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2008 Captain's Log



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Date Log Entry
12/31/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $1653 for the month. Final 2008 Year-End Totals: Total Budget: $34,738.39. Total Expenses: :$26,858.52.

    Break down is as follows:

      Communications 429.96
      Fuel 641.34
      Gifts Given 55.84
      Insurance 5,131.00
      Living 3,379.43
      Maintenance/Supplies 198.58
      Marina-Dockage 3,273.39
      Miscellaneous 271.33
      Provisions 9,769.22
      Registration 177.57
      Repairs 865.86
      Tax 1,665.00

  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/15 days), generator (0 gallons), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/7 days).
  • Projects: Normal Maintenance
  • Events: Closed performance of The Amorous Ambassador 12/6 and did the set breakdown and cast party. Cheri and Michael continued learning song and dance for the musical Company. Started getting blocking for our Company scenes. Attended weekly practices for the Methodist church Christmas Cantata and performed it on Christmas Eve. Went with fellow Cantata performer and boat friend Peggy from Calcutta to Christmas Eve midnight mass at San Pablo's Catholic Church. Coordinated theater carolers and drove one of the Smorgasboat (water taxi) electric boats around the harbor and restaurants singing Christmas carols. We joined fellow thespians Justin and Craig for Christmas dinner. Attended a 50th birthday party for fellow Cactus Flower actor, Bob Newsome. Attended Christmas party hosted by thespian friend Fred on his boat. Cheri tapped her heart out at the annual theater Christmas show to Bing Crosby singing Winter Wonderland and Michael dressed as Santa. Michael was asked to do the video and DVD for the Christmas tap dance as well as the 2nd theater show, Steel Magnolias.
  • Weather: Weather has been in the 70s during day and low 60s at night. While thinking about the weather here, Cheri and I recalled that we arrived in Key West 1/6/07 and did bi-weekly scraping the hull in the water from January-May. We noticed at the time, that no one was in the water. The thought of going in the freezing water in these cold temperatures (mid 70s) now takes our breath away.
11/30/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $2062 for the month. High provision costs due to play schedule and Cheri renewed cooking hobby, dinghy engine repair, Cheri medical checkup.
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/15 days), generator (0 gallons), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/7 days).
  • Projects: Problems with dinghy engine, so had repairs and full annual maintenance done by Eric at Inflatable Boats.
  • Events: Started performances of The Amorous Ambassador. The writer of the Ambassador play resides in Florida so he came to Marathon and ran a Farce Comedy Workshop which Cheri and Michael attended. Cheri started working on the tap number for the Christmas show. Cheri started working on the costumes for the second show, Steel Magnolias. Michael and Cheri attended the read-through for the 3rd show, Company and started singing and dance practice. Cheri and Michael attended weekly Saturday choir practice for the Methodist Church Christmas Cantata. Riet and Arnie from the theater hosted a Thanksgiving feast for the cast of the Ambassador show. Per tradition, Christmas lights were put up the day after Thanksgiving. Now that the weather has cooled off, Cheri is enjoying cooking again and making snacks for the theater greenroom and at the new church program, Celebrate recovery. Cheriís monthly bookclub discussed Infidel.
  • Weather: Dodged Hurricane Paloma 11/6-9. As of 11/30/08, hurricane season is officially over - so a sign of relief.
10/31/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $1953 for the month. High eating out due to play schedule, Halloween party costs.
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/15 days), generator (0 gallons), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/7 days).
  • Projects: Normal maintenance
  • Events: Saw movie The Last Mistress at the Tropic in Key West with Tom and Jackie. Michael and Cheri performed in the One Weekend Only theater fundraiser. Michael was Musical Director and Keyboards, Cheri did a tap number and Proud Mary. Michael and Cheri did Mon-Thur theater practices for the first theater play, The Amorous Ambassador. Michael and Cheri started practe on Saturday's for the Christmas Cantata at the Marathon Methodist Church. Cheri and Kiel (theater friend) hosted a Halloween Party at the theater to celebrate Michael and Becky's (Kiel's SO) birthdays. Cheri attended health classes at the hospital every other Thursday and attended the monthly book club (Eat, Pray, Love). Cheri started tap practice for the theater Christmas show.
