Captain’s Log: I’m Back!

Well it’s been a while since I’ve been able to post any words of wisdom on our web site. With the loss of our webmaster Doc, our club’s page had gone dormant, as we had no one who could fill the huge shoes left vacant by him. The fact that you’re reading this means our VP Lee (aided by his computer savvy son) has cracked the site’s programming software. Way to go Lee! I will continue to post to our Facebook account as I have been as well as here.

So where do I start, I guess somewhere where there’s high ground! Our weather of late has been one rainstorm after another, including one on our club’s meeting last night. Just as soon as one puddle dries up, along comes another monsoon to replenish it. The few hints of warm weather have barely lasted long enough to get the cooler loaded, iced and your lawn chair positioned before the next cold front blows in. Well enough moaning about the Mother Nature. How about those Toronto Maple Leafs (or it spelt Laughs)! I always root for a Canadian team to take the cup but with them being the last Canadian one in, it was going to be very embarrassing! They never made it pass the first round like all the rest of the Canadian contenders, awkward situation avoided.

Big story to date is the return of our Here Comes Summer Charity Music Event NEXT weekend May 11. Ticket sales this year have been really sluggish and we all need to give it one last big push if we’re going to be able to cover costs and provide any donations to the chosen charities. Items for raffles are direly needed as well. So come on folks, put your slickers and rubber boots on and hit the pavement puddles and sell them tickets.

The club has again charted the Duc d’Orleans river boat for our Margaritaville Sunset Cruise on July 20. Tickets for it will go on sale right after we wrap up Here Comes Summer. We’ve had two sold out years in a row so get your order for tickets in early to ensure you don’t miss out! Raffle items for this event are needed as well.

Last item to mark on your calendars, is the switch over of P.O.E.T.S. from the bar and grill scene to the backyards. The first event will be held on Saturday May 18th, of our Canadian 24 holiday weekend. Jointly held at and hosted by Lady Di, myself, our Treasurer Lisa and her 1st Mate Rob. Our chosen charity is the Humane Society so be sure to check out their website for a list of items they need, for donation ideas.

Lastly, two “Just sayin’” items. Danno and Al are once again bringing Key West Singer Song Writer Scott Kirby to One Summer Night in the Point, unfortunately it is the same night as Mark and Kerri’s POETS/Retirement Party (for Mark) at which they have booked a return of Pup Morse (the Scuba Cowboy) and Stephanie. This duo played our first Here Comes Summer event last year. Gonna be a real mission to catch both.

Next item is beer gear related. Brick Brewery’s summer promotion for Landshark is again free t-shirts in their 24 bottle cases. Checked out the designs at the Beer Store yesterday, they’ve got some really sweet ones! Did everybody get a full set of cold weather wear from their winter promo?

In conclusion, just let me say “Friends don’t let friends do stupid things……. ALONE!”

Your Prez,

Denny

Captain’s Log: Hot August Night Edition

My sailing buddy piped up yesterday with the comment he never goes to see a doctor ‘cuz he might find out something’s wrong with him. Guess that’s why I never go see a psychologist!

July’s long hot dry days have turned into soggy wet August ones and summer is slipping quickly away. The club’s Margaritaville Sunset Cruise is once again history. Mother Nature chose to make the boarding a little “moist” but after that it was dry sailing. Only 9 people (outta the 180 tickets we sold) missed the boat. Once again a big thank you to all the club members and Charity volunteers who helped make it the success it was. Our 50/50 and Basket Raffles monies were up (slightly) to add more cash to the kitty. At last night’s club meeting, Treasurer Lisa let the membership know we would be able to donate $480 dollars to each of our charities. The club voted to toss in enough extra funds to round them all up to $500. Our Webmaster/PR Guru, Doc Phlockerson is at this moment working out the presentations details. A special note of kudo’s goes out to our member Jim, who won the 50/50 on board (and after adding some personal funds), donated $500 to (his charity of choice) St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Last Friday saw the One Summer Night in the Point performance of Key West singer/songwriter Scott Kirby. Scott put on a fantastic performance and a good time was had by all. Parrot Heads were in abundance with a gaggle of the London PHC once again making the flight to Sarnia to catch the performance. Danno announced he and Al had decided the proceeds of the show would be donated to The HUB same as the ones from our club’s Here Comes Summer event were! Way to go guys. Oh and Danno, I still think there is something wrong with a “Guess the Photo” contest where if I get it right I have to buy YOU a scotch and soda!

