Sunny Days

We took some time off this morning (I know, gasps all around) and walked out to the end of The Pier to watch the start of the St Petersburg Yacht Club's Regatta Del Sol Al Sol (that's spanish for 'from the sun, to the sun'). It's a sailboat race from the SPYC to Isla Mujeres, off Cancun, Mexico. It's 400 miles and takes from 3 to 9 days, depending on the winds. It was a spectacular day, clear, sunny, sparkling. The wind was noticeably missing, though, and it was a slow start.
The view made it all worthwhile, looking out over Tampa Bay. We spotted a pelican on the way home who wasn't too impressed with much of anything. I thought our cat liked to sprawl in the sun.


So Many Parties, So Little Time

It's been a very social time, lately. It started with a bachelorette party for Dema on Saturday night. Dema and Mark are friends from here at the North Dock who are getting married here this Saturday. The ladies all went out for margaritas and great music, good stories. The guys say they did nothing while we were gone, but are suspiciously quiet about what 'nothing' they were doing.

Last night was my (former) office party. It was a combo party for Judy, Roberta and Sarah who had birthdays, Lily and Leon who had an anniversary, and a bon voyage for Steve and me. Once again, cold beer, great live music, good stories, good food. Of all the offices I've worked in and had to leave (of which there have been 11(!)), I'll miss these friends the most. Good People.
Thanks Dr P.

What makes a man smile? A new, shiny stern rail, that's what. We've been waiting for this last piece of the puzzle. Once it's on we can start hanging stuff on it. So much for the clean, spare look. We have a grill, a lifesling, an outboard motor, propane tanks and other assorted gear to bolt on it.


Oh, The Incontinence Of It All

This was the sign on the bathroom door. The non-cleaning woman apparently had an appointment and John, the dock master, made her a sign. She's very punctual about having the doors propped open during the posted non-cleaning hours. We thought of so many good titles for the picture: Spell check isn't always your friend, etc, please add your own.