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Myself, crossing Georgia Strait

 

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Tuesday August 20th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 26. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear. Low 10.

I was up after midnight for an hour or so, playing with Lingvist, then went back to bed.

Just after seven, my phone woke me up.  It was Bill.  He had fallen in the water with his phone and was looking for ideas for a replacement. I recommended Costco where I had seen some good-looking phones for around $200.

In have nothing to do today and plan to do it as best I can.

Here is an interesting article that may cast light on why fungicide spraying in the almonds was seem to cause unexpected bee issues.

Microbes on the Menu for Bee Larvae

At risk of kicking a dead horse, here is a doozey. Canada has some of the world's largest petroleum deposits and we are importing from other countries while our own oil workers are jobless. 

Canada’s dependence on imported fossil fuels reaches a whole new level

This is largely due to pressure from celebrities and special interest groups who are actually just causing disruption and empowering the very things they claim to oppose, which brings me to this:

The Real Reason They Behave Hypocritically On Climate Change Is Because They Want To

Coal Plants WorldwideHere is another interesting find.  While we are busy hamstringing our own industries in an orgy of virtue signaling, the rest of the world is carrying on building coal plants.

All the World’s Coal Power Plants in One Map

I went out in the afternoon and walked to Alfies for a few more groceries.  That trip amounts to about a mile, which is the minimum distance I should walk each day.

I spent time on Ligvist again and find it is a good complement to the other Spanish lessons.

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I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Ronald Reagan

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Wednesday August 21st 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 31. Humidex 32. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 14.

I'm up at 0700.  It is overcast and raining and the rain is predicted to last most of the day.

I spent time yesterday planning possible first days.  My clients have been in touch, but we have not much discussed what they expect.  From what I did learn, though, I came up with three options. 

Plan A:
I called ahead to reserve a berth at Snug Cove seeing as this is the busiest week of the year and Friday night is Prime Rib Night at Doc Morgan's.  As it happens, we are a bit late reserving for dock space at Snug Cove but are on the waiting list.  SC would be my first choice.  Anchoring nearby in Mannion Bay is possible, but less than ideal IMO, depending on weather reports at the time. 

Plan B:
Alternately, I looked into going to Deep Cove where they have friends.  That is a feasible short first day trip -- about two hours, mostly motoring though Vancouver Harbour, in sheltered waters.  No sailing is permitted much of the way. Once there, however, we would have to anchor in all likelihood.

Plan C:
It is a little less than three Hours to Gibsons, a convenient and interesting stopping point on the way up the Sunshine Coast. They had indicated that they don't wish to travel more than two hours each day but this boat is stable and comfortable, so that may change.  Just about all the destinations require a few hours travel.

As the time draws nearer, I'll be checking the weather as that will affect our plans. Bashing through swells and chop and heeling sharply in high gusty winds is not a good way to start out with a new crew.

Looking ahead, I checked the forecast for the coming week. The first few days are expected to be quite cool, with some slight precipitation expected on Friday. After that, a warmer, drier trend moves in, and later on the days should be very warm.

This boat has very comfortable quarters and a furnace, but much of the fun is to be outdoors. The cockpit is covered with a bimini and a dodger, but is open on three sides. On a boat out on the water, with a breeze, temperatures feel cooler, so warm clothes and some light rain gear are advisable. I find some mornings that a warm jacket and a toque (stocking hat) are almost necessary.

We will be in spots where swimming can be quite pleasant, especially on the hot days, so I advise bringing bathing suits.

Tides look fairly moderate for Friday (right).

If we go out Shoal Channel Saturday morning, I wonder... 

       
Shoal Channel chart and Gibsons Saturday tide table.

At or near datum (extreme low tide which happens only occasionally) we'd be at risk of touching in places, but we will not get that low.  At Saturday's low tide at seven we'd have five feet above datum, which is barely sufficient for comfort, but but by ten we'll have eight. If we go at ten, we'll have lots of depth.

The two images above are from OpenCPN, a free maritime charting program I have had for a while, was not able to use until I finally ordered a new GPS from Amazon and received it just before coming here.  I have spent some time over past days learning it as there is a learning curve to find all the features and to adapt the interface.

