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May 14th, 2006 – by: bede17
This is just a quick update about yesterday and this morning because I probably won't be able to update again until at least wednesday, and I'm sure I'll have a ton to write about then because we're going sailing on tuesday!! We will be spending monday night on the boat at the yard and then heading out of the slip at 3am (yikes!) because that is when the tide is highest. We'll spend the entire day doing sea trials, first motoring and testing systems while underway and then hopefully getting some sails up if all goes well. That night we will spend on the boat in the anchorage and then depending on what happened on tuesday either go out again or bring the boat to the yard. This is all subject to change of course, but hopefully the next time I write will be with fun news.My day yesterday was mainly spent with the lead pieces. I spent all morning moving and arranging 600 small pieces onto three pallets. Each piece is about three pounds, so as Travis pointed out I had moved over a ton by the end of the day! After lunch I got the forklift guy to move the pallets next to the boat, which was nervewracking because of all the time I spent balancing all the little pieces, but he was like a surgeon with that thing and I was so impressed. I guess you get pretty good at it if you are a professional forklift driver, but still, I was impressed. The afternoon was spent carrying each piece of lead (plus the larger bars that I had painted the day before) onto the boat and lowering them down through the hatch into the cabin where Travis was arranging them underneath the floor.This took a while of course but when we were done we had transferred all 633 pieces into the boat and now have a slight list to starboard instead of port (because of the dinghy hanging off the starboard side). When the boat is complete she will sit evenly. I didn't do a whole lot last night, just a nice quiet evening and then some reading before bed. I slept pretty well so that was nice, and when I woke up this morning there was a huge thunderstorm raging outside. The apartment building had water everywhere, but luckily none in our rooms. I stayed in bed for a while and finished reading my book and then went out for tea. I had seen a tea cafe place a couple times passing by on Thong Lo and had always wanted to go.I was the only person there and ordered my pot of tea and indulged myself a little with a waffle and chocolate sauce. I sat there for over an hour drinking my tea (they kept refilling it, I must have had almost 3 pots!) and reading magazines. It was very peaceful. About halfway through a family came in and sat down with their tea and cake and I noticed that they were dressed identically. Mother, father, and two small boys all in purple polo shirts and white capri pants. I thought it a bit odd but maybe they had just come from an event or something. But then a camera crew showed up and I realized that they were having their family portrait taken. I watched them amusedly (is that a word?) for quite a while as they posed in different seats and different combinations of family members.The youngest boy couldn't have been more than three and wasn't quite as into this idea as perhaps they wanted. He was a cute little chubby guy and has perfected the art of the pout. He sat next to his brother with his arms crossed in front of him, taking the whole scene in very seriously, and it seemed that there was a bit of bribing with chocolate cake going on. I wish I could have taken some pictures without seeming too weird. They left after a little while and I finally decided to leave when I didn't think I could possibly drink any more tea. It was a great place though and I can't wait to go back some time and try another tea. It has cleared up a little and I am doing some things online before heading out to my favorite lunch place I think. I'm not feeling very adventurous today but maybe I'll go to Tesco and print out some more pictures, get a suitcase, who knows.... I like my relaxing sundays!
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