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Background image -- Sunset from Marina Palmira, La Paz, BCS.

 

Wednesday November 1st 2017

Today Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning this morning. Local amount 2 cm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this afternoon. High plus 2.
Tonight Periods of snow. Amount 2 cm. Low minus 6.

Today, I take possession of Charlotte Alane.

I did and moved aboard just before the 1 PM check-out at my hotel.  Ruth had texted that Zip was off her feed and took her to the vet.  The vet said Zip was having trouble breathing so they put her down.  I was of mixed feelings about that, but I was not there and Ruth, after all, was the person from whom we got Zip and who takes care of her as much of the time as I do. Sad.

Lisa came by and we went shopping at Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart here is similar the Wal-Marts in Canada in some ways and very different in others.  Prices are surprisingly high and selection of things like cookware are limited.

I bought the essentials for my first day and night on the boat but will have to make another run soon.  We bought a chicken and Lisa stayed for supper, which was roast chicken and broccoli and corn, with fresh strawberries for dessert.  She stayed a while, then left and then I made up my bed.

I like Lisa and so does everyone else.  She seems to know everyone and everyone is glad to see her.  She has been a good friend to me and a huge help in coping in a Spanish-speaking city.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Thursday November 2nd 2017

Today Snow. Amount 5 cm. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. High minus 6.
Tonight Snow. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this evening. Low minus 9.

Lisa was busy all morning, but in the afternoon, we went shopping again.  I needed pots and plates, soap, Febreze, bleach, and miscellaneous sundry kitchen items.

We had dentist appointments at three thirty and went by early, only to find the door locked and wondered if the dentist had forgotten the Day of the Dead when making appointments and was gone for the day.

We drove to the El Teatro de la Ciudad to see how the Day of the Dead ceremonies and displays were coming along, thinking we might attend later when things got underway.  It was too early for much to be happening, but set-up was well underway and a group was on stage fiddling around.

We returned to the office on the chance that the doctor was in and she was.  I was ushered in and she worked at fitting the new crown for a half-hour.  When she finally had ground it to where it fit, she said it had to go back to the lab for replacement.  I gather that after all that grinding, the finish was damaged and the one she fitted would be used to make a mold for a perfect cap.  She cleaned my teeth, then Lisa was to have hers done, but the dentist said she was feeling a bit off and could she do that later?  Also, my new crown was to have been put on by six tonight but we agreed to return tomorrow. 

Maybe she was actually a bit ill, but maybe she wanted to go to the Theatro.  It seemed her family was hanging around waiting for her to finish up.

We drove back to the boat, stopping at Lisa's house and a store along the way.  I unpacked all the new pans, plates, etc. and then we ate the rest of the chicken with broccoli and carrots.  Lisa left around eight and I went to bed after a long day.

Today was cooler -- maybe thirty-two degrees C. -- but the night was warmer that other days. The sunset was stunning.  It is hard to imagine that Alberta is under snow and in sub-freezing temperatures now.  I'll be back to that before long.  Probably Wednesday. My 15-day travel medical runs out then.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Friday November 3rd 2017

Today Periods of snow. Amount 5 cm. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. High minus 6.
Tonight Periods of snow ending this evening then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Amount 2 cm. Low minus 12.

I woke up several times during the night, feeling the heat.  At four, I got up for the day, having been in the bunk for eight hours.

Today we finish the dental work.  After that, I need to get back to the real world.  I have letters to write accounts to settle, trips to plan, including my departure from Mexico. I also want to go for a cruise at some point before I leave.

I spent the morning catching up and checking flights.  There is no simple, direct way to get to Calgary from here, it seems. Regardless of what I choose, the trip, whether bus plus direct flights from SJD or flights from LAP with at least one connection, I'll spend eight to fourteen hours in transit.

Lisa came by and picked me up and we wandered around town, then went to the dentist. 

While we were downtown, Carolyn phoned and said the bin auger had lost its belt and the belt was nowhere to be found.  We surmised it had gone though the main auger into the furnace, so she had to remove the auger and shovel coal.  Thank goodness she is up for the task. 

At three-thirty, we returned to the dentist.  The tooth fitting was expected to take minutes, but again the dentist had to grind it to fit and eventually decided that the cap had to go to the lab one more time, so I'll have to come back again tomorrow.

We bought some food and returned to the boat for a snack.  Dock neighbours came by and we visited, sitting in  the cockpit.  The boat is very comfortable for sitting around, both inside and out.