From Gibsons, we can go to Sechelt and Welcome Passage, Secret Cove, and Garden Bay or cross to Lasqueti and even Hornby Island.  I figure I'll let the crew decide. 

A major consideration is to pace the trip so the return leg is short and pleasant regardless of weather  "Leave them laughing" is the rule.  It is easy to go too far, then find ourselves beating into wind and waves and maybe some rain rushing back on a long last day. That seldom ends well.

I like to be close to home at the end.  Being nearby does not have to feel close.  Anchoring in False Creek on the last night is hard to beat as an experience, and it is a mere twenty minutes from our docks.  The Creek is tranquil morning and evening, right in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

I was on board Corus all day doing planning and various things like learning OpenCPN.  At four I went for a beer at the Fish Company and returned for supper. Frankly, I don't know where the time went.

I watched the second episode of Four Seasons in Havana on Netflix (Cuatro estaciones en La Habana).  It's filmed in Spanish with English subtitles. At first I found it grungy but now I'm finding the plot better and catching a surprising amount of the Spanish.  IMO, it could do without the fake overplayed cinematic sex, but at least it does not have the ridiculous gun fights and car chases that are de rigeur in American film.  Maybe that is because it would be hard to stage a convincing chase in dented Ladas with bad shocks and 1953 Chevies.

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Thursday August 22nd 2019

Today Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 9.

I'm up at 0610.  Again, the day is overcast, but the predictions are for clearing and sun for the day. (right)

I am expecting the guests later this afternoon and I have little idea what to expect.  We have corresponded a few times, but without my learning much about them, their experience, or their expectations.

Tomorrow, when we cast off, the predictions are for a little early morning rain, then overcast with light, changeable winds.

I have a lot to do today, checking the boat over and getting ready.

Cassiopeia returns today by five but I expect the clients will not leave the boat until ten tomorrow.  Corus cannot leave the dock until that same time tomorrow as that is the actual beginning of the charter, so I am thinking I may visit Cassiopeia to get a few things just before we shove off.

It's almost noon now and the morning was filled with comings and goings as the crew finished cleaning and repairing.  Skyler is still up top washing the coachroof and decks.  I'm making porridge and soup.

After this, I have nothing to do except wait, and I may have a nap and then take a walk at some point.

I moved to the forward cabin.  I had thought to leave it for the kids, but decided that I need a private space since I don't know the people and whether they expect me to be stand-offish or one of the family.  I usually take a full cabin, so that is my plan today.

They arrived early and we boarded, then went provisioning.  That took a while as did loading the boat. We walked to The Market for supper and then back. John had to take his vehicle back to YVR and left around seven.  I went to my cabin, watched a movie, and fell asleep.

Now, at 2230, I'm up alone, planning tomorrow.  The plans originally made are out the window it seems and we are planning to cross the Strait.  That is a whole different ballgame.

I was up to about midnight and have a plan.  What was to be a maximum of two hours sailing previously now looks like six or seven underway tomorrow and three to four the next.

 

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Friday August 23rd 2019

Today Mainly cloudy. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 early this morning. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening then partly cloudy. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

Up at six. Raining. Kids asleep. Discussed the next two days with J&L. Got things from Cassiopeia.

Set out around nine and headed across to Porlier.  Misty, overcast, cool.  Sailed and motored making eight knots much of the time.  I napped part of the way, waking before Porlier. Once through Porlier, we turned southeast towards James Bay. All thoughts of two-hour days and short trips seemingly forgotten.

Well, they were keen to get to Ganges, following plans from their friends, so we passed by Clam Bay and here we are in Selby Cove.  In passing, we looked into James Bay, but it was crowded, so we came here. 

We dropped anchor several times, but the anchor would not hold.  After trying a few times the windlass started complaining. The crew met up with friends and visited with them on their boat while I played with the anchor.  The friends had water toys and the kids went swimming.  When Jon returned, we moved farther out the bay and found a place where we got a slightly better hold, but I'll have to be on watch tonight.

Corus has a CQR, an old standby, but IMO, it is useless compared to my Rocna.  A boat nearby said he had no problems holding. in the same spot  He has a Rocna.

When I bought Cassiopeia, the boat came with a CQR. I tried anchoring a time or two, gave that anchor away and bought a Rocna.  I've never regretted it.

