August 16, 2004

update after hiatus

hello all you blog readers, thanks very much for your fun comments! keep it up and I will try to keep mine up.

I haven't worked on the kayak since 4 August, which was the big party we had at the house for Adam's birthday / Andy's defense / the new house. Lots of people came through and saw the kayak-skeleton-in-progress. John commented, "Look at those sawhorses! Aren't those great sawhorses." After the party there was cleaning up to do, then that Friday I left for some beach camping at Shi Shi, got back Sunday night. Then the next week Neal arrived in town, and there were several little things going on to celebrate Andrew's birthday. This past weekend I went backpacking with Andrew and Neal (Noble Knob, awesome views of Rainier!). And lately I have been in more of a mood to read and play around with Japanese characters (attempting to name my boat, perhaps prematurely!) than hammer & saw. So, there's been a break in working on the boat, but hey, it's summer, and it'd be a shame to waste the nice weather working on something that I won't get done till probably *next* summer. Better to *go* kayaking now, and *build* kayak in the winter, when I have much less desire to go get grubby outside.

But thanks again for reading!

Posted by mel at August 16, 2004 11:01 AM

Mmm...the sawhorses were John's, no?

And did you ever decide on a name?

Posted by: akp at August 23, 2004 10:31 PM

It sounds like the last couple of weeks have
been pretty social!

We have finally gotten the hina dolls from the
Fremont Flea market cleaned up and installed in
their little castle. So when we report on the
doings of the retired Emperor and Empress, we are
talking about "real people" here!

As far as names go, why not name the thing
after a sea creature--a whale, a dolphin, a
porpoise, a bottom-dwelling snail, whatever is
most appropriate!

We'll check the progress in October.--Gogo de

Posted by: Bob at August 25, 2004 02:13 PM

I agree with you on taking an advantage of the good weather. It is already getting like autumn here in the Middle Tennessee.

Bob's suggestion of naming the thingie after a sea-creature is reflecting his current aquarium project for an upcoming Seattle conference. Don't be tricked by a name like "Namako" which means "sea cucumber!"

Posted by: mkp at August 26, 2004 10:34 AM

I happen to think Nameko is a pretty name!

Of course, you could call it Nihon-maru, if
it turns out big and bulky.

Posted by: Bob at August 30, 2004 11:19 AM

You're doing great Melissa! I'll have to come up there sometime and check it out. It's been a while since I've been to the great city of Seattle. :-)
Can't wait to see you in October. Love ya!

Posted by: meredith at August 30, 2004 04:35 PM
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