Day 119 – St Pauli Girl

Miles cruised 0, fuel purchased $0, slip fee $133, daily high temperature 66*f, low temperature 59*f

John and Priscilla are on the road again. We will fly to Chicago on Wednesday to visit our granddaughter Eleanor. We will be at the Lantern in Lake Forest at 7:00 pm on Thursday night so please join us.

Eleanor cannot wait to see her sea gypsy grandparents.


After visiting Chicago Priscilla and I will fly to Ft Meyers and help our friend Tom Hauert buy a Sea Ray Sundancer 280. Then we will cruise a President 47′ fast trawler across the full width of Florida on the Okeechobee Canal to Riviera Beach for TrawlerFest. Dale will once again take on the blog writing responsibilities for the next 10 days.


Our Key West racers Tod and Heidi invited us to meet them for dinner on Tuesday night at the Conch Republic in Key West after the racing. The Stock Island Marina runs a van to Key West every three hours so we will take the marina van to Key West.

On Tuesday the races were cancelled due to high winds. The sailing instructions designate that three races constitute a regatta so theoretically if no more races are sailed the Quantum Key West Race Week Regatta is complete. Fortunately the rest of the week the winds look to be acceptable.

We met Tod and Heidi Patton at the Conch Republic and had a delightful evening. I asked Heidi how she selected Blondie as the name for her boat. She said the rock group Blondie plays fun music that makes everyone happy. The Best of Blondie – Call Me!

Blondie 2 is a pearlescent white.


Here is a photo of the Blondie 2 during KW race week.


Here is a photo of the band Blondie


The van ride back to the marina was a “happening”. The van driver (female) wears a short skirt and five inch heels. She is a live-aboard on Coconut row. We had a third world wind surfer and a couple that jumped ship off a 130′ tall ship when it stopped in Key West before the ship cruised to the Bahamas. The couple wanted to stop at Publix to get some snacks and a Red Box video. I went into Publix and bought a 12 pack of St Pauli Girl beer. It must have something to do with our planned cruise to the Bahamas. My first sailboat cruise in the Bahamas was during Thanksgiving week in 1974. We flew to the Abacos in a friend’s private plane. The first beer we had in the Bahamas was a St Pauli Girl. I guess you never forget your first girl. I shared the beer with the passengers in the van while playing my most recent ukulele song on my iPhone – “Wagon Wheel”.


Bonus photo


Carl ( Chef ) Wooden – quote of the day.

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.”
Jeanne Moos


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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , Moos originally wanted to pursue a career in print journalism, but while attending Syracuse University (where she earned a bachelor’s degree in TV-Radio), she decided to go into the television business instead. In 1976, she landed her first major job in television at WPTZ in Plattsburgh, New York, as the station’s first female correspondent. During her tenure at WPTZ, she covered local and national stories, including the 1980 winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York.

In 1981, she joined CNN as a reporter. It was there that she covered stories ranging Sent from my iPad

In the 1990s, Moos began to report on unusual and off-beat soft news stories, which is her current trademark. In 1995, she began a series of reports called “Making The MOOSt Of It.” Today Moos continues to file reports for CNN in a segment called “Moost Unusual,” seen during The Situation Room and during Showbiz Tonight on CNN Headline News. These stories tend to focus on subjects related to popular culture and make use of man-on-the-street style interviews, shots of tabloid magazine headlines, and clips garnered from videos on YouTube. They also frequently take viewers behind the scenes, showing Moos placing phone calls from her office or cracking jokes with other employees in CNN’s Manhattan studios

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