Captain’s Log: Stardate 10290.7
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving (at least here it is. On the planet Canada, it’s just another Thursday) and I thought it would be a good time to list some of the things I’m thankful for over the past year.

I’m thankful for Marcy coming in to Commander Richard’s life. All the usual cons to get Richard to buy new gear are now useless. He’s sees them coming a mile away and has built up quite an immunity. At least now I have a new stepmother. “Marcy, Richard just seems soooo unhappy sailing slowly downwind with that old spinnaker we have. Any ideas on how to make him smile again?”

I’m thankful that Commander Dave is most likely already looking in Lamaz classes that don’t run on Wednesday Nights. If you need help, Dave, let me know.

I’m thankful for Lt. Commander Jory’s commitment to racing on the Enterprise despite the loss of his car and other challenges. His spirit is truly inspirational.

I’m thankful that Lt. Deb is marrying Captain Jeff Ohstrom of the USS Frolic. As you know, Deb wants a big ceremony, reception and party. So big that it looks like Frolic won’t be getting new sails until the 24th Century. Heck, even bottom paint may be a stretch.

I’m thankful for Lt. Laura’s new Romulan boyfriend. We were running out of jokes about J.G.

I’m thankful that Lt. Mitch is staying on board the Enterprise after his transfer from the USS Eagle. Word has it that he’s eligible for medical and life insurance again.

I’m thankful that Lt. Kurt is still a close friend after, wow, twenty-four years. Kurt should also be looking into parenting classes that don’t run on Wednesday nights.

I’m thankful that Ensign Brad sent me an email stating “Don’t count me out just yet.” Could Brad be making a triumphant return to the ship? Does he even remember where City Island is? I hope so.

I’m thankful that Ensign Patty has finally hooked up with MarTune of the USS Frolic. If they can survive this log, they can survive anything. Also, we’ll be depending on Patty to use her feminine ways to cause a sudden change of loyalty on board the Frolic during critical moments of waterfighting.

I’m thankful to Ensign Lefty for throwing up everything except my cooking during the 5% Around Long Island race.

I’m thankful to Captain Ernie Bivona of the USS Eagle for repeatedly making Richard’s run-in with Big Tom two years ago seem like no big deal as well as the addition of “Bivona’d” to our common language. “What’s the cast for?” “My leg got Bivona’d.”

Finally, I’m thankful for all of my dear friends both on and off the Enterprise. Sailing and racing have been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember, but it is their friendship that causes me to retain my interest in the sport. It wouldn’t be as much fun without them.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10288.7
Last weekend, Ensign Patty piloted the Enterprise alone in the 2nd Annual Boatless Regatta. As the name of the race suggests, the ship wasn’t actually there, which turned out to be a good thing as she officially “sunk” not long into the regatta. Perhaps a sign of what would happen if Ensign Patty was alone on the ship.

The rest of the crew appeared to be going about their normal off-season routine. The most notable of absences was Lt. Laura who was involved in an undercover mission involving a known Romulan (as Jory pointed out, these Romulans move fast – however I believe it was the other way around and poor Ronnie never knew what hit him.) It’s beginning to look like Laura’s days in Star Fleet are numbered.

The USS Eagle won the race (as I said, it was a boatless regatta) and the highlight of the day was Scott, who was able to get five women, including Ensign Patty, onto his little dinghy. (You can insert your own joke here. There’s just way too many to choose from.)

Elsewhere in the sector, our very own Lt. Kurt has proved once again that there’s more to him than meets the eye – he and his wife are expecting a second life form. Unfortunately, but expected for quite a while, Kurt’s employment is now in question. If you happen to know of someone looking for an experienced ace programmer who can go through more lines of code than Neo hacking The Matrix, please let me know (I’m referring to the character. I don’t think Keanu Reeves could hack his way out of a paper bag with a machete.)

Hopefully, the crew, or at least most of them, will band together next month for our awards dinner and an advanced preview screening of the final Next Generation film Star Trek: Nemesis for which I’m trying to secure tickets for.

Captain’s Log: Stardate 10284.9
I’m happy to report that our very own Commander Dave boldly went to where he’s gone several times before and has announced that he and his wife are expecting another addition to the family. I’ll assume this involved the deployment of a photon torpedo without the use of shields.

The new cadet is expected on Earth in about six months and Dave’s wife is already looking into warehousing Lavender Mist to combat the morning sickness (I wonder if Lefty can get her a discount.)

Dave has already expressed concern about maintaining his perfect attendance record for next season, so training will begin early for Jory and Patty on foredeck. I’m sure, or at least I hope, Dave will be more active than not.

With Deb’s transfer to Frolic, Brad’s disappearance, Laura’s probable departure to planet Canada and Richard being more whipped than LeVar Burton stating he’s Kunta Kinte, I’m concerned with participation. It’s time to open all hailing frequencies and look for some new crewpeople.

In the meantime, I’m already in negotiations to purchase a new headsail for the Enterprise.

Captain's Log: Stardate 10284.4
With the server upgrade at Star Fleet Command complete on Saturday, I was looking forward to attending the "pot luck" dinner at Lt. Laura's quarters and finally meeting Ronnie the Romulan. Unfortunately, I instead spent the remainder of the weekend in bed with a bad case of Denebian Flu, where I remained miserable and coughed up phlegmballs the size of shuttlecraft. It was so bad that not even a DVD Star Trek movie marathon could boost my spirits. Still not well, I dragged myself into work but I am not planning on staying long. This must have been something I picked up while on my recent away mission to the planet Virginia.

Thankfully, Jory did attend the festivities and has made the following report:
Officer's Log: Stardate 10284.1 -- Lt. Commander Jory Stark Reporting
The center of attraction was of course the much-heralded "Ronnie the Romulan." Not being an expert on the Romulan species, I can't report whether Ron was a typical one or not. However, he does seem like a very nice person, and there is obviously a great deal of affection between him and our Lieutenant. The suggestion was made that given Ron's muscular stature, it would make more sense for him to move down here and add some sorely needed muscle to the crew of the Enterprise, but since Ron is a Romulan and not a Vulcan, logic is not the guiding force is this issue, and it doesn't seem like this will happen.

I have to make note that once again, the Captain of the Enterprise did not attend a party of Laura's. While it is certainly understood that a captain's responsibilities are many and the demands on his time great, the presence of the Captain of the U.S.S. Frolic served to lay doubts to any explanations our Captain might make.

Perhaps because of the two captains' respective examples, the crew of the U.S.S. Frolic had a much higher representation than the Enterprise crew did. Besides their indomitable Captain, the Frolic attendees included, his fiancee, Lt. (Ret.) Debra, and crewmembers Martin, Danielle, and Diane. I thought the Enterprise could boast of at least two attendees besides myself, the Ensigns Patty and Lefty, but Laura corrected that impression by telling me that they had to come, they were her friends, thereby implying that the rest of the
crew were not. Thanks, Babe. We'll miss you.

Despite the lack of Enterprise crew, we still managed to have a very good time. The food was great, the booze plentiful, and the company fantastic. While I'm sure that everyone has their own moments to remember, I want to mention Patty's flexibility demonstration, as she showed that she has not lost her ability to put her foot in her mouth. She commented to Aran that he was Lefty's other boyfriend, making the rest of us wonder what Lefty has not been telling us. Was this the real reason she was recently in California?

While it is only fair to wonder whether Laura will invite the crew to her next party, I can only hope that she is forgiving, and that more of the crew will show up next time - even if we're not her friends.