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Monday, August 18, 2008


So sad today, I had to say goodbye to Patrick. It was so good to have him here…it cut down on Gordon’s and my arguing!! We all went to breakfast at IHOP (with the dogs) before he left, so it was actually about 11:30am before Patrick got on the road. He did make great time, however, getting home safely in about 11 hours!

Life with dogs is a lot different when one is over 100 pounds! People pretty much leave us alone when we have Schooner, but with Charlie around, everyone’s curious about him. He is such a baby and was so good to Schooner. She mopped all afternoon after Charlie left (or she was just exhausted from all of the playing).

With Patrick gone, we went down to the marina to begin work on the boat. The boat was hot, so I took all of the dock lines (12) to the laundry mat and washed them. Hot water, Wisk and Iron-out made them white again, and smell good, too!! Gordon scrubbed the bilge, which was dry, so it was much easier to get the “yuck” out. He then repacked the stuffing box on the prop shaft. Now, if we can just keep it this clean and smelling good!! All of the linens and blankets have been washed, bed spreads dry-cleaned, and I will wash down the interior after she goes back in the water. It will be just like getting a new boat!!!

Sunday was mostly a day off. Here at the motel were a number of soccer players, so of course I was talking to them and found out that they were here for a tournament. Come to find out, the fields were a short distance away so that is how we spent the day; watching soccer matches. The tournament, “The Virginia Beach Sun Cup,” is in its 11th year, and is quite large. They have 3 sites and the one we were at reminded me of Cloud Park, in Huber Heights, Ohio, only twice as big; 28 fields for U9-U19. We watched a men’s 19 semi-final, a girl’s 17 semi-final, a men’s 17 semi-final, and a boy’s 11 final. Gordon doesn’t miss watching soccer, but I sure do…it was great to be back on the sidelines, even if only as a spectator!! I was really good, too, I only “disagreed” with one a**hole who had NO clue what soccer laws are…(Tell me, how do you watch a soccer game, listening to a radio tuned to a football game??)

More work on the boat this week and we should be back in the water by Wednesday!!

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