26 November 2007

My Work Is Done

Four days off and only one day sailing. But what a day it was. I have a few stories from sailing this past weekend, the beautiful sail, the amusement park we turned the boat into afterwards, Camille's first real tack. But this post has to do with my work as a Sailing Evangelist.

It started out as just another Daughter/Father sail with Alex and Olivia. This is the little girl who had gotten seasick in her first and, previously only, time out. But two and a half years intervened and they decided to sail with us again.

It was a very usual father/daughter sail. Camille showed off her sailing skills:

and we enjoyed a delightful day sailing.

You can see in this picture that Olivia is having a blast (despite the November chill):

Like last time, she's huddled up with her Dad but I'll blame that on the chilly upwind sail rather than seasickness.

After sailing for a few hours, performing some fender-overboard drills, and eating a lot of cookies we headed into the marina for an uneventful docking. The boat was transformed into a playground (more on that later) and then we put everything away. As I was finishing up the last of the tasks, Alex let me know that he had the quote of the day. Olivia had asked in complete sincerity "can we get a boat?".

As I said, my work is done, I've converted two more to the Joys of Sailing and a lifetime of figuring out how to pay for it.


Zen said...

Congrats on a job well done. One more into the fold.

And.. Congrats to me, I beat the T-man posting oh yeah!!! sweet!

Anonymous said...

In your hopelessness is the only hope, and in your desirelessness is your only fulfillment,

EVK4 said...

And as Socrates once said: "True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing."

Tillerman said...

No, no, no. It was Manuel from Fawlty Towers who said, "I know nothing."

EVK4 said...

Umm, Tillerman, I hate to disagree with you but it was, in fact, Sgt Schultz who said, "I know nuthink!".

And that sound you hear is a great cultural divide getting larger. Hopefully, someday the BBC will include subtitles to make it watchable.

Anonymous said...

There's something awesome about sailing. It's the hiking, I think.

Sometimes between programs on BBC America, they will suggest turning on closed captioning. I don't remember the exact wording, but it's quite funny.

Carol Anne said...

You're getting quotes confused.

Manuel said, in a soft, musical tone, "I know noo-theengh."

Schultz said, in a loud, belligerent tone, "I know NOTH-ink."

Those are not the same quote, and so it is pointless to accuse one or the other of stealing the other's quote.

Tillerman said...

Thanks carol anne. In any case, we all agree that Socrates was NOT the first to say, "I know nothing"?

Anonymous said...

Not even British people can follow the British accent 100 percent of the time. Therefore you, like me, might want to use closed-captioning.

Pat said...

Which Brit accent? In spite of telly and global communications, somehow there remains a bit of varietyh. BBC standard? The old elevated Queen's English? Bow Bells Cockney?
A Gloucester farmer?
A Welshman consenting to speak some variety of English (other than singing)?
A northman's Yorkshire burr?