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Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 30, 2020, 03:53:53 AM »
Departure Day

I am very glad for the extra sleep I got yesterday as minor problems roll me out of my bunk at 2 am.  It's funny how two efficient men see the same task in different lights that create an inefficient tie that stops all work dead.

"Ask the Captain!"


Other than The Cook (whose depths of wisdom I yearn to achieve) I am the eldest aboard ship.  My 'wisdom'  that is so revered by the Crew makes me chuckle because some time in my 40's I realized that wisdom is nothing more than the accumulation of knowledge over time, a good recall of facts, and knowing when to keep one's mouth shut.

I always thank profusely anyone who awakens me because I never want anyone to fear it.  I have specific "Standing Orders" that are to never be abrogated except when to do so would result in someone's injury or death.  One of them involves safety.

The possibility of extending our stay means an increase in fuel usage.  Before we can begin picking up passengers it is critical that we take a rather large cache of gasoline,  propane, and other various flammable materials to the Festival grounds along with the solar array and battery bank.  The tents and other camping needs plus the personal rations all must be set up and readied for our return so we can concentrate on immediate sales of our goods on the opening Saturday.  This makes for a dangerous voyage and everyone will be on edge until it, and the gunpowder we ALWAYS carry are safely stowed ashore.

I don't know how often I will be able to post while we are engaged because of our apparent inability to communicate from the event.  I heard rumors that we may be able to pay a local to link our devices allowing contact with the Outside World.  If that happens, you will be the first to know.  If not I have decided to continue to journalize my experiences on paper and whenever possible will update this Ledger.

Yesterday at sunrise the crew was greeted by a giant eagle in a Red Sky - mixed omens.

"Red sky at morning - sailor take warning!"

Safety is The Order of the Day.

Pray for our success,

Eduardo Blomar 1679
Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 29, 2020, 07:01:39 AM »
Repairs to the ship and a good general cleaning should be finished by noon.  Temporary shelters for the Crew are being stowed on board as we will be camping in a forest for the Festival.  Art, music, and many handcrafts are the focus of the event and we expect to have a pleasant vacation.  Originally I was told the Festival would be for a week to ten days, but I am finding out that many participants end up staying a month!  I hadn't planned on dedicating the ship as a passenger ferry for that long but if there are paying customers, I am game to extend our stay.  I know the Crew would have no problem having their vacation lengthened.

I was also told that a lucrative sideline would be to stock a small 'convenience store' at the event.  A plethora of attendees (with silver & gold in their pockets) come unprepared and buy everything they need at the event.  We have a deep store of food and necessary materials and are going to make a special trip to deposit enough to feed an army.  Anything we sell (at a marked up profit) can be acquired before our return so we will not be at a loss at home from the endeavor.

Since we are contemplating an extended stay, we will be taking the Solar Array and the Battery Bank with us so we will have power.  I am told that electricity is another service that can be provided for a fee  8-) .  Even water is a barter item that far into the wilderness (the Festival is in a very secluded location that requires several hours of land travel to attain).  We never go ANYWHERE without an adequate supply of water because water is LIFE.

What little gold we have has been pooled and converted into silver.  The Jolly Roger Project is in full swing.  We will begin minting our Pirate Coinage when this event is over, and we hope to add greatly to our base with the profits from working this Festival.  The skull with crossed cutlasses is an outstanding look and we believe our currency will be sought out as being worth more than the base metal value, and I can't wait to use them!

I'm not sure why I slept in until almost 6am.  I am usually up before Sunrise.  I also woke up hungry (a rare event) and will be jumping into the galley as soon as I finish here.

Bright sunshine and clear skies are a good omen for great accomplishments today, and I had best get to it.

May you find peace today,

EB 1679
Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 28, 2020, 05:48:54 AM »
An overhaul of the ship is The Order of the Day.

Not only function but form is being addressed as we will be ferrying paying passengers to and from a Festival, and the Crew is as excited as I am to take a few days of Rest & Relaxation in the form of Liberty.   "Freedom" is an overused and quite misunderstood term to Land-Lubbers as they equate it with liberty, but Sea-faring Men have a better grasp on the distinct difference.  

The Limitation of Freedom is Nature.  

The Limitation of Liberty is other Men (Society).

