Finally a break in the humid heat wave that’s been suffocating the area the last 2 weeks. Mid week trip to the boat for some light easterly winds and it was a perfect day for Samantha to get a feel for helming the boat. It’s off to Hatteras for a week of hopefully some good windsurfing then back to Rock Hall for Pirates and Wenches weekend.
Got the fourth coat of Cetol done about 4 hours ago just before the front came through. I love hanging in the cockpit during a big storm. No lightning or thunder. The boat pictured is my neighbors, a Pearson.
Heading back home from the boat is never a dull ride. This particular Sunday on April 24 was fairly ineventful. No bottlenecks at the 295 merger and traffic on i495 in Delaware was moving along at a brisk 70 MPH. Then this sort of awakened us from the chill. Video shot on a Mobius dash cam, available on Amazon for about $75. This is the standard model, as I didn’t want the wide angle one which tends to distort more. Back to the boat tomorrow to put on the sails!
Had the day off after a long night shift to get down to the Villanova NCAA Men’s Basketball parade. I was holed up in a hospital the last time they held a parade for Nova in 1985. It wasn’t too crowded when I exited the Green Line at 19th and Market St, but after the parade had passed I jumped back on the trolley and headed to 15th St to find it jammed packed. Eventually I headed over to a pub to watches on a huge TV. Great day Nova and Philadelphia!
This is an amazing POV video on a Mobius ActionCam mounted on a Fralinger String Band banjo player. It shows an incredible behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be in a Mummers Parade in front of the judging area. The Mummers Parade is a Philly tradition held every New Years Day since 1901. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this type of POV video from any of the other bands.
Mummers 2016 is in the books! I took a seat at the back of the bleachers just in case the String Band props blocked our view, but it wasn’t the best spot to shoot pictures. During one of the Wench Brigades, I noticed Philly Jesus hamming it up in the parade, not only with wenches, but right up front with the TV camera. Lots of shockers in the String Band division with Avalon getting a disqualification and perennial powerhouse Quaker City dropping to 6th. I’ll rewatch the whole thing in the comfort of my home this week.
It’s December 3, 2015 and this is the latest my boat has still been in the water. A cold front has blown through and it’s too windy for the boat yard to haul any boats, but I drove down to check on things and make sure the bilge was empty. On the way home I stopped at my former marina, Gratitude and was reminded how rough it is there when it blows across the bay. So bad you can’t even get on your boat.
The dreaded toe rail is boat work from hell. I’m well into 40 hours spread out over a year and a half on this project, but should be done real soon. Just finished a 3rd coat of Sikkens Cetol Light and next its 2 coats of the clear.