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Thursday September 10th 2020

I woke at 0320 and decided to catch this page up.  It seems I hardly have a spare minute lately and when I do, I don't much feel like writing.

At 0430 I went back to bed and slept until seven.

At eight, I have been up an hour, had breakfast, and am starting the day.  I have lots to do on this boat and sorting what I'll take and what I'll leave.

I see that clients have also sorted things and a few items are in need of replacement.

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MSM Journalists Hate Assange Because He's Broken More Blockbuster Stories Than All Combined

Citizens Stop Spanish Police From Arresting Woman For Not Wearing Mask

"The Battle Is Coming" - Reality Vs Delusion

Bob Woodward: General James Mattis Plotted Overthrow of U.S. Government…

1000s Of Cases But Zero Hospitalizations In Colleges: Good News But States Force Draconian Lockdowns

Eating at Night Increases Risk for Obesity and Diabetes

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And, from Parler...
"You are being played. Follow the facts."

> My bees are getting robbed by neighboring hive. I'm planning to move them but what do I do in the mean time? Should I close up the entrance?

Fall robbing is nature's way of getting rid of weak colonies and boosting stronger ones. It also equalizes the bacteria and viruses to aid in natural selection for resistance. Of course, humans resist nature and nature's ways and want to keep every hive alive. In a commercial outfit, there are usually a few that get robbed out but the rest are fine.

I'm guessing your hive won't winter and all the bees in the neighbourhood know it. Either that or they have been watching the news from Portland.

The hive could be queenless, diseased, or just weak.

Interestingly, we see the bees from the robbed hive sometimes join the robbers and move out with them.

Probably not what you wanted to hear?

It is possible that the hive is viable and has too many or too large entrances. In that case, reducing and robber screens might save it. For now.

I worked on the windlass until I had enough and decided I need daylight to finish. Then I watched Tucker Carlson and The Burden of Truth on Netflix and went to bed after midnight.

Quote of the Day
Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.
Mark Twain

Word of the Day

not seeming reasonable or probable; failing to convince.

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Friday September 11th 2020

I slept fitfully and woke countless times and at 0630, as the day broke, got up, made coffee, scrambled my daily three eggs, then sat down here.

I have a list of things and should leave here after one to catch the 2 PM ferry to Vancouver. From there I fly to Powell River.

I finished the windlass job after probably eight hours working on it, total, but not before I managed to pull the mounting bolts through the deck and having to add large backing washers. The original problem may have been as simple as a wire loose in the hand switch control box.

Anyhow, I left at one-thirty and Dawn dropped me at the ferry.  I discovered that the ride to the airport from the ferry is $75 by taxi, but Uber dropped me there for half that.

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I figured something was wrong when I approached the desk to check in,  There was no one in sight. 

Sure enough, the flight had left, and on further examination I found my reservation was for Friday next week. How did that happen?

So, I sat down and called Bruce to see if they still have room for me in the car as they are driving up tomorrow, and they do. So I reserved  hotel near where they are staying and summoned Uber again.

I chose the hotel by location and price, so I was delighted on arrival to find the property is clean and fresh and the air conditioner started with one button push.

I walked five blocks to a small Vietnamese restaurant and had a pleasant meal and walked back. I'll be in bed early as I have to be at the curb by five tomorrow so we can catch the 7:30 Langdale ferry.

Here's the weather we can expect this week in Desolation Sound.

This is turning out to be a very expensive cruise in terms of inconvenience, forgone revenue and travel.  I like my crew, but wonder about our cruise leader who is turning out to be a covid enthusiast and into masking, distancing, hand washing, and all the rituals to fend off the miasma imagined to emanate from our fellows.

My crew are very enthusiastic and demonstrative Christians which is fine by me.  I have problems with the followers and evangelists in the covid religion, however. I hope this all fades soon.  Usually fads end almost overnight but I am afraid this one could last as the media are dining out on this one big time and the politicians are being driven ahead of the crowd, each trying to outdo the other.

I hope this trip is worth it.

