Sunday, May 18, 2008
Harbor Fest weekend
This weekend was great, with good weather and a lot to do. The District meeting on Saturday was filled with a lot of interesting Al-Anon business. Lots of good things being done to get the word out about the program.
After that meeting I went to Harbor Fest and participated in doing public rows for people attending. Two of the rowing teams' boats were there. It was fun to take kids out for their first row in a big boat and to show adults what team rowing is about.
There were neat aerobatic shows over the Harbor that amazed me. I've never wanted to fly a plane but am impressed by the aerobatic maneuvers that the pilots did--4 and 8 point aeleron rolls, hammerheads, tailslides, and other dangerous looking things that are likely to turn your stomach over and make you understand the force of gravity in a new way.
The tall ships were great and there were pirates on hand to thrill (and scare) the kids. I couldn't help but think of the irony of the sea shanty being sung, "What do you do with drunken sailor?". And what do you do?
1. Put him in the long boat till he's sober,
2. Keep him there and make 'im bale 'er.
3. Shave his belly with a rusty razor.
4. Put him in bed with the captain's daughter.
Thankfully no drunken sailors showed up for rowing. And nobody got his belly shaved. I'm taking a few more Ibuprofen and going to bed.