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Friday May 20th 2016
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Thursday May 26 2016

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Friday 20: The other boats left early to go outside the bar and sail to the next destination, Ford Cove, on Hornby Island, but we lifted anchor around 1000 and motored down inside Denman Island to Ford Cove.

Along the way, at noon, we anchored for lunch at Chrome Island. After lunch, I napped and the guys dinghied in to visit the lighthouse keepers.  Houseflies were bad where we anchored for lunch, but that was the only place we saw them on the trip.

Saturday: We broke off from the FACS group, went sailing out south of Hornby Island to Tribune Bay, then motored back to the ferry terminal at Buckley Bay where we anchored overnight so Bruce and Gunther could catch the 0850 bus the next day.

Sunday 22: The guys caught the Islandlink bus for the Departure Bay ferry terminal and the Horseshoe Bay ferry first thing and I left Buckley Bay for Comox around noon. 

The wind favoured me and I sailed a beam reach on one tack most of the way, fully powered, and reefed the main at one point along the way.

Don is a sailor and had considered joining me for a sail, but decided against.  He came down and picked me up, though, and I went shopping for a few items.  Then I had supper with him and his wife, before they dropped me at my boat for the night.

Don kept bees in Rosebud for many years and have been good friends for decades.  He and his wife retired and Don, being originally from the Island, bought a place in Courtenay but they keep a condo in Drum as well.

Monday 23: Around noon, I decided to head for Lund with a mind to visiting Desolation Sound.  I arrived at Lund mid-afternoon and fuelled up.  The marina office was closed, but I found a spot on a dock and tied up and walked up for supper at the hotel.

Supper consisted of an expensive hamburger and two beers.  The meal cost me over $30 and was twice what I needed. I also realised that the beers are getting bigger over the years and two is one too many.  Did I mention I hate restaurants?

Tuesday 24: I did a laundry downstairs at the back of the hotel, bought a carbon monoxide detector and a little food to last me a day or so, and then sailed from Lund north to Desolation Sound. 

I had been past Desolation Sound on the way to the Broughtons but never gone into it.  Seeing as Desolation Sound is a prime destination for cruisers, I thought I should check it out.

The wind was with me and I had a good sail.  In the Sound, the wind was even better and I did a tack in and out, then decided to return to Powell River for the night so I could get ready to fly home Thursday.

Along the way, the wind died and I motored most of the way.  Currents off Lund were impressive. As mentioned before, currents, even in open areas can be surprisingly strong in spots and turn the boat or quickly and unexpectedly shift it far out of its path.  

I arrived at my dock well before sundown.

Wednesday 25: I spent the day at Westview, marking the anchor rode.

The markings are made by spray-painting the chain and rope with red an yellow paints to indicate each additional twenty-five feet paid out.

What seemed like a small job turned out to be made difficult by previous markings in the wrong places, possibly due to the rope and/or chain having been turned end for end at some point in time to even out wear.  I found I had to lay out the entire three hundred feet on the dock to dry and to measure and had to run up town several times for paint.  The second time after I decided I could use tan paint to hide the spurious markings.  That worked well, at least it seemed to.  Time will tell.

Thursday 26: 0820 Ferry to Comox, Bus to the airport, Westjet 550 at 1125 to Calgary.  Taxi to doctor's appointment at 1415.  Taxi to van.  Grocery shopping.  Supper at The Mill at 1800, then home.

It's not whether you're right or wrong that's important,
but how much money you make when you're right
and how much you lose when you're wrong
George Soros

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Friday May 27th 2016

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I'm home.  I slept poorly, but got in eight hours, plus.

I weigh 222.2 this morning, but expect that I am bloated.  I don't like the look of that trend line.

I posted to Fatsecret:

I'm back after two weeks on a sailing trip from Vancouver to Desolation Sound and back to Powell River on a 35-foot boat with two guys who really like to eat and drink. Under such circumstances, I just go with the flow and so I took a few steps back. I'm home and back on my regime, so expect to trim down again. Went to the doctor yesterday and have a clean bill of health, and I feel good, so no worries. Nonetheless, I'd still like to fit into my old wetsuit and also be considered merely overweight instead of obese, so I'll keep watching what I eat and drink.

I made a big pot of chicken and vegetable stew this morning and will start watching my weight again.  Now, I'm off to pick up Zippy. We'll see if she wants to come home.

I drove to Ruth's and Zip jumped into the van and we drove home.  The vet bill had been around $400.  They had quoted $300.  Bandits.

We don't bother much about dress and manners in England,
because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.
George Bernard Shaw

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Saturday May 28th 2016

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Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 18. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Clearing late this evening. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

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I lost a pound overnight.

I'm off to The Mill for breakfast and then to Jean and Chris's.

When I drove out the drive, the check engine light was on so I returned and got my engine analyzer dongle that Bluetooths to my phone app and found the gas cap was loose and that cylinder 6 had misfired at some point.  Time for spark plugs, I suspect.  I cleared the codes and they did not return. 

