Sunday, January 14, 2018
It is not about the numbers but more about the journey. However.....
Oct - Dec 2016 =713
Jan - June 2017 = 683.7
Season 4 totals =1396.7
To Date cruising = 16 different Nations, 28 different land masses/islands
We look forward to new adventures in season five.
|Our favorite player of the night|
|Amazing player with The MOVES|
|Tom, Anna and local player|
We went pan yard limin' again. I had been bugging and bugging Jesse James "When are we going pan yard limin'? We MUST go pan yard limin' before we depart." Finally, he found a good night for us to all go.
|Goran, Susie and James|
This time it was Starlift yard.
|Local player, Laura and Tom|
|Annika and Laura with best Xmas shirt|
There were a total of 5 steel orchestras. FIVE in one night! Perfect.
|The locals were dressed to the nines, just lovely- women and men|
There was also a small group doing traditional Christmas parang music. It has a latin feel to it.
There were three buses of cruisers that went. We were early. Cruisers are always early to events because as an organized group we just can't do "island time".
|Tom and Stefan try their hand|
The pickups to head home were 23:00 or midnight. We knew we want the midnight bus. Pan yard limin' is way too fun to go home early. Most cruisers operate on "cruisers midnight" meaning they are in bed by 21:00 hrs. Jesse knows this and thus offered the 23:00 bus. However, most opted for the later pickup.
|Dale and Cori with one of the players|
Even with a midnight pickup, we were worried whether we would even see the last pan orchestra. We did, although they were still playing when we reluctantly departed at 12:30am.
It was a fantastic evening.
|Goran and Tom|
|Goran and the ladies (Annika and Laura)|
Final note - Go up and look at the Christmas parang pic again. Did you notice the skinny, white mannequin in the far right of the picture? The one dressed like an American tourist? Well, I cannot explain. Most of us cruisers spotted it at one point or another during the night. "What's with the weird white guy mannequin?" "I don't know. I saw that too. Really weird." A couple of us asked the MC who was close by. "I don't know." he said. And so the mystery continues. I guess it is just one of those odd things you see in life with no explanation.
|Tom's secure work station ashore|
|Tom's secret work station - not really|
Tom is the detail guy on our boat. Anything that requires great and exact detail, usually falls to him. Brightwork falls in the category. He actually enjoys it.
|sv Honey Ryder companionway stairs|
Doing brighwork while living on the boat is a challenge. There for Tom set up a work station ashore. This would allow him to strip, sand, and varnish without the danger of someone (me) accidentally touching it.
|Sheltered from wind and rain|
He had leftover "texture" from our deck painting so he used it in the varnish on the top of the stairs. It turned out really nice and gives the stairs "gripping" power.
|Temp step - a dozy|
Brightwork is looking good around sv Honey Ryder.