        

Then I swam in the marina pool to cool down. After, we went dancing.  I seldom dance, but tonight was an exception. At some point I blacked out.  Apparently fell and I have a few scrapes, but no other apparent damage.

I have no recollection.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Saturday November 4th 2017

Today Light snow ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High minus 9.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17.

Today I return to the dentist and with any luck, the job will be done.

It all started with a sensitive tooth after my June dental work and this dentist finding the sensitive tooth was high, and adjusting my bite.  At the time, I mentioned my only other tooth problem was food getting stuck in a molar.  The dentist examined the tooth and said the cap needed replacement since there was a crevice between the cap and the gum, so she pulled it off and had a replacement made.  The new cap did not fit and neither did a second attempt.  This will be the third try.

Although it is hot here, over thirty during the day and seldom below twenty at night, right now the weather at home is cold, well below freezing, and I am told the snow is a foot deep and drifting, making it hard to get around, but Carolyn is on the job and seems to be relishing the challenge. 

Once the dental work is done, I hope to untie from my dock and go for a sail.  I have only been away from the dock once, on the sea trial and my plan was to get away and cruise a bit, not live in a marina.

*    *    *    *    *

The note below came in yesterday from a reader in Montana and I think it is worth sharing as he has a working system.

There are many workable systems for wintering successfully.  All of them involve management of heat and cold, airflow, moisture and volume.  Mixing systems is strictly experimental and a new method  is not proven until it has worked for at least five years and preferably ten.

As for the preamble, I don't know what I may have said that could be interpreted as contempt for the USA.  I love the USA. I visit fairly often -- but less often and more carefully lately.  After all, I am an 'alien' and the border people often remind us when crossing into the US -- and there is always the risk no matter how small of losing that privilege with no appeal on the whim of some official.

My son lives in the USA and has for decades now.  Two of my grandchildren are US citizens.  I am, however -- like many others -- and possibly yourself -- increasingly worried about what I see happening there and  am concerned for the future unless things correct themselves, which in the past they have tended to do so I am optimistic.

I think, too, that the view from outside The US or Canada, and especially from Mexico, is different from the view from within. 

As for Canada, I am not too happy with some of the trends I see happening in my home country either.  Some Canadian policies appear to me to be quixotic, dangerous and destructive IMO.

Mexico is still in bud and just starting to bloom and being here on the streets (not in a resort) is a contrast to being in either of Mexico's northern neighbours.  In my opinion both have lost direction and are going or have already gone to seed.

There is a huge community of expats from both countries here.

'Nuf said.  Here is the excellent comment...

I came back this snowy day after a long absence. I left offended but after all, it is your kitchen and you should be able to cook as you wish, I just don't have to eat your contempt for my nation and see no reason for tit for tat. That said, I just read your post to the Calgary bee list on wintering. Well stated and reasoned but I have learned a few things on wintering bees and owe much foundational information to you and your writings. If I just knew what I know now when I was watching half my colonies die in spite of ineffective wrapping and feeding. I coulda woulda shoulda made it to commercial hive numbers, and mites would have probably done me in, like most of my contemporaries trying to make a living with bees in the eighties.

This is what I have learned and successfully practiced for five years, admittedly not long but It has included winters easy and hard.

Pull supers and kill mites by mid August. If you carry a damaging mite load into Mid September, it doesn't matter what you do, the bees are going to winter poorly or die.

Feed until a double deep or 1 1/2 weigh between 125-140 lbs. Hives that are very heavy are often queenless with plugged brood chambers and winter poorly irregardless of queenrite statis.

I wrap with wraps copied from your site. Thankyou. The winter entrance ventilation is the 1" hole bored below the handhold in upper hivebody.

I cut 2 1/2" slices from old damaged bee boxes to make a rim or shim and add 12 lbs mountain camp sugar over wet newspaper.

Important! Over sugar I float a 16 X 20" plastic sheet to keep the bees from clustering over the sugar out of the combs. If not done, the colony dwindles drastically in March as the workers age prematurely. I thought they were dying in March cleansing until reading Randy Oliver, I saw he had found bees die sooner clustered than on combs. That addition changed everything.

Over the rim is soundboard/fiberboard/biltrite cover which seals the top and absorbs surplus moisture. Inexplicably to me about 5 percent of the time, the board will be found sopping wet. I carry replacements just in case.

