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TWO HUGE CRUISE SHIPS HEADED BEHIND TURTLE AND UP
FRENCHMAN BAY IN LAST HOUR OR SO TO BAR HARBOR.

WENT DOWN TO THE BOATHOUSE AND WAYS AT LO TIDE (6:45
am). WOW!
IF WE HADN'T PUT OUT 20 FEET OF EXTRA CHAIN ON THE
INBOARD SIDE OF THE FLOAT ON THRS IT WOULD BE
SPLINTERS RIGHT NOW!  AND I THINK WE COULD USE
ANOTHER 5-10 FEET OF CHAIN. IN THE SURGE IN AND OUT THE
FLOAT WENT THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE CHAIN AND WAS
JERKED TO A STOP HEADING OUT TWICE IN THE TEN MINUTES I
STOOD NEARBY AND WATCHED.

DURING THE NITE, WATER CAME ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP
OF THE WAYS (RAILS) AND HALF WAY UP INTO THE BOATHOUSE
(CAN TELL BY THE WATER MARKS INSIDE)!  SMALL FISH GOT
CAUGHT IN  THE SURGE AND SUCCUMBED IN FRONT OF THE
BOATHOUSE.

ITS NOW 4:30 pm. DID A LITTLE WORK ON THE BOATHOUSE
WINCH IN THE MORNING AND TOOK SOME PICTURES AT LO AND
THEN HI TIDE OF THE SURF AT THE WAYS. HAD SOME MORE OF
THE CHILI & BEANS FOR LUNCH (AND THEN SEWED UP THE
HOLE IN MY BVDS!)

Skiff is riding easily and has been all day on both bow lines. Little wind and no breaking
waves. Just long, big swells out where the mooring is.
One learns a lot by studying the water action at the ways in different weather and water
conditions at HI
and LO tide levels.

After promising not to get sucked into the Patriots football game again (after listening to
the first two frustrating games), I eagerly turned it on at 1:00pm and they didn't disappoint
this time. A 31-0 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Pariots have very,very good talent.
Unfortunately, Bill Parcells (coach) has a tendency to force fit his personnel into his type
of game (ball control w. the run) rather than devising a game plan which best takes
advantage of his personnel.
(omitting here diary discussion of game, players and
coaching).
I wrote the other day about the book, Ashenden or the British Agent, I found here in the bookshelves and written
in 1927 by Somerset Maugham (actually I only mentioned the book). I guess that I never viewed Somerset
Maugham as a spy story writer (never having read anything by him before, but, just my long- standing
impression). I am almost finished w. this little paperback and am enjoying it, but had found nothing to distinguish it
in my mind until I hit page 133, the chapter entitled, "His Excellency". Thoroughly enjoyed that chapter (about 20
pages), could relate to Herbert Witherspoon very much and saw a glimpse of a very insightful man (Maugham, the
author) not nearly so evident in the other parts of the book.

I was just thinking. Dean R. Koontz was laughed at when he published his first book,
Hanging On. He put his head
down and plowed right ahead. His works of subsequent fiction have sold more than 20 million copies, despite few
if any favorable reviews by the critics. What B.S.! But, don't get me going on that.

What shall I have for dinner? (Can't face more chili beans).

Haven't seen the sun since Thursday. (It's Sunday today).

It's 5:15pm and I'm listening to the N.Y. Giants football game as I write (with only half an ear - nice to hear voices -
that don't ask me questions).




Some individuals go on sabbaticals, some people go on safaris. I go to Mark Island. Just like I went to live on a
farm. Experiences, new experiences; every day. Arrows in the quiver of life experiences. A full quiver provides lots
of life options. I need no other justification or rationalization for living on Mark. And I have not even begun to work
on any of my books here. I want to do that.

What about spending the winter here? Must do something about the farm. Dump it and store furniture? Don't
know. And, I do like the winter warmth and sun and comradarie of my live aboard sailor friends in the Carribean!

If I spend the winter on Mark, it will be for one reason: I've never done it before!!. It's here w. all its experiences to
unfold before me! Why do people sail oceans? Climb Mt Everest?
I did many of my paintings during my years  at the
Winter Harbor Lighthouse on Mark Island. Here
(left) I am using the south side of the shop as an
easel.

View from the lighthouse tower (above).  
              The shop is mid left.
                                      *************************  MON  16 SEPT  '96  *****************************

I think that there is definitely a leak in the cistern under the dining room. Saturday (9/14) it was full to the top
before I pumped H2O for ten minutes into the attic. That brought the water level down to 1 3/4" from the top. I
have pumped no more since. However, this morning the water level is down to 3" from the top. - A drop of 1 1/4"
in 48 hours with no use (I've been using H2O from the attic tank and the other cistern). If indeed 1" = 20
gallons, then I've lost 25 gallons through leakage in just 2 days. That's 12.5 gallons per day. That is A LOT of
lost water out here!
I will skim coat the inside of the cistern with cement after I empty it in the Fall or before I fill it in the Spring.
(Better let somone on shore know when I do it because it is very difficult to get out of the cisterns once you
climb in!)
WHOOPS! May have to refigure my cistern figures & calculations. Discovered manufacturer's label for the 12V
electric pump tacked to a beam under the house. (Pump is an ITT Jabsco "Par", Model 36900 - 1000, w 7amp
SLO BLOW FUSE). Capacity is stated at 4.2 GPM (ie - 4.2 gallons per minute). If that is true, then the ten
minutes I pumped the other day (w. the electric pump) moved 10 x 4.2 or 42 gallons into the attic holding tank,
and not the 35 gallons I calculated by measuring the change (drop) in water level (1 3/4") and using the
standard of 1" = 20 gallons developed by me using a tape measure to measure water level drop after siphoning
out 20 gallons - ie - filling 4 five gallon jugs on Sept 11.
So (I can get a good precise system at some point) 1" of water equals 20 - 24 gallons (difference btween 35
and 42 gallons above is 20%). Therefore, capacity of that 60" deep cistern is 1200 - 1440 gallons! (and leaking
at rate of 5/8" per day;  5/8 x 20 = 12.5 gal or 5/8 x 24 = 15.0 gal. So, the leak is taking 12.5 - 15.0 gal per day).
I'm getting off this subject now.
Although, it is important.

Saw the sun today for the first time since last thursday (today is monday), but weather headed downhill again.

Spent the day hauling buckets of stones and rocks to put around the northeast corner of the house's
foundation. Years of neglect equals big time erosion. Exhausting, physically!
Then, feeling relatively "water rich", I filled the tub half full w hot water and took a much needed bath. I feel like
a new man. (My underpants screamed when I took them off and dove out the window, headed for the water,
dove in and began swimming to Turtle Island)!

What to have for dinner. Bkfst was leftover Mueller egg noodles from last nite w lots of ketchup. Lunch was
leftover tuna and peas from last nite w. egg noodles.
Dinner?

May go ashore tommorrow, if weather is decent. Would like to buy a paper, some fresh produce and meat, and
check my mail and messages (telephone).
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"But to be in possession of undisturbed
liesure, is far from being the common lot; nay,
it is something alien to the human nature.."
     
 Arthur Schopenhauer