July 10th, 2009July 4, 2009
Well, three times a year we have a BASH at the marina. Memorial Day, Labor Day and yup, the 4th of July. This year was no exception. It ends up being a lot of laughing, lots of company and a huge eating fest with tons of meat – sausage, hot dogs and hamburgers.
The day started around noon. The usuals were there, Paul, Betty Anne, Frank, Dale, Donna, Steve, Ron and Mary Ann and myself. The visitors
were Megan (Donna’s friend) and her daughter Isabella and Megan’s Dad, Steve, who we affectionately call Steve 19. Then of course, it wouldn’t be one of the holidays at the marina without Uncle Herbie and Jimmy. Then more folks showed up. Scott, Paul’s first mate and Betty Anne’s nice showed up Kerri and her friend, who we met the previous week, Julie. Also, for the first time, Donna’s cousin Felipe came to the boat. Scott, Kerri, Julie and Felipe came to the marina later and stayed for the fireworks, the rest of the folks headed home to watch the fireworks.
Earlier in the day the U.S.S. Constitution was moved from it’s slip and taken out into Boston Harbor. This year I was on the dock at the marina versus being in the water. I was actually closer to it than you can get if you were to be out in the water. This year it was a bit less impressive. The ship is undergoing some construction so as you can see, the masts are half off, and the deck is covered as they do their work. Regardless, it is exciting to watch the oldest commissioned Naval vessel move from her slip and the production it takes to make it happen. There were 4 tugs, 2 smaller Coast Guard boats, 1 Coast Guard cutter, multiple Boston Police boats, multiple Environmental Police boats and, of course, tons of boaters trying to catch a glimpse or trying to bypass the show to get up the Charles to anchor for the evenings festivities.
After I watched the Constitution head out, Jimmy and Uncle Herbie showed up. Jimmy’s wife Sharon made an outstanding grape salad.
Then the meat fest started with the George Forman grills. We spend a lot of time grilling and cleaning and getting ready for the next meal, or should I say meals because once the grilling begins, it usually doesn’t end until the traffic from the fireworks is over.
It started to get dark and at 8:41 4 F-15′s did a flyover the Lenny Zakim bridge and up the Charles River, it was pretty awesome. Steve and his family headed up to the Charles to
watch the fireworks, but more importantly, they stop every year and linger around the locks to see all of the boaters, with little to no experience try to navigate the locks. It’s not hard, but when you have 1000 boats trying to go through in a day mixed with little experience and perhaps a few adult beverages, you get chaos.
We had the radio’s on the boat going and Ron even brought out his TV so we could hear and see the Boston Pops, live with Neil Diamond. Oh yeah, ‘Coming To America’ and ‘Sweet Caroline’. We were belting it out on the dock for all of Boston to hear. And then the show started. Boston ALWAYS does a great job with the fireworks.
After they were finished, we cooked up another 10 hotdogs, I think we all had one and then hit the hay.
The next day was beautiful too. I think we ‘willed’ the weekend to give us nice weather. It was too windy all weekend to get in a good boat ride, but it was really nice to be outside all weekend. On Sunday we all just sat around, enjoyed the sun, worked on our boats, relaxed, read, ate some more meat and had a fun day. Well, right up until the Boston Police Department showed up.
Each year, around the July time frame the BPD comes by to make sure everyone has their morring permit. (Why on God’s green earth they would show up on a holiday weekend on a Sunday at probably double time pay when the state is in such dire straights with the economy is really assinine but I digress.) Well, because Donna and I moved this year, the address on my boat documentation and the address for the moring permit were differnt so they couldn’t send me my permit – forget the fact that I paid for it 6 months ago and have called them 3 times to see where it was and each time they said, “Oh, yeah, we see you have paid, no problem, we are just a bit behind and we will mail it out to you soon.” Yeah right. Anyway, I got that taken care of this week so we shall see if they finally send it.
On a side note, Ryan, Mike and Kevin headed to Newport for the 4th. I am anxious to see if Ryan is going to send me some photo’s to update the blog. We missed them this year but I am sure they had a great time.
Signing off for now, Captain SteveK
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