Thursday, July 11, 2019

San Diego: home improvements; earthquakes; Revolutionary War Airports

        The other day while my bicycle was being stolen, I bought new dish towels, pillow cases, and a new plastic measuring cup to eat out of.  Target as I have mentioned before has the best plastic measuring cups I have found.  They now come with red handles.
        I had already ordered new pillows.  Mine was still wet from the passage and exceedingly moldy.
        At Home Depot I continued my ongoing tool replacements, buying a selection of screw drivers and pliers.        
        Today I again sanded and oiled.  I will be through sanding tomorrow, though more coats of oil will be applied on subsequent days.
        Next it is on to cleaning and painting the inside of the hull and the overhead.  GANNET has no liner so these are exposed.
        Long ago someone advised me to use latex house paint because it ‘breathes’ and reduces mold.  However, in reading his site, I noted that Kent, who professionally repairs small boats and maintains a fleet of about twenty of his own, including my favorite canoe as seen above—note the lee boards—often writes about using Rustoleum.  I emailed him for more information and will use Rustoleum myself.  Kent suggested that latex paint instead of reducing mold, may increase it. 


        Several of you have asked if I felt the earthquakes.  I did not, but Carol and others around me did.
        Carol and I were in our hotel room when the first one occurred.  She immediately said that it was an earthquake.   I felt nothing.
       The bigger one occurred the next evening.  We were at a friend’s condo a few miles inland for dinner.  Again, all three of the others felt the quake.  Again I felt nothing.
        San Diego is about 250 miles/400 kilometers from the center of the quakes, so there was not much motion.  That I did not feel them may be due to my senses having been blunted by old age or it might be that I am so used to feeling motion on GANNET that I don’t notice it.  In fact being still seems unnatural to me. 


        You have probably seen this, but I can’t let it pass.
        I have long been on the record as believing that democracy has never worked except perhaps on the village level.   Somewhere in the journal is a post “Three Hypotheses”.  I can’t find it and am eager to go on deck for libation and music.
        For those unfamiliar with American history.  The Revolutionary War took place between 1775 and 1783.  The attack on Fort McHenry was in 1814.  And the Wright brothers first flight was in 1903.

          “The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown,” he said. “Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare, it had nothing but victory.”