Pi Day

At the Governor's School we celebrated Pi Day every year on March fourteenth (3.14). Parents brought in so many pies that all of the students and faculty had their fill and we still delivered extra pies to Daily Bread every year. It was a fun event!

Angie with the Pi pie she baked.

So when we realized this year was a special (once in a hundred years) Pi Day and that Woodruff's Pie Shop had $2.00 slices all day.....we picked up Gary and Laurie and headed to Elon! We didn't make it by 9:26 a.m. so we only celebrated to the fourth decimal place!

Laurie, Mrs. Woodruff (98 years old) and Gretchen

We enjoyed a lively conversation with Mrs. Woodruff while enjoying cherry, pecan, coconut custard and buttermilk pie slices. Yum...Yum. Angie says this is the only Pi Day she will have since the next one doesn't come around until 2115....but I think she only needs to celebrate to two decimal places and have a Pi Day annually like the Governor's School.


Just smile and wave...

A man builds a sailboat in his backyard, a coping mechanism for dealing with his wife's mental illness. It's part of the plot line of the film Canvas. I remember at the end when he and his son are sailing and a motor boat comes flying by them. He tells his son to just "smile and wave, they don't know we hate them!" Well today, Gretchen and I after 41 years spent as sailors, crossed the line over to the the "hated" side. We bought a motor boat!

Since we started sailing SunShower on the Chesapeake Bay and other harbors on the east coast, we began to realize that we love being on the water, exploring creeks and bays, walking around waterside towns and eating local seafood. However, our aging bodies began to protest mast raising and lowering and the confines of a cuddly cabin. Our most recent trips included more nights in hotels, cottages and B&Bs. Coupled with the fact that sailboats are not fast and limit one's range for exploration, Gretchen and I began to think about motor boats. At first we looked at larger ones we could sleep on but it became quickly apparent we could not afford a comfortable boat. So we decided to look for a small boat. The plan is to rent a cottage with a dock and use the boat to explore nearby waters by day while sleeping in a bed at night!

Searching the Internet for weeks, led to the conclusion that a center console would be a good type of boat for our plan. We identified several used ones in Virginia and NC and then saw a boat we really were impressed with at the Roanoke Boat Show, a Key West 17' Center Console. It is small enough to trail and launch easily and has a hull configuration appropriate for the Chesapeake Bay and protected coastal waters. Plus you can cut it in two and it will still float! We found that the price difference between a five year old boat and a new boat was not very much, so we ordered a new scheduled for April.


So a new boating adventure begins. We trust a boat that one just needs to turn a key to use, will afford many more years of boating on SML, the Chesapeake Bay and other east coast venues!