  • Weather: Had some activity in the tropics, but it broke up. Have been in a cold front for most of the month with lows in the 60s. Apparently we're now officially Floridians as we must wear long John's in this cold weather.
9/30/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $2,032 for the month. Paid Federal Taxes and high eating out due to play schedule.
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/15 days), generator (0 gallons), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/7 days).
  • Projects: Michael used Aluminum Marine Tex to fix some leaks in the new/old aluminum dinghy - may need more work. Michael redid the wind generator connectors so now they're quick connect for future weather prep take downs.
  • Events: Attended the annual Marathon Community auditions for the 2008-2009 season. Michael got the part of Harry the Ambassador in the first show The Amorous Ambassador as well as Harry in the 3rd show musical Company (and will be the Musical Director for the show). Cheri will do the sound for The Amorous Ambassador and got the part of Amy in Company. Continued OWO practices in preparation for the mid-October weekend fundraiser. While Believe was unattended during the storm, the refer ran out of propane - so all food spoiled. After 3 years of Cheri giving Michael haircuts - we had a clipper accident so Michael had to be shaved bald to "even things out". Please - NO ONE talk to Cheri while she's giving Michael a haircut. With the aluminum dinghy as our primary vehicle, we then setup our Boatex dinghy in sailing configuration and are sailing it around the harbor. Appeared in a Keys and Southern Florida commercial for a local company, Smorgesboat.
  • Weather: Duck and bob is the weather theme for the month. We dodged Hanna to the east 9/1 - 9/10, Gustav to the south 9/1 - 9/2 and Kyle to the east 9/24-27. Hanna didn't turn till the last day so we prepared Believe for a Class 3 hurricane - cleared all decks and took down the wind generator and stored both dinghies at the marina. Theater friend Kay was gracious enough to let us stay with her 9/6-9/10.
8/31/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $4,481 for the month. Paid Federal Taxes, annual towing/boat insurance ($1816)
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/15 days), generator (3 gallons), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/7 days).
  • Projects: Replaced the galley water filter.
  • Events: Saw movies Hancock, Mama Mia and The Mummy at the Marathon movie theater. Cheri and Michael directed their final class project of Queen of Bingo. Attended movement audition practice for Company. Went to Key West with Tom and Jackie and attended the annual Midsummer's Night party hosted by Joyce Stahl. Held auditions for the theater's annual fundraiser One Weekend Only show. Bought a second dinghy from Fred Hoehn on Curmudgeon for a second transportation choice and to set up our sailing dinghy for fun. Cheri fell down the aft steps and injured her tailbone. Michael volunteered and helped repair many leaks in fellow cruiser Captain Jack's boat Fantasy. Effective 8/26/08, we are no longer residents of Maryland, we officially moved to Florida.
  • Weather: Experienced Tropical Storm Fay 8/18. We prepared Believe, stored our dinghy at the marina storage area and stayed at theater friend's John and Kathryn's house 8/17-8/20. Marathon had 7 inches of rain and a high of 67 knot winds. Are watching tropical storm Hannah 8/30-31 currently east of Bahamas
7/31/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary: Finances: We spent $1,861 for the month. Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/15 days), generator (3 gallons), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/7 days). Projects: Regular maintenance. Events: Saw Sex In the City, Get Smart and The Dark Knight at the Marathon movie theater. Cheri and Michael directed Queen of Bingo practice and 2 shows at the Marathon Community Theater, the last 2 shows are 8/1-8/2/08. Produced and managed a medical informational video using Marathon theater actors for Total Care our friends and fellow Geminites. Michael attended the theater's next musical (Company) production meeting. Went to dance masters Theo and Janine's monthly dance party. Weather: Dodged Hurricane Bertha 7/7-7/9 and Hurricane Dolly 7/25. Continue to watch the African coast. Besides hurricane watching, we're in the summer's low wind time therefore higher generator activity if we use the computers much.
6/30/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $2,329 for the month. Food, meals out were high ($989). Cheri's trip to Vancouver and clothes. Payed state and federal taxes.
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/15 days), generator (0 gallon), dinghy (1 gallon/30 days) and water (1 tank/7 days).
  • Projects: Lubed drive leg and outboard. Checked engine, cleaned out raw water strainer. Checked and replaced sacrificial zinc in engine - it was down to a nub.
