Didn't Crash Into Anything This Afternoon, Either!

A beautiful day on the water was capped off with a ding-free docking. Finally! Thank God and the huge, bulbous orange fenders.

Learned a few helpful things along the way, too -- things people have been trying to tell me, and they're not rocket science, but they finally sunk in:

1. You can fend off the nasty, demon-possessed bow pulpit of the neighboring boat with your hand, so his spikey Danforth anchor, sticking outrageously far out from it, doesn't scrape you. You really can. He's all talk. His bark is worse than his bite.

2. The boat steers from the stern, where the engines are. All the weight's back there too. That means the bow swings free, and is the more likely end to go wild when you're trying to dock. So if you can secure the bow line quick, you're almost home.

3. Finally, slips nearer the shore enjoy much less current (friction from the shoreline slows it down), making docking way much easier. Way way much easier.

Other big news: I figured out how to use my radar. I have radar, can you believe it?! Of course, I don't know what any of the little black squigglies on the screen mean, but I figure I can practically drive the boat in the dark now. Especially with those huge fenders. Heh heh heh... ;\*)

Even more big news: or rather, a big confession. I went and bought it. Gave in and bought the Mother Of All Flashlights, the 6-D Cell behemoth I resisted for so long. But don't think too poorly of me. Ace Hardware sent me a 50% off coupon, good today only, AND a $5 off coupon because they missed me. So it was hardly like buying it. It was more like they gave it to me.

I'm still waiting for Cingular to figure out that they want to give me that phone.

If I can dock the boat and walk away smiling, anything is possible.

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