I went to my cabin early and watched the second to last episode of Cuatro estaciones en Habana and went to bed.

I did not sleep long, though.  I woke up with a bout of sciatica around midnight.

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Richard M. Nixon

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Saturday August 24th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 7.

I was up and down all night until about two, checking the anchor.  The sciatica was quite intense, and that is very unusual for me.  Ibuprofen took care of the worst of it, however. I went to sleep at two and did not wake fully until after six.

I carry some ibuprofen just in case and use it, maybe, once a year or two.  It seem the best thing for back twinges and such.

Today the plan is to go to the Saturday Market at Ganges, which, is just five sea miles across the water.

We started for Ganges about eleven and checked out Long Harbour along the way, looking for a possible refuge from the expected twenty-knot winds tonight. It would serve, but J is depending on the opinion of his friend, so we will see.  We continued on into Ganges and tied up at Fishermans Wharf.  We are allowed two free hours.

They went ashore and I followed.  I called Doug and he came down for a coffee. We agreed to meet again when and if I deliver Cassiopeia to Sidney and go out cruising for a day or two.

The gang came back by four and we motored around to Beaver Point and anchored in a cove.  We shore-tied at first, then let off the tether and hung on the anchor alone.

The kids swam and paddled around. until dusk.  The neighbours came aboard for burgers.

I watched the last half of the last episode of Cuatro estaciones en Habana and went to bed.

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Billy Sunday

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Sunday August 25th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 19. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 8.

I was up several times checking the anchor and for an hour and a half at three, then slept until eight.  The high winds never did materialize.  Although we did swing around a bit and swells came in from the south for a while, we hardly moved.  The new anchor alarm program worked well, so I'll continue to use it, I think.

The neighbours left around eleven, headed back to Vancouver. We raised anchor shortly after and set sail for Tod Inlet.  We had a to motor a few times at first, but were fully powered sailing into the Saanich Inlet, and were actually overpowered in the gusts approaching Brentwood Bay.

We dropped the sails and motored into the crowded inlet, found a spot and dropped anchor. We dinghied to the beach and the kids swam.  I walked up to scout out the entry to the Butchart Gardens.  The hike was less than half a mile.

We returned to the boat, had supper and sat in the cockpit a while before bed.

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Phyllis Diller

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Monday August 26th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning and late this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 20. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Becoming clear late this evening and overnight. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low plus 3 with risk of frost.

I awoke at seven and checked our depth to make sure we were still afloat at low tide.  We has 3.5 metres under the keel, so that was not an issue.  Today the plan is to go to the Gardens and we have no plan after that.  This is Day Four of seven and we have three days after today to return the fifty miles to Vancouver.

We stayed at anchor on Tod Inlet for the day.  First thing, before breakfast, we ran out of propane, so I called Rick and he sent Cordell over.  I carried the bottles up to meet him at the Gardens parking lot and we got propane at the co-op.  He dropped me at the gate and I carried it back to the boat.

Along the way, we passed my gang walking up to the Gardens. By then it was eleven. They spent the morning and half the afternoon at the Gardens, then texted me to pick them up at the dock. We spent the afternoon swimming and paddle-boarding from the beach.

We had supper in the cockpit on the boat and went to bed early.

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Tuesday August 27th 2019

Today Sunny. High 24. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear. Low 9.

I was up early, made coffee, then readied the boat to leave. Jon got up and we raised anchor; and I motored across to Mill Bay while the others went about getting up and having breakfast.

We took on fuel and water, then J&L went up to Thrifty's for groceries while I charged the batteries with the portable generator.

From there, we motored and sailed to Cow Bay and tied up at Fishermans Wharf.  By then, it was one-thirty. After an hour or two of wandering along the strip, everyone returned and we set off for Genoa Bay, a short tack across the bay. There we motored to the north end, dropped anchor and had lunch.

After lunch, we sailed out of the bay on variable winds and furled the genoa by the time we reached Separation Point.  The current was quite slack as we motored through Samsun Narrows and into Burgoyne Bay.

We tied at the dock, launched the paddle boards and the group headed off across the bay.  Water measured 20 degrees C.

Rick was bringing Cassiopeia across to Sidney and I had been in touch with him all morning by text. He found us and came alongside to tie up for a while for coffee and a visit, then continued on to Sidney.

