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Friday February 1st 2019

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northeast 30 km/h becoming southeast 20 late this morning. Temperature falling to minus 14 this afternoon. Wind chill near minus 21. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind southeast 20 km/h. Low minus 17. Wind chill minus 21 in the evening and minus 27 overnight. Risk of frostbite.

I woke up at four and it is raining.  Hmmm.  I left the sail out on the dock and the enclosure open in places. Oh, well. I checked my blood glucose and got 5.4 and 5.5. How about that?  I never can predict it. I did eat sensibly last night: salmon, broccoli, yoghurt (plain, Greek), peanut butter, Jim Beam.

I see we have some really cold weather coming at home -- minus thirty-three on Monday, if the weather guessers are right.  We get to approach the historical extreme for this date.

Today, Moe will bring provisions and at six she, Kent, and John will board for the upcoming cruise and learn.  The weather here is looking chilly and wet, but not as cold as Alberta.

I was up around four, did some writing and organising and went back to bed. Now I'm up again and ready for the day.  After all the disruption with the sails, it'll take me a while to get back on track.  First thing if the rain has stopped is to figure out whey the bow running lights are not working.

 I see that I am burning through my data. On Public Mobile, I have used 2896.857 out of 6656 MB, and at least a GB last night.  It's clear that YouTube is using far more data than Netflix.  I'll have to see if I can reduce the quality.  For what I am watching the video quality does not matter.

After a half-hour of searching, it seems there is no permanent way to set the quality on the laptop machine.

I went out and started working on the bow light.  It is not easy to reach, being out on  the very bow.  It is clear the line has been broken more than once, and patched with non-marine wire,  After several hours of working on it and also waiting out the rain, I gave up.  I'm going to have to pull the wire out of the bow pulpit and run a new length, so I'll need to get supplies before I can continue.

In between stabs at the light problem, I worked on the shower pump.  I pulled it out and apart again -- I've done this each year lately -- and concluded I need either a new pump or a valve and diaphragm kit.

Moe and Kent arrived around six and John shortly after.  We started the orientation, then went to supper at The Rum Runner, nearby, then they all went home for the night and I returned to Cassiopeia.  I went straight to bed at 2030 and slept.

At bedtime, I've used 3131.699 of my 6656 MB on Public Mobile.  I still have 10GB on Telcel, but like to keep my Canadian SIM in to receive calls, so I swap them only for a few hours when I expect to use a lot of data watching video. Right about now, a dual NAM phone would be ideal.

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It is what has been in his heart since the day I met Donald Trump.
Melania Trump

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Saturday February 2nd 2019

Today Periods of light snow. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. Temperature falling to minus 22 this afternoon. Wind chill minus 23 in the morning and minus 30 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite.
Tonight Periods of light snow. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 25. Wind chill near minus 33. Risk of frostbite

I woke up at 0030, then again at 0200.  The second time, I got up for a while, then went back to bed and slept until almost eight.  I was tired.

John came on board at 0830 and the others arrived at nine. After a briefing, we set out for Poet's Cove.  We had some issues with the new mainsail, but had a good sail generally. 

We did sailing circles along the way and by the time we arrived at the dock at four the two students were doing well. 

Once docked, the others went up and paid, but I stayed onboard.  They reported that the hot tub was closed by the upper pool is at ninety degrees and the steam room is open.

Moe made supper on board and we sat around until ten-thirty, then turned in.

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Nothing is easy, but who wants nothing?
Donald Trump

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Sunday February 3rd 2019

Today Periods of light snow. Wind northeast 20 km/h. High minus 23 with temperature falling to minus 28 this afternoon. Wind chill near minus 38. Risk of frostbite.
Tonight Periods of light snow ending this evening then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 29. Wind chill near minus 41. Frostbite in minutes.

We're up at 0700, looking at weather.  In Swalwell, the temperature is minus twenty-seven.  Here, at Poets Cove, it is milder, but gale-force winds are predicted.

Today Tonight and Monday.
Gale warning in effect.
Wind northerly 10 knots increasing to southwest 15 to 25 early this morning then becoming northeast 15 to 25 early this evening. Wind increasing to northeast 25 to 35 late this evening then diminishing to northeast 20 Monday afternoon.

Our plan is to do docking today and we are trying to figure the winds and whether to head for Montague sooner or later.  We have docks for practice both places.

We did a few lessons on the dock first thing, and by the time we were done throwing the heaving line and donning life jackets the wind was up to where we were beginning to worry.  The direct route to Montague looked like a very rough upwind ride, so we went around by Port Browning.  I figured it would be gusty there, but sheltered.

