- Before I headed out to the pool yesterday, I snatched a couple of photos off last Christmas’s cruise album. Just behind the nice line up of green tugs was an obvious, very early 1960’s designed small ship of some sort. She stirred my curiosity. Plugging her name, Teraaka into good old Google took me to this stamp history page that had it all. She was built in 1959 Yugoslavia for the Jadranska Plovidba as the OPATIJA, a tourist/holiday ship. Mouthfulls. Her name was changed to NINIKORIA when bought by the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Development Authority in 1968. In 1974 the operation of the vessel passed to the central Government. She became a marine training ship with the name of Teraaka. Very bare bones stuff for a long lived ship. For ships wear out…Yet here she is not registered by Lloyds and afloat down in Ensenada.
- Old stuff. Just as we were moving upstairs after dinner last night, there came a call for the Geezer. His old boss. Moving the one division to Mexico and eliminating the oversight didn’t work. They wanted Geezer to come back to work for them. G noted that the boss kept saying, “Gee, you sound happy.” I think he is, especially since he told his old boss no.
- The second-in-command at the Discovery shop is on our neighborhood council. All the high school kids who had volunteered to help with the local Christmas Parade quit to be in the parade. I was asked if I would run the staging area. Since I will be with G up at the Automotive Museum during December Nights in Balboa Park, I turned the boss on to my youngest. Lenora knows everyone down there, and she’s thrilled. She can see at night too.
- Yesterday afternoon, I caught a glimpse of a neighbor gardening on her walkway. No yards here. I asked her if she wanted my indoor plants….yes she said, and I parted with all but one of my houseplants. I managed to remember to water the one remaining plant. Memory is the problem for me. Now sheets and plants all in one week. I’m offing all the small details of life to open doors to some new thing just waiting in the wings. Perhaps I should find homes for the deck plants too.
December 2, 2010
Little Bits of History *
Portland Union station Work has been sorted, and I’m home to sort my own things now. I’ve gained roundness. G says we are Mr. and ...