THE MMMM IN DETAIL
Ed, running late called Carl approx 1055, saying if Carl wanted
to wait, Ed would be along, Carl replying he'd wait, O/A 1120 Ed arrived
1735 Basin St, Carl, as usual, pacing, kicking several butts out into the
street. With a sigh of extreme relief boarded the Jimmy. Ed could feel
Carl's happiness anticipating the several heave arounds.
The ride to Capt's Grill was uneventful arriving 1120. Entering
the restaurant a happy greeting was made by Diane and the
gang Gene Si, Bill V., Earl, Dick,Gary. Diane was somewhat flustered due
to having to change Carl's heave around several times because the ice was
diluting them to excess. Diane really hovers over her charges. Needless
to say the gang was very much relieved that Ed & Carl appeared,
especially Earl who just cannot feel complete without Ed sitting across
from him, also breathlessly handing copies of MMMM report & pictures of
Ed & wife Shirley, Ed's being surveyed by all with adoration.
A strong odoremanated the area, Earl investigating found that
workers were cleaning the patio using acetone or the like. Carl wanted
to sound the general alarm, but there being no gas masks, Earl chased the
workers to another area, using his sargeant ways. Very interesting seeing
Carl & Earl bring their past actions to bear.
All wanted to hear of Ed's experiance in delivering the boat in
which he was involved for the several days. The boat broke down in
Jacksonville, both engines down, the boat has to be hauled out. Maybe the
complete journal will follow.
Bill V. wanted an explanation about a msg about an accordian meant
for Carl, Carl denying any knowledge. Bill also saying his neice left for
the north after a visit, seemed somewhat relieved.
1200 Bobbi M hobbled in with lt leg still in constraint. Earl told
ofhis ride on the USNS Pope a P2 & the USNS Black, a C4. Dick complained
Bobbi being very caustic in her e-mail. Earl was complaining about, oops, I
can't read my notes as to this, oh well it probably wasn't to serious. Gary
was in a happy mood, wife Mary got a job with the census, also keeping the
table aware of the bikinis around the pool. Gene came with a startling
fact, while relating the history of Disney World, told of the love bugs
originated on the west coast of Fla., was transported here by tourists.
Wish those tourists would take them back. Gene also described Epcot Center,
saying it was better suited for the adults.
Gary, again in a very elated way told of Playalinda Beach now is
legal for the nudies. Trying to picture Gary naked strolling the beach
would surely keep the place vacant.
1300 In strolled Shirley, Ed quickly turned his attention from a
briefly clad gal at pool side. Shirley's appearance the last three or so
weeks is due to her being in the area for business or dr's appointment. The
subject of the Empire State Bldg came up, Ed saying he was staying in a
hotel when a bomber hit the Bldg. Earl divulged that the bldg swings in a
arc of 30 degrees.
The food was good ham/w/pineapple, pasta, meatloaf balls, mushroom
gravey, white fish , chicken, good variety of salad items, two soups, topped
off with chocolate or white cake. O/A 1320 the group broke up, Ed & Carl
following Dick home to show the new unit Dick installed a few days ago.
Thence on to Carl's and further west to Cocoa.
Remember the Sagitta?
Reported by Captain Ed
Support A Friend
Switching to Road Runner? Tell them Dick sent you.
Dick, Plank Owner in the MMMM, invited
Carl, and Ed to his place to see how fast Road Runner is. Firing up his trusty computer, Dick was already online - no dial-up was necessary. He then selected his homepage URL from his favorites listing, and literally in less then a few seconds, the opening page was "done".
He then chose SLOWBELL'S DECK from his list, and where ordinarily with a 33.3 MHz modem it would take two to three minutes to load the opening page, Road Runner was done in five-seconds.
While admitting to no technical expertise in this system, we can say the proof "was in the pudding"...it is fast. Apparently the system uses cable, the same as cable TV does, though Dick has a dedicated cable to the box by the curb. It isn't WebTV, as Dick uses his own PC as if he were online using phone-lines. The justification in cost...it is half again as expensive as regular service, is that it does free up the phone line, and in the case of a dedicated phone line, negates the need for that. The initial hook-up...they supply a special modem, costs about a hundred-dollars.
The Sagitta - left, was an N3-M-A1.
Not many N3 class ships were built for WW2, so are not to familiar. Both steam, and diesel were built, the steam class looking like a miniature "Three-Island" ship. With 294 foot length, 43 foot beam, and 2500 dwt ton, she looks almost like a C1-M, or "Knot" ship. That "Cat Head" had to be fitted for some project. So...who knows this ship?