Commodore's Corner - January 2009
And in the corner I will stay. This here is my state of the
club address. The state of the club is good. The Commodores that
preceded me did a great job, which will make mine that much easier.
They kept us out of disputes with other clubs, kept our finances
responsibly which means we are NOT eligible for a federal bailout,
dang it, and ensured that the worse forms of torture were hangovers
from self imposed truth serum the night before. I know I ran on
a platform of change, and that is what you’ll get. For this year,
the Commodore will be known as Bob Graves and NOT Lee Chapin,
who is now our Past Commodore. If that isn’t change enough for
you, well, the Vice Commodore is someone different as well, Donna
McMahon, so there. I do wish to thank Wright Finney, our Purser,
Ann Getman, our Scribe, and Bill Olson, Board Member, for staying
over from the past administration. Talk about reaching across
the aisle. Welcome to the new Board members who are certainly
not strangers to the club or serving on the board, Tina Mazanek,
Rick Knerr, and Andy Reich. As an FYI on those who keep calendars,
the club meetings will still be on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
at Beef O Brady’s with the EXCEPTION of February, when I hope
to hold it on the 3rd Tuesday due to the Keys trip on the second
week. I have not confirmed with Beef’s yet on that day, though,
so pen it in pensively.
The celebration for the rest of us
It was one of those days where it was getting cold and the weather
outside was damp. You just kind of wanted to stay inside and not
go anywhere, but it was time to celebrate Festivus. Once you got
to the beach for the celebration, grabbed a drink, got some food,
stood by the fire, and best of all, talked junk with the others
that were there, you were certainly glad you came. This past Sunday
was my first Festivus celebration, and a wondrous time it was.
Not just one, but several Festivus miracles occurred, grievances
were aired, and feats of strength were demonstrated. I could describe
them, but the wonder and joy of seeing them occur could never
be put on paper, especially by a hack such as myself. Ya need
to be there next year to experience it.
The eight foot tall aluminum Festivus pole at Shell Point attracted
nearly every woman/girl there, most of them making the climb to
the top. Men shied away from the pole, content in watching the
feats of strength performed by the women, drinking, and speaking
Though the weather was on the chilly side, everyone dressed accordingly,
and Dave brought LOTS of wood. The man was magical with that fire,
having it providing warmth in a matter of 15 minutes. Watching
him handle his axe was amazing, his deftness in holding it, hitting
the right spot, time after time. Oh my.
Food was brought by everyone. Wonderful chocolate cake, great
sausage meatballs, hot soup, chicken wings, fried chicken, Andrew
grilling sausage dogs, lots of finger food, and more items than
I can recount. I know I tried darn near all of it. Once again,
Martini’s were beautifully prepared by Martini Master Morris
and joyfully drunk. Na Zdrowie! Za tee-bya, Kanpai! Festoons!
For the hearing impaired, such as myself, the toast is pronounced
Nas-tro-ve-ya, Zai-beece, Kan-pie, Fay-us-tewns (thanks to Wright
for the correct spelling and colloquial pronunciations).
Though Festivus was slated to go from 4-6, it didn’t break
up until 8pm. With the winds settling around 6, the fire burning
hot, the refreshments warming the insides, there was no reason
to leave. I know I’ll be there next year. Pictures of pole
climbing, fire jumping, wood chopping, martini drinking, and all
around good times and be seen at the 2008
Festivus Photo Gallery.
SPSC 2008 Holiday Party
As the Vice Commodore responsible for putting the holiday gala
together, all I can say is that the Shell Point Sailboard club
is the most helpful and fun group of people to be around. In planning
this, one of the past officers told me the setting doesn’t
really matter because it’s the people that make the party,
and they certainly did.
I have to give a special thanks to my sweetie, Sandy, for taking
charge of getting decorations together for the event and for buying
the beer and soda. Ann and Sandy were there early to begin setup
soon followed by Andy Reich. Linda came by to drop off some propane
tanks so we could get the much needed heat generation begun. While
I setup the music and lights, the three of them were busy getting
everything to look as nice as it did.
The food was in abundance. Blintzes, smoked turkey, ham, pies,
FOOD galore!!! What better to wash food down with then a great
drink made by the two best bartenders in town, Susan and Sharon!
We had to be careful when bending over because Susan was dishing
out ‘spankings’ with a ladle she carried with her.
After eating, the cocktail of choice was the delectable taste
of a Martini made by Martini Master Perry Morris!! Shaken, not
the weather was chilly, the dancing inside was HOT!!!! The Red
Elvis’ Belly dance spectacular, with Dave and Jack in the
center ring, had both the girls and boys swooning.
Since we were supposed to be out of the 621 by 1am, we stopped
the music at 12:30 and all I can say is WOW! The number of people
that chipped in to break down and get stuff put away was amazing.
Most places you go, people are gone before cleanup. Not with this
club. Everyone chipped in and we were done by 1:20. My thanks
to all of you who helped with the cleanup.
Thanks also to 621 for allowing us to come in a bit early and
for helping us put stuff away at the end. The party was great
and we missed those who did/could not make it this year. My only
wish for this party was that it could have gone longer. See you
Pictures for the event can be seen at Sandy's
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