Sailing was pretty uneventful. You might be saying, well when you go sailing you want it to be uneventful! I heard on the Coast Guard radio that some guy was missing at sea. Evenful bad. But it was supposed to rain a hour or two into our boat time, so we decided to wait around for the storm to pass. That was one slooow storm front because it took over three hours for it to pass. When it started raining, we went to the local restaurant for some snacks and drinks. Then when we were finally ready to set sail, we couldn't get the motor started and we just decided to bag it. So basically it was a day of drinking beer and chatting with friends on the boat, but the boat never left the dock. Anyway, the wives were hanging out at our house so we all drove over and had dinner together (see below).
I can see myself going sailing from time to time. It was pretty interesting seeing a sailboat up close. It looks really complicated because of all the lines running all over the place, but once you figure out what all the lines do it makes sense. And as predicted, I was not able to dodge the "Skipper" reference. The friend who was taking us sailing is a wiry guy. Anyway, he wasn't familiar with this particular boat, so he couldn't find the line that went to the top of the sail. But I found it (even tho I had never been on a sailboat before). So a friend says "[DFly] should be the Skipper and you should be Gilligan." FUUUUUU!
I'm generally pretty curious so I got asking them how much a boat like that costs (it was a 37' boat). I was really surprised when he said $200-500K, depending on all the extras. And it's apparently another 10-15% a year on maintenance, docking and storage fees. Hmmm... just renting a boat for a few hundred bucks is sounding better and better all the time. But the comparison that was made was that of a summer home. I suppose if you love the sea, your boat basically becomes a vacation house. So in that way, I suppose it's somewhat comparable. I could see myself on a boat, and I think it's a great experience for the kids. Unfortunately, Mrs. Fly gets super motion sick, so a boat is not in the Flys' future. Not that I have 300K to blow on something frivolous anyway... just sayin'.
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
Mrs. Fly made her meatloaf for the ladies, but when we (the men) showed up, there wasn't enough food so I went to pick up some KFC. You all know how I feel about meatloaf (the ugly stepchild of the beef family) and KFC (the greatest fast food creation of the 20th century). I hadn't had KFC in a while, but this the nastiest KFC I've ever had. Usually when you get a fresh batch, there's so much juice oozing out all over the place that you almost need to wear a bib, but this one tasted like it's been sitting around for a few days. Anyway, Maria (from Maria and Luigi) brought the mac & cheese and someone else brought the fruit salad and zero fat brownies (later post). Mrs. Fly made a salad and her broccoli casserole. The food was strangely meh yesterday. Thank god we had plenty of wine. :-)