With Gimme Shelter safely berthed at Marina Del Sol, it was time to let go of all the anxiety that had been incurred over the past couple weeks of discussing this purchase, surveying, getting loans, finding insurance, etc. This is Mary's boat, so she was taking care of most of that stuff, but not being in control of any of it was stressing me out. This boat was my first major purchase, and the first time I've ever taken out a loan. At first the thought of spending this much money really made me sick to my stomach, but as the day got closer and closer all I wanted to do was get it over with and start enjoying my new boat.
Everyone in the marina got a tour Friday night. Then Saturday I went jogging (just had to brag a little, didn't you?) and had a late breakfast with the crew of the Tina Marie while Mary disappeared to Wal-Mart for two hours. I got super lost. The Walmart in Kemah is off the google maps.
We went back into Houston for lunch with my parents who were visiting, and then it was back to the marina just in time to start the boat warming party.
Hamburgers were grilled.
Guitars were played.
Rum was drank.
It doesn't always turn out nice when your friend bubbles collide, but in this case everything went well. My friends are mostly French speaking, and our friends on the dock happen to be French Canadian, so the conversation flowed nicely. It was nice that my friends got to hear Freddies singing/guitar playing for the first time.
I showed my friends the "little" boat and they were impressed.
I went to bed around midnight, but I'm sure the neighbors hated us because I heard our overnight guests still stirring at 4:30 a.m. Not everyone goes to bed at 11 on Saturday nights!
Sunday arrived with a ringing in my ears and a pounding in my head. Mary tried to sneak through the salon to make coffee, but with two people on the fold-out and two people in the aft berth, there was no way to be sneaky enough without waking them all. (I knew we should have held out for a center cockpit with an aft cabin!) You lose the large cabin in a center cockpit, and besides how often do we have three couples on our boat? Once so far.
I went to work making pancakes, eggs, and bacon for both our crew and the crew of the Tina Marie. Then Mary served breakfast using her new nautical themed plates from West Marine on the Edson table in the cockpit. I think everyone was quite impressed. There's nothing like waking up to a sunrise behind palm trees. You sort of forget how magical it is when you're there every weekend. It's nice to have fresh eyes look at your life to get some perspective.