I’ve been getting the impression from recent calls that we are “over the hump” in this year’s longline halibut and blackcod season. In fact, those were the exact words spoken by Brett the other day. Now, I was sworn to secrecy after speaking with the captain and crew a few days ago, so I can’t say much more other than most pre-season worries seem to be over and we can all breathe a little easier.
The boat is still a few weeks out from “fishing its way home,” but the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to shine. I got a call from George this afternoon, and laughed when he told me about the annual f/v Vis picnic held yesterday. I especially liked the part about how, after standing around in the freezing cold and wind for a game of horseshoes and a steak barbecue began to seem a little silly, they moved the “picnic” indoors to a bar with a fireplace.
I’m breathing a little bit easier myself these days. I trimmed some of my writing obligations in order of importance, and my parents finally returned from their trip. I also thought, for the first time since my first child was born three years ago, that it might be time to lighten the load of my parents and me. I decided to bring in a little extra help by way of a kind and fully capable babysitter.
A girl has got to be able to get her hair done, write a story, or go teach Jazzercise every once in a while, right?
I’m already looking forward to the post-season homecoming and party. Spring is in the air and a little R & R is right around the corner!