswick. Although
we didn’t need any yet, we were pleased to see that the prices for gasoline
have dropped dramatically to $2.399/gal for regular unleaded.
Let’s all hope that falling fuel prices helps to jumpstart the economy
and ease the burden on ‘them Yankee-Northerners’ with their brutal heating
By 7:30pm, we were delighted to be back home aboard
AMARSE. We sure do love our life on
this wonderful and comfortable boat.
THURSDAY BRUNSWICK, GA
The tasks and activities of readying the boat for its winter sojourn to
the Bahamas started today. I
renewed the state registration for the dinghy by internet and that should cover
that requirement until 12/2010.
I installed a new rearview mirror in the upper helm station while Judy
conducted a complete inventory listing all of our ship’s food supply.
Judy picked out new rugs for the aft cabin floor to spruce up the décor. My task was to obtain and replace the safety flares in
compliance with Coast Guard regulation. Brian
at American Diesel was helpful (as always) with expert knowledge about
AMARSE’s Lehman powerplants. He
suggested that the cuprous-nickel style transmission coolers should last more
than 2000 hours, however, the straight copper ones have a shorter life cycle.
Having CuNi coolers with only 1500 hours, we shouldn’t need to change
them this year. He also informed me
that the spin-on adapter modification for the secondary fuel filters is not
suitable for these engines since the location of the main heat exchanger
interferes with the operation, now that’s too bad.
FRIDAY BRUNSWICK, GA
I placed an order for spare Racor fuel filters from MarineFilters.com,
replaced the hinge bushing on the refrigerator, and freed up a sticking
thru-hull valve. The marina office
gal, Cindy, kindly faxed out my request for the US Customs and Border Patrol
user fee decal. Their new, improved
web order site is not functioning at this time.
Hopefully, we will receive it before our departure date.
SATURDAY BRUNSWICK, GA
The project list came down to replacing both of the sundeck light
fixtures. I planned about a
one-hour timeframe to exchange the similar units.
Wow, was I wrong again. I
decided that the entire circuit had to be rewired and a new, special 4-prong
plug would be required. Much of the
rest of the day was spent chasing down the right parts for the job.
At 5pm, we were invited to BOOMERANG, the Fusion
sailing catamaran of Don and Lynn from Picton, Ontario.
We had a very pleasant evening and learned about some of their exciting
plans to cruise the southern Bahamas this winter.
SUNDAY BRUNSWICK, GA
We slept in this morning until 9:45am.
Somebody had been up again very, very late working on logs and updates.
The time required to keep these updates going is phenomenal.
The deck light project continued with the running
of new wires through the sundeck roof. The
new wiring had to be pulled through very small conduit tubing, first across,
then aft to the starboard corner where the plug connection was installed.
After the plug unit was connected, it had to be attached by drilling and
screwing into the fiberglass ceiling. The
newly installed fixtures are an improvement with a pair of dual-function,
halogen bulbs in each. Tomorrow
will be reserved to finish up this job.
There is a grassy, park-like field that parallels
the marina docks. A political
rally/party was being held for Kathryn Kasper’s campaign for county office.
It was a very nice setup with a very good band playing sensible music.
Unfortunately, not many people showed up and for those that did, swarms
of vicious, No-See-Ums, the biting sand gnats, quickly drove them away.
Only the diehard supporters withstood the insect invasion.
For some, I’m not sure if they were dancing or just moving around
smartly to avoid any more bites.
We left with Carolyn and Robert Wilson in their
Jeep for dinner at MudCat Charlie’s Restaurant in Darien, GA.
I know that you’ve heard us brag on this place before and for good
reason. Judy had Fried Grouper and
I chose their specialty Crab Stew with a side of stir-fried veggies.
After our friends dropped us off, we went to Walgreen’s and the Winn
Dixie grocery store and didn’t get back to the boat until after 11pm.
Judy was smart and went to bed.
I, on the other hand, stayed up until almost 2am working on the computer
to fix an alignment problem with my website pages.
Perhaps I should cut back a bit on the caffeine.
MONDAY BRUNSWICK, GA
Again, it was cool and windy but the bright sun soon made it comfortable.
I finally finished installing the sundeck lights.
I am sure glad that I don’t have to pay myself by the hour.
I’d be broke in no time flat.
The dinner menu consisted of pan sautéed, Tilapia
loins with a light butter and lemon flare. Fresh corn-on-the-cob was the perfect accompaniment to this
TUESDAY BRUNSWICK, GA
It was very cold again overnight. Perhaps
for some of you Northerners, this would be a veritable heat wave, however, we
are certified and confirmed “Wimps”. Although
quite windy, the sun is helping to make it bearable.
It must be getting time to move further south.