Top the stack with 2" epe. I want the r value higher than the sides, my theory being the spare moisture not absorbed by the sugar or soundboard will condense on the sidewalls or outside ends of frames, where bees can harvest the moisture. I have seen non flying colonies liquify and store ten pounds of sugar bricks! They get the water somewhere.

When making YOUR wraps I use 6' 6 mill black plastic and never trim the excess. I really seal up the top to keep in moisture . As your comrade stated, it is dry country.


The bees in my imagination have a warm moist bubble above the entrance/ventilation hole in top hive body. The bottom entrance may or may not be blocked by the wrap, I would just as soon no big drafts were blowing in.

Since I settled in to this methodology, starvation has been eliminated. I get away with feeding syrups to nucs well into cold weather. I winter them in divided doubles sharing MC feed thru a queen excluder. The two nucs together effectively doubles cluster size allowing survival of some puny nucs.

My winter losses are basically queen failures.

Mid February I pop lids and start feeding Global 15 percent patties. The occasional super hungry hive that has consumed its Supplimental sugar is resupplied with sugar bricks and marked to be used up as brood for spring splits. I don't encouage non thrifty lines. I check back in a couple weeks and add more patties as their appetite increases never allowing the bees to run out. Add bricks as required and wait for the chinook to equalize a bit.

My queens now come first week of May. Mid April is too earl a third of the time at least. I am able to split at least an average of all colonies. The hobbyists always need the nucs having killed their bees listening to those who tell them not to treat mites, feed and that wrapping is unnecessary.

Thanks again for the knowledge you freely share. You are not always right in your opinions and methodologies, but someone apeing you will do well.

Sorry about your pup and I enjoy your nautical adventures.

*    *    *    *    *

In the morning, on awakening, my head was clear, but I was a bit foggy and wondered what had happened.  I was back on the boat. Last I recalled was dancing at the bar.

In fact, I had gone about things as usual and written the above.  I had noticed a cut near my eye and considered it a scratch.  On closer examination, it seemed deeper than a scratch, but I thought nothing of it and washed it off.

My appointment was for noon.  Half an hour before it was time to leave I decided to have a swim to cool down.  After drying off, I examined the cut again and could see it was deeper than I thought and my eye was red and bloodshot.  I figured I'd need stitches, but the dentist was next on my list.

Lisa appeared at the marina just before noon, accompanied by her friend, Bonny. She was decidedly cool and told me I had behaved badly last night.

They drove me to the dentist's office and went off to do other things.  I thought I'd just be a few minutes, but after an half-hour of fitting and grinding, I learned that the cap had to go back to the lab for finishing and would be returned to the dentist in about an hour.

Meantime, the dentist had examined the cut and asked if I wanted a doctor. I said yes and she had called a doctor friend who came over and stitched the cut while we were waiting for the cap to come back and while I lay in the chair.

People here are so kind and considerate I have trouble believing it.  Things are so casual and easy.  Dentists take their time and are genuinely caring, not clinical or false-friendly like at home.

He dug around and removed stone from the cut and cleaned the wound, then stitched it. After, he prescribed an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.  I asked about tetanus and he recommended a shot for that, too. My fee for the 'house call' was 1,500 pesos or about $100 Canadian.

I did not recall how I had cut my brow and assumed that my head had hit the table last night, but on asking Lisa, she said I had fallen on the floor several times.  I had no recollection.  It was close enough to the eye that I was lucky, very lucky, not to lose an eye.

I realise now that although for me drinking is a problem generally since I sometimes overdo it, the specific problem here is mixed drinks. I have been fine as long as I stick to beer, but mixed drinks can be any strength and are tasty to boot. At any rate, I have blacked out and fallen several times now in past months and it is time to smarten up. 

Much as I hate to admit it, I have to quite drinking because sometimes I forget to stop once I start.

From the dentist's, we went looking for the tetanus shot at several druggists', but it seems they don't stock those shots and it is Saturday, so some drop-in hospitals were closed.

The ladies drove me all over town looking for the shot and waited patiently while I waited. There had been talk of dropping me off at a druggist's and that I'd take a cab back home.  Lisa was looking tired and sad and not saying much, but Bonny took over translating and showing me what I needed to find.  Finally, we found a public health building and, after a wait, I was given the shot -- for free!

