Acts of Parliament (by tom)


February 29, 2012

The long awaited shaft finally arrived. All told it took 18 days to make it's way from Tampa Bay, Florida to Georgetown, Exuma, Bahamas. In 18 days I could have swum the damned thing here.

Seriously, the import/export mechanism is so screwed up in the country that I suspect it's easier for a 16 year old kid to move a metric ton of cocaine on and off the island than it is to have replacement parts flown in from the U.S.. Should it really take an act of Parliament to release a package from the local customs office? I think not.

Of course, I haven't even mentioned that my 140 dollar part ended up costing 250 by the time I finally got my hands on it thanks to the postage, handling, taxes, stamps and out right bribes that had to be paid.

Oh well, I guess that's the price of being here, but in a country that gets 95 percent of it's GDP from tourism, it certainly doesn't foster any warm and fuzzy feelings for those of us who are actually paying the bills.

Ok, sorry; enough bitching, on with the show.

With the arrival of our part, I was able to repair the wind generator and as of this morning, we are back to generating all of our own power without having to resort to running the Honda generator. Yay!

<Shitty German accent> "Now is the time on Sprokets when we dance!" See dancing weasels below....

In other news, a series of cold fronts have been moving through the area over the last 2 weeks and for 7 of the last 10 days I have been awoken at 2 am to tiny rain drops falling on my head. Shitty death! Hmmm.

For whatever reason, the rain lasts just long enough for me to get out bed, step on and then be bitten by at least 1 weasel sleeping at the foot of our bed, and then run outside and close all of the open hatches.

Once I get the last hatch pushed down, the rain stops, I am wet, and the ferrets are awake and hungry. I'd swear that this is some sort of trick by those goat raping bastards at NOAA, but for an agency that cannot actual predict the weather, I am quite sure there is no feasible way they could ever control the weather and so I am somewhat at a loss to explain this phenomenon.

Life in G'Town continues although volleyball has come to a screeching halt as all of my 2 on 2 buddies have left the harbour to hide from the monstrosity that is Regretta. I started going into volleyball withdrawal, so Amy is allowing me an extra hour a day of computer time to play my AVP King of the Beach volleyball video game. Sweet.

I'm not sure when we will be getting out of here. Amy is in the middle of a big project ghost writing an opinion editorial for a current politician and I am eyeballs deep in some sail repair for a couple of boats that got beat up in the recent high winds.

If we're here during the start of Regretta, we're going to crew for St. Francis George on his 50 foot catamaran in the two racing events they have here, but it's not certain where we'll be, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Ok, that wraps it up. Remember, be safe, it's dumb out there ....

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March 3. 2012 03:33

Beavis

Hope the crumbs in my pocket can keep me for another night.

I love Midnight Oil. Love em. Rock on big daddy bozo!

Beavis

March 3. 2012 03:46

MondoBud

Dude, I used to get so high watching "Sprokets" on Saturday Night Live.

I always thought they would have been way cooler with an eco-friendly, Bob Marley sized, super hairy, mega-spliff sparked up and hanging out of their mouth.

Wanna get high?

MondoBud

March 3. 2012 03:50

Jasmine

"Who's gonna save me?"

Jasmine

March 3. 2012 03:54

miloWeasel

Wow, 2 Midnight Oil fans left in the universe and they all read our blog. Who'd of figured that one.....

MondoBud, I'm impressed that you can string together a sentence with not only more than 5 words, but also use multiple commas in the afore-mentioned statement. Are you sure you're really smoking that much weed?

regards,

miloWeasel

March 3. 2012 03:55

mondoBud

Hater!

Wanna get high?

mondoBud

March 3. 2012 04:02

Theila

I am a long time follower and really enjoy the updates, but I have to ask is Amy still alive or have you cut her up and fed her to the tribe? How come we never see or hear from her? Inquiring minds want to know.

Keep up the good work. We're always waiting to read!

God Bless, Theila

Theila

March 3. 2012 18:25

OldSarg

One of your most poetic lines:

"but for an agency that cannot actual predict the weather, I am quite sure there is no feasible way they could ever control the weather and so I am somewhat at a loss to explain this phenomenon."

OldSarg

March 4. 2012 18:10

your sister-the old one

...my brother, the poet?....In some circles, I suppose...although i think his jaded-slightly-askew-sense-of-humor-and-opinions-on-right-and-wrong, probably negate his chances for any world-renown prizes....brother mine...it all comes down to.....money....you of all people should know that.....and if money isn't enough....there's always magic.......

...BTW...It was great to hear from you both...I can assure your reader/fan Thelia, My sister-in-law, Amy is alive and well....well enough to holler at Tom, which I know he deserved and was probably long over due, when we spoke with them last night...behave Tommy or we may find you on the shores of Florida....with no paddles and no boat.....

your sister-the old one

March 4. 2012 20:02

George Clinton

My favorite Parliament song is Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop!

George Clinton

March 5. 2012 04:14

tbastian

Three Fans...just saying!

tbastian

March 5. 2012 04:22

tbastian

I'd like to add that I love reading your blog, it's very entertaining, informative and sometimes down right hilarious. Having said that, I would also give a vote towards hearing from your better half from time to time. I starting reading your blog long after she stopped blogging with any regularity. I have read the archive and know that she's quite the writer herself. so poke her a little and maybe she'll peak her head out and give us some insight into what it's like being on a little boat with you!

of course you are right...it is dumb out here!

tbastian

March 7. 2012 19:09

Sandy Daugherty

Amy darlin; we will always love you, but is it true you'e writing for Santori?  Did you know he's the reason you have to PAY for NOAA's Gulf Stream depictions?  Does Tom know you know?  Don't worry, he won't read anything thats not about him.....

Sandy Daugherty

March 8. 2012 16:18

Dad

(shitty German Accent) Verrrry interesting....Ve are haffing vays to mak you talk...Artie Johnson (Laugh In)

Dad

March 9. 2012 05:43

your-sister-the-old-one

...Artie Who?!?...

your-sister-the-old-one

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