After he left the others returned, I had a swim off the stern, and we motored over to Maple Bay.  We went alongside the dock at The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub and Jon got permission to stay as long as we ate there, but we then discovered that children were not allowed in the pub.  So, we got takeout for them and went up for supper.

I ordered a burger and that was mistake.  I could barely eat the entire thing and left my fries.  We returned to the boat and by then it was nine.  Everyone went straight to bed.

I awoke at ten-fifty, stuffed up and feeling overly full, so I am up writing this and, now, at midnight, shall return to bed with hopes of falling asleep and sleeping soundly until daybreak.

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Wednesday August 28th 2019

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Clearing this afternoon. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness late this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 7.

I'm up at 0651. Jon was up for a moment and went back to bed.  Everyone else is sleeping with the doors closed.  Shafts of sunlight are slanting through the portlights and cool draughts come and go in the main cabin through the open ports and companionway. A halyard begins to slap against the mast and I quiet it.

We left everything open overnight and my thermometer says twenty C or sixty-eight F.  I'm tempted to go off the stern for a dip but don't want to disturb the sleeping family.

Today, maybe Clam Bay, then tomorrow we cross Georgia Strait and overnight in False Creek before leaving the boat the next morning by ten.

J&L went for a walk and around noon, we untied from the dock and motored to Telegraph Cove. There, we found a spot in the bay near the north end in shallow water and anchored on a short chain a decent distance off the Telegraph Harbour Marina docks, in line with the boats already moored there. While we were settling and deciding if we needed to set a stern anchor to reduce swing, a crew from the marina shouted at us off the docks that we were too close, blocking the channel, etc.   I asked him if he owned the water lot and he said, yes, up to fifty feet from his docks. We were nowhere near that, so I said, fine, and to mind his own business. He called us idiots.  We ignored him and adjusted our chain and set a stern anchor due to the tight space among the boats and went about our business.

The family swam and paddleboarded through the gap.  I joined them swimming.  Our spot was too shallow for overnight due to the expected low tide in the morning, so we motored around to Preedy Harbour, dropped anchor in a quiet spot, and had supper.

I went to bed early again, bit was woken by my anchor alarm at ten-fifty.  I reset it, but it took me a few hours to get right back to sleep.

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Thursday August 29th 2019

Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h near noon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy late this evening. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light late this evening. Low 8.

I was up a few times, checking the depth.  We hardly moved. 

We are now up at eight and will be on our way shortly.  The plan?  Gabriola Pass at ten, then a crossing to Bowen Island for a visit and. finally, we'll anchor in False Creek for the night.

Tomorrow, we'll be at the dock and off the boat by nine.

We raised anchor at 0848 and motored out of the anchorage.  Fortunately I checked the chart as it turned out there was an expanse of open water ahead that looked navigable but would have grounded us right at the start.

We motored up to De Courcy and looked into Pirates Cove, then motored through Gabriola Pass at slack (1005) and out through Gabriola Reef towards Snug Cove.  The wind picked up and we set the sails. Once underway, I went below and napped an hour or so.

The wind died as we rounded the point into Howe Sound and we motored into the Union Steamship Marina and docked. I asked if we could stay a short while, but they said they were booked and expecting boats any time.  The water was low, so I could see we might be in the way and we left, had lunch while hovering and then anchored in Mannion Bay in a metre of water with a rising tide.

Our anchor is not very reliable, so I elected to stay on board while the others rowed ashore.  The winds were changeable, and with the limited swinging space between boats, we set a stern anchor as well.

After a while I noticed we had dragged down over the stem anchor line and it had wrapped around the rudder shaft.  I had several options including diving and unwinding it.  I had my snorkel gear and wetsuit, but decided just to pull the entire four hundred feet of line off the reel and though the gap. That worked.  I could see from the blue bottom paint on the rope that we were not the first to drag the line over the bottom.

I got a message from C.  The large monstera had fallen off again and I realise she had not been watering it often and it got top heavy.  She has had quite a week, so I called for a chat.  Then I called Mom and it seems I should go down to see her, so I'll look into that.