Quote of the Day
Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language,
 while in fact language remains the master of man.
Martin Heidegger

Word of the Day

A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, actions, or objects, performed in a sequestered place and according to a set sequence. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized, but not defined, by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism, and performance.

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Saturday September 12th 2020

I slept well and woke at three-ten.  I got up and made coffee. 

It is dead quiet here, even in the city, and spooky after sleeping on boats with waves lapping on the hull and gentle rocking.

I have time to kill before my crew comes by to pick me up.  The plan is to sit in line at Horseshoe Bay for two hours to be sure to catch the ferry. I'll have breakfast there, I assume.  One never knows with the current 'covid' craze and masking fad what to expect.

It seems that businesses try to outdo one another on how 'safe' they can be and it is surprising how many actually care and observe the rituals with religious fervour, even evangelizing and attempting to enforce.

It seems that there are those who carry on with prudence and those who mask, even in the open air and step off the sidewalk when others approach,. I'm afraid that on the upcoming flotilla the captain of the lead boat is of that persuasion.  After the total 'neglect' of the masking, etc. on my previous cruises and on the docks, this may prove to be annoying.  In emails it already has.

The little restaurant last night was a relief from all that.  The proprietor was not masked and I saw no signs of the usual virtue signaling.

Time flies and my alarm says it is 0430.  I expect the guys in 45 minutes.

They arrived and we drove to Horseshoe Bay and joined the lineup.  We were number twelve.  After a half-hour ticket sales opened and we went into the waiting area and were able to leave the car, so Gunther and I walked to the village for breakfast.

An hour and a half later, we boarded the ferry and, after a trip to Langdale, we drove off and motored north to Earl's Cove where we waited for the Saltery Bay ferry. On that ferry, I bumped into Andy, the owner of Mares del Sur, another boat in the fleet and we had coffee.

Once we arrived in Saltery Bay and drove the winding 30 km to Powell River, we parked at the marina gate and toted our supplies to the boat. Larry was finishing the cleanup after the last charter and once he finished, we all sat in the cockpit and had a beer. He lent us a crab trap and we shoved off for Grace Harbour. 

The day was dull and smokey, with visibility of maybe a half-mile.  We motored the three and a half hours and arrived with lots of daylight left.  We anchored and had supper,  I called it a day early, having been up since three.

Quote of the Day
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.
We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon
instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Dale Carnegie

Word of the Day

an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object's qualities; a craze.

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Sunday September 13th 2020

I slept well and woke at five and found Gunther sleeping in the salon. He had problems with his APAP machine power cord and had to sleep close to the ship's batteries, so I stayed quiet until seven so the others could sleep.

We had breakfast and then decided to go to Refuge Cove for a few items.  The day was cool and smokey again and we mostly motored.

We arrived at RC and tied up, then walked to the store for missing items like a frying pan.  We filled the water again.  Since I had Internet, I bought a fishing license online so we can crab legally. Gunther bought a small pamphlet explaining how and how not to do it.

I had a nap, then we left for Grace Harbour again.  By then I had heard from the others that they were there. As we motored, Gunther had a shower. I wonder how much water our tanks hold? What is it with everyone needing to shower daily?

We arrived and anchored in the middle of the fleet. Stan came by in his dinghy but is anti-social distancing so we chatted and he moved on. Bruce and Gunther cooked supper.

We were about to eat when Sue and her daughter came by and then Mark, so we had a cockpit party. After they left we had supper.  By then It was bedtime for me.

Quote of the Day
Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau

Word of the Day
  No word today.

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Monday September 14th 2020

I woke after midnight and am having problems reconciling my anchor alarms.  The cell phone app thinks we are moving around, but the eTrex says we have stayed still. I wonder if the phone is reducing power to the GPS after a while of inactivity, resulting in errors.

I sat in the salon a while writing this. Gunther is snoring softly into his APAP face mask across the room.

It's 0309 and I am going back to bed.

We woke and had breakfast, then puttered around until our group meeting at ten hovering in dinghies near Stan's boat.  We had to wait for the tide to rise enough to enter Roscoe Bay at two so we had time to kill.