Well there appears to be a break in the rain clouds, the perfect time to make a dash to the garage fridge to restock the Sharks in man cave one. For those of you who aren’t aware yet, Brick Brewing has changed their labeling of Landshark beer to a paper stick on ones – from the printed on glass label. Might want to set aside one of the old ones for posterity, needn’t be a full one though, just sayin’!

“In this big bad world full of imitation furs, you can’t be afraid to take a chance. When you’re walking on thin ice – you might as well dance!” – Scott Kirby

Fins Up,
Denny

Captain’s Log: Early Summer Edition

Well it’s Sunday morning on day 41 of retired life. A1A Radio is wafting from the PC’s speakers and it’s finally starting to set in that I can’t go to work to hide from the world, get some rest and sober up! Last night’s damage assessment of my bar (see photo) is yet another indication that (to quote the late Jim Morris) I’m living in a land of no Mondays!

The warm weather was briefly with us, so before the cool off hit us I used the time to set up the patio (see photo) for partying. Speaking of partying, I want to thank all the gang who came out to celebrate my surprise retirement party. You guys/gals are the best and thanks for all the neat gifts – mostly the lifetime supply of booze. Sobriety will not be a threat anytime soon!

Next up, I want to send out a huge thank you to all the club members and folks who came out or helped out. to make the Here Comes Summer Charity Music Event the great success it was. Special thanks to Lady Di at the raffle table, Lisa and 1st Mate Rob on the 50/50, Webmaster Doc and Sue for scoring up so many donations. To VP Lee, (and Brick Brewing) who not only scored us enough Landshark swag to cover this event but the Sunset Cruise as well, but went over the top and landed an appearance of the Landshark Girls and free beverage samples!! To the Parrot Head Clubs of Bluewater, London and Niagara South for bringing out their members and basket donations. It goes without saying, a thank you to Stevie D and his staff at Bottoms Up for giving us a place to host the event, non-stop beverage service, the free taco bar and sound system for the band. Speaking of musicians, Claude and Tropy Rock were awesome but cudo’s have to go to Stevie and Ken (10 Beach Drive) who together logged in more stage time jamming along than the paid acts! I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t put out a thank you to the staff and crew from the HUB/Rebound, who not only filled a couple of tables but their staffer who won the 50/50 raffle donated it back! All in All, I think everyone had a fantastic time and we were able to donate over $1030 to help the HUB continue bring their programs to the less fortunate of our community.

Lastly before I leave this subject I need to put in a plug for Danno (yep the same one from previous logs and who brought a whole table of friends to our event) and his buddy Al, who are using their own funds to bring to Bottoms Up, Key West Singer/song writer Scott Kirby on July 27. Scott is awesome, Lady Di and I always catch his act at Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant and Bar on Key Largo, (see photo) our first night in the Keys on the way to the MOTM. Check out our Event listing here on the web page for all the info.

Next up, is just a quick reminder to continue supporting our Backyard POETS and the charities our hosting members have chosen to support. June is at Teri and Vi’s, supporting the Boys and Girls Club. Please RSVP and indicate what you are bringing as Pot Luck – so we don’t end up with 4 trays of deviled eggs again!

