Storm prep: Stopped by YC last night, plugged in shore power to charge batteries. Tonight, will stow shore power cable, double dock lines, put out more fenders, fold and lash bimini. Oh, and stow carry-on air conditioner in boat rather than in (maybe soon to be submerged) dockbox.Hope there's not a third natural disaster around here this week. I work near DC in a very shoddy building. I was out the door as soon as I realized we had an earthquake.Steve in Baltimore
Good luck Steve. At the moment it looks as if Irene will only mean some heavy rain and 30-40 knot winds on Sunday for us here in Rhode Island.Perhaps there will be some nice big waves to sail in when she's gone by? But you never know. You never know.
No wait. Latest model shows Irene coming across Rhode Island while she's still a Category 1 hurricane.Run for the hills! (Not that there are any hills worthy of the name in Rhode Island.)Batten down the hatches!Where are my battens?Where are my hatches?What does "batten" as a verb mean anywyay?
I apologize in advance for the following pedantry.Highest point in RI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerimoth_Hill. A typical story of a lot of rancor over nothing.Learned from wikipedia that RI is in the humid continental climate zone, which sure beats the humid subtropical zone containing Baltimore.Battens were the boards lashed together to hold the edges of tarpaulins over the hatches.Steve in Baltimore
More pedantry.Pathetic as Mt Jerimoth is, it towers over the highest point in Delaware. However, DE gets to call themselves the first (to ratify the Constitution) state. RI, of course, was the last of 13 to ratify, and then only under threats.Steve in Baltimore
It is true that Rhode Island was the thirteenth state to ratify the constitution, one of the sticking points being that the influential Quaker community in Rhode Island opposed it because the Constitution three times gave implied assent to slavery.Rhode Island was also pushing hard for a Bill of Rights and the document by which the state gave assent to the Constitution proposed 21 amendments including one banning the importation of slaves.