Friday, March 23, 2007

St.Patty's, Iwo Jima, & another dock party

Last Saturday, Bev and I were invited to a St. Patricks celebration at the local Sail & Power squadron. Tim and Julie, our neighbors at the marina, invited us to tag along with them. Of course there was green beer, corned beef and cabbage and lots of Irish jokes.
We got to meet some interesting folks. If you take a look at the pic with the 2 older couples you'll see some of these folks. The gentleman to the left is Allen McKenzie. He was the pilot of a landing craft at Iwo Jima. After the first flag was taken down from Mt. Suribachi, he donated a flag from his landing craft to replace it. So the flag in the famous picture of the Marines raising the flag over Iwo was from his boat.
The other gentleman is Les Brandt who was once the captain of the Coast Guard cutter used to film the movie "The Perfect Storm."
And then there was yet another dock party. Such a shame that folks have nothing better to do than cook up a bunch of great food and chill a bunch of beer. It's a tough life, but somebody has to live it.
Assuming the weather holds (80 degrees, sunny, NE wind @ 15-20) we are planning on joining a few other boats out at and anchorage off Egmont Key this weekend. Just an excuse to get out on the water and enjoy the peace and quiet of an anchorage. If we go, I'll post some pics on Monday.

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