People are pretty much 'free' to come and go, and to do as they please - until they try to abrogate the forces of Nature and Gravity or a Tiger decides that they need a lesson.  That's Freedom.  Do as you please.  Most reading this have that now.

Liberty is another creature altogether.

Actions oftimes have consequences.  People are not "At Liberty" to rob, steal, maim, plunder, or kill.  Every man is FREE TO DO SO, but they do so at their own peril, for there are other men on this Earth who do not take kindly to being robbed or killed.  They rather frown on it, as I do.  Because there are Evil Men on this Earth, Laws have had to be declared to staunch the advance of plundering hordes, and have even banded together and given 'authority' to specific Enforcers dedicated to THE ERADICATION OF EVIL.  We all know that is a never-ending job, and God Bless those who dedicate their lives to PEACEKEEPING.

I am called to breakfast.

EB 1679
Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 27, 2020, 03:45:40 AM »
Many maxims of my childhood continue to ring true through the years of my adulthood.  When it rains, it pours. I am getting pings of Crew Grumblings through the Grapevine (everybody has one or two).  Flooding has prompted the query "Why did we work so hard hauling water?"

It's the Roll of the Dice.

There are a majority of Pirates in this forum that have an (in my opinion) unwarranted knee-jerk reaction to "Authority" (capitalized).  I call bullshit.

Ownership confers Authority.

Every ship needs a Captain.  Without it there is no 'direction'.

A Captain makes the decisions.

A Captain takes all the blame.

A Captain goes down with his ship.

Weeks into Monsoon Season not a drop has fallen from the sky.  The cistern is almost empty.  Bathing has been rationed and everyone is coated with salt from the sea.  Does a Captain gamble with the health of his Crew?  Of course not.  He puts to sea and retrieves whatever he needs to maintain a proper Ship and Crew so he hauls the water - which means work.  Having no pack animals, every gallon must be hand carried from the source to the ship (at eight pounds per gallon).  Hard-ass work.  I remind them that had we NOT gotten the water the time would have been spent excavating rock from the well, root cellar, and the for months now untouched road.  All I get is looks.

But that's ok, because I'm the Captain, and it goes with the territory.

I dare anyone who has a problem with "Authority" and thinks there shouldn't be any to tell me where they live.  You cannot act adversely to the Will of a Pirate in his Domicile without being righteously ejected (oftimes forcefully).  That is his authority plain and simple.  "A man is king in his castle".  Another maxim.

In truth, there are men on this planet who NEED a Captain.  They follow a Higher Authority and some who cannot live up to those standards feel secure following someone who does.  Being a Christian I do not follow Fortuna as many Captains do, and I do not allow Evil on my boat.  I despise Pirates with malice in their hearts that deal Cruel Death to innocents cavalierly.  My men are Pirates for one reason and one reason only, which we ALL have in common:

We refuse to bow to the whims of The Crown, or whomever wears it.

Guillermo and I, and the whole Crew for that matter, have sworn to take the heads of any and all Representatives of The Crown - Military or Civilian - who DARE trespass on this island without our express permission.

My men are all Good-hearted Christians who just want to be left alone to pursue Happiness.  It is the whims of others that makes us 'Pirates'.

Freedom is dangerous.

EB 1679
Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 26, 2020, 02:50:56 AM »
"Land Ho!"

Grandma loved a sailor, who sailed the frozen sea

Grandpa was that whaler and he took me on his knee

He said, "Son, I'm going crazy from livin' on the land

Got to find my shipmates and walk in foreign sands."

This old man was graceful with silver in his smile

He smoked a briar pipe and he walked four country miles

Singing songs of shady sisters in old town Liberty

Songs of love and songs of death and songs to set men free


I've got three ships and sixty men

A course for ports unread

I'll stand at mast, let north winds blow till half of us are dead

Land ho!

Well, if I get my hands on a dollar bill gonna buy a bottle and drink my fill

If I get my hands on a number five gonna skin that little girl alive

If I get my hands on a number two come back home and marry you

Marry you, marry you


Eh land ho!

Eh land ho!

Well if I get back home and I feel alright

You know babe I'm gonna love you right, love you right, love you right

Eh land ho!

Eh land ho!