The chore list continues to work its way down from
the top but the list keeps getting longer as we add things to the bottom.
In the engine room, I cleaned the orifices in the portside, main heat
exchanger by shoving a brass rod down through the inside holes to clear them of
any restrictions. I do this about
twice a year to ensure the adequate flow of cooling seawater to transfer heat
from the closed engine freshwater cooling system.
Small pieces of dirt, weeds, debris, and an accumulation of salt residue
tend to build up across the openings. With
excess blockage, the engines could overheat and cause some damage.
We sure don’t want any part of that problem.
At the same time, I changed out the pencil zinc that protects the
exchanger from electrolysis.
The main drinking water on AMARSE comes from two
large tanks. It is pumped through a
multipurpose filtration system that removes particulates, removes iron and rust
content, and eliminates the chlorine before reaching the faucets.
I replaced the filter element with a new one.
They are a bit on the expensive side, but the element gives the water
both improved taste and enhances the safety factor.
For our drinking water and icemaker, we give it a second filtration stage
through a Brita pitcher. We seem to
always have good water onboard with this scheme.
On another chilly night, a steaming bowl of spicy
chili sounded like just the right choice. My recipe consisted of a pound of Jimmy Dean 50% reduced fat
sausage browned in EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), ½ medium onion, strips of
sweet red peppers, 1 can Fire-roasted, diced tomatoes, ½ pkg Sazon, ¼ cube of
black mushroom concentrate, 1 Tbs Chili Pasilla power, 1 Tbs Cumin powder, ¼
cup of black coffee, 1 can of Rotel, and seasonings to taste.
OK, perhaps I forgot to include an ingredient or two to the list, but it
sure had great taste.
It was so chilly tonight that we had to run the
heat pump longer than we would have liked.
Again, it was very cold overnight dipping down into the 30’s.
Although quite windy, it did decrease somewhat during the wee hours of
the night. The combination of warm blankets and some cozy snuggling had managed
to keep us quite comfortable overnight. We had to run the heat pump again this
morning to warm the cabin. As you can imagine, Judy was all bundled up when she
went out for her morning walk.
After a pleasant visit with Dave and Barb Bluto on CHABLIS, we had lunch
at the City Buffet Chinese Restaurant in the Glynn Mall.
It is a good, spotlessly clean place that has a nice selection.
You can usually expect to see me filling my plate with a mound of chilled
Our agenda included picking up a bunch of marine
supplies from the local boating stores. At
West Marine, Angie helped us by exchanging a split boat fender.
The 10” X 26”, Big B model made by Taylor is very ruggedly
constructed and the company guarantees them for life.
Unfortunately, this one split at a seam rendering it useless.
Fortunately, it was cheerfully replaced.
Somehow, it was difficult to change over the lines to the new one.
The retaining knots were securely jammed in the center tube making it a
challenge to pull through. Through
perseverance and brute force, we were eventually successful.
THURSDAY BRUNSWICK, GA
Although it was another chilly night reaching down into the 40’s, the
trend seems to be tempering and the wind seems to be subsiding.
Judy cheerfully undertook the laundry chores
without nary a complaint. She
always works so hard to keep us happy and comfortable.
My first project was to replace the light socket in
the forward part of the engine room. The
fixture is solidly serviceable, however, the socket has deteriorated to the
point of replacement. Same model
parts are not available so I had to adapt a double contact, 12-volt, Cole Hersey
26100BP bulb holder to fit. I had
to carefully drill into the brass cylinder and attach it to the frame with a
small sheet-metal screw. It worked
out nicely to save the whole fixture.
While working on a generator start problem, I
talked to my friend, Scott Kee. He
suggested that the tripping of the circuit breaker might be the result of
increased resistance from a faulty ground. I followed his advice to remove and clean the connections
with a wire brush on both the generator and the battery cables.
It seems to have eliminated the problem.
Yippee! You know, that Kee
boy must be some kind of genius or something.
At 6:10pm, Dave and Barb Bluto picked us up to
attend a concert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium.
Judy and I had gotten us tickets for this performance over a month ago.
We were excited with anticipation. At
7pm, the fabulous US NAVY COMMODORES Jazz Band commenced their repertoire with
the US National Anthem. It is
always a great honor for me to come to my feet and place my hand on my heart in
recognition of this wonderful country of ours.
This is the fourth or fifth time that I have been present for a
Commodores concert. They are,
without a doubt, a premiere musical treat.
After several familiar and catchy arrangements, we
were treated to the female vocal styling of CPO Yolanda Pelzer.
Let me tell you, you should hear this gal belt out the tunes.
She awed us with her mini salute to Natalie Cole.
She not only has the sounds, she also has the style and expressions to
treat you musical sensations with delight.