Gunther had caught a crab so we had crab for lunch.   The day was dull, smokey, and very foggy.  We decided to set out for Refuge Cove again and motored over, bought fuel, and filled with water again.  I bought scissors and a deadman lanyard for the outboard.

From there we motored and sailed to Roscoe Bay, tried stern tying, and finally just anchored.  We dinghied over to Sue's boat and had a party.

When we got back to Magic Moments, Gunther found he had had too much beer and spent a half-hour throwing up.  Then we three sat down and watched Groundhog Day in the salon and I went to bed.

Apparently they stayed up.

Quote of the Day
 Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you.
Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.
Alice Walker

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Tuesday September 15th 2020

I slept until six and looked into the salon.  Gunther was sleeping on the couch and had his things spread around and showed no signs of waking.  Bruce was still in bed in the aft cabin.

I stayed in my cabin until almost nine and finally went out and roused Gunther.  Bruce came out and we had breakfast.  I told Gunther that this has to end.  He cannot monopolize the common area. Our agreement was that he and Bruce would share the aft cabin and so that is how it has to be.

It was still raining, but the rain ended around eleven.  I cleaned the head and had Bruce scrub the cockpit sole, then had a little meeting where I explained that I expect them to keep the boat tidy.

Around then Gunther reported a broken oar lock on the dinghy and he repaired it with a temporary fix. Around two the other boats were leaving but we went for a hike to the freshwater lake and had a swim.

When we returned, the entire group was gone, so we set our course for Prideaux Haven and motored across.  When we entered, we saw several boats and a trimaran rafted together and assumed that was our group since the monohulls all look similar and trimarans are rare.

As it happened, this trimaran was not from our group and neither were the others.  We went on in to Melanie Cove and found Sue and Sasheen anchored, with Mark on his trimaran not far away.

We anchored and played around at stern tying, but my crew were not up to the task and the current shifted, too, so we just hung on the anchor.

The guys decided no drinking today after the excess yesterday and that suits me fine.

Mark had trouble with one of his outboards that drive his trimaran. He came by and asked my opinion.  I concluded after listening to his story that his issue was water in the gas.  He said that was impossible as he had run the gas through a Baja filter. After listening a long time, I said, shoot some WD-40 into the air intake and crank the engine. Apparently it then started.

(A day later he said he bought gas on the shore, not marine gas, and the penny dropped. Auto gas is cheaper but has ethanol and ethanol is deadly for outboards. Don't ask how I know. That lesson cost me mucho dinero y mucho tiempo.

Gunther made a stew for supper and we plan to watch Men in Black II tonight.

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The sun came out several hours ago and the day has turned beautiful.

Gunther went out in the dinghy to set the crab trap, then went to Sue's boat and visited until dark without returning to see if we wanted to go over or use the dinghy.

I'm finding he tends to think only of himself and that is getting on my nerves. I've had to tell him multiple times not to leave his things lying around the shared spaces and to stop taking pictures when he should be paying attention.

At seven-thirty I started the movie, Men in Black II.  Bruce had been up on the foredeck on his phone but came down to watch.  After dark, Gunther came back and watched the ending.

As I as going to bed, Gunther again wondered if I had relented about sleeping in the salon.  He would have liked to sleep in the salon again but what I said earlier stands.  I had given him a concession and he had abused that concession.  He had spread his things out and this morning I was finding it awkward to use the salon to sit or cook until he rose and was therefore stuck in my cabin.

That is it for that idea.

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Quote of the Day
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish
with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
Earl Nightingale

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Wednesday September 16th 2020

I tend to be up early and sometimes I get up for an hour or two during the night.  Right now at 3 AM, as I write this, I am sitting on the settee where Gunther would be sprawled out if I allowed it. This is much better.  It is nice to be able to sit up in the salon now after my clampdown on mission creep and messiness and it is free for use day and night.

I got up at five-thirty and had coffee and breakfast plus some time alone to plan, then slept a bit more.

I was up again at seven and the guys were ready to go around eight so we motored out of Melanie Cove and circled Stan and Frank where they were anchored in Prideaux Haven to chat, then motored out to Homfray Channel and north towards Toba Wilderness.

