Earlier this summer, when we first put the boat in the water, we were at a marina that wasn’t a regular stop for people who weren’t using the yard. As we moved down the intercoastal, we managed to find a few other liveaboards, but not many.
Stopping in Beaufort has been a treat because not only are there other liveaboards (yay! socialization for Geoff and I!), there are also other kids! Skye, my normally extroverted child, was by mid summer hiding behind me when she saw other kids at the beach. Now, she’s back to being excited to see them. Regular social interaction appears to be the key (although we need to work on sharing).
Plenty of kids also means treats. One dad keeps the lounge freezer stocked with popsicles and the kids, though they aren’t really supposed to, tend to help themselves. If someone opens the freezer and Skye is nearby, she can walk underneath them to grab a treat before she’s even noticed. Plenty of kids also means regular viewing of the Disney channel. While sometimes the TV is taken over by the adults for sports, pleasure viewing, or news, mostly it is tuned to Disney and the kids are running in and out of the lounge expressing preferences on the shows.
Having lots of people at the marina made the last debate especially fun. Most people were drinking a bit and the peanut galley was in full swing, targeting both of the candidates. While my Twitter feed during the debate was almost completely liberal (with a few libertarians thrown in), the marina crowd was decidedly mixed and perhaps even leaning conservative.
passively stalking observing my friend’s behavior on Facebook. I have found this election particularly interesting in the changes of rhetoric put out by the campaigns and shared by my politically-minded social media crowd. In past elections, I’ve found my feed to be fairly balanced, but this election was very pro-Bernie Sanders and the conservatives couldn’t get behind a favorite candidate, then moved towards complete silence on the conservative side while the liberals were very much “she’s the lesser of two evils.” Now they’re all #withher and the Trump supporters are finally starting to show back up. What I’m loving, though, is all the third party love, particularly for the libertarians. Could we perhaps hope for reasonable, thoughtful, moderate options that can debate the issues politely and intelligently?