Five O'Clock Somewhere

Welcome to Five O'Clock Somewhere, where it doesn't matter what time zone you're in; it's five o'clock somewhere. We'll look at rural life, especially as it happens in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, cats, sailing (particularly Etchells racing yachts), and bits of grammar and Victorian poetry.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I went to a garden party …

…and it’s all right now …

Yeah, I’ve been mostly incommunicado for the past two weeks, and it’s been because I’ve been immersed in the effort to write a 50,000 word novel (well, really, a novelette) in 30 days. But Tillerman has issued a challenge, and I will take time away from my word-count-amassing efforts in order to live up to that challenge.

He has asked us to tell the world who, in the world of sailing, living or dead, real or fictional, we would invite to a dinner party, and why.

The first person I would invite, no matter what, would be Zorro, my mentor-coach-trainer-friend who means so much more to me than I can explain to anyone, even Pat. He featured prominently in a previous writing challenge, as chronicled in A Peak Experience with Team Zorro (part 1), A Peak Experience with Team Zorro (part 2), and A Peak Experience with Team Zorro (part 3).

I know that a lot of people find Zorro to be difficult to relate to. He has an ego. Before he was a sailor, he was a world-champion pole vaulter, and he would have been in the Olympics if the U.S. hadn’t boycotted the 1980 games. In 1977, his pole vault clinched the NCAA track and field championship for UTEP. Later, he took up sailing, and he was in the running to be on the Olympic team in sailing. He likes to win. He’s driven, and often impatient, and those characteristics often rub people the wrong way. But I love him, and I just couldn’t have a dinner party, especially a sailing related dinner party, without him.

Of course, I would have to have the great Tillerman himself at the party, but even more important, I would want to be sure that Tillerwoman was there as well. I have, alas, not been all that great of a gardener, but I greatly admire those who are, and who, like sailors, work with what Nature gives us, whether it’s good wind and water or good rain and topsoil, to bring experiences of beauty.

I would have to have Edward at the party – and his family as well. He shares my affinity for pirates. And his kids look so stunningly, astonishingly much like Pat did when he was that age, I keep thinking Edward’s just borrowed some snapshots from the family album. Maybe there’s some long-lost link.

Because of my affinity for boats and music related to boats, Adam would have to be there as well. If he could bring Jimmy Buffett along, that would make the party even sweeter.

Oh, yeah, I should also probably invite my husband, Pat, and my son, Gerald, to the party.

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Anonymous tillerman said...

Thanks for the invitation. I am looking forward to meeting all of those guests.

PS Can we organize some Laser or Sunfish racing before dinner?

Sat Nov 15, 10:24:00 AM MST  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Oh, we most certainly can. We might be able to come up with a couple of M Scows as well.

Sat Nov 15, 07:39:00 PM MST  
Blogger Gerald said...

Ooh laser racing! Now that I've raced one I'll have to learn how to sail it better. And especially if Tillermeister is there.

Mon Nov 17, 04:24:00 PM MST  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Gerald, did you get to Santa Barbara this past weekend? And did you sail the Laser there, or some other time at TTL?

Programming note: Visitor #44K is from Ohio, running a Mac with Safari, and arrived on a culinary question.

Wed Nov 19, 12:13:00 AM MST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are all the damn stories about the cats?

Sun Nov 23, 02:18:00 PM MST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love the site! What a swell way to spend an evening

Sun Nov 23, 02:22:00 PM MST  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

I'll be getting back to regular posting once November is over. In the meantime, you can check out National Novel Writing Month, and if you look up the profile for CAByrnes, you can find a novel excerpt, which I change from time to time, and which sometimes contains cats.

Mon Nov 24, 12:58:00 AM MST  

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