The sky was smokey and there was scarcely any breeze as we motored up the fjord. We got there at noon and were the first to arrive. We were greeted by the owner on the dock and he insisted on taking the lines and tying the boat in a novel fashion. I think I learned something.

We filled with water and went for walks up various trails through the forest. I walk by myself as we have different paces and I like silence, not chatter.

The docks at Toba Wildeness

Looking out from the trails

Our group held a potluck at six-thirty.  The crews of three boats all sat together, but Stan and Frank's crews kept their distance and sat at separate tables. At some point my crew and the others decided that, rather than go at eight to catch the first slack at Hole in the Wall and then anchor in Waiatt Bay as Stan had planned for us, instead we'd leave around two and catch the second slack. That way we can stay here at the dock taking full advantage of the $3/foot fee and Internet rather than be anchored out in a remote bay. These guys spend a lot of time on the phone.

Note to self: lay down the law about cameras and phones at the outset.  Once the voyage is underway, it is hard to go back and make rules.  Maintaining harmony on board is important an overlooking small annoyances is part of that.

After supper, we set up to watch The Traitor on my laptop in Magic Moment's cockpit.  Sue and Mark and Sasheen joined us.  About halfway through I got bored and went to bed.

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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Thursday September 17th 2020

I got up at six, had a shower and breakfast, then went back to bed until seven-thirty. Stan had been planning to leave at eight but was still here at nine so I guess he decided to stay and go with the majority.

After their breakfast my crew and I sat around a while in the salon figuring out the route and the passes. I did a little laundry in the sink, then I went for a walk along the shore.

We have to leave by two-thirty to get to Hole in the Wall for the high water slack, then it is a half-hour to Waiatt Bay.

Here are some really good articles that expose the folly of the lockdowns and the lies that continue to support them.  Seems the lockdowns accomplished little except wreck economies and trample of human rights, not to mention killing far, far more people than may have been saved.

COVID – why terminology really, really matters

Viral Issue Crucial Update Sept 8th: the Science, Logic and Data Explained!

We left after the others but passed them as we approached Hole in the Wall. They had arrived early and anchored in a bay nearby.  We motored on, pushing through an amazing amount of debris, including logs, that accumulated in the eddies.

Approaching Hole in the Wall

We were a little early and progress was steady but we encountered four knots against us and a few eddies and whirlpools as we left the west entrance but we continued on without issues.  We arrived at the west end of the bay and anchored. Gunther put out his clam trap again.

After supper the guys wanted to watch a movie and had borrowed three from Sue, so we tried two comedies which were dumber than stupid and the third was a Hobbit movie about wars and hierarchies and frankly to me were bordering on disgusting. The emphasis on war is why I disliked my Latin course in high school.

So I went to bed and they stayed up watching. 

I am realising that I don't have much in common with these two. Especially Gunther, who lacks situational awareness and becomes annoying in his self-centredness. Bruce is okay. Also, I am a morning person and they are night owls, so we are out of sync.  I'm up and have had breakfast two or three hours before they wake.

Quote of the Day
When one door closes, another opens;
but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door
that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

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Friday September 18th 2020

We waited for the noon slack at Hole in the Wall, then headed out for Refuge Cove as a last stop before returning to Westview early tomorrow. We were the last to leave but passed the group and separated from the flotilla after the narrows and motored south.

Separating from the fleet as we leave Hole in the Wall behind

The day was overcast and cool but with less smoke than previous days. Near Raza Island, we stopped for lunch then continued on.  I left Bruce at the helm and had a long nap so the trip seemed short.

We arrived at Refuge Cove and tied up only to find they had closed for the season. We had no power or water, but free mooring for the night.

Refuge Cove Home with Beehives

Westview North Harbour, home of Magic Moments

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Milton Friedman Was Wrong. Look at Income Inequality.
The economist’s doctrine has warped our understanding about the people an economy is supposed to serve.

