We went to the launching of the Amistad several years ago and the crowd was so big that you could hardly see the ship. One recollection from the day is that the square-rigged Rose shot off several broadsides from her cannons. The Rose was designed by Philip Bolger who also designed my boat, the Samuel Clyde. The Rose is now owned by the San Diego Maritime Museum and has been re-registered as HMS Surprise. You may have seen her as the HMS Surprise in “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and as the HMS Providence in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Phil is dead now, but his Rose sails on.
It’s my habit to turn on the Prairie Home Companion on Sunday at noon and start to dig through the Post-Standard for some wisdom. Sometimes I last until 2 p.m.; sometimes I just get a bit of makeup shuteye.
The first Sunday in May I did this and woke up with a toothache. As one is apt to do, I fussed around and established that the tooth was somewhat lose and a bit sore. Our road trip to Virginia was all planned for a departure on Friday, June 10.The tooth nearby seemed a bit tender and I planned to call Dr. Lori on Monday to make sure I wasn’t heading for an emergency root canal away from home.
Monday I got into a stew at the office and forgot about seeing Gard, but I remembered that I had crunched down hard on something in my granola cereal. Probably fossil remains of a large prehistoric raisin. By departure time, the tooth was the last thing that concerned me.
Route. 81 in Pennsylvania was much more of a concern, as they had one of those high-speed thin resurfacing projects going on for many miles. Suit-Kote of Cortland was the contractor. I recall they did Genesee Street, down the hill to about the stores in a day and a half last summer. I’d like to read a write-up on the pros and cons of this treatment. It seems nice and smooth and certainly sealed the existing roadway without much distress.
Mr. Lemon is doing well. The heat makes roosting in the house very popular. He acts like he still appreciates us and I guess he will continue hang out with us.
Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.