It was both and we ended up motoring the last bit up Navy Channel. We arrived at Montague and did a little practice maneuvering around the mooring balls and were about to approach the dock when the wind came up to where we figured docking would be difficult and doubted the wisdom of staying there to anchor overnight as planned.

So, we decided the best plan was to go to Ganges and find a sheltered dock for the night.  When we got out into Trincomali Channel we pulled out a scrap of jib and were sailing at six knots under 1/3 of the sail.

We arrived at Ganges and found our first choice in docks was taken and motored around the second offering, but did not like the location or the exposure and went into Ganges Marina for the night.  On the VHF, we heard a report that a sailboat was dragging anchor at Montague and later that the boat was on the rocks, so our decision to leave and Montague to seek shelter was proven to be prudent.

We walked to the Oystercatcher for supper and then returned to the boat and studied a while, then turned in for the night.

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To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant

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Monday February 4th 2019

Today Periods of light snow ending this afternoon then mainly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 24. Wind chill minus 40 in the morning and minus 32 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 34. Wind chill minus 34 in the evening and minus 44 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.

It snowed overnight and in the morning, the gale warning was cancelled, but we had two inches of snow on the decks and docks. 

One of our tanks was empty and the water supply on the dock was frozen so we motored around and filled up at the fuel dock, then set out for Russell Island.

We had a good sail in bright sun, but the wind died after Beaver Point and we motored to Russell Island where I taught the students how to anchor safely.

Once anchored, we had supper, did lessons for a while and settled in for the night.

I set the anchor alarm and checked a few times during the night.  We hardly moved.

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Bill Gates

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Tuesday February 5th 2019

In the morning, conditions were calm, so we practiced docking for a while, then set out for Van Isle to refuel, hoping to do Crew Overboard (COB) drills under sail along the way, but the winds died to nothing and we motored back through John Passage and fueled up.  We had hoped to pump out the waste tanks, but the pump-out was out of service.

We motored out, raised sail, and practiced COB for a while, then returned to the dock at Port Sidney where we tied up and discovered the water was frozen up here, too, so I was glad to have filled at Ganges.

The students were reluctant to write the exam, being concerned they might not be ready, but I encouraged them since if they are unsuccessful they can write again in two weeks and will have a better idea what to expect.  They took the full two hours and then we marked the exams.  John has to review them before announcing the results, so we'll know tomorrow.

They packed up and left and I was alone again.  I had supper, watched some video, and went to bed.

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Id rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.
Jeff Bezos

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Wednesday February 6th 2019

Today Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 21. Wind chill minus 40 in the morning and minus 28 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 38. Wind chill minus 36 in the evening and minus 49 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.

It is bitterly cold in Alberta and below freezing here in Sidney.  I don't see much snow at home, though.

At 7AM, the boat is rocking and the halyards are slapping in the wind  -- and I am on the sheltered inside dock, not near the entrance.  I checked the ferries and they appear to be on schedule, so the conditions on the Strait must not be too terrible.

I'm tired this morning. I was up at five, but laid down again for a while after breakfast.  I had planned to go to Vancouver, but have a lot to do here.  I could go and then return and that might be the best plan, for today, I'll stay here.

John wrote and says that both Moe and Kent passed the exam. I'm glad to hear that.  I gather he is on the ferry to Vancouver.

I have lots to do, but first I think I'll decompress.


Well, it turns out I am needed in  Vancouver tonight, so I am changing plan and packing up.  It is 10:30 now, so I hope to catch the 1 PM ferry out of Swartz Bay.  What to take and what to leave?  I'll be on a taxi, then the ferry, then the bus and Skytrain, and finally another bus and a quarter-mile walk, so I should travel light.

I packed my wheeled bag and it was not light.  I discovered on my trip, too, that the wheels are very noisy.

I was at Granville Island around four-thirty and found Magic Moments, as it seems my boat is now being called on the end of E dock, went aboard and figured out the heat. Nicole had put an electric heater on board and it was on low, but I started the Wabasto, too.

It turned out that John was out on a large cruiser and returned after a while to tie up on the end of the dock north of me.  I borrowed a water hose to fill my tank.

Once I figured the switches out and started the pressure pump, it cycled and seemed to be pumping the water somewhere when all taps were off, so I only ran it when needed. I'll have to figure this out, sometime, but it was supper time and Eric, John, and Ron asked me along to Bridges for supper and a beer or two.  After, we returned to the boats.  They said to come over and visit on the cruiser, but I was tired and still figuring out my boat, so declined. In a while they tapped on the hull and asked if I wanted to go for groceries with them, but I declined and went to bed.