  • Projects: Cheri finished vacation in Vancouver, Wa. Attended the Marathon Community Theater's annual "Pampered Palm" event, the Marathon version of the Tony Awards. Had a great time and Michael won the Pampered Palm award for the individual who contributed the most for the season. Cheri and Michael started the theater's Director's class. The class consists of exercises and discussion and group directing the summer reading of Queen of Bingo, so we're back to 4 nights a week at the theater. The reading will show 7/25-7/26 and 8/1-8/2. As "research" the Queen of Bingo team went to the Moose Lodge for Bingo. Michael won the first regular game and therefore was the "King" of bingo for the night. Michael is also working on the orchestration for Company, the 2009 musical. Attended a fund raiser at Porky's for a local musician (Rocketman) whose house burned down. Started work on a medical education video for friends on Total Care, started enlisting theater friends to act. Apparently some of the mooring balls in Boot Key harbor are on state land versus city land. Believe was on 04, on state land (with a limit of 6 months) and a little beyond the limit so we moved to a unlimited city ball on K3. The engine worked just fine. On a Sunday after church we met Cactus Flower friend Justin (played Igor) at Tranquility Bay and had lunch, talked and played on a jet ski.
  • Weather: Had several cold weather fronts pass through with nice winds for the wind generator and temps down in the 70s at night.
5/31/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $1,440 for the month. Food, meals out were high ($665)..
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/17 days), generator (1 gallons/30 days), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/9 days).
  • Projects: Normal maintenance.
  • Projects: Cactus Flower completed its final show on 5/24 and ended with a great cast party. Michael was finally able to shave off 3 months of hair and goatee (necessary for the slimy look of his character, Harvey). Joined theater friends at Boondocks for Karaoke. Saw Ironman and Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull at the Marathon Movie theater. Michael became the Friday Net Controller for the daily Marathon Boater's Cruisers Net. Met with Katheryn, the director of the next Theater One Weekend Only show, to start planning the event. Helped friends on Total Care (a sister Gemini cat) install a new main sail and do a test sail. Had great conditions, winds 15-20, waves 2-3 and clocked speeds up to 7.1 knots. Cheri spent 2 weeks in Vancouver, Wa visiting her family.
  • Weather: Had several cold weather fronts pass through with nice winds for the wind generator and temps down in the 70s at night.
4/30/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $1,800 for the month. Food, meals out were high ($646). Paid our quarterly Federal/State Estimated Taxes.
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/17 days), generator (1 gallons/30 days), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/9 days).
  • Projects: Normal maintenance.
  • Events: Me and My Girl completed it's final show on 4/5. Michael substituted for the toga wearing ancestor on the final show. Our friends from Wingin It, Ted and Rhonda, surprised us on the day of the last show by showing up as crew on a friends boat and came to the show. Michael finished the DVD for the show and we went to the DVD viewing cast party at Trish's house. We helped tear down the Me and My Girl set and build the set for the next and final play, Cactus Flower. We practice 4 nights a week for the play which will be opening May 8th. Michael plays the part of "Harvey" and Cheri will run the sound board. We attended a Cactus Flower cast dinner at Suzanneís (the Assistant Director) house and a Cactus Flower Pool Party at Kayís (plays Stephanie). Cheri graduated to the advanced Marathon Theater Tap Class - the Tropical Tappers. We went to the Island Opera show called Anything Goes, the Music of Cole Porter. Saw 21, Jumper, 10,000 BC at the Marathon Movie Theater. Went to the Key West Waterfront Theater and saw the Ganesha Dance Company's Opening The Way show in Key West. Had John, Kathryn and Eric over for dinner and to discuss the October 2008 One Weekend Only show at the Marathon Theater. We bought a Conch Horn and now join the rest of the Boot Key Harbor boaters as they blow a salute to the sunset. Cheri went to BeadFest in Miami with friends Gail and Marianne from the theater. Joined theater friends John and Kathryn on their boat for a trip out to Sombrero Light for swimming and fun in the sun.
  • Weather: Had several cold weather fronts pass through with nice winds for the wind generator and temps down in the 60s at night. On April 29th, we saw a "Sea Dog" - a rare prism-like halo that encircles the sun.
3/31/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $1,673 for the month. Food, meals out were high ($745).
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/17 days), generator (2 gallons/30 days), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/9 days).
