Captain’s Log: Stardate 10536.2
Last night, Commander Dave, Lt. Mitch and the new Ensign Ryan all attended the EBYRA Skipper’s Meeting and Crew Party, where there was a fairly nice turn-out and, if I don’t say so myself, a well-run and organized presentation. I think this was the first year where the usual curmudgeons didn’t have a zillion questions and where there wasn’t some clueless newbie asking about why we don’t race Time on Distance instead of Time on Time.

After the presentation, I joined Dave and Mitch at one of the tables where we didn’t discuss sail trim or crew positions, but rather the great musical contributions of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend and Led Zeppelin. We concluded that today’s music, when listened to for any length of time beyond, say, 40 seconds, will cause a brain tumor and blood to pour from one’s ears. This is why the official radio station for the Starship Enterprise is Q104.3 (New York’s Classic Rock Station.)

But, it was during this conversation when I came to a scary conclusion. Our grandparents subjected their children to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammie Davis, Jr.. Our fathers subjected us to The Temptations, The Supremes, Tom Jones as well as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It’s logical (right, Kurt?) to assume that in the very near future, parents will force their children to listen to Tiffany, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Bananarama and The New Kids on the Block. It’s also logical to assume that years after that, parents will force upon their children music by Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, Black Eye Peas and Eminem.

So, I figure in 20 to 30 years or so, the children will rise up, slay their parents, and rule the Earth.

Luckily, we have much sailing and racing to do in the meantime. And, while we probably will not be racing next Wednesday, all crew are asked to report to the Enterprise no later than 7:00pm next Wednesday night for a shake-down/tune-up cruise. This year is going to be fun!