- Jim Morrison -

Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 25, 2020, 05:18:31 AM »
Rain on The Lords Day is very appropriate as it tends to push people inside and encourages rest.  As hard as I word I need no prompting and I plan on lazing the entire day away with reading, writing, and more sleep.

Two new spots started dripping during the night so the roof project needs just a little finishing once it stops.

The rain seems to have tamped down the bug infestation and we hardly saw any at dusk.  I sure hope that is over for the year and they don't emerge when it warms back up (which it will).

There is no place on Earth I'd rather be than here. That said, I only have one Great Desire that makes my heart ache continuously until it is achieved:  I miss my Wife.  She is fulfilling a commitment she made before I obtained the island before she can come live here.  I have not allowed a visit from her here until I have completed the Mother-In-Law Cottage I am building just for her residence.  After over 30 years of marriage (very untypical for a Pirate) I know just how she wants to live and am making a custom place for her and her animals.  Many cats, and My Bird.  I miss my bird.  I have a Goffin's Cockatoo I've had for decades and would love to have him here but he loves my Wife so much he just isn't the same to have without her around.  Women have a 'glow' that is beneficial to plants and animals that I have not been able to emulate no matter how hard I try.  Were she with me now, I could live here forever.

If anyone reading these words have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them.  Just ask.

EB 1679
Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 24, 2020, 04:12:31 AM »
I apologize for not posting last eve as I have been pushing the limit of my endurance lately and upon return in the afternoon I laid down for a nap and slept through dinner.

Arising at 3 a.m. gives me valuable time by myself to ruminate on the affairs of the day and do research.  And post here   :geek:

We were able to follow the new maps and easily found our destination.  Investigation showed an alternate route that will save us an hour in ferrying passengers so was definitely worth scouting out beforehand.  The only drawback was finding that our electronic communication devices are not operable in that area so we will not be connected to the outside world when there.  That will create a problem, but we have over a week to work it out.

We finally got rain (AFTER we filled the cistern) and made temporary holding containers for it.  It is FAR superior for growing plants and crops so we treasure every drop.  Repairs to the roof seem to have been successful as the buckets under the old holes were empty.

Today I will finish the rack for the new solar cells and will be securing it to the roof sufficiently to withstand the 60 mile per hour gusts of wind we get when it's blowing.

If it doesn't rain more, of course.

Still no sickness at The Port and we are beginning to doubt the veracity of claims that there IS a sickness.  We have never met anyone who knows or has evidence of ANYONE being ill, other than "Official Reports" of which we never give any credence to anything coming from a "Governing Body".  We still take our Vitamin C and D3 and Zinc, and we all get more than enough sunshine and eat well, so no problems here so far - Thank God.

The temperature dropped so much I am glad I put an extra blanket on my bunk - it was needed.  After living for decades in a desert at 115 degrees I am SO glad to live here!

I am happy.

EB 1679
Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 23, 2020, 06:28:03 AM »
Hustle and bustle everywhere this morning as we prepare to recon our upcoming engagement.  Solid maps and early communications give much hope for success.

I'll try and make an evening post if we return early enough.  The sky is clear but we may be sailing into approaching storms.  We are looking to fill our hold with nothing but fresh water on this run, and it shouldn't take that long - a little more than an hours' travel each way.  That gives more time for exploration and conversation with the Natives.

May God watch over us as we step into territory foreign to us, and bring us home safely.


EB 1679
Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 22, 2020, 07:27:16 AM »
Another fine morning in Paradise.

Loneliness is not an issue here at The Port so 'visits' are nice, but disruptive.  There is a heavy work ethic here and the schedule is grueling.

Visitors usually don't "work".

Most sleep for the first third of their visit.  It's that pleasant here.  After that they wander around and marvel at the sights.  Broad vistas where you can see forever in all directions.   Flora and fauna in abundance.  Creatures that are not afraid of humans because they had never had contact with them until my arrival and, being a special human Miracle, I have not only given them no reason to fear us but have culled relationships with some that are absolutely delightful.

Word was received that a family member of our Guest had taken ill, so their visit was unexpectedly cut short.  This was neither a surprise nor a nuisance as the bug situation made evening uncomfortable until we were all inside and the place was cleared, and we had other business that the visit had postponed anyway.

Being that the Summer Mainland has surpassed it's 100th day of temperatures over 100 degrees, we