Stardate 11480.3

Captain's Log: Stardate 11480.3
Last weekend, during the high tide, the Enterprise was hauled for the frigid New York winter that lies ahead. Many thanks to Captain Dave and my wife for their help in the haul, the winterizing, and dealing with the various a-hole personalities. There isn't a long list of work to be done over the winter, so I expect the Enterprise to be back next season with little to no delays.

So now, despite the planning of the 2015 C&C Rendezvous, I have to get into that non-boating mode again. And, to help with that effort, fresh from seeing that we were antiquing in Eastern Connecticut a few weeks before, my father sent us some free passes to the New York City Art & Antiques Fair.

So, the next thing I know, there's four of us (Ensign Ceaser, his wife Olga, Ellen and myself) in the car on our way to New York city to see some really old stuff.

And after we saw my father, we saw some antiques, too.

Now, unlike walking through rundown stores in Old Saybrook and Mystic, this was some serious stuff. There was furniture there for over $100,000. There was a painting for $600,000. A ring for $45,000. A second-edition copy of Casino Royale by Ian Fleming for $2,800.

There wasn't one seller there who I thought for a moment could fall prey to our "It looks rough - 50 bucks" method of shopping.

There were some highlights though, including some photography of the Beatles, a sculpture of a melting clock on a hanger that looks fresh out of Pink Floyd's weirdest collection and some incredible paintings of tall-masted ships sailing through high winds and rough seas. I even told Ceaser that if he put his ear up close to the painting, really close, he could hear someone yelling "Grind, Ceaser. Grind!"

After a few hours, we left and headed over to Central Park where the toilet-water hot dogs cost $1 to $2 more than downtown. As I pointed out to Ceaser, here, on Fifth Avenue, they use distilled toilet water. Certainly a class above the rest.

The park was a little cold and our feet were tired from all the walking, but Olga really really really wanted a photo of us, so she demonstrated her level of racism by finding an Asian man to take one:

All in all, a great time was had by all.

And finally, speaking of photos, a commendation goes out to Captain Dave Beaver for uncovering some photos from Stardate 10256.7, during the 2002 Around Long Island Regatta. And while I often tell the story about the 1998 voyage (the Apollo 13 year) where we had a series of break-downs that almost sank the Enterprise-A, the 2002 voyage (dubbed the 5% Around Long Island Regatta,) also on the Enterprise-A, is the second-most common tale, mostly due to the actions of long-ago crew person Ensign Elefteria "Lefty" Zagoreos.

And now, we have photographic proof that the tale is true!

You see, we warned Lefty, as well as other newbies, about the wave heights and the possibilities of sea sickness. So, Lefty did some research and boasted to us all that she was not going to get sick - not even in the least - because she had a supply of lavender mist. She went on to tell us how the lavender mist was going to work better than all the wristbands, ginger, dramamine, ear drops or any other remedy that existed on the planet. No worries. None at all.

So, she started out really happy to be on board:

And then... within an hour of the start... she started to get queasy....

and queasier....

And then there she goes... first one over the side....

And, of course, this was the point where we ALL reminded her about the lavender mist, to which she replied with....

And again, a half hour into it....

And then she was done... out for the count.

So, anyone up for the 2015 Around Long Island?

(if so, you better find a boat to do it on.)