Wednesday September 10th 2014
We have nothing scheduled today.
Aaron and I drove around to some of his yards and opened a few hives. My broker called and the charter company called and things are moving along. Bleu Turquoise is not advertised on the web anymore, but I saved a copy. Here is the link to the boat I am buying, but not for that price, of course.
While we standing over an open hive, Nick Lissaman from Acorn called wanting to use my pictures on his website. Of course, I said yes. I like the Acorn frames at least as well as Pierco and competition is good for the business. Nick is going to send me new samples. He claims he has beat the warping problem that plagues Pierco and Mann Lake's products. We'll see.
I've only used two supers or so of Nick's frames this one year, but at this point, I am very pleased. The bees drew full boxes of them out beautifully. Not everyone knows how to manage bees in the manner to get these results consistently, however.
Aaron and I went out for supper at a tavern owned by his nephew of. The fare proved to be pretty fancy, but at a reasonable price.
My toughest fight
was with my first wife.
Thursday September 11th 2014
We're off to Lakeside Farm for breakfast.
I'm still waiting for Long Term Charters to look over the boat and I'm wondering when I should fly south.
I have to be home in about ten days in order to be there a few days before flying to the BCHPA on the 25th, so I hope this moves along quickly. I'd like to spend at least five days in Tortola before returning.
I've been booked today to speak March 16 and 21, 2015 at the SABA meetings here in New York.
I just realised that I have been here in Round Lake for four days. Time flies.
Research is the
process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.
Friday September 12th 2014
We have warm, sunny weather here in Round Lake. At home, the trend is warmer, but it is minus three at the moment and frost is expected again tomorrow night.
I slept in until the lawn mowing, garbage trucks and the neighbour's dog woke me up.
I'm tired today. I spent the morning catching up and reserving flights for the trip to Tortola. I finally booked into Saint Thomas (STT) and plan on taking the fast ferry to Road Town. I leave here early Sunday and return on Thursday afternoon. Although fares are higher from ALB than BUF or YYZ, I can park for free here and have rides to and from the airport.
Aaron and I went out again to Lakeside for lunch, then visited a beeyard to top up feeders on the nucs. We chatted with Mike, the landowner for most of the time we were there.
This afternoon, I'm doing laundry and trying to nap, plus working on two presentations.
I finished the BCA presentation and laundry before supper and maybe I'll begin on the BCHPA talk.
Dave called and the boat is on drydock behind a lot of other boats. It's still hurricane season until the end of November, so they don't really want to shuffle boats around in the yard to get this one out, so we'll launch the boat later in the normal course of business for the marina and finish the survey when we can run the engine. If I had hoped to sail this trip, that option appears to be ruled out. The upside is that I don't have to pay the storage until the deal closes.
I'm looking for accommodation in Road Town or Nanny Cay. It would be nice to sleep on the boat, but I doubt that can work out. I see that I can get a whole two bedroom villa for $115 a night on Airbnb, but I don't need a villa and I don't need to be that far from Nanny Cay. It will cost me about the same to stay in a hotel room right at Nanny Cay, but I'll be right there. This trip is adding up. I had figured I would be on the boat for the stay.
I called Shirley this morning about Amos and she says he is fine again. She says she saw him use the cat door. I was not sure. Although he does not like it, she says he can get through, so maybe he was out all night hunting and just tired the other day.
Fathers send their
sons to college
Saturday September 13th 2014
I'm up earlier today and have preparations to make for the trip south.
The day was rainy and I mostly spent the day planning and researching my time in Tortola. In the afternoon, I drove up to Malta to get an oil change, then drove to Wal-Mart in Clifton Park to get a few items.
Aaron cooked ribs for supper. Afterwards, I packed and went to bed early.
I am not in this
world to live up to other people's expectations,
Sunday September 14th 2014
At 0845, I am sitting at Gate E34 at ATL, waiting for my 1030 flight to STT. From there, I catch the Fast Ferry to Road Town and a taxi to Nanny Cay. I should be there by late afternoon Atlantic Time.
I was up at 0340 and Aaron and I were out the door at 0410. I arrived early at ALB and found my gate without a problem. Passing through the TSA check was a breeze with the Nexus card. No need to remove shoes, belt, or computer from the bag.
We pushed away from the gate at 0550 for the two-hour flight to Atlanta.
On the flight, I picked up where I last left off, months ago, reading Bram Stoker's "Dracula".
I am reading this, rather than my daughter's books since hers are on Kindle and my Kindle app seems to only run at full brightness, which is annoying and also depletes the battery quickly.
