Wednesday, November 16, 2011
OMG, We Have a Dinghy!!
So it's been one of my lifelong dreams to have someone row me around in a rowboat while I read poetry out loud, and now that dream has finally become a reality! Thanks to a couple of good friends and neighbors who traded their dinghy to us for some boat work, we are now the proud owners of a rigid dink complete with oars.
And Vlad was kind enough to row me around the marina while I read "Ode to a Nightingale," The Walrus and the Carpenter" and, of course, the indispensable Walt Whitman. It was truly an English major's paradise, though one of our dock neighbors pointed out that I was in dire need of a parasol. There's always next time.
With our massive draft (7'3" - yes, have the heart attack now, all you Bay Area sailors), we absolutely have to have a reliable tender to get to shore and to do any type of exploring. While we might not keep this dinghy when we go cruising, for reasons that I'll discuss in a later post, for right now it really, really rocks. Plus, it's proof that dreams really do come true!
On a totally different subject for those of you who are curious, Vlad is, indeed, wearing a Corn Palace t-shirt.