Today was a pretty good day. We raced this afternoon with one of the J24s our club recently acquired and had a good time even without the 12 knots of wind promised by the forecasters (it was probably more like 8). We came in first, well ahead of other boats. Then I came back to an oyster roost birthday party for a friend.
|Addressing the Haggis|
The past couple of weeks have been both fun and busy. On Thursday night I was the keynote speaker at a formal “Burn’s Night” dinner for the St. Andrews Society here. It was a lot of fun and if I could always have my audience lubricated like that before I speak, I could be a comedian. Although I tried to pepper my talk with humor, I think I had more laughs than jokes. I found myself having to go easy on the single-malt before the speech, but I still enjoyed the evening as I waxed on about Clarinda (not her real name), one of the women Robert Burns desired (the rest consisted of most of the female population of Scotland in the late 18th Century.
And a quick update on Mia. This rescue dog isn’t cheap. I knew she had to lose some weight (and she has) but she also appears to have a knee problem in her back legs. She is currently in rehab and seems to love the underwater treadmill. I mentioned that I would like such a contraption myself and was informed that for a mere $40,000 I could own one. Maybe I’ll put that on next year’s Santa’s list. Or maybe not.
I don’t say much about the Volunteer Fire Department duties anymore, but I’m still there. I just keep missing out on the good fires (the four major fires we had last year, I was out of town). I just had a few minor issues such as motors burning up on air handlers and smoking up the house, but not serious fires. However, we continue to train. The other week we burned a doll house. My first thought was that someone’s daughter’s was going to be pissed, but it turns out this was a doll house built for such a training. They were able to simulate flashovers, backdrafts, and show the various types of smoke and the effect of ventilation on the fire’s progression. All neat stuff.
As for reading, I am almost finished with John McPhee’s Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process. I am sure I will write a review of it (I have two other reviews that I need to post, too…).
I also have 2 gallons of sauerkraut fermenting… Life is good! ;'