September 21st, 2003

Sea dragon

4 games in one week

The new Puerto Rico served its purposes admirably last night. I got to teach Jim Cash, skarrin and his Worthy Opponent how to play last night. Damned if Jim, who seemed to be struggling earlier in the game, didn't come up and all but bite me on the butt (final score: me 39, JC 36, WO 27, skarrin 20, SWO 34)! skarrin seemed like he would be a most formidable opponent, and I look forward to playing with him again. We didn't leave until 1:30, but I must have been having a good time because I got a backrub from leather daddy Richard, with whom I was dueting to "Money Makes the World Go Round" (and later serenading "Mein Herr" to as he continued to work the stress out of my back).

We're off to kayak in Olympia now (it's so sunny and nice), and when we get back it will be for our big dinner at Cassis. Yay!
Sea dragon

Boston Harbor rocks!

Kayaking today was about the best thing I can imagine doing. We had good luck and got there close to high tide, which means we had just a tiny little assist as we paddled away from the marina and pretty much slack water as we were coming back. On the way, we saw two harbor seals, a blue heron that soared over us like some giant flying dinosaur, little baby crabs, and ... coolest of all ... a bed of starfish 10 feet or so underwater, which we were just able to see as we kayaked over it because of the angle of the sun shining through the lovely emerald waters. Almost the whole way I felt like I was sitting on a sea of satin, and when we had paddled into the far reaches of (what I discovered to be) Gull Harbor I felt like we were in the middle of a jigsaw puzzle ... the pine trees leaning off of the gentle banks into the still salt water ... the almost strobing effect of the sun's reflection bouncing to the treetrunks and leaves ... it made the whole drive worth while, not that there was anything to complain about.

When we got out, the Boston Harbor community was having their annual potluck, and in keeping with my genetic heritage I felt pretty free to help myself to some food. They had seafood galore, which I ignored, but also 8 different kinds of peach cobbler, which caught by eye with their saucy twinkle. But I couldn't eat too much .. I had to leave room for Cassis. We did make it, but our experience there pales in comparison to our fabulous afternoon. What a great way to end the summer!