July 21 will see us all on the water! Our Margaritaville Sunset Cruise is in full swing with tickets going REALLY fast, and setting a pace to be sold out well in advance again. If you haven’t got yours don’t be waiting til the last minute or you’ll waiting on the shore!!!! Once again Teri and Vi will be hosting the pre-boarding party at their residence. To club members, we need help setting up/tearing down, and manning our various raffles, so if you’re available let Lady Di know. Donations are always needed so if you know any business’ willing to donate, please ask.

Well that’s all for this installment, from the guy living in the Land of No Mondays!

Fins Up
Denny

Captain’s Log: Spring Fever

The first day of Spring came and went and the temperature barely got above freezing. It’s almost April, the snow in the shadows just won’t go away and the Cartel must have got a hold of the world’s lime supply ‘cuz freakin’ supermarket limes are up to 50 cents apiece! It’s bad enough I’m clean out of Margarita mix, but do you have any idea what a Rum and cola without a twist of lime is? Alcohol Abuse! Sheesh, I think I’m showing the first symptoms of Scurvy!!! Okay now that I got that off my chest, down to business.

First off, we’re on day light savings time and you know what that means? Yep, Club membership fees are due and if they’re not in by this month’s meeting, the Captain gonna be very unhappy and no crew wants an unhappy Captain. Now DO we? (Hey I’m a laugh a minute kinda a guy usually, aren’t I? You folks are always laughing with me. YOU ARE laughing WITH ME aren’t you?)

Next up, our Here Comes Summer Charity Music Event tickets appear to be selling well. Lady Di and I are out of our allotment. So if you’ve got money please get it into Treasurer Lisa and we are still on the lookout for door prize and raffle items.

It appears our hygiene products drive for the Hub, Women’s Shelter and Inn is coming along nicely with Starbucks, Bottoms Up Bar and Lady Di’s dental office all onboard as drop off locations. Lady Di’s boss alone donated an entire case of toothbrushes!

We’re once again using drink coozies as the boarding ticket for our Margaritaville Sunset Riverboat Cruise and (Bluewater PHC member) Candi, gave us a heads up her/our stateside printing company had a special on printed coozies. I got the design revamped and over to her and with our Canadian dollar trading under 30 cents it works out to a considerable savings, Thanks Candi. Save the date of July 21 so we can go cruisin’. Posters and tickets are coming soon.

So does anybody know how many times you can dunk a slice of lime on a string into a Rum and Cola before your chewing gum loses its flavor?

Da Prez, Denny

Captain’s Log: The Frozen Edition

Let me start off by sending my condolences to (Bluewater PHC members and good friends) Bill and Steve P. on the passing of their mother just days ago. My shoulder’s there for ya brothers!

Well the sun finally came out today, which only means instead of using the snow shovel on the driveway, it’s now on eaves trough duty – whacking down icicles to get the weight off!

I WANT TO GO BACK TO MEXICO, and Happy Hour Margaritas at the Cantina Habanero on the streets of Puerto Morales!

I think it has snowed nonstop since Lady Di and I arrived back in Canada. This was the first time to the Caribbean side of Mexico for Lady Di and me, as we have always done the Pacific coast. We enjoyed two sunny weeks, losing only a day and a half to rain in that time. That Karma thing happened again too! I’m sitting on our 3rd floor balcony, just above the jungle tree tops (nope we didn’t get an Oceanview), and it is freakin’ monsoonin’ so hard you can barely see 15 feet and guess what I’m reading? A Chopper pilot’s biography ‘bout his tour and flyin during the rainy season in Nam! Freaky! The highlight of the trip had to have been the ferry ride to Cozumel and the jeep safari around the island. The strait between the island and the mainland was REALLY upset that day when we crossed. 15 to 20 foot waves on a 25 foot frequency – I’ve seen some rough water (our catamaran trip to Little Curacao) but this was mind blowing or should I say stomach blowing! Half the passengers were blowin’ chunks faster than the stewards could hand out barf bags, even Lady Di disembarked a lovely shade of lime (but she never lost it)! Me, being a sailboater, I thought it was an awesome ride, BUT nothing I’d ever do on anything smaller than a 50 foot ferry!!!!