The family returned and we are now enroute for False Creek.  We'll fuel up and then anchor overnight.  In the morning, we are to be at the Granville Island dock and off the boat by nine (maybe ten).

What I do after ten tomorrow, I have no definite idea.

We fueled and motored into the Creek.  The Creek was windier than I have experienced it in the past we spent over an hour trying to set an anchor in several different spots.  Jon finally decided to change the CQR anchor over to the Fortress. It was a job qith the scant tools on hand, but he did it and we managed to get a decent hold on the bottom on our first try, but we are closer to other boats than we like so may move anchor a bit by dark.  We're making supper now at 1939 hrs.

The youngsters went to bed and the adults sat around in the cockpit for a while to watch darkness fall and observe the drift of the boat as the current and winds move us around our anchor.  After watching a while, we were satisfied we are in the clear and everyone was in bed by ten.

My anchor alarm woke me at 10:45.  I looked around and reset it for our new and hopefully final swing position on the water.

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Friday August 30th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Clearing near midnight. Low 8.

I woke up again at one and got up for a while.  Looking around, I saw we had settled nicely and were now even further away from neighbouring boats. 

I was up an hour and a half, editing photos and writing.  One picture made me wonder and I realised I had forgotten being on Shearwater before Corus.  In fact, my mind was blank and I had to stretch to remember all my recent adventures, so immersive has been this trip.

I also realised that I should have transferred my excess gear onto Cassiopeia when I met with Rick the other day.  Now I have three heavy bags plus my briefcase and water bottles to go to Sidney, somehow.  That is unless plans change again.

The alarm did not sound again, and I next awoke at seven. The others are still asleep.  I had yet to pack.  I ma not sure how to pack or for where and when.  A new job could come up or a lift to Sidney.  I could also fly to Sudbury.  Worst case, I will have to leave some things here and take the ferry to Sidney. Decisions. Decisions.

When the gang awoke, Jon raised the anchor and we motored in to the dock and tied up, arriving right at nine. They finished packing and I sorted things.  The family wanderedd off to find breakfast and Jon deflated the paddleboards to pack them up and Peter eventually came by to check the boat in.

Colin told me that I can catch a ride to Sidney with him tomorrow on Calinda, so I'll be staying on Corus overnight. I arranged for the family to leave their things on board while they explored the Island and Jon left to find the rest.

After a while, Jon sent a text suggesting I join them for lunch at Edible Canada, so I joined them there and we had a good-bye lunch. Then they arranged a cab to their airport hotel and came down to the boat to fetch their things.  We all said our goodbyes and off they went.  Now I am alone on the boat with pleasant memories. Alone, but not lonely.

That was truly an amazing week with amazing people. I could not have imagined or planned a better time and I somehow fell into it because I happened to ask at the right moment and it turned out that another instructor who was listed for the job had a scheduling conflict.  I did, too, an important eye exam, but when opportunity knocks, I try to never say, "Come back later".  I jumped at the chance. The eye exam is now on the 16th.

When Genny signed me up she mentioned that it was a family and wondered if I am okay with kids. I totally love kids (most anyways) and these kids made the trip special for me.  The parents also were stellar, and totally my kind of folks.

The family went swimming and paddleboarding even on cool days when few others were out.  The kids enjoyed the sailing and did not mind traveling hours at a stretch. Nobody ever said a cross word and it was clear they all love and support one another.  They included me in their family and I think we may well meet again.

Oh, and the reason that my group wanted to anchor in secluded places early in the trip when we were meeting up with their friends was because one of the friends was worried about being recognized by someone, somewhere, who would tweet and bring down a horde of paparazzi and ruin the holiday.

Can you imagine being chased around and approached closely by a bunch of speed boats on a sailing holiday?  It is hard for me to imagine how people can intrude on others like that, but if alerted, they would swarm us, and what could we do?  Escape at ten knots maximum speed? 

It must be terrible to be famous, and yet that is what youngsters dream of.  I know I did.

*   *   *   *   *

Time for more concerns. Here is interesting reading and maybe a heads-up...

In Ominous Warning, Ray Dalio Says The Current Period Is Just Like 1935-1945
“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.” -- Joseph Heller

I needed a walk, so I wandered around Granville Island. I tend to forget there is much more her than just the shops near the Market and the Marina. I saw the staff setting up an inflatable screen for a free outdoor showing of Heidi tonight in the park at the far end of the Island, and various activities here and there as I walked.

