These are the voyages of the sailing vessel Pétillant. Her original eight-month mission: to sail from Baltimore to France via Florida and the Bahamas, to successfully navigate the shoals of the French douane, to boldly go where few Maine Coon cats have gone before was completed in 2008. Now she is berthed in Port Medoc and sails costal Spain, France, and the UK during the summer months.

Friday, January 25, 2008

End of week report

Well, only one more "work day" left this week to finish up a few projects, but we made great progress yesterday, so success looks possible.

Wednesday, we spent most of the day with Karen down in the South Florida Fair, watching the pig races, eating "fair food", looking at the way people used to live in FL, before all the developers identified all of the value in the land here and built houses and condos. Quite amusing, and a very nice diversion from the simple life on the boat. We also visited a very nice ice cream stand in Jupiter that Karen knew that served a very interesting mix of custard ice cream and gelato. Just the thing in the heat the last few days.

Yesterday, while jlm worked on the book, rxc finally bit the bullet and worked on the wireless access point. The boat is torn apart (again), while we figure out where to put the boxes, and the power supplies, and the wires (the damned wires). (new photos will go up on Flickr) It is not quite as bad as it could be, though, because we were able to find a pull-rope in one of the cable runs (left behind, conveniently, by Jeanneau), which enabled a relatively easy trip for the wire from the arch to the electical panel. The arch was a bit problematic, because rxc lost the pull rope for the hole he wanted to use, but then recovered because another rope was nearby. It only took about 30 minutes to deal with this. The cable made it all the way to the watermaker before we had to stop to wash up and get changed for the theater.

Last nite we walked to the Lyric Theater here in Stuart to see the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2 dance troupe. They are a small troupe (7) of young (18-25) people who are sort of an adjunct operation of the main Hubbard Street Dance organization. They tour and do workshops in schools, and did two show last nite here in Stuart before going on to Tampa(I think), and then back towards Chicago. The dancing was very nice, and the dancers came out after the performance and talked to the audience for about 30 minutes. Nice young people.

Dinner last nite was at the Basil Garden Thai restaurant in Stuart. The peanut sauces and the satay were a bit on the sweet side, but the chicken salad that jlm ordered had a great ginger sauce, and rxc's pork/eggplant/basil entree was also really good, especially with a bit of chile pepper sauce. The walk back to the boat was nice.

This AM, rxc should be able to finish installing the wireless AP, which should also enable the Vonage phone, which will be very useful to jlm for talking to her co-author and working on the book.

The kitties really like the weather that has blown in. Highs in the high 60s, lows in the low 50s, and nice winds. Great MC weather. We had a bit of excitement Tuesday nite when Dante came back from the 470 next door, and tried to jump thru the netting. He bounced off, and ended up hanging over the side on the aluminum toerail. jlm was on-board and heard this loud thump, which did not sound good. She went out to check, and there he was, hanging on for dear life. She lifted all 4 feet of him over the rail, and he just melted into her arms. No struggling, no claws, just happy to be rescued.

He has also turned out to be a little busy-body when the other cats go onto the pier. He follows them (Zabelle and Siren) down the pier, and never leaves their sight. We think he thinks he has to supervise them.

More to come after we get the AP working.

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