I had bought the pills by then and the ladies drove me back to Marina Palmira and by the time we got back Lisa looked happier. Right now, I am sitting in Charlotte Alane below in the salon, in the stream of a fan.  At sunset as it is too hot in the cockpit.

I'm writing a letter of apology.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Sunday November 5th 2017

Today Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. High minus 10.
Tonight Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries this evening then partly cloudy. Low minus 19.

My eye looks like hell today but it does not hurt.  I'm working on my Spanish and without an interpreter fronting for me, it is coming along. I have a translation program on my phone to help out.

I managed to take the boat out into the channel today and over near El Magote to anchor, swim and check out the outboard.  Although I've been here over a week, this is my first excursion. and I'm glad I did go because I found several issues. Steve, the former owner came over to give me pointers while I was setting up.

When I launched the dinghy and tried to mount the outboard, I discovered the outboard will not fit the boat.  The jaws don't open enough.  Then I found I had lost a lifeline pad and when I was leaving at low tide, I managed to get stuck in the mud on the bar a few times. Moreover, I found the three hundred feet of chain piles up in the locker since someone added a division board.  I'll have to remove it so the chain can fall as it should and not make castles that jam the gypsy.

While I was stuck at low tide, two dinghies came by to guide me out around the deep way since I could not get out the way I had come in across the bar when the water was higher.  People here are amazingly friendly and helpful.

I returned right at sunset and tied up.  Apparently tonight is movie night, featuring Tarzan.

I walked up to the pool, only steps from my ramp and found a group gathered by the pool watching a ventriloquist show on a projector screen.  After that was over, the movie started and ran on and on. It was not great, but bearable.  Like so many current flicks, what there was for plot was entirely predictable and pathetic. To fill the time, we saw a lot of CGI animals, staged and standard issue endless violence, drawn out confrontations and all the usual crap.

I returned the boat and am going to bed early.  It is cooler tonight and maybe I'll sleep better,

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Monday November 6th 2017

Today Clearing this morning. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this afternoon. High minus 11.
Tonight Clear. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 20.

The weather at home continues cold and finally the heat is moderating here. I have yet to reserve my flight, and have things to do yet, but on Thursday my health insurance runs out.

*    *    *    *    *

I extended the coverage to midnight Saturday and reserved a flight for Saturday morning and will be home by supper with any luck. I have to be at the bus station several miles from here by seven, though.  That will take planning.

Meantime, I'm catching up on correspondence and lining up boat insurance.

*   *   *   *   *   *

It's five and I have not left the boat today.  I've been writing letters and applying for insurance and generally busy onboard.  I'm still recovering from my fall and the eye is looking better, but still a bit bruised.  I should go for a walk or supper or something, but I probably won't.

*   *   *   *   *   *

Did I mention that I decided to quit drinking for good after the other night.  I have never quit for good before although I have quite for periods of time on bets or other reasons.  If I had quit for good previously, the other night would not have happened, but who knows?  Maybe something else would have. Fate has strange twists.

I can't keep kidding myself that I can remember to stop when I drink. If I am driving, I am careful, but if I don't have to, I am less careful. I eat and drink quickly and have overdosed more than once.

It only takes one mistake to have serious consequences and I've made more than one.  If I don't smarten up, I'll kill myself or someone else.  That's it.  So far I've been lucky.

Is it hard to quit?  I haven't found it to be in the past.  Sometimes I go without drinking for weeks without even thinking of a beverage, then decide to have a few and it goes from there.  I just have to remember to stop and that is much easier if I say no to the first drink.  I can do that.

The first drink can be refreshing, or not.  The second a bit intoxicating, a third continues the lift and so on until things get fuzzy -- or worse.  As the temperance people used to say and maybe still do,

The man takes a drink,
The drink takes a drink,
         and then
The drink takes the man.

I think they are right.  Looking around I see a lot of problem drinkers and it has come to pass that problem drinking not considered  particularly abnormal of especially frowned upon.

Now I'm going to find myself with more time on my hands and more money, too.

Time, I can use.  It seems I just have not had enough lately.  I have been too social and I have catch up on a lot of things.  Books, charter boat plans, other business, etc. etc.  I figure I might just as well do that work here even though I hardly leave the boat.  I also am waiting for my black eye to heal up and be less conspicuous.  Nobody comments.  Does everyone already know?  It's a small community.

