The VHF radio crackles to life, the boater asks permission ” is it ok if I…” I respond, this is America, you can do anything you want. All ears are pleased and as a local walks by he refers to the mantra I’ve been spreading since day one, “there’s a new Sherrif in town.”
Its my job to keep the kids safe, round up the lost puppies and even save a float plane here and there when the weather and currents are especially nasty. Its appearant by the smile I wear on my face that I love what I do and I’m good at it because I love it but I’m too old for this shit. I race up and down the dock on my flame encrusted beach cruiser ringing my bell as a warming and calling out hellos as I fly by, all day catching boats and boaters, flirting with the co-eds and hauling heavy objects up the steep ramp for my elderly guests. I know the name of every guest and thier familys and thier dogs, all good people have dogs…
When I clock out my day isn’t ending, it’s just beginning. I hitch into town for supplies and a fresh avacodo or banana or what ever buisiness I’m up to and then it’s back to Sookie working in circles around myself. When the sun goes down its off to the bar for a bit of rock star treatment, free drinks and BS-ing with sailors from all over the world.
Today among the many awesome things that happened I ran into Jessie who sailed his Falmouth cutter with his wife and four young doughters, now he sails and exquisite cape George 36. The very first thing he did was rip out the head and teach the girls how to use a shit bucket, I actually met him right at this dock many years ago when he came sailing in with his girls diving off the side like the little sea monkeys they are and livin up the island life, it’s alway fun to run into him and all the other sailors I have met from my sailing journeys around the Salish sea.
I’m going to miss this place but I miss every place I’ve been, it’s all part of the nomadic life. I never say good bye, I hate goodbyes, I just slip out the back door and poof, I’m gone…
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt