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06 October 2017

September In Numbers

Clockwise from upper left: (1) Hurricane Irma's projected track which at one point put Indiantown directly in her path; (2) Operation Portlight Replacement commenced; (3) Refinishing projects; (4) Great pancakes in Atlanta; (5) Our favorite Ethiopian dish - doro wat; and (6) The church where Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach at.

It's time for our usual monthly recap by the numbers. This past month is probably best summed up, not by a number, but by one word >> hurricanes <<.

Most of our energy in September was focused on prepping our boat for Hurricane Irma, evacuating Florida to Atlanta to get our of Irma's way, waiting and worrying to hear what the impact of Irma was, making our way back to Florida and getting our boat back in order, then worrying about whether Hurricane Maria was to come our way, watching the news unfold about the destruction that Irma and Maria left in their wake, and feeling devastated for all of those folks impacted as we .

We did manage to have oodles of fun while we were in Atlanta visiting our amazing and generous friends, Duwan and Greg from Make Like an Ape Man. Our evacuation turned into a bit of a vacation, which was a nice distraction from the waiting and worrying.

Once we got back to Florida and went through a bit of hurricane decompression, we also managed to start in on our boat project list.

So, enough with all of those words, here's the usual random nonsense recap by the numbers:

  • 1 - Number of pancakes I ate while in Atlanta. I love pancakes. I love them more when someone else makes them for me. I love them even more when they're gigantic and larger than my head. The Thumb's Up Diner delivered. {Jo Ann and Vic - thanks for taking us there!}
  • 113 - Number of beers that people gave us as we wandered around the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. We love Cabbagetown and its inhabitants. Some of the coolest people you'll ever meet. Blog post on what make them so awesome coming your way soon.
  • 2  - Number of chicken legs we got in our doro wat at the Embilta Ethiopian Cafe in Atlanta. The nice lady knew we were sharing the dish, so she popped an extra leg in for us. Sweet! {Ethiopian is probably our favorite cuisine and we try to find a restaurant in every new city we go to.}
  • 39 - How old Martin Luther King, Jr was when he was assassinated. Last month wasn't all about eating out and hurricanes. It was also an opportunity to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Site. On our tour of MLK's childhood home, we had two Muslim ladies, a family from India and an African-American family. The mother of the African-American family talked about how important it was to have monuments and historic sites focused on African-Americans and how happy she was to show it to her children. Such a good reminder of the importance of diversity and inclusion. 
  • 4 - How many leaky portlights we need to replace in our saloon. We're doing them one-by-one, taking each one out, dismantling everything, cleaning all the old sealant and goo off the frames, cutting new acrylic windows, reassembling everything and reinstalling them. It makes me tired just writing about it.
  • 22 - How many hours it took us to get from Indiantown, Florida to Atlanta on our evacuation. 
  • 3 - The number of new t-shirts Scott bought. Getting Scott to buy new clothes is worse than pulling teeth. I consider this to be quite a victory. They're really cool t-shirts too from places we visited in Atlanta.  
  • $383 - How much we spent on entertainment last month. Much higher than we normally spend but a good reflection of how much fun we had in Atlanta and all the delicious food we ate.

In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite blog posts from last month:

Captain Ron, Squalls & Support Groups
Evacuating the Hurricane Zone | Stinky Chickens & Dodgy Motels
Going for a Walk with a Load of Laundry | Spanish Wells, Bahamas


How did last month go for you? What are you looking forward to this month?

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25 comments:

  1. At least you managed to have some fun while you were in Atlanta. That is quite a few beers though.

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    1. Well, that might have been a slight exaggeration.

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  2. What a busy month, it sounds exhausting. I'm really impressed about the 3 shirts....was this decision helped by the 113 beers?

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    1. One of the t-shirt purchases was indeed aided by beer. He got one at a bar we were at after he had had a beer.

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  3. Scott has three new shirts and you had great food in Atlanta. It can't get much better than that. Well all the free beer helped too.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  4. You mean men buy their own clothes? When did this start and why didn't anyone tell me?

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    1. This was a one-off. I doubt we'll ever see another miracle like this again in our lifetime.

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  5. You almost lost me at '1'. One pancake? I was literally stunned by anyone's ability to eat only one pancake. I wasn't sure we could be friends anymore. I was thinking 'yeah, she probably eats only one chocolate chip cookie, too'. Fortunately I kept reading and saw that it was as big as your head. You are forgiven. I'm going to show Mike that Scott bought new shirts. Mike is going to Mexico with one (1) pair of shorts thinking he can buy some there. HAHAHAHA!

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    1. What is it with men? One pair of shorts? That's crazy. Completely something Scott would do.

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  6. I love how the comments are about men buying clothes. HaHa. Bill has existed on the same 3 pairs of pants for the last 3-4 years. Will he eventually buy new ones? Time, and possibly duct tape will tell the story. Now I'm hungry for pancakes... preferably with bacon, and real maple syrup.

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    1. The whole men and clothes things is cracking me up. Glad to know that I'm not the only one whose partner had a very limited wardrobe and seems to think that that's okay.

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  7. I'm glad you were able to turn your evac to Atlanta into a mini-vacation. LOTS of cool stuff here to see. I've never heard of the Thumbs Up Diner, though. I'll have to check that out.

    Have a super weekend.

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    1. It's a fun diner. I think there's a couple of locations in Atlanta.

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  8. All I have to say is...
    I have had ENOUGH Hurricanes for awhile now..thank you!

    -Lisa

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    1. I'm with you on that. Enough is enough. More than enough, in fact.

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  9. I look forward to reading about Cabbagetown. It's hard to believe Martin Luther King, Jr. was so young. Still sad to think of the loss. So much good to read in this post. Thank you for sharing.

    Glad you like my new dishwasher magnet. ~grin~ I always enjoy reading your comments, as well as your posts. Be well!

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    1. I love your dishwasher magnet. If only I had a dishwasher, I could get one of my own :-)

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  10. Busy, busy! But I hope things become calmer and you don’t need to be as frantic because for storms and hurricanes.

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    1. Hopefully, we're out of the worst of storm season.

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  11. Glad you got out of the Irma's way. I love pancakes too, but I rarely make them. Apparently, grandma's recipe can't be beat (according to my kids).

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    1. Grandmas do tend to make things better :-)

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  12. I can't believe you managed to stick to 1 pancake. They must have been huge.

    When I was in Atlanta in a previous life, I was both impressed and humbled to learn all about MLK. It was the highlight of our visit to Georgia.

    Your porthole project sounds like our emergency hatches projects. On our first boat, we needed to remove all the port lights, make the hole bigger and replace them with higher end ones. It was a big and nasty project, especially when it came to sanding down the fiberglass. Yikes! Glad you don't have to do that.

    I'm curious to learn why all those beers were free in Cabbagetown.

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