Jan 4, ’10…
Damn this snow! It’s been snowing all weekend here on Cape Cod. Damn it! (Cats don’t like the snow.) But it wasn’t always like this… (Picture your screen getting all swirly like you’re going into a memory sequence in a movie…)
Ah yes… We were younger then… We actually built a small sailboat… What?!? You don’t think that two cats can build a boat?!? Well take a look Bucko!
Yeah Smart Guy… If you look carefully you can even see our paw prints in the paint… Anywho… That there is a Bolger/Payson Teal. (Pound for pound, foot for foot, dollar for dollar it’s the best sail/row boat ever designed, or at least so say us…)
Now where were we? Oh yes, we were on Walker’s Pond off Slough Road in N. Harwich/Brewster in the Teal and in weather in which we never should have been. (Damn those prepositions!) We’d managed to tack across the pond and decided to run back with the wind. (“Running”, as two cats defines it, is to have the wind behind you, let the sail flail out to the side, and basically become a water-borne kite. I mean, it’s fast as Hell and fun to boot as long as no one drowns and you don’t break anything.) But the problem was that the shore was approaching at a whitecaps pace, and all we had to pull the leeboard were freaking tiny paws with no opposable thumbs. (We had to use sticks and projectile hairballs to wedge the thing in place to begin with.) To make things even more entertaining, trees lined the shore replete with overhanging branches. (Did I mention that neither one of us truly knows how to sail?) In a last ditch effort to avoid a bath, Ponchita bugged her eyes and tried to gnaw the leeboard away and I caterwauled at the tiller… All to no avail. The board struck sand, the mast struck branch, and the broadside waves struck fur. To make a horrible situation even more unbearable, it became immediately apparent that one of us was going to have to go over the side and drag the Teal free. I lurched up, and stated the brave… “I am Cisco, and I am the captain and the male… I am bigger and stronger… I will take over!” With that I heaved Ponchita over the gunwale and shouted, “Swim for it baby, grab a line, and take me along with you!”
The day went down hill from there.
But there you have it… The time chats deux went sailing right here on Cape Cod and hit a tree.
See you by the wine racks and you know we certainly will be there…
Two cats blogging…
* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.