Saturday, September 15, 2007

Best laid plans...

There is something faintly poetic about listening to the marine forecast, and familiar. The voice I hear is the same I've heard in North Carolina for three summers now and, though we've never met, I feel as though we could be old friends.

This morning in rainy Beaufort, ready to go but weather-wary after rainstorms and tornado warnings chased me on yesterday's drive to the coast, the small-craft advisory for the entire weekend set the tone. First, I thought, well, it's only 20 to 25 nor' westerlies (onshore) with seas five to seven feet. But common sense, the desire to paddle another day, and a faint voice in San Diego invariably won over; and the fear of being a discussion point on some such forum as paddling.net on the silly bugger who'd heard the warnings but set out anyway.

And I wouldn't want to be remembered as my dad would sing - which I only recently learned, after hearing the tune for nigh on 46 years, is about a chap, Charlie, in fact, stuck forever for lack of a dime, in the Boston subway - "and she never returned, no she never returned, and her fate is still unlearn'd..." (Perhaps that's the only line of the song my dad knows - I'll have to ask him - not much discussion of Boston in NZ, unless you're an NBL fan - though most Kiwis have a good giggle at the concept of "The World Series".)

And another fact learned by repeatedly listening to the marine forecast; when the chap says "small craft advisory until late Sunday", it never changes, no matter how many times you listen to it.

Update: 1622hrs: The advisory is now through 'til Thursday! And I have plans to head down again this coming weekend...

4 comments:

Michael said...

Good for you! Sometimes the hardest thing is to take someone's advice. As for the song your father sang, I know it well! Guess that must date me a bit, but I'm quite happy to be in your father's company from what you've told of him. I trust he's well.

Dawn (aka SandyBottom) said...

Sorry to hear your wonderful wekend plans were changed, but glad you stayed put. I've been wind bound on Shakelford before it can very ugly there. Weather also forced Dee and I to stay local rather than head out for surfing on Bogue inlet. Jordan Lake was actually quite fun with wind generated waves. I'll cross my fingers for your weekend next week.

Steve said...

Sorry your trip was washed out. I'm hoping for better this coming weekend too. We'll be at Harkers Island Fishing Center Thursday afternoon rigging the boat and launching. Hope to cast off at dawn on Friday. Will keep an eye out for your kayak as we round the east end of Harkers Island and head north on Core Sound. Have a good trip!

David said...

Charlie was actually a nickel short; he had a dime. There's a pretty interesting history behind the song: http://web.mit.edu/jdreed/www/t/charlie.html

I can't say that I'm surprised, but kudos for doing the right thing on Saturday.