Monday, July 27, 2015


Remember when you had to write a "What I did on my summer vacation" report? Well, I haven't had to write one of those in many years, but I thought I would write one tonight.

Eons ago, Chuck water skied at Cypress Gardens. He skied the shows and was a competitive skier. The ski club he belonged to in Philadelphia, called him a few months ago and asked him to come be a part of the show they were planning this month. He agreed, and I was able to be there for the show.

Getting ready to take off from the dock.

It was a great day at the river, and I met some really nice people. I learned to water ski when I was very young, four or five years old, but I haven't been on skis for about forty years. My cousin, Keith, asks me every time I see him, "Do you think you could still ski?"  I guess we will find out when Chuck gets his ski boat running again.

Neither Chuck or I had been to the Grand Ole Opry, until this past week. On our way home, we went to Nashville. We toured the Ryman Auditorium. I didn't know it had such a great history. The Grand Ole Opry performed there until 1974. The Ryman was getting old, so the show was moved to a new location.

The night we were there, we heard Vince Gill, Phil Vassar, Bill Anderson, A Thousand Horses, and a few more artists. Each artist sang three songs, but I would have liked to hear more from Vince Gill. It was a wonderful evening, and another thing checked off the bucket list.

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Progress was made this weekend. The decks are cut, two out of three storage compartments are painted, and the seat braces are all installed and fillets done.

If you notice, under the port seat brace, there is a PVC fitting going through the bulkhead. I am using PVC as my conduit for my wiring. I will install it after I paint the cockpit. I'm almost certain I will get caught out after dark, so I am installing lights.

It's been so hot lately. Instead of going to work on the boat after I get off work, I whine about the heat and just go home. But, it build is getting more exciting, so it will go faster now.