Mon-Tue, Aug 4-5th - MORE Boat Chores and Jam with Frank from WINDSONG
After a week in Panama City, we were already losing our direction.
The headliner had taken longer than I'd expected, and we weren't having
very much fun. After all the boat chores it was my turn to do something fun.
When we had first arrived I had put out a call on the VHF net to any musicians in
the cruisers fleet who might want to jam, and had hooked up with a guy named Frank
from a boat named WINDSONG. To date, we had both been busy and had not
been able to get together, but on Monday morning, while tearing down the
prep work for the headliners, I called Frank again on the VHF and
asked if he wanted to get together the next day, Tuesday. He said yes, and that
we should meet at 2:00 pm at the bar at the Balboa Yacht Club, located Canal side.
So we met early Tuesday afternoon at the appointed location where we drank beers
and traded tunes until nearly sunset. Frank is a really nice guy and a good
player, so it was great fun and a much needed break for me.
When we got back to the boat that night, we had a talk and tried
to re-focus on what we were supposed to be doing in Panama City: getting
ready to go to the Perlas Islands. We'd already been in P.C. 11 days
and were both finding it a dilemma that we had come here, ostensibly, just
to get the boat ready and scoot out for a month or so to the Perlas Islands.
Then we'd planned to return to P.C. for the real, and more major, series of boat
chores that we needed to do before we transited the Panama Canal. However, what
was happening was that there were so many things that needed to be done
that we were trying to attack everything and anything that came along,
especially now that we were finally in "the big city" where we could more-or-less
find anything we needed. Therefore, tasks that I'd meant to put off til later,
like the headliner, were able to get the better of me here. The surroundings of
the big city were driving us to do all this work, that might not, strictly
speaking, have been required for a trip out to the Perlas Islands.
So, that night, we prioritized the "To-Do" list with the most important tasks
that we needed to accomplish, and we agreed that we would leave for
the Islands on the upcoming Saturday.