1: Cookies, Crafts & Carols! Join Blue Lou, Keelhaul, and Button this Saturday, December 10, between noon and 4:00 at Lake Union Park for some seasonal fun. There'll be boats, sweet stuff, crafty stuff, cheer, song...and pirates! I'll be wandering about and doing stories when the moment seems right. I have even adapted The Night Before Christmas into a pirate tale! Be there, lest ye want a grenadoe in yer stockin'.
Rodrigues is also quoted in the Seattle Times: "I’m selling it for $1 to the right person. Then it’s closed, it’s their story. The most-treasured world-class vessel will become one person’s yacht." In short, Rodrigues is at least willing to pass the torch. I'm not sure whether this move is desperate or wise. I'm not even sure if he knows what this means. What does seem clear is that Rodrigues has acknowledged--at last?--that he may not in the end by the Kalakala's savior. It is also clear that the Kalakala is about to enter another chapter in its history. It ain't over, just changing...again. I'll be reading, and I'll keep everybody up to date (as usual).
4. In the category of solid good news, the CWB has signed a lease with King County for a North Lake Union site, located west of the famous Gas Works Park, next to the Harbor Patrol. The first project will be cleanup; this was a fuel facility and has belonged to Metro Transit for decades. This will then become a site for boat restoration, maintenance, and storage. The "Northlake Community Wharf" is envisioned to become a destination of its own. This is really cool. The Center always needs more space. This will introduce the CWB vision to a new neighborhood. And, personally, I imagine a time when one can sail up the lake with a destination, not just up and back.
5: Yesterday, I was at Target getting Christmas wrap and paper towels. I looked down the wine aisle, and I had a vision that made me grin. I saw in my mind a whole aisle full of liquor. I imagined rum, vodka, and bourbon at real prices, maybe even at discount. June 2012 will be FREEDOM. You have no idea how much the passing of Prop 1183 pleases me and makes me think that maybe the state I live in is not completely Cro-Magnon. I know why the caged booze sings.
6: BONUS NEWS: "The Journal of Blue Lou Logan" recently zipped past 3,000 hits, and the number of hits per month continues to grow. Ahoy readers! Y'all come back now, y'hear?