After being here a week, and avoiding wifi and using my paid data instead, I found that the marina has high speed Internet wifi and that Google Wifi Assistant starts a VPN when my phone connects, so I tethered the computer to the phone and expect to save money.  I've been spending like a sailor here (well, I've been a little less frugal than usual) and figure I'll sort it all out when I get home.

I also found that Netflix has no objection to my watching here, and I am not being entertained now, so I watched several episodes of Quantico since I was too tired to work any longer and too wide awake to go to bed.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Tuesday November 7th 2017

Today Increasing cloudiness this morning. High minus 9.
Tonight Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 15.

I woke up at seven, quite rested.  The night was cooler and I slept better.  Not indulging in 'beverages' and eating restaurant food helps, too.  I'm back to my hermit ways.

I'm listening to the Calgary Eyeopener on Tunein radio for a taste of home.  On the 'net, weather at home looks cold.  Here, it is 32 during the days and 20 at night so far. Not much wind.

Steve came by to look at the dinghy and we concluded I can remove a pad on the transom and the outboard should fit.  The  dinghy needs a bit of gluing, though. He also gave me a few tips.  We agreed to meet later when I have my, thoughts and questions organized better.

I spent the afternoon at the computer and went to the nearby "Dinghy Dock" restaurant for supper. I was maybe a bit early for supper, at five-thirty and the only client in a large room.

I ordered the 'Mexican Combination' which turned out to be tacos, salsa, beans, some little spring roll-like things and a pepper stuffed with cheese.  Not exactly what I need to eat if I want stay alive, but it was good but I could not eat it all and took home  a doggy box.

I watched more of Quantico then went to bed at ten. 

I'm back to my solitary life, and I like it.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Wednesday November 8th 2017

Today Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. High minus 8.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy overnight. Low minus 15.

I slept soundly and got up at 0732, had coffee, and a shower onboard, then washed clothes in the sink. 

I sleep and generally feel better if I avoid alcohol, and taking the pledge is a good thing.  My digestion and sleep are better and my mind clearer. 

It is a big decision to quit forever.  I've quit before, but only for a relatively short periods for various reasons. This time is forever.

Is that going to be hard?  I don't think so. AFAIK, I am not physically dependant.  I forget to drink for weeks at a time sometimes, but less lately.  Mostly I drink out of boredom or socially.  Maybe existential angst.

If the latter, maybe the cure is meditation, something I know I should get further into, but have put of and put off.  Excuses, excuses.

I've become a fairly solitary person and find sitting for hours talking without doing something like playing cards of working on a project to be difficult, and so I drink, or should say, used to drink.

I have not smoked for six years now, not one cigarette, and don't miss it.  I never did absolutely quit smoking until Ellen got ill, although I smoked as much as three packs a day at one point.  Over the years, I just lost interest in smoking and only smoked when someone else was or when I occasionally bought a pack in the US or Mexico -- or Canada.  When the smokers were outside smoking at a convention, I'd bum a smoke and join the circle.  Smoking is partly a social thing.  So is drinking.

What I see as something I'll have to get used to is the practice at homes and restaurants to immediately offer a drink or drink menu. I really don't know what to drink other than water as soft drinks are not particularly healthy it seems and neither are juices. Maybe younger people can tolerate these things, but I really don't want the ill effects associated with them. 

Maybe I'm getting quirky, but I am finding it more and more difficult to find what I find acceptable on a menu.

At this point in time, I cannot imagine what I ever found attractive in inhaling a poison.  I expect I'll soon feel that way about imbibing a popular toxin.

I listened to the VHF net on 22A and there is a farmers market here at this marina at 0900 and I'll attend.  I need a few things.  I also may go downtown at some point.

I'm discovering that having a boat here is more about socializing than sailing.  I came for one week and now have been here for two and left the dock twice only.

At home, the weather continues cold and here days are never below thirty degrees C.

I heard today from my old friend Patrick L by email. 

We were in the same ham radio class together back in 1974. He was the youngest in the class.  He and I became friends and our families shared meals together often.  He lost interest in ham radio, but recently bought a rig and wrote me and we are talking about ham radio again. 

Currently, I am looking at the ham rig on this boat and wondering about it.  So far I have not had time to examine it in detail.  It's a Kenwood M-50, an older rig with an automatic tuner and a sloper built into a backstay. I see one button seems to be missing and there is scotch tape over some others.  Hmmm.

