Idiots, Mavericks, Pelicans and Randolph Hearst

Idiots, Mavericks, Pelicans and Randolph Hearst

What rhymes with tanker?  Someone needs to go back to commercial vessel driving school. As we passed underneath the Bay Bridge, a cargo ship, whose AIS vector showed that he was passing to our stern, decided he wasn’t going to pass behind us anymore. He changed...
A month in Alameda

A month in Alameda

What do you do with a month in Alameda? Install Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries, that’s what. It took a long time to plan, but they are in, and the old lead-acid batteries are out. The previous Trojan batteries may have a good reputation, but we never liked...
Michael Fish was our weatherman

Michael Fish was our weatherman

It could have been worse “There is no hurricane coming, but it will be very windy in Spain.” I think Michael Fish, the weatherman, said on television before the October 1987 storm.  The forecast models predicted maximum wind speeds of 22 knots approaching...
Here we go again

Here we go again

Escape to America Although we enjoyed spending time with our new grandson, older grandsons, daughters, and even older family and friends (although we would have liked to have seen more – but Covid, you know), and we appreciated seeing places we hadn’t...
Well, the tan’s gone

Well, the tan’s gone

Doing time Despite 24 days quarantine spent in hotel rooms, the last three months has gone quicker than a line of coke up John Belushi’s nostrils. Maria and I are at the tail end of another isolation period, this time in a Basingstoke hotel where we, too, are...