Well back to reality here in the Great White North, the Club has now named our May event as the “Here Comes Summer Charity Music Event” and at the last meeting dedicated the funds raised to “The Hub” youth center. I personally never knew of its existence, let alone its address or mission. I have come to read a great deal about it and the wonderful work it is performing. The very fact it has succeeded in getting the various social aid agencies to all work together in one place just boggles my mind! Something we (I) feel should not be allowed to flounder because of lack of funding. Our IT guru Doc has gotten us together a poster and been posting it on all our social media. VP Lee has our tickets all printed up and its time to start pounding the pavement making sales. Once again here comes the pitch, if you know anybody or any business that’s willing to donate a door prize please ask, so we can put together raffle baskets to raise even more funds!

Well that’s it for another report (as well as another rum’n’pepsi), it’s Monday, Jim Morris is singing about a three day weekend looking for a place to happen, I’m wearing sunglasses and have only got 78 days til retirement!

Your prez – Denny

Captain’s Log: Christmas Edition

Well, Old Man Winter has gotten his clutches on us big time this week, with over a foot of snow fall in our area (which was getting off easy compared to our neighbours to the east), and string of brutally cold days. Speaking of “Old Man” winter, how is when the weather is balmy we say “Mother Nature” this or that, but come winter it’s suddenly become a male thing? I pretty sure this nasty stuff is all the doing of a vindictive “Old Woman”? Don’t think too hard on it, it’ll ruin your buzz! Just sayin’.

Lady Di and I’s Christmas bash is once again history and we’ve been eating leftovers for over a week now. The cold with a dusting of snow this year was a far cry from the year we were all wearing shorts and T’s! I want to thank all the club members who came out, helped out, either cooking, contributing a dish, or generously added to my bar stock). Love ya Tom for the Blue Lime beer! Special thanks to VP Lee and MAL Mark for stepping up to the ‘Qs out in the cold when my regular BBQ Masters were unable to attend. Great job guys! Extra special thanks to Doc Phlockerson (Webmaster) for coming all the way outta the big city just to drop off his Mexican Casserole, (and gifts for Lady Di and I – love the Jeep hat brother). He couldn’t even stick around long enough for a drink! The burning sensation in the commode the next morning, He gets NO thanks for though!

This year saw the reuniting of the Chaos Twins, ex Treasurer Pammella and ‘Mercan member Candy, who’s antics never cease to amaze me! Why Redneck Ronnie ended with Pam’s bra on I don’t even want to know. The scary part is – it fit him!!! Thanks also to all the rest of the Bluewater Club who attended – it just isn’t Christmas without Bill and Steve, who ensured my entire homemade Margarita mix supply would not go bad, almost 6 litres! We really missed the Beebees this year as Mike misplaced his passport and was unable to enter Canada. Next year found a real cool ad (see illustration) for renaming the party “The Frozen Flamingo (Not So) Tropical Party?”

Speaking of parties, mark May 25/18 on your calendar, the Parrot Heads on the St.Clair in conjunction with our new home, Bottoms Up Bar and Grill, are going to host a Spring Fling (not sure that’s the actual name as of yet) Music event. We have the “Scuba Cowboy” Pup Morse (and lady friend) booked and Stevie D (the bar owner) is adding Copper Still’s lead singer on acoustic as the opening act. We as club members heard the Copper Still Band playing at the John and Pat’s September Backyard POETS a few years back. Stevie is even going to record the event live from his studio (it’s inside the bar). Stay tuned to our webpage and/or Facebook for details as they come available.

The Club has again booked the Duc d’Orleans Cruise Boat for 2018. this time July 21. Stevie D and the Trio will be back to rock’n’roll us on the River. So set aside this date too, and we’ll update y’all as details become available.