I don't think I really need to see Heidi again, but I did consider the idea. I'd be interested to see how many show up at nine.

I think, though, I'll write, maybe watch a bit of video, then go to bed early.  I am really tired today after my adventures and anchor watches, plus eating too much and beer and wine every evening. (I know.  I was going to quit).

At this point, I am pleasantly empty. Whatever I do, I dive right in and everything else fades away.  I live entirely in the moment. Then, when it is over, like now, it takes a while to come down and deal with 'reality' like bills and plans, duties, and correspondence.  I do try to keep this diary up, though, but sometimes it gets sketchy.  If I have the time and the urge, I go back and fill in and add images, but otherwise...

Tomorrow, at three PM, Colin and I board Calinda and open the throttle for Sidney. We should be there by seven. The trip should be fun.

Then, I wait in Sidney for two days for Cassiopeia to get back.  Maybe I should call my cousins in Esquimault, seeing as they are nearby. I'm catching up. I called my brother today and also Bill.  Bill's phone apparently dried out after his dip in the water and resumed functioning after its bath. That was fresh water.  My luck with salt water has been less fortuitous.

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Saturday August 31st 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon with 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight A few showers ending overnight then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening and after midnight. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 11.

I woke up at 0410 having slept right through from ten last night. I'm still coming down from my week and resting up.  There is a lot to digest and I'm looking forward and realising that Christmas is less than four months away.  After some coffee and a little reading, I'll go back to bed.

My phone for some reason decided to alert me to a tweet from Danielle Smith this morning and I happened on a series of tweets that confirm my opinions on the medium. The string started off sensibly enough but degenerated quickly and predictably to squabbling and rhetoric. Seems people cannot distinguish between logic and rhetoric, fact and opinion.

I don't consult Twitter much.  I could never quite figure out what its purpose is other than to take people down their personal rabbithole. 

Twitter is much like the Book of Changes or Tarot in that, used sparingly and judiciously, it can be entertaining and sometimes even enlightening, but used to excess can lead to delusions and insanity.

I've seen friends destroyed by the cumulative effects of the self-reinforcing nature of these media.  They have a strong and immediate feedback nature that makes them addictive and a tendency to reinforce fears and biases.

In fact, I am finding my news feeds and searches have a similar effect.  When I show interest in some topic, I get fed more and more, and the articles get more extreme and unlikely as the news scraper gets to the bottom of the barrel.  Readers will likely notice this in how my links to articles tend to follow veins.  That is partly due to the channeling effect of my news feeds and search engine 'personalization'.

Danielle Smith is a smart woman with moderately conservative views.  She is open-minded and intellectually honest IMO.  She has a daily call-in show with interviews, that I listen to sometimes, so I guess I 'followed' her on Twitter on some rare occasion when I tinkered with the app.  If she tweets much, I seldom am alerted like today.

Here is a thoughtful (and long) article worth the time to skim at least. Of course, it tends to confirm my biases.

Why Critical Thinking is Inseparable From Freedom

I'm going back to bed.

I did and slept until 0805.  The day looks dull so far.  In fact, it is starting to rain.

I spent the day looking up chain and windlass gypsies and other items.  At one, I walked to the Market for lunch, then at three boarded Calinda for Sidney.  We made twelve knots so the trip too a bit over four hours. Colin had brought a third person along who likes to drive the boat.  We dropped him at the ferry terminal and he caught the seven back to Tsawwassen where Genny was to pick him up, then we continued to Sidney, tied up, met Rick, and went to the Run Runner for supper.  I paid.

I was installed on Etesian for the night.  Cassiopeia is not due back until tomorrow and the clients can stay on until ten the next day so I am unsure when I can board.

Etesian is a nice little Hunter.  Hunters are well done inside, but do not have the best reputation for sailing.  That said, my boat in Ontario is a hunter and I like it just fine.  Speaking of Ontario, I have not been there since March and I am overdue.

Rick, Colin and I walked around the dock and looked a a damaged dinghy. then the police came by looking into a report that someone heard a woman screaming.  We had not heard anything and neither had the people we talked to.

I was in bed around eleven.

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