I could listen to this melodious vocal talent for hours on end.
Their performance was nothing less that magnificent and I sincerely urge
you to attend one of their tour dates whenever possible.
FRIDAY BRUNSWICK, GA
Jim Jacobs is a financial manager at our local Wachovia bank in downtown
Brunswick. He is always cheerfully
ready to help with your banking needs. We
made some arrangements through his help and recommendations.
He is a good man and always helpful.
I have been interested in locating someone to
checkout and recondition our fuel on board AMARSE.
Diesel fuel has the nasty habit of growing algae and microbes in the
collected moisture in the tank. This
leads to fuel contamination and slime that can clog the fuel filters and
prevents fuel flow to the engines. We
last had the process done in the spring of 2006 and I wanted to ensure that we
would not have any upcoming problems for the future crossings of the Atlantic
Gulf stream this winter.
Through recommendation, Joe Tinsman came to AMARSE
for an assessment of our dual tank situation.
I had opened up the tank port access plates for his visual inspection.
He gave us good news that the tank condition looked good overall and that
he would recommend that we polish the remaining fuel in the tank.
Polishing entails the cyclical filtering of the fuel at pressure and
volume to remove most traces of particulate contamination and moisture.
He will return with the appropriate equipment on Wednesday for the 3 to 4
The steering system aboard AMARSE is controlled
hydraulically. Turning the steering
wheel caused manual pumps to force fluid against a cylinder and actuates the
rudder surface to move in the desired direction.
Desiring a trouble-free operation, I checked to make sure that the fluid
levels and reservoir pressure were as specified.
Everything checked out fine and that system should be ready for service.
We try to perform a significant amount of preventative maintenance to
reduce those kinds of potential problems that might be anticipated.
Don and Lynn joined us to St. Simon’s Island.
Tonight was opening night for the Island Players’ Production of
“Annie Get Your Gun”. Written
by Irving Berlin, the musical play was on stage at the historical, Casino
The little theatre is very nice and we were fortunate to have tickets for
The famous storyline evolves around the Buffalo
Bill’s Wild West Show.
The celebrity star of the traveling show, Frank Butler, is headlined as
the best shooting marksman in all the land.
The show challenges anyone to compete against Frank for a big money
prize. No competitor has been
successful in out-shooting the handsome star.
Buffalo Bill Cody barkers the challenge again...
All is well until a down-to-earth country girl with no education or
social graces puts him to the test and defeats him.
Other traveling shows are putting on the pressure to make their show
bigger and better than any other. Buffalo
Bill and the manager come up with a plan to include Annie in the show.
Of course, Frank Butler is vehemently opposed.
Aboard the traveling train, Annie is somewhat troublesome with her
associations with her little brothers and sisters as well as the local Indians.
Annie has fallen in love with Frank and he has developed affection for
her. Everything was fine with Frank
as long as she was not the star. When
she was elevated to a starring role in the show, Frank became very jealous and
quit the show to join another. Both
Frank and Annie were miserable and lonely without each other.
At intermission, we stepped outside for a breath of fresh, ocean air.
The theatre is situated adjacent to the ocean inlet from the Atlantic.
It is a lovely, tree-lined spot in the heart of the island.
Because Indian casino action has provided him great wealth, the Indian
tribal leader, Chief Sitting Bull, is persuaded to sponsor the show. He
makes Annie an honorary member of the tribe and considers her like a daughter.
In an effort to develop a more affluent clientele, the cast of the show
troupe endears themselves to wealthier, upper class folks.
Also playing in the same town is the rival show of “Pawnee Bill” that
now stars Frank Butler. Another
challenge is staged to settle once and for all which is the greater marksman,
Frank or Annie. The keynote song
for the sketch is “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun”.
All the while knowing that she can outshoot Frank, Annie deliberately
misses her shots.
No longer feeling degraded and inadequate, Frank rejoins to marry with
Annie and bring the two to their loving, happy ending.
It was a delightful production that we all enjoyed.
Fortunately, it was the opening night, so, after the show, we had the
unique opportunity to meet the cast. The
Indian squaws were hilariously funny as was Chief Sitting Bull.
Their acting skills were wonderful.
Frank Butler, Judy Law, and Annie Oakley…
With the actors still in costume, the atmosphere was made extra special
because it was Halloween night.
Col. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), Judy Law, and Pawnee Bill…
As we walked away toward the car, Brogen’s Bar was hopping.
Not only was this Halloween night, it was also the night before the big
University of Florida “Gators” vs. the University of Georgia “Bulldogs”
rivalry football game. For the fans
of these two universities, this is the “Big One”.
If you dare come into this bar tonight, you’d better be a
dyed-in-the-wool Bulldogs rooter.
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