We woke this morning to this strange orange glow in the eastern sky - we stared with wonder...could it really be the sun...we dared not hope! But then it continued to rise and our spirits rose with it.
The rain didn't impact everything this past week though - it was still Beer Week in Baltimore which was fun although we didn't partake as much as we would have if we weren't so studious (yeah right!!) and it didn't stop the schooner races that played out in the harbor! We had a great vantage point from Gypsies to see these magnificent ships as well as a flock of sailboat watcher wannabes. We had a fun afternoon watching these spectacular ships circle the harbor despite the rain and fog although we could have done without the frequent cannon blasts (or more importantly the boat kitties could have done without them!!!)
Our first responder first aid class has really been wonderful - we feel like we have learned so much!! It has actually been a little frightening to realize how little we knew all those months we were traveling far away from prompt medical care. But over the past two weeks we have learned not only CPR and how to use an AED which we have on board, but how to administer oxygen, insert breathing tubes, stop arterial bleeding, splint up all body parts, recognize and care for shock, cardiac and respiratory arrest as well as numerous illnesses we can't even pronounce and care for poisonings whether self inflicted (can you say big time hangover - we should charge for the O2 shots as a way to add to our cruising kitty) or not (no more fear of those nasty jellyfish, snakes or spiders- well maybe that's not quite true but at least we know what to do to ease the pain and swelling!!)
In the spirit of all work and no play making Tammy and Doug dull people, we connected with one of Doug's former bosses and his wife, Ray and Denise Maskell, who live here in Baltimore for a great night of fun and laughter. They came over to Gypsies for a few drinks before we all headed out into Fells Point for dinner at a great little place called Peter's Inn.
Yesterday after studying all day we decided we really needed a break so off we went to our favorite sports bar in town, Shuckers, where the bartenders really do know our names - funny how that seems to happen wherever we go!! While splitting a bucket of Coors Light (OK it's not the Kalik we usually get by the bucket down at the Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West but....), we had a wonderful time watching our Patriots demolish, crush, annihilate (you get the picture) the Tennessee Titans - let me put it this way, it was 45 -0 at halftime when we headed back to Gypsies - now that was a fun afternoon!!! But what made us feel even better than watching Tom Brady look much more like his old self (as if anything could - welcome back Tom!!!!) was seeing that it was snowing in Foxboro, MA where the game was played - as cool as it has been down here, we haven't seen snow yet!!! Soon we'll be headed in the right direction and that picture of white stuff on the ground just makes us want to head there even faster!!
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Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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