Next up, a huge thank you to all the Club members (ours and Bluewater) and your families and friends for the huge success our Bowling For Toys was. Yet another huge kudos to VP Lee, who saved all his Overtime meal vouchers from his place of employment’s huge summer shutdown and used them to cover all our “After Bowl” restaurant bills, asking in return everybody donate what would have been their bills into the Toy Fund. It brought in over another $300 for Lady Di to go purchase more toys with.

In total we donated enough items to provide 64 children Christmas gifts. The generosity of you folks is starting to get me misty eyed, (it’s that or the empty rum glass beside me!).

Well I have to go put the finishing touches on our NFL Football Pool trophy, having held on to it three years in a row, (and 4 of 5 years we’ve played it) it now appears (without a large miracle in the point standings), I will have to relinquish it to our club Treasurer (and next door neighbour) Lisa. Who the ‘ell let women into the poll anyway? Go Dolphins (ya right)!

So Merry Christmas to y’all, (hope Santa brings you all the beer gear you asked for) and Best Wishes for you and yours in the New Year.

The Prez  (acclaimed for yet another year – woo-hooo!)

Captain’s Log: Meeting of the Minds 2017

Well Key West survived the Hurricane and Lady Di and I survived Key West! Another MOTM has come and gone, with old friendships renewed, and new friends acquired. Our long time favourite Trop-Rock musicians were heard again and new talent was auditioned.

The three Denni

If you followed my Facebook postings, you saw Key West escaped (to our eyes) almost untouched by the Hurricane, but the Middle Keys paid a heavy toll. Uncertainty over the state of Key West resulted in a large number of people cancelling their trip plans and the numbers at the MOTM were visibly way down. That said, all our friends from the Min-a-Snow-da Club (their term not mine), were in attendance, with the three Denni (Dennises?) once again hooking up at the Streetfest (see top photo). Breezy (the middle Denni) logged in 32 hours of straight driving to make the MOTM!

We picked up Stumpy and Kris (photo below) once again from the KW airport and he and I swapped cel calls. The first time I ever met Stumpy was in Schooner Wharf Bar @ the Mid-West Region Island Party, (we crashed it if you really have to ask). We joined him and Kris at one of the few open tables. After introductions, he opens his ever present “man bag” and asks if I would be interested in a Cell Phone flask. This thing was so realistic looking he claimed it would pass airline security (and he was right!). “Hell ya”, I said and it has lead to a beautiful rum inspired friendship. So every year since Lady Di and I have stocked the cooler and picked them up from the airport, with the first thing after the “Hey Brother” hug being the “Hey Bro the calls for you” flask drink! He out did himself with some of the smoothest rum I’ve ever tasted. I provided him Labrador Iceberg Rum – made from real iceberg water!

Firsts this year were  A) missing the Homestead turnoff on the Florida Turnpike which resulted in us ending up backtracking through the Miami suburbs of Hialeah and Opa Locka. Which turned out to be totally freaky, ‘cuz I once again, picked up the newest release from my favorite writer Tim Dorsey, only to read his main characters goes through the same suburbs taking almost the exact same route we did!

B) I finally made it into Don’s Million Dollar Bar (Don must have spent that money somewhere else cuz the place is a local’s dive!) after 7 years of everybody telling me I have got to go for a drink there (and walking by it almost daily on my morning jaunts), as it was a KW must do. Oh and Danno (you know Danno from previous Captain’s logs) there’s no damn dog on a stool, but I’m guessing you knew that from the start just to make sure I REALLY did go to Don’s! Better yet, I met BOOMER the Bartender, who a character is based on in one of Dorsey’s earlier novels! (Left photo above)

C) met a couple of the REAL Calgary Parrot Head Club members as well as a half dozen Sarasota PHC impersonating them! Calgary lays claim to being the oldest Parrot Head club in Canada. The Sarasota PHC claims they were given the shirts by some of that club’s members because they were unable to attend but wanted their shirts photo’ed in Old Key West. It was their story and they were “sticking to it!” (Right photo)

And now back to the good old Great White North, which by the way chose to re-introduce Lady Di and myself to it by snowing two days after our return! It’s election time again and if you are interested in any executive position open for 2018,( President, treasurer and one MAL are up for re-election), let Mark know so we can put you on the napkin – sorry ballot!