At nine, I wandered over to the farmers market. The "Farmer's Market" turned out to be mostly a bake sale with pies and pastries and the vendors at several tables cooking sausages. One had granola and I bought some.  Another sold smoked salmon.  There weren't many buyers when I went by, and nothing much on my preferred menu.

Now, I have to learn more about this boat. I took the stern plate off the dinghy yesterday without any problem and should lower the dinghy to try it all out.

I lowered the dinghy and mounted the outboard.  In the process, I discovered that the Novalift was mounted such that it did not lift the engine.

Also, I need to know more about the charging system onboard. I had noticed that the batteries were getting hot and turned off the charger.  There is also a solar array and I know very little about that.

I consulted Javier and we decided to move the outboard mount on the pushpit and also drill two holes for lifting the outboard tomorrow.  Then we removed the divider in the chain locker and the chain is self-flaking now and does not castle nearly as badly.

I need more food and there is nothing much nearby.  The marina has a regular shuttle to downtown at 9 AM, 1:30 PM and 5PM. I'll take the 1:30.

I then walked to the fuel dock and bought gas, returned to Charlotte Alane and tried starting the outboard, with no luck.  Steve tried, too and we decided that a hose fitting was defective.  I looked for another, then decided to take the piece with me downtown on the shuttle.

Well, the marina shuttle did not appear but some friendly sailors offered to share their cab and we went to a marine supply store.  They went for lunch and the cab took me on to grocery shop, then back to the marina.

The new part I had bought did not work and I discovered the tank fitting was the real problem.  Nobody nearby had a fitting, but I was offered a used tank for $50 and took it.  That solved the issue and I ran the dinghy out to the entrance and fuel dock and back. That six HP four stroke is a good motor.

Then I noticed a foul smell.  It had grown stronger all day and I wondered if it was from my boat.  Marine heads have a way of creating odors if mismanaged, but I could not see why mine would be an issue.  Then I realized it was the garbage can right in front of my boat, covered with flies and reeking.  I waited and no one serviced it.  Quitting time was coming up for the day so I finally complained at the office. Someone came and took the bag out, but I decided to wash it down and did.  It is much better now.

Dawn phoned mid-afternoon and we had a long chat.  I offered her the boat over Christmas.

I now have two more full days before I head home and have been out once.  Twice if we count the sea trial.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Thursday November 9th 2017

Today Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 30 percent chance of flurries this afternoon. Fog dissipating this morning. Wind becoming southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High minus 10. Wind chill minus 27 this morning.
Tonight Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries or ice pellets late this evening. Periods of snow beginning near midnight. Snow and ice pellet amount 2 cm. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light early this evening. Temperature rising to minus 5 by morning.

I was up at six and walked over to the hotel to see if taxis are there in anticipation of Saturday departure. And was told they are there waiting at five.  I've been using an app called Interpreter, but discovered the Google Translate app is automatically installed with Android 8 and it is superior.  People can talk into the phone in different languages and hear the translation, then hand the phone to the other.  It has an offline capability, too, but does not seem entirely reliable here where the Internet is off and on.

Pam and Doug saw my Facebook post yesterday and have just arrive at La Ventana to camp and go go kitesurfing.  They are only an hour away and messaged me.  I said come on over and they are today, so I'll have visitors.

That leaves only tomorrow to pack up and deal with the last items before I go.

Javiar came by and drilled some holes for me and moved the outboard mount to where the lift is more vertical.  I'll be leaving a key with him.  Luis will clean the bottom and Javiar the top and if I send a friend, then Javiar can let them in.

Pam and Doug arrived and we decided to go sailing.  Doug sailed across the Atlantic as crew a few years ago and has experience.  They both are avid windsurfers and kiters.  That is how we have known one another since the eighties, back when we all hung out at Keho.

We motored out, and when we were clear of the channel, I tried calling the harbour to check out, but had a language problem and don't know how that went. We sailed up the coast several hours, then returned by the same route.  We were back in good time for them to shop and ride their motorcycle back to La Ventana.  When I called the harbour on the way in, I got no response. Hope I don't get into trouble.

I brought the boat to a stop beside my dock, stepped off and tied up.  Perfect.

We said our good-byes and they left to go shopping and back to La Ventana. I was tired  and went below to have a bite, then had a shower on shore and a swim in the pool.

Back at the boat, I hoisted the outboard and the dinghy as the sun was going down.

I'm beat.  Sun and wind can make a person sleepy.

I looked at the ham radio for a while, then went o bed early at eight.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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