Thursday, April 3, 2014
A three hour tour
A few weeks ago, it rained in Southern California.
For the rest of the country, pounded by snow, hail and sleet, this would not raise an eyebrow. But here, where the hills are brown and firemen are at a constant DefCon 5, rain is big news.
Even the possibility of rain is big news. A thunder cloud in Morro Bay, 250 miles north of LA, will send the local weathermen scurrying for the hair gel products and some last minute promos.
"Is rain in the forecast? Tune in at eleven (followed by a fist pump)."
And it works.
Local news stations see their ratings spike on just the hint of any possible precipitation.
The Storm of the Century turned out to be a little more than 2 inches of rain. My gutters got clogged. But unfortunately there's no FEMA money in clogged gutters.
Others didn't fare so well.
Like this boat owner.
I should say previous boat owner, because this one was a total wreck.
Not sure my photographs tell the whole picture, but this is a big boat.
Was a big boat.
It had a state room, a kitchen and a sunning deck. There might be more nautical terms, but I'm a confirmed landlubber. I get seasick on a porch swing.
You don't see a sight like this everyday in Playa del Rey, so naturally it conjures up a mystery. How did it get here, springs to mind.
Marina del Rey, where boaters typically dock, is a just few hundred yards away.
Oh sure, it might have been a shoddy Buntline Hitch Knot.
Or a poorly executed Halyard Cleat Hitch.
But I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest it might have something to do with alcohol.
" Isn't it great being out here without our nagging wives?"
SFX: BOYS BEING BOYS GROUP LAUGHTER
"Did you get the anchor, Steve?"
"One Anchor Steam coming right up."