November 18 is our annual Bowling for Kids (see the event page for details) to collect new unwrapped toys for the Inn of the Good Shepherd’s Kids Christmas party. If you’re coming please RSVP Lady Di so she has enough lanes reserved for everybody to play.

December 9 is the Club’s Christmas Party at Lady Di and I’s residence. Traditional Christmas fare – Fajitas and Margaritas! Ole!! RSVP ONLY! We need to know how many are attending so we lay in enough vittles and libations!

Please note, at the Club’s upcoming November 27 meeting, we will chose the locations and dates of the winter POETS schedule so check back to this website early December and our webmaster guru, Doc, should have it uploaded.

In conclusion, I’d like to once again thank Terri B for again setting up and guiding (herding?) our annual Window Lickers Pub Crawl. A good time was once again had by all with a really great turnout of Lickers!

Landsharks to the Left, Landsharks to the Right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with Rum and you!

The Prez

Captain’s Log: Fall 2017 Edition

Well summer is but a bygone memory, but despite a few cold nights, September was extremely warm. Our area hit (with humidity) nearly a week of 95F plus days. Now into October, we’re just starting to see the first of the leaves turning. A stark departure from the weather Lady Di and I experienced on our trip to Canada’s Big Land – the Province of Labrador (and the island of Newfoundland which we didn’t visit) the last week of Aug/1st week of September. It snowed Labour Day weekend in Labrador City, thankfully we were 1000km away on the coast, but our northernmost stop on the “tramp steamer” the Northern Ranger, saw us leaving the harbor in freezing rain three days later! It was a driving road trip which you could best describe as going to Alaska but without the hype or the amenities! My poor jeep BAJA took serious “$hit kickin’” but while many others we met on the road, were driving far less capable vehicles, I would not have even attempted this trip in any other vehicle than a Jeep! She took a beating and still brought us home from 30km east of Quebec City to Courtright in 12 ½ hour the last day! Labrador is a land of many contrasts. One night (ship board) we pulled out of a remote Inuvik community the ship serviced, to watch the sun set over one side of the inlet’s mountains and the full moon rise over the other side’s mountains. While we passed by icebergs (and whales) at sea, the inclement weather (it rained 3 of the 5 days we were on the cruise – but you’ll NEVER EVER tell Lady Di this was a real CRUISE – it was the first I ever took her on and I might have fudge a few details!) we never had a chance to see the Northern Lights, which could have be seen. Been there, got the T-shirt, will likely never EVER go back, but (except for all the paint chips on BAJA) don’t regret finding a part of Canada most people will never ever see!

On that note, onto Parrot Head stuff. Our VPee Lee reported back that the Phlock to the Falls was a huge success with some 250 attendees and great time was had by all. Secretary Jilly still says those canned Margaritaville Margaritas get sweet after 3 or 4, so said she on her 9th or 10th! Lee re-acquainted himself with Thom Shepherd and Collie who where setup right behind their table and scored a bunch of Landshark swag for the club. Unfortunately, Lee says the Niagara Parrot Head Club is majorly pissed at Margaritaville Restaurant for failing to meet their promised commitments and will likely not use the venue again. Phock to the Falls 2018?