  • Projects: Normal maintenance.
  • Events: Cheri completed 13 of 16 Me and My Girl shows. Michael substituted for the constable for 5 shows while also doing practices for the 4th and final season play, Cactus Flower. Michael is working on the show DVD for Me and My Girl. Several theater friends went over the Trish's house for a wonderful Easter Dinner.
  • Weather: Had several cold weather fronts pass through nice winds for the wind generator and temps down in the 50s at night..
3/30/2008 Left Taverier, Fl at 8:00:00 AM Arrived Marathon at 6:55:00 PM 48 Miles
Helped Eric Rolfe bring his new boat Sardonyx from Taverier, Fl to Marathon harbor. Winds were forecasted at 10-15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon from the northeast. Winds were lighter than expected and from the east - so we had a following sea and not the best wind angle for sailing. Half way down we changed to motor sailing. The outboard engine wasn't deep enough in the water so had lots of cavitation and had to be watched. High tide was 4:30 PM so we were able to come up through Sister's Creek and enter the harbor.
2/29/2008 Left at Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $1883 for the month. Food, meals out were high ($736) . Bought a computer program for MIDI music creation and editing. Paid the annual APB mailbox and forwarding account fees.
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/17 days), generator (0 gallons/30 days), dinghy (0 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/9 days).
  • Projects: Normal maintenance.
  • Events: Saw Bucket List at the Marathon Movie theater. After the 2nd play finished, Michael helped build the set for the 3rd play, Me and My Girl. Cheri attends practices Monday-Thursday nights plus Saturdays. Besides being Dance Captain, Cheri plays Joan of Arc, the Pearly Queen of Lambeth and a guest at Hareford Hall and is dancing and/or singing in 8 numbers. Michael completed the music for all the production numbers, scene changes and finale and now is on making minor changes and tuning as the final practices are done. The play opens March 6th. Michael attended the 4th play's (Cactus Flower) first read through. Practices start 3/3. Michael plays the part of Harvey and Cheri will run the sound board. Cheri went to the audition for Over the River. This was a reading and was cancelled due to lack of cast members. Every Wednesday at the City Marina Michael attends the boaters Meet and Greet. Went over to Tom and Jackie's for the Superbowl. Went to The Bougainvillea Gallery opening where one of the Me and My Girl cast members, Craig, has some photographs on display. Went to the Miami Boat Show with Eric (another theater friend). Went to Sombrero Beach for a birthday party.
  • Weather: Had several cold weather fronts pass through nice winds for the wind generator and temps down in the 50s at night..
1/31/2008 Still In Marathon - Boot Key Harbour Mooring Ball
Mooring monthly summary:
  • Finances: We spent $1499 for the month. Food, meals out werenít bad ($585) considering many nights out after 4 nights a week play practice. Bought a new mattress for $271.00
  • Usage Data: Propane (1 tank/15 days), generator (2 gallons/30 days), dinghy (2 gallons/30 days) and water (1 tank/9 days).
  • Projects: After going through 5 airbed mattresses from K-Mart - we finally gave up and got a Memory Foam Mattressm from Walmart online. It is so comfortable we were able to remove the 2" foam topper we had on the air mattresses.
  • Events: Celebrated New Years day with a on land tradition, strawberry waffles - thank you Honda for the generator. Saw Charlie Wilsons War and I am Legend at the Marathon Movie theater. Saw the 2nd play of the Marathon Theater season, Smell of the Kill. Cheri attends practices Monday-Thursday nights plus Saturdays for the 3rd play of the season, Me and My Girl. Besides being Dance Captain, Cheri plays Joan of Arc, the Pearly Queen of Lambeth and a guest at Hareford Hall and is dancing and/or singing in 8 numbers. Michael completed the music for all the production numbers, scene changes and finale and now is on making minor changes and tuning as the numbers are used. Michael got the raw data files from Jorg, the director of California Suite and put together a DVD for the production. Every Wednesday at the City Marina Michael attends the boaters Meet and Greet. Fisherman's, the local hospital sponsored a Health Fair, which we both attended. $10 for blood tests, skin cancer screening, male and female tests and eye exams - not bad at all.
  • Weather: Had a cold weather front pass through 1/2-1/6 - record cold and gale force winds, otherwise temps in the 70s.
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