Why It Feels Like You Can't Breathe Inside Your Face Mask — and What to Do About It

Study warns of pairing azithromycin with drugs that affect heart rhythm

Mostly Non-Peaceful? Princeton Study Finds BLM Responsible For 91% Of Riots Over Last 3 Months
“Forty-nine states, not counting Washington, D.C., experienced riots during that time period, the study found. California led the nation with 86 riots during that time, closely followed by Oregon with 79 riots during that time period

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Quote of the Day
Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer

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 Saturday September 19th 2020

I slept poorly until 3 AM when I finally took Benadryl due to allergy likely due to yeast in dregs in the homemade beer the boys had brought.

My phone woke me up at a quarter to eight.  It was Mom wondering if I was arriving tomorrow.  I explained once again my plan was for October 1st but Air Canada has screwed up my flights so we will see.

I had overslept.  My intention had been to rise early to get to Westview early to clean the boat and to meet the people who are considering buying the boat.

I had a quick coffee and breakfast and started the engine. That woke the others. They soon joined me up top.  We motored the three hours back to Westview and docked.

Bruce did a great job of cleaning and Gunther washed the dinghy which had become quite filthy from his crabbing.  They were done and gone by one and I called Wilf and Jill to come down.

Wilf and Jill came to the boat and I suggested we shove off and go for a ride.  I don't know what they expected.  They were hesitant but agreed.  I suggested they bring their things but they were reluctant.

We untied and I motored slowly out towards Harwood Island while we chatted.  It was too calm to sail but after a while I suggested they raise the sails and they did so they got a feel for things.  Then we lowered the sails and since we were well on our way to Lund by then, I suggested we go there for supper.

We motored to Lund with them taking turns at the helm all the way.  Jill docked the boat and we walked up to the restaurant. Supper took a while and by the time supper was over it was clear we would be lucky to get back to Westview by dark.

The restaurant at Lund where we ate

They paid and we returned to the boat.  Darkness fell when were about a mile out and entry to the harbour would have been difficult if I did not know it well. For some reason the dock lights were not lit so the approach was in almost total darkness but I was able to see well enough to dock nicely.

They had somehow thought I live in Powell River and that I would not be on the boat for the night.  They were worried about covid and somehow they seemed to think that after being together in the cockpit and restaurant since two this afternoon we had not been exposed to each other but after a while realised that sleeping on the boat would not add to the (imaginary) slight risk. (I don't understand the fear but I try to accommodate people's irrational worries).

So, they got their things from their car and slept aboard, but first we sat around, drank a bottle of wine and talked.  It seems they are not ready to buy yet, but there is hope.

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People are really freaked by this virus even though it is proving less threatening than several previous coronavirus epidemics this millennium. As is often the case, when people don't know, they speculate and speculation when repeated becomes 'fact', then the crowd demands action based on this flimsy evidence.

At first we did not know what it was and measures were justified but now we are falling back on fear and the precautionary principle rather than knowns. 

First the Calgary Stampede was cancelled, for the first time in history, now the Baja Haha is cancelled.  What is next and how long will we be expected to wear these muzzles?

To me the muzzles are an apt symbol of the current rage to stifle dissent. Muzzle everyone. Whatever happened to :"Live free or die"? These days the slogan is more like, "Take care of me and I'll do whatever you say".

"Live Free or Die" is the official motto of the U.S. state of New Hampshire, adopted by the state in 1945. It is possibly the best-known of all state mottos, partly because it conveys an assertive independence historically found in American political philosophy and partly because of its contrast to the milder sentiments found in other state mottos.

Meantime, Swedish folks live free and it seems their covid experience has been no worse than average in spite of having few restrictions on their liberty.

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With all the furor about Trump's transgressions, real or imagined, here is a long overdue expose on the Biden family: Riding the Dragon. Interesting to watch. Seems well researched.

For some reason (money?) the Democrats' corruption gets a free ride and the press spends its time ignoring or covering it up and digging and fabricating stories about Republicans, especially Trump.

The parties are both dirty but I'd say the Dems are worse by far lately. I say a pox on both their houses. The US needs a viable third party to clean house.  It has been tried but always failed.  Trump is interesting because he is an outsider with--IMO--nothing to gain or lose and an independent mind.

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Quote of the Day
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.
I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.
I see my life in terms of music.
Albert Einstein

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