Back home, the big news is the Club has switched our meeting venue from downtown Sarnia (at UpsNDowns) to Bottoms Up Bar and Grill in Point Edward. Closer for our ‘Mercan members, as it is the first exit off the bridge. While we don’t have a “private” room, we have a secluded section just off the stage. The owner (who also happens to a member of the Stevie D trio who played the boat cruise) is fully committed to having us at his bar. At the meeting, he had the bar’s music system set up to play entirely Buffet tunes throughout the meeting and not only had the bar bring in Landshark beer but did a Parrot Head Landshark Bucket special – which we took shameless advantage of! He even has an Internet Radio station which he is willing to give us a Parrot Head hour! I think I can see a beautiful relationship here that might actually allow us to grow the club, and speaking of growing, we signed up a new member that meeting! Long time Virtual Parrot Head member Jim, who’ve we’ve known for years and met up at MOTM many times, has come out of the computer into the real world and signed up with the Club. Welcome Aboard Jim!

Speaking of MOTM, despite the hurricane, it is still a go! Our condo rental in Key West survived, unfortunately one of the places we were booked into for the way down to did not! We luckily did find alternate accommodations though, at a place we have previously stayed. Not some place we’d recommend, but in a pinch (or in our case, a squeeze) is do able. MOTM or Bust, here we come!

In conclusion, I just want to remind all the members of the upcoming Window Lickers Pub Crawl (it’s a long story I’ll tell y’all someday) this weekend, and our Bowling for Kids in November.

Fins up – Yer Capt’n

Captain’s Log: Summer 2017 Edition

Well, Summer is just flying by, here we are almost half way into August!

Biggest news is the club’s hugely successful Margaritaville Sunset (Riverboat) Cruise. We were sold out over two weeks in advance! Mother Nature turned chilly on us but we were rain free. The Stevie D Trio took the time to learn an almost entire set of Buffett just for us, and what wasn’t Buffett, was great oldies and awesome Blues. We even dragged up singing sensation Ken from 10 Beach Drive for a tune! Great job guys! A great job to all our Club members who stepped up and helped out, I can’t remember an event that ever went so smooth. I didn’t have to make a single (Presidential) executive decision beyond Coors Light or Blue Light! Big Kudos go out to Cruise Director Lady Di and Treasurer Madam Lisa for the organization – keeping track of tickets (and the monies for them) was a monumental job, as the demand for tickets had everyone scrambling to find who had any left to swap to those who’s whole allotment were gone and need still more. All our ads went to press just as we sold out and my phone was ringing non-stop with people I had to disappoint because we had no tickets left to sell.

Thanks to Terri and Vi for hosting the pre-party, Deckgating or Taildecking, I don’t think we manage to decide which label we were gonna use, but awesome Margaritas Terri. Thanks also to our sister ‘Mercan club, Bluewater for their great turnout. We had to scramble to get them more tickets too!

I’m pretty sure we’ll be back again next year, and our Charities thank everyone who participated to raise money for them. Don’t forget Bluewater’s Summer’s End party coming up and our continuing Backyard

P.O.E.T.S. Captain signing off.

Captain’s Log: Early Summer 2017

Rum and Scotch –just not mixed together! 

Well it’s been an awesome week, and it’s hard to figure out where to start. I guess first off congratulations to Jim F. (our club’s past and long standing MAL) and Sandy on their tying the knot last Saturday.  Lady Di and I were honoured to be included as part of the chosen few close friends to be invited to the wedding.  We would like to thank Sandy for coming into Jim’s life and once again providing female direction in his life! Hope you both enjoy your honeymoon in the Keys!

Tuesdays, over the course of the winter, I have been introduced to and lunching with a bunch of the local sail boaters from the Sarnia Yacht Club. This Tuesday, I was allowed to participate in the first sail of the season. While I have sailed various excursions in the “Islands,” this was my first Bluewater sail out on Lake Huron.

Having no hands on sailing experience, I helped out doing what I knew best, serving as “galley wench” and music DJ, thus insuring all the crew had cold beverages in hand to “provide balance” while traversing the deck. I must admit I never ever heard of beverages in hand referred to as “Providing Balance” – but hey, it must work, cuz nobody went overboard! My iPod and travel speaker system introduced the crew to previously unheard Trop Rock. They all knew I was a Parrot Head/Buffett fan but they really had no exposure to this gender of music. After almost every tune I played, came the query “That’s Buffett?” Nope, that’s …. “That’s Buffett?”, Nope that’s….  They all came to the conclusion, “those are some really great tunes, especially the sailin’ stuff”.

