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When I missed posting on our blog the other day, Michael jokingly consoled me by saying that it was OK because I needed to wean our readers off of our daily-posting schedule. After missing yesterday, the second time in less than a week, you might think that that was exactly what I was trying to do. I can assure that it’s not. Some days I wake up and immediately begin running, missing that opportunity to sit down with my cup of coffee and share my thoughts. I don’t like it but it happens. Is this trend likely to continue? When we have guests on board, almost assuredly. I’ll try to do my best though. After all, I enjoy my coffee and computer time.

Over the last few days we have done our best to bolster the USVI economy, or at least help to increase K-mart’s gross sales figures. The list of things on One Love that are original from her days as a bareboat is getting ever shorter. Yesterday, while Rebecca and I were working on the boat, Michael retraced the route that we took him on the day previous to pick up a number of colorful indoor-outdoor cushions for the cockpit and a new 32″ flat screen TV. Although I was happy with the smaller TV/DVD combo that came with the boat, we did not receive the remote control for it when we took possession. Unfortunately, without a remote, the TV was next to useless. Even the properly-programmed universal remote that we purchased for it couldn’t access most of the unit’s features. How important is a TV on a vacation boat? I wouldn’t think that it would be all that important but I do believe that some of our friends use theirs. Anyway, we now have a splashy new one and we christened it by watching a Distant Shores episode last night, the perfect program to get rid of that new-TV smell.

I should mention that this TV-break-in session took place after our little dinner party where we had a dozen guests join us on board. Friends from several charter boats like ours and cruising friends now living and working here in St. Thomas all joined us for some drinks, good conversation and kebabs barbecued on our new grill station. It was a great way for us to all blow off some steam after a long day’s work. I’m sure after all that excitement, I would have slept peacefully throughout the night if I hadn’t been awoken by a bang at 3:00 AM. I have now learned my lesson. We can not leave the kayak only loosely tied to the trampoline. The wind that accompanied an early morning thunderstorm attempted to relieve us of the kayak and if I hadn’t made it out onto the tramp to secure it with some more line, it likely would have succeeded. A cold very-wet lesson was learned.