I drove to The Mill, had breakfast with the gang and carried on to Orams'.  Jean and Kenzie were away, but Chris, Nathan and I launched the boat and went out.  Jean arrived home and wanted us to meet her at Birch Bay.  There is no easy place to pick her up there, but we motored over.  We went to shore to pick her up, but she got chatting with someone and we would up sitting in shallow water for a few minutes.  I tuned off the motor and she finally came over, but when we went to start the outboard motor, it would not crank.

We wound up retrieving the truck and trailer from the other launch, loading the boat and hauling it home for troubleshooting.

This was not my, best day ever for mechanical devices.  First the van, then the outboard...  I hope the outboard problem resolves as easily as the van did.

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
Alfred North Whitehead

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Sunday May 29th 2016

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Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 18. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Clearing late this evening. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

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I'm at Orams' this AM and about to start work on the outboard. When I pulled on the starter rope, I was unable to turn the engine over. It will not turn over easily by hand, so I am checking for seizing.

I removed the spark plugs and that did not help, so I dropped the gearbox and checked the water pump in case it was seized from sucking sand in shallow water yesterday.  Although it proved to be free of debris, I could see the impeller needs replacement, but that will be a job for later when I can find the part.

Finally, I checked the electric starter.  It did not activate, but proved to work when I jumped it direct from the battery.  Further study proved that the problem was a loose battery terminal.  Although that is the most obvious reason for not cranking, I had been faked out by the fact that the engine resisted being cranked by hand.  I wonder why.  On any outboard I have encountered until now, the manual start cord turns the engine over fairly easily.

On reassembly, the engine started right up and ran fine. 

We went boating again after lunch with no engine issues.

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics.
The ones who want to be writers read the reviews,
the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
William Faulkner

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Monday May 30th 2016

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Today Periods of rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 50 gusting to 70 this morning. High 11.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light late this evening. Low 7.

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I slept poorly and woke up during the night, congested and with a very sore shoulder.  I took two Benadryl and an ibuprofen and managed to get back to sleep.

I had gone to bed early, at 2030, since I have been very tired the past two days.  I have also noticed aches and pains, especially in my right ankle, so I think I have a mild flu bug.  The shoulder is something new, and my back also was a bit sore when I finally got up. At any rate, I managed to sleep almost ten hours.

After breakfast, I drove home. I took my time and discovered I was in no hurry.  My two weeks on the coast settled some things in my mind, I guess. 

Lately, I have no enjoyed shopping, but stopped along the way to buy spark plugs for the van and at Best Buy to look at computers.

I've been thinking my Samsung is getting old and is going to die some day.  Moreover, it is large and heavy to haul around, and it is time to make up my mind about Windows 10.  I have misgivings about privacy in W10, but also realise that I am in deep with Google and Microsoft is probably just more of the same.  Besides I am an old man.  If I were twenty, I'd think twice about having my life online.

Wait a minute.  What did I say?  I do have my life online, or quite a chunk of it, hidden in plain view.  It's so boring that I can't read more than a page or two without going to sleep.  Writing the diary is more fun than reading it.

Anyhow, I bought a little Acer laptop to play with and went home to play.

*   *   *   *   *

I got an email from a friend mentioning an article I wrote years ago that is just as relevant today as it was then. I print short excerpts of the exchange below and encourage readers to read the whole thing.

Excerpt...

From Jim:
Your writings about the Canadian "queen and package" issue were pointed out by a guy who shares my concern about the risks posed to worldwide agriculture posed by the current set of WTO/SPS "rules".
I agree with your general position, but I don't think anyone in Canada really "gets it" yet.
Here's a shocker - I've done my homework, and I don't think that anyone in Canada has said a single thing that proves they know how to "protect" Canadian apiaries. I would not want to see a single queen exported from the US to Canada until Canada and the US agree on a specific protocol........Much more...

From Allen:
Jim has done a great job of summing things up, and covered pretty well all the bases. There are some points that should be made, however, that might affect the conclusions reached:
Jim, being from the South, seems to miss the fact that there are virtually no natural, feral colonies of bees in Western Canada. The entire bee population that survives year to year is maintained at great expense and effort by beekeepers, largely because of the scarcity, uncertainty, and poor quality of spring replacements, and about 20% to 25% of the Fall count perish in winter, fouling the beehives and making unhealthy work for beekeepers, cleaning out the dead equipment in Spring......Much more...

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning
in the darkness of mere being.
Carl Jung

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Tuesday May 31st 2016

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Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 19. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Low 7.

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I spent much of the day breaking in the new computer.  My thoughts were to give it a workout and if I decided against, simply return it. Of course after a few hours invested, that latter course becomes increasingly unlikely.

The day turned warm and sunny enough that the grass dried out and I decided that I really must cut it as a fireguard if nothing else.  Fact is, though, I am proud of my house and grounds and as much as I appreciate the wild look and the dandelions, I like them well-groomed.  I also realise the weed inspectors might show up with an ultimatum if I don't do anything.

I went out and cut grass for a few hours and changed the oil in the van as well.  It takes five minutes and saves twenty dollars.

I find I have zero interest in my bees.

I had a shower and irrigated my sinuses after mowing, in hopes of avoiding allergy stuffiness and in hopes of a good night's sleep

I used to think the human brain was the most fascinating part of the body,
 and then I realized, 'What is telling me that?'
Emo Phillips

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