I'm not getting a lot of co-operation setting up the boat surveys and am wondering if I made a mistake going this early instead of waiting for the end of hurricane season. Dave was in a hurry to get the boat sold and made some concessions, but we'll see how it works out. I can still back out of the purchase. At any rate, if nothing else, I should have a nice holiday.
We landed at STT right on time and I caught the shuttle to the Fast Ferry for $10, then paid $65 return for ferry fare and departure tax. Now I wait an hour and a half for the ferry. Below is the panorama before me, while I wait on the dock in Charlotte Amelie.
Once I arrive at Road Town at about 1730, I go through customs and catch a cab to Nanny Cay. It will be dusk by the time I get there.
I arrived just before dusk and was given a better rate than advertised anywhere and a very nice room. I had a cool shower and changed into shorts and wandered around. I found the restaurant was closed and the hotel is almost empty, so I went out to Captain Mulligan's and had a beer and a hamburger.
Setting the A/C on 25°C (77°F) seems about right. I usually consider that to be hot for a room but about now that seems perfect for comfort.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day, so I am into bed early.
There is a theory
which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly
Oddly, after I posted the above quote and finally got the TV in my room working, the movie turned out to be The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I did not bother watching more than an few minutes. I've seen it before.
Monday September 15th 2014
We're on Atlantic Time here at Nanny Cay, on Tortola, but there is no "daylight saving time" -- a misnomer if I ever heard one -- so the time here is the same as EDST at present, two hours ahead of Alberta and three ahead of the Pacific coast.
As a result, and because I am farther south, daylight comes earlier than those places and light appeared through cracks in the shutters around five or six. I got up at 0725 and opened the doors to the balcony. The A/C is wonderful, but unnatural.
The sun is bright and a while after opening the doors, there was a sudden roar and a deluge of rain fell, then stopped just as quickly as it started, all in full sun.
Looking at Alberta forecast, I see I am missing fabulous weather at home.
Feral chickens and cats are everywhere.
I walked down to the surveyor's office and he was out, so I had breakfast and returned a while later. He was in and we went over to the boat. We spent an hour looking the boat over and concluded that he cannot so a proper survey until the boat is commissioned to launch. Although it is in good condition for its age, there are some signs of neglect.
I went for a swim. The Caribbean Sea is tepid and the swimming pool even warmer.
I got bored with that and went for a walk and then back to the boat, where I took pictures to send to the broker.
On my walk, I came across a dive shop and can do a five-hour two-tank dive trip out to the islands with a reef and a wreck dive for $113! I think I'll go Wednesday if nothing more important turns up. I'm still in boat negotiations and who knows what might come up before then?
Then supper at an outdoor restaurant and back to the room.
I'm finding I am quite happy here and glad I came to Nanny Cay. It's a nice little village with everything I need. The accommodations are comfortable and the people are nice. When/if I manage to buy this boat, she will be berthed at Manuel Reef. I'm not sure how I will like the more meager facilities there. I have become spoiled here.
I watched two episodes of The Good Wife tonight. I use Express VPN to get a Canadian IP address so I can watch Canadian Netflix. I haven't been watching much Netflix and had a few hours to spare.
I have enjoyed this series because although it is artificial and contrived, as any such portrayal must be, the characters seem genuine to me and not stereotypical.
'Alicia' is an interesting study of how information affects people and how people project their expectations onto others, not realizing that all experience is a product not only of external forces, but of their own prejudice and beliefs.
As I continue to watch this series, it is increasingly apparent how confused this nice lady is under her perfect exterior. Her choice of how to experience and interpret the inevitable disillusionments of life is turning her mean and toxic. I wonder if she will ever come to that realization herself.
Life is tough without forgiveness.
Education is the
ability to listen to almost anything
Tuesday September 16th 2014
I woke up this morning at 0725. The sun is already up, but only a hint showed through cracks in the hurricane shutters on my suite in the hotel.
Today is noticeably cooler; it is only 81°F (27°C). The temperature at home is expected to reach that same number today, but of course, at home, the nights are much cooler.
My only job for the day is to look over the boat with David, assuming he has time, and I should refresh my memory on dive procedures if I am going diving tomorrow. I have not decided. I'm a little apprehensive, I was certified in 2005 and have not been on a dive since Bermuda in 2006.
There was a knock at my door at 0800 and David, the man in charge for Long Term Charters was standing there, ready to inspect the boat, so we wandered over. He was pleased, said she is in better shape than their other Beneteau 50 and gave it an "A".