Today was likely the week’s apex (your new word for today, it means ”highest point”) Danno came for a visit. While I’m a regular at Danno’s “Key West” themed man cave, he rarely adventures out to the downriver burbs. Last Tuesday when we attended Wing Nite at Scroggies Grillhouse and Bar (yes this is a shameless plug for the bar which is a regular hangout for both our Parrot Head Club and the Jeep club I belong to), he’d agree to venture out. Danno loves unique bottles for his bar, into which he pours his various libations. I had purchased a unique Tequila bottle in Mexico on our vacation with him in mind, but we had never manage to make the exchange. At the Grillhouse, he said he had something special for me which he would be bringing, and quite frankly that had me quite baffled. Danno has always provided “top shelf” spirits whenever I’ve stopped in (Barbados’s Rum), and his spirit of choice is Scotch.

Scotch is not something my man cave is normally stocked with. There’s Napoleon Brandy and Bourbons, but definitely no Scotch. I’ve sent Danno the occasional scotch and soda to his table at the Grillhouse, but I’ve never actually paid attention to what brand of Scotch he was actually drinking. Needless to say I got a rude awaking when I found the Scotch aisle in the LCBO. Holy Cow! That stuff is expensive, luckily a guy who drank Scotch was shopping the same time as me and pointed over to the blended stuff the bars in town would likely be serving. Translation – the cheaper stuff!

Well Danno arrived, and I presented him the Tequila bottle and he loved it. We decided, because the weather was so nice, we would take our libations in the open bay of the garage, so I headed inside to transfer the spirits, ice and mix from the basement Man Cave to the garage Man Cave. Yes, I am one of the fortunate few men to be allowed to have TWO! With drinks poured, we settled in for some Key West catch up. Lady Di and I go down for the MOTM in November, Danno and his spouse, Nurse Nancy, do the Song Writers Festival in the spring. Danno knows over the last couple of years I’ve been collecting Buffett’s old vinyl albums and this winter set up bamboo shelving to display the album covers on the basement man cave wall. That’s when he sprung the surprise, he presented me Buffett’s 2nd album (High Cumberland Jubilee) and the “lost album” double record, (Before the Salt). Needless to say I was absolutely blown outta the water, and thought crap I should’a sprung for the Good Scotch!

Wrapping up this log, I’d like to thank all those who came out to, provided dishes to the pot luck and donations to the local Humane Society at  (Lady Di/Myself, Madam Lisa/1st Mate Rob’s) May backyard POETS. It was truly a community event with the “resurfacing” of our lost Parrot Heads members from the Sarnia (Scuba) Dive Club, members of our sister ‘Mercan  Bluewater Parrot Head Club, local Lambton County Jeepers club members, family and Redneck locals showing up to party. This event also showcased the beginnings (aka the bar portion) of my soon to be erected Black Iguana Cantina (Tiki). The final rendition/design was completed by Danno and myself over (cheap) Scotch and (good Barbado’s) Rum on coasters today. I believe it was the fourth revision, (we had to start over each time we refilled our glasses because the ink kept running from the condensation). Brutal conditions to have to work under but we persevered, and designed up a floating roof designed, well at least we think it will float!

Lastly a thank you to Jim and Karen Racz for hosting our club members at their Bluewater PHC Memorial Day Pheeding Phrenz, while I missed it because of a conflict with Jim and Sandy’s wedding, those who attended, thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

In closing, be sure to reserve August 4 on your calendar so you can Go Coastal on our club’s Margaritaville Sunset Cruise aboard the Duc D’Orleans Riverboat. Be sure to check out our events page for all the details.

Phinz Up from the Prez

Denny