October 16, 2009.
The sailboat show ended under sunny skies albeit with a bit of chill in the night air. I took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off so I could drive to Jersey and see my people. Since Christy had committed to work both of the boat shows she had to remain behind and keep the mad stacks of cash rolling in.
So, I headed north to visit with my Mom, my brother, his family and my eldest boychild. Time went fast and a few good meals were eaten. I did take the time to stray into the new West Marine in town. There used to be 2 West’s in town and they were both closed and replaced by one mega store, Holy crap, what a store. It was my 33rd West Marine and it ranks right behind the store in Fort Lauderdale (which is magnificent and occupies 2 buildings) as the leader in store size and selection.
While I was perusing the aisles of West Marine, our friend Tessa called and asked if I was still in Jersey. It turned out that they had a new fresh water tank manufactured at a place in New Jersey and the company had called and said that the tank was done and ready for shipping. It was literally 20 minutes away, so I picked up the new tank on my way back to Maryland. It seems that things work out better for sailors if there’s no planning involved.
I dropped the new tank off at their marina and got home just in time for the rain to start falling. That was Wednesday at 1400 hours and its still raining at 2200 hours on Friday. The forecast is for rain right through the weekend. While the rain is miserable enough, it’s the temperature that’s been so disappointing.
The high for Thursday and Friday was CHILLY, and the forecast for Saturday and Sunday is in the low forties with the nighttime temps dropping into the high thirties. Talk about a crappy forecast for the powerboat show. I’ve passed it a few times in the last 2 days and the place looks like a ghost town. The show ends on Sunday and the forecast for next week has the temps climbing back up into the 60’s with nothing but sunshine. If there’s a God he must be a sailor.