There is a forest of sailboats behind "mine" (right), and it will be a while until they will take her out.
I came back to the room and noticed that that I am experiencing an aura. It is a minor migraine-like visual disturbance and I am blaming it on the trail mix I have been eating for snacks, combined with the bright light of sun on the white boat decks. I had this happen several times before, always after eating snack foods. I suppose it is a preservative that some use. This is not debilitating, but I am not at my best.
I did read and sent some email, and managed to find and download the PADI manual online, so I am brushing up. I walked down to the dive shop and they have found my PADI certification online, so I can go. I told them I want to go, but not if I feel tomorrow the way I do today, so they said to show up at at 0800 if I want to go.
Romans would never have found time to conquer the world
Wednesday September 17th 2014
I woke up this morning at 0738 and that very fact decided the day for me. I am not going diving. I cannot be there by 0800.
I would not have time for breakfast and do not have a lunch packed. In fact, I did not think to ask yesterday if I would need one, but I do not function well without food or when in a hurry.
On opening the shutters, I discovered that today is as bright as any, but cooler again than the day previous -- if you consider thirty-one C to be cool. It seems I arrived on one of the hottest days of the year.
At home, it is currently plus four, but predicted to go to 28°C. That is similar to what we expect here, but the nights stay hot here and are chilly at home.
I decided to check out the Nanny Cay (pronounced "key") climate here on a weather site and see that there is indication that at some point in the past two decades, the temperature dropped as low as minus twelve in April. Hmmmm.
A temperature like that would do a great deal of damage here and seems a long way off trend. Such weather would really make a holiday really miserable as nobody brings clothes for winter weather. Moreover, it would burst pipes and kill the palms. This record may be true and many would believe it, but my spidey sense says this bears further study.
Today, I have nothing planned and think I'll relax and work on my BCHPA presentation. I may go for a hike as well. After being here several days, I suddenly realise that I can buy food at the store nearby. I've been eating in restaurants or nibbling trail mix. I have not yet found the store, but know it is near The Genaker, the open-air restaurant I frequent.
After the vision and headache problem yesterday, I have decided that I should be very careful about eating more of this trail mix. I was getting away with it, but suppose the effect may be cumulative over time, plus I am down to the dried raisins and cranberries that settle to the bottom.
I have had similar problems on several occasions after eating trail mixes with a lot of raisins like this, and once with a kind of roasted peanut snack. Could it be sulphites, or some other preservative? I have not had problems with sulphites otherwise and I used them in wine-making.
I had trouble sleeping after awakening at 0200, and took two Benadryl and an aspirin to get back to sleep. Thinking I might be going diving, I Googled before I went back to sleep, to see how long the effects last. I have discovered that although I am not drowsy after taking Benadryl, my multi-tasking suffers. When diving, especially being out of practice, I need all my wits about me.
In my search results, I saw reference to an effect on "brain function" and Googled "brain function" plus "Benadryl".
Was I surprised! Click on each snippet to read the entire articles.
What I found is quite sobering. As with anything found on the 'net -- or anywhere for that matter -- some skepticism is warranted, however.
Along the same line, we need to have concern about using general anesthesia on elders and avoid it when possible. Even if the procedure goes well, some previously normal elders tend to develop dementia after a "general".
Here is more along the same line... This is from Dr. Mirkin:
When Mom had her hip replaced in 2005, my brother and I ensured she did not get a general. It was most fortunate that I was sitting beside her as she went in for surgery, since the hospital seemed to have lost the instructions, given several times to all the nurses -- that no general would be used. I spoke personally with the anesthetist and she was agreeable, but had not heard the instructions. Mom had only a local and stayed awake the while time. Nine years later, she is bright and confident at 95.
I had lunch at The Genaker and spent the afternoon at the keyboard. Around 1700, I went back to the boat and looked more closely. Being there without others to distract me, I had a better chance to get a feel for it.
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
Thursday September 18th 2014
My eyes opened and I realised I was wide awake. In the dark, I made it over to my phone and looked: 3:00. I can't help myself.
I had set the alarm for 0600 and left the shutters open a bit and planned on a 6 AM rising, but my automatic pilot took over and roused me at 0300 as it does every day I plan to fly.
I don't fly until 1504, but have to catch a cab and be an hour early at the Fast Ferry to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, ride the ferry for an hour, go through customs, then arrive two hours early for the flight. Before that, I must pack and have one last breakfast at The Genaker.
I went back to bed, but awoke again at 0500, nagged by a question: what do Alberta doctors get paid for a short office visit?