I have fallen behind on correspondence and also need to study my Coastal Nav when I can find a moment, so I'm resting up.

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If you can't change it.. change the way you think about it
Mary Engelbreit

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Thursday February 7th 2019

Today Mainly sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 22. Wind chill minus 42 in the morning and minus 30 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Becoming cloudy this evening then periods of snow. Local amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 27. Wind chill near minus 33. Risk of frostbite.

I'm here on Magic Moments at Granville Island with no food or coffee on board, so I am off to Pedro's for breakfast.  As for what happens later today, I have no idea.

I've used 4636.271 of the 6656 MB on Public Mobile.  It renews on the 17th. On the 1st, I had used  3131.699 of my 6656 MB.

I had breakfast and went to the office where I was told that I am giving rides all day on Magic Moments.

Andy Burton was my deckhand in morning and Holly in the afternoon.  At the end of the day John, his daughter and Boye, the girl who assigned rides took a tour ourselves down the Creek on Infinity, the big power cat.

Andy and I had supper at Tony's Fish and Oyster Cafe and I went back to my boat and went to bed. It was six PM.

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The idea that a reporter has to be 'fair and balanced' is ridiculous.
 The fact is, the truth usually is not fair and it's not balanced.
Truth stands by itself. And the idea that something called fair and balanced
is a substitute for truth and fact is mindless nonsense
that has captured much of the national media.
Lou Dobbs

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Friday February 8th 2019

Today Periods of snow ending near noon then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Local amount 2 cm. Wind becoming north 20 km/h this morning. High minus 19. Wind chill minus 28 in the morning and minus 34 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind north 20 km/h. Low minus 30. Wind chill minus 34 in the evening and minus 43 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.

I slept from 6 last night until after seven this morning, only getting up a few times to stretch and check things out.

I'm groggy again this morning and a bit dizzy.  I walked to Pedro's had a breakfast sandwich, then walked around the Island to clear my head.

The first tour was at eleven and Andy was my crew again.  We did the standard Creek trip out and back with a family on board.  The next trip only had one fellow and he likes to sail, so we went out into the Bay and raised sails.  Ice dropped from the mainsail as we raised it and snow began falling.  We had a good sail and returned.

We had nothing scheduled until two, so we went for lunch and now, at 2:20, I am below, catching up since no one signed up for this tour.

At three, Boye had five for us and Holly was my, crew.  She had been excellent yesterday, but today showed up late and then forgot to untie the stern line, resulting in a bit of a messy departure, but the rest of the cruise went well.

That was the last trip of the day, so I called my brother and he says they will pick me up after six-thirty and we'll go to the Arbutus Club for supper.

My server farm changed the server I use and it has caused me and clients grief.  My key password quit working and I spent an hour or more trying to figure out what is wrong.  It works fine on the server that has been abandoned still however, so the fault is not on my end.

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I must be doing something right. I've been around for a long time.
Geraldo Rivera

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Saturday February 9th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of flurries early this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 22. Wind chill minus 40 in the morning and minus 27 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 30. Wind chill minus 28 in the evening and minus 39 overnight. Risk of frostbite.

Today I'm free to go to the main show.  Matt J will be offering the rides.  They would like to use Magic Memories, but they do have the option of using Escape and I would prefer to keep MM as my home, office, and refuge. 

I've used 5239.277 of my 6656 MB.  I'd switch SIMs except that I need to be sure to receive texts for the next few days.

I notice my blood glucose has been high the past two weeks.  This was after seeing it surprisingly low a few weeks ago few times for no apparent reason. At first i figured it was the strips since two or three readings taken within minutes ranged over one whole point, but now I am thinking something in my health may have changed. I had a bug of some sort and several tooth problems and took antibiotics a few times over the past year. Maybe that has triggered something?   This will bear watching.  I have metformin at home, but did not bring it, thinking I would not need it ad having experienced joint pain last time I took it.

Matt took over the boat ride job, so I went to the Market and had an omelet, then caught the shuttle to the Dome. I wandered around and spent a little time with Moe and Dawn at the booth, then rode back to Granville Island.

While I was talking to Moe, she received a picture by text.  A boat had caught fire not far from Cassiopeia at Port Sidney Marina.  Apparently it burned to the waterline and sank.  The boat next was damaged, but otherwise there was little damage.

I bought a bottle of pinot grigio and returned to the boat.  Later, I walked to the Market, had pizza for supper, then returned and went to bed early.

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When you hate, the only person that suffers is you
because most of the people you hate don't know it and the rest don't care.
Medgar Evers

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