I forgot to mention that shortly after I got to Cathy's, she recommended and I signed up for the Northwest Outdoor Center's "Fundamentals of Kayaking" class. It's a four day class, two weekday evenings, one half Saturday, and a full day trip to Deception pass, and I think it will really get me up to snuff to do a bigger kayaking trip. Alternately, it could convince me that the whole kayaking thing is just my responding to the peer pressure of Cathy and her kayak. The price seemed pretty good (although I didn't notice the $50 equipment fee - I blame the mojito), and Worthy Opponent and I will both be taking it. August 6 was the first open session ... I can't wait!
Hmm, according to an editorial in the New York Times, I'm a "bright."