I got up and Googled. My research seems to indicate that a doctor gets about $45, but usually can also bill for referrals, prescriptions (is that why some love to prescribe?), and other add-ons. I think vets are robbing us. This one, anyhow.
I'm up for the day and don't expect to get to bed before 0100 tomorrow.
Now to shower and pack. I've already checked out, and it seems this nice room has cost me around $75/night including all taxes. That is much less than the Internet rate.
I'm behind in my email. Sorry friends.
It's only 26° C here this morning with a projected high of 32°. That will be more comfortable. I see that Round Lake will be at 8° C when I land in Albany, so I may change along the way, but I will start the journey in shorts and a tee.
* * * * *
Now I'm sitting in the departure lounge at Charlotte Amelie. I had breakfast as planned, met my cab on time, and soon was sitting in the ferry terminal in Road Town. The ferry left on time and just as we were coming up on West End, there was a bang and the boat began to vibrate. I figured we had a line caught in the prop, but the crew determined something had happened to the engine. I asked and was told, but did not understand the patois. Yeah Mon!
West End was not a scheduled stop, but we limped in and disembarked. Half an hour later another ferry pulled in and we boarded. An hour later, I had cleared US customs and here I am at STT with over two hours to spare.
I had lunch and changed into warmer clothes -- ATL lounges are cold and so, often, are the planes. I know Albany will be cool near midnight when I land.
I'm glad I dressed in shorts, though. The heat while standing on the dock at West End was brutal and I sweated a litre, I am sure. I wonder though: the natives wear long sleeves and trousers and don't seem to sweat a lot. Maybe the long clothes wick away the sweat better. I wonder.
My US phone plan had run out, so I added three days for $30. It is a lot to pay, but I would not have data right now if I had not.
It's now 1402 and at 1504, we are scheduled to lift off.
* * * * *
The flights went well. The first was on a wide body with entertainment and food. I watched "The Other Woman". It was a total fluff, but it passed the time. The next flight was without entertainment -- or food, so I read.
I have been reading "Dracula" and also my daughter's book "Champagne and Lemon Drops". The former is on my Kobo app and the latter is on my Kindle app. My Kobo app was freezing on me, so I read Jean's book this flight, and I had several hours to spend.
I have put off reading her books because I am quite a critical reader and was concerned I might not be impressed, seeing as she is writing fiction these days, chick lit, in fact. Her non-fiction has always been excellent, but I was apprehensive.
Anyhow, I diverge. Enough about me. It turns out that I am impressed with the book and am enjoying it.
I landed at ALB just around 2300 and Aaron was waiting outside. We drove back to Round Lake and I called it a night.
event, once it has occurred, can be made
Friday September 19th 2014
As much as I would like to stay here in Round Lake a few more days, it is time to hit the Thruway.
That I did, after buying Aaron breakfast at The Lakeside Cider Mill Farm. I drove cross-country to the Thruway and continued to Syracuse where, on a whim, I turned north and drove straight back to Canada.
At the border, the Nexus card did its magic. Although cars were lined up at least ten deep at the other lanes, mine was empty and I drove right up to the booth. A few questions later, and I was back on home soil.
I had planned to drive the 401 to Toronto, then north and perhaps visit my cousin in Toronto or Stoufville, and I had called his firm as I passed Amsterdam. He was out, but his assistant took a message and said she would give it to him right way.
That was about noon. By 1700, I was westbound on the 401 and had not heard back. With rush hour on a Friday coming up, I did not want to be on the 400 racing the cottage-goers leaving Toronto, so turned north sooner to avoid the city traffic. The cross-country route has far lower speed limits and more turns and stops, but is more direct. My GPS said either route would get me to Port Carling at the same time. (And it was correct).
I was somewhere north of Lindsay when Don called and the cell coverage was terrible, so, the conversation was short. It was too late to divert to Toronto.
I intended to stop at Pine Hill to pick up some things and thought I might stay over, but once I was there, I decided against. I see my "partners" have removed Cloud 9 from the boathouse without discussion. This arrangement is not working well for me.
I decided I was fresh enough to get to Sudbury, and pressed on, arriving just after midnight. I stopped to check the mailbox at the end of the drive and drove in. By the time I travelled the hundred yards to the house, it was pouring rain. I got to the door, punched in the code, and entered the sunroom but found the door to the kitchen locked. I had been 13 hours on the road, including stops.
I was locked out and did not want to awaken her, so, as it happened, I had my air mattress, pump, and sleeping bag, so I slept on the sunroom floor.
onion can make people cry, but there has never been
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