Captain’s Log: Stardate 10451.2
Happy Birthday, America! Once again, though far less organized by the club this time around, we spent Independence Day on board the Enterprise, starting off with an extremely pleasant sail to Hempstead Harbor, dinner while rafting up with USS Tolo and another spectacular fireworks display locally and around the Sound.

On board were Commanders Dave and Jory, who were both a tremendous help during the sail, the raft-up procedure and in the consumption of macaroni salad. Also on board, for his first time, was Crewman Scotty, who seemed to thoroughly enjoy inspecting the ship several times over, taking a nap, eating other people’s food and, finally, marking his territory on the port side of the ship.

In tow was Galileo, our shuttlecraft, which Dave took for a short cruise in the mooring field. It was clear that Dave’s skills on the water have improved over the years – but a bigger shuttlecraft may be in order for the future. Galileo seemed more tipsy than Ted Kennedy at a wine tasting party.

Lt. Patty decided to ditch the Enterprise and be transported aboard the USS Rubiyat for a short pleasure cruise to Little Captain’s Island. At one point she did ask Dave to pick her up in Galileo, but Dave decided against it, claiming that he didn’t want to attempt a dockside landing during the increasing breeze. We think it was because he didn’t want to hear “I got it!” and then see Galileo’s sail dropped during a key moment.

Many thanks go to Captain Norm, and the rest of the Tolosians on board the Tolo, for the use of their anchor and their meat lasagna. It was a pleasure meeting Captain Norm’s friends and his fiancé from New Orleans, whom Norm proudly exclaimed “You should see her suck the head of a crawfish!” It must be love.

Captain’s Log: Supplemental
Also during the holiday weekend, I went to see Spider-Man 2 and Michael Moore’s new documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Fahrenheit was troubling, sickening, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking and left you with nothing but contempt for the current executive branch of the United States government. It’s a film that makes you angry and drives you to get involved. It’s a film that opens your eyes to the use of fear and the real power of big business. It’s a film that makes you question your leaders’ priorities and goals. So, that being said…

See Spider-Man 2.