Girls new hangout!
We have been busy while staying in our slip in Rivergate Marina in Brisbane. Busy doing what you say?
Looking for jobs, Anna’s Birthday, School School School, Getting hit with significant damage, Superbowl, Visit to Morton Island, and … to Sell or Ship.
Well, with the New Year Suzi and Paul have started the “what are we going to do when we grow up campaign.” Paul has been enjoying catching up with many old work friends, and exploring the opportunity to work with good people again who want to create what was not there before. “Plan it, build it and do it,” still seems to be still be a set of skills in demand. Suzi is also having fun talking to old work friends, and exploring the many different library opportunities back in LA. This has largely been done while actually being in one of the Brisbane libraries. How cool is that!?
Each day for the last weeks the family heads over to the library to seek the wonder that is Air Conditioning to escape the regular 90 degree temps. The library staff here has included the girls in Potter Night and back to school fun things. They even let the girls check out the X-box games to play in the library with their new Aussie library cards. The girls are cranking on school, and Sonia is now working to get ahead prior to the New Zealand trip. Anna is not far behind, but has been delayed by the many stories she is reading and writing. Also regarding school, the girls woke up in the middle of the night to do video presentations to their old classes back at St. James. They were amazing with presentation details ready to go, answering questions, and doing it all between 3 and 4:30 in the morning!
We have done a number of day trips including Anna’s birthday where we saw the movie “Into the Woods.” It was Anna’s birthday idea, and everyone loved the show. A few days later it was the Asia Cup finals in soccer, and the Roo’s beat Korea for the big overtime win! We watched that with many fans, actually more fans around than the Superbowl. Superbowl Monday was the next day in Australia, and that was a weird thing watching the game early in the morning on a Monday. Frustrating game. Suzi happy. Paul disgusted. Girls eager to go play at the playground as soon as this game was finally over…. Nothing new there.
The Steak incident! Turns out Kangaroo is also a food here, and Paul made the mistake of buying some Kangasteaks. He says they are delicious, and tastes like venison. The quality was very good. However, it quickly freaked out all the girls and dad was left by himself to eat his lovely steaks. So, yes good, but no good for family meal.
Another event that unfortunately falls under the annoyance category is Vales Valeo got hit hard by our neighbor rushing out of his slip to go sailing. Probably for a race, but don’t know or care. He managed to start from dead still in his slip right next to us and to accelerate so fast when hit our dingy Vales Valeo lurched in the slip. The damage, as he hollered back he owed us a new dingy, was obvious. The pontoons tearing off the hard bottom and bending our starboard davit three inches is astounding. It bent a lifeline on his boat also. After his day sailiing he came back and collected the dingy. It was stated to be replaced, but after more than a week of no communication, we are now being told second hand the dingy is undergoing repair not replacement. Since the neighbor has not had a stainless person over to talk to us in more than a week, Paul has contacted a stainless company to repair the davit and is not waiting. Accidents happen. We have been hit before, and harder. However, we have been always fortunate to have folks do a better job of not making it our problem, and communicating the whole time. In the end, it sucks, but it is only a distraction.
We did go and leave the slip also, without the dingy, to get some nice water time over at the Morton Island. Paul checked the zincs and tried to scrub off all the slime growing from the time in the slip in the Brisbane river. The water was much clearer this time than our last visit, and it was fun seeing dolphins playing again on the crossing. The sunset and the calm anchorage were wonderful breaks from being tied to the dock.
Lastly, a ton of work is going into what is the best choice to wind the trip up, sell or ship? We have received many quotes on shipping her back. We also have contacted some brokers about the costs and process of selling her in Australia. The catch is you need to pay your boat value tax Prior to listing the boat to sell. That means even a sign. The Australian dollar has gotten much weaker so selling is not as likely to generate as good price as when we left in 2013. This process also includes finding moving options to send our stuff home if we sell the boat. It has been a good time to be tied to slip and working on all these details. The staff at Rivergate are amazingly helpful, and the people here in the library have also been amazingly helpful. Australia continues to endear us.