Posts Tagged ‘sailing’

The Great Guthrie Shipwreck of 2012

May 29, 2012

Laskey, Tonya, Gabrielle & I took my sailboat out on Lake Guthrie yesterday for the craft’s maiden voyage. As a hat tip to the company present, the boat’s name (just for the day) was “The Beautiful Ton-Rielle.”

As you can see from this video, our first launch attempt was a smashing success:

As the boat was capsizing, I heard the bleak words of the Old Testament’s Job groaning bitterly in my head: As for man born of woman, his days are short and fiiiiiiiiilllled with trouble!

In the video you can hear Gabrielle’s deep concern about our maritime misfortunes. The good news is that, after this initial spill, we had an uninterrupted day of blissful, incident-free sailing and fun.

On the way home, to commemorate our adventures and to celebrate our success in having become rugged sailors, we got these tattoos:

Uh-oh, I don't think Firefox spellchecks these captions, and the spelling of Mississippi looks questionable...

“Gin & Tonic,” the yarest wayfaring damsels this side of the Mississippi

In a burst of creative splendor, Laskey fashioned a pipe out of a mushroom and a chopstick.

Sailor Jerry and Lil’ Skip

I didn't know we were smiling for this one.

Gloria, our server from the China Palace, was so impressed with Laskey’s pipe that she agreed to join us for a few pictures.

After dinner, the skies began contorting and darkening —like a yoga master in a tanning bed. The air was surcharged with ionic energy that we could feel tingling on our palms…. This picture renders just a fraction of the vanilla sky’s fey glory:

Vanilla Sky

When we got back to my place, we grabbed a guitar, climbed up onto the roof, and watched the electrical storm scorch the firmaments spectacularly. (I was too busy playing “I Love a Rainy Night” to take any pictures of that).

It was a gooooooooooooooooooood Memorial Day.

The Yarest Vessel this Side of the Mississippi

October 11, 2011

In response to requests to see pictures of my new (used) sailboat, I thought I would post a few here:



I still can't figure out why a SAILboat came with a key...


I thought I spied a lily-livered scurvy dog….But, turns out it was a lavender-kidneyed scoliosis cat.

As I was cleaning it up, I sipped moderately on some spiced rum called "Sailor Jerry". Since some people call me "Jerry" for short, the coincidence seems noteworthy.

Also, I need a name for it. Any suggestions?


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
–Mark Twain


Photos 1 and 2 by Danielle Lamberth. Photos 3 and 4 by Steve Hercus.