Rank and Gross

So, Monday was a very busy day. I have to go to OIST, en route, I pass what was once a wonderful vegetable garden. https://quietripple.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/torpor/

Not now.

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Tis an unweeded garden
That grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely.

I so hope that the old lady who tended it is OK.

My former workmates have invited me to the divisional meeting to present me with a souvenir of the good old days.

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It is a book

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It chronicles my time at OIST in pictures and kind comments.

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These are the best people. Thank you.

I then have lunch with Julia who is 9 months pregnant. She is beautiful and I wish I had taken a photo. We have a wonderful time and try not to laugh too hard, so as not to precipitate labour.

However, no more frivolity, as I wait at the boatyard to transfer the boat from one trailer to a higher one. This is quite an operation. My trailer is low, which means that I cannot get at the bottom of the boat and importantly cannot attempt to lower the center plate. The center plate, I fear, is heavily corroded and probably jammed. I need height to persuade it to drop. This is a bit like having a baby.

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We pull the boat to the massive boat lift.

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We pass the slings under her and gently ease her skyward. All of this is done with typical merriment and good cheer.

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How does she feel?

Tabata san has lent me a higher trailer, not as high as I might have hoped, but sufficient to play with center plate and, with great suppleness, scrape and sand, the bottom of the boat in preparation for painting on anti-fouling.

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Petit a petit l’oiseau fait son nid.

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Archival picture. You can just see corroded center plate protruding a few inches below the keel. This will be the focus of my interest over the next days. I hope few days.

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2 Responses to Rank and Gross

  1. calderi says:

    It is almost a “cruel and unusual” punishment to work under a low boat. Knee pads help a lot, and fit long handles to scrapers, brushes and rollers if possible. A good electrical rotary sander is a fine thing, but overall it’s never going to be fun.

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