I am having too much fun in retirement. Today I was totally beat after fishing for much of the afternoon and then going to the Sail and Power Squadron dinner last night. It was an interesting and cordial bunch of folks. In fact, it was probably the friendliest group of people that I have been around in a long time. They were so interested in my boats and my career. The food at the dinner was great--Lowcountry Boil (aka Frogmore Stew) with local shrimp, Italian sausages, corn, and potatoes all cooked in a spicy mix. Delicious!
Of course, I had to get sworn in (actually raising my right hand) and pledge allegiance to the flag. I had not done that since grade school. I also couldn't help noticing that all the commanders of the group were men. And that they didn't recycle. The latter is something that I think bears a suggestion to change. I decided to join this group because they offer some great courses. On Monday, I start taking Piloting and later in the month I will take a course on Engine Maintenance. I will miss my home group meeting on Monday night but do need the courses with the new boat.
After getting home from the dinner last night, I stayed up until 1 AM reading the paper. That is probably a bad idea because I have to remind myself that I am powerless over people who think that their way is the only way (=Florida minister who thinks burning the Qu'ran is a good idea). I just hope that good sense will prevail. I may just be futilely optimistic.
Now it's time for some dinner. And then I'm turning in for the night. Too tired to do much else now!