Thursday, December 17, 2009

A special day in our lives

Yesterday was a special day. It's the day Stephanie said "I do" and made me the happiest man in the whole world. We enjoy life, including the ups and downs together. (rough seas, calm seas) She is so special and I love, love, love her so much. It's great being married to your best friend, partner, lover, and admiral of your ship. How did I get so lucky?
{Stephanie here - He's so wonder I love him so much! I'm absolutely the luckiest person in the world!}

Sunday was dock party day. It's a great way to get to know your fellow cruisers, exchange adventure stories, and make new friends. Always a good time.

Gregg and Karen, new friends that are headed to the Bahamas in about three weeks.

Chuck and Pat on "Got DeFever" our friends that loaned us their car this last two weeks while they were headed South to Stuart. Thanks Guys!
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One of the boats docked across from ours was conducting a re-naming ceremony. The new name (For Us) was unveiled, the Gods of the Sea were asked for fair winds and calm seas, and the champagne flowed as we all joined in to toast "For Us". We wish you all the luck Tom and Bunny. I hope you enjoy "For Us" as much as we enjoy September Song. Tom and Bunny needed to return to NY for a short time as they are both still working. (UGH!)

Good to the last drop!

Tom and Bunny on the stern of For Us
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Joe, Stephanie and I went to Wahoo's for happy hour and had burger to celebrate Joe's arrival. (thanks Joe) Joe is saving the seat to his left for Julia. She is still up in NY and won't be down for a couple more weeks. (can't wait to see you Julia!) It was great fun talking about all the places we are going to including the Exumas while buddy boating with Joe, Salty, and part time Julia for the next few months.

Joe's dog Salty. I think someone needs to check this guys ID

Lunch furnished by Steve and Di. This was suppose to be a lunch while out fishing, but because of 6 ft. + seas we came in early. The ride to the inlet was fine, but when we got out past the inlet there were what we call elephants. We put the lines in and after about 20 minutes I had one on, but it got off. At that point the seas we still building so we turned the pointy end to shore, then it really got rough. Got rolled a couple of times and rearranged the furniture in the salon, but all is well except no fish. We will give it another try when the seas calm in a few days. (sorry crew for the rough ride) Because we didn't catch any fish for dinner we all decided to go out for Joe's birthday for "SUSHI!" Steve, Di, Chuck, Pat, Stephanie, me and the birthday boy, Joe, (we ate the ones that didn't get away) pigged out at our favorite sushi bar. The only ones missing were Salty (he had a hangover from the night before) and Julia. Happy birthday Joe!
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

New friends old friends

Where did this last week go? It seems like it was just yesterday that we were celebrating an early Christmas with Doug and Tammy last Sunday and here it is, another Sunday later. Where does the time go? Gypsies left Monday for the yard and Stephanie and I ran a ton of errands and did alot of catch up maintenance Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday I drove over to the yard where Gypsies was on the hard and helped with wax on, wax off so they could get out of the yard on schedule. (I'll do anything for a free lunch) Gypsies in the Palace is looking beautiful with her new bottom paint and wax job. Last night we invited our new neighbors, Bob and Theresa on Theresa, a 41 year old DeFever from California, and Gregg and Karen on a 42 foot Sea Ray. They have been buddy boating for a time. Seems like an odd pair of boats to be traveling together, a 46 foot 41 year old 7 knot DeFever and a 42 foot go fast sea Ray. Just goes to show you, It's not about the boats, it's the people. We had a great time with them, talking about everyones' adventures. Gregg and Karen are going to leave for the Bahamas in three weeks for their first trip there. They are so excited! (like a couple of kids) I remember how excited we were on our first trip there. We showed them pictures of our trip to the Exumas and now they are really excited. Who wouldn't be if they were headed for Paradise. We gave them a few tips for their trip. Throw away your watch, put your cell phone in a drawer, take off your shoes, put on your beads, and go on "Island time mon". We can't wait to get back. We made plans to get together with them again. (maybe this time I will remember to take pictures) Today we expect to see Chuck and Pat Berry arrive, Wednesday Joe and Salty on Sea Pearl, and on Saturday Norm and Vicki on Tide Hiker. Let's get this party started!

September Song (meeting new friends) out

Steve Koch and his tools to the rescue

Gypsies on the hard getting beautiful

Wax on, wax off
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Our new neighbors, Bob and Theresa from California on a 41 year old DeFever

Two empty seats at happy hour. We ordered drinks for Doug and Tammy, but they aren't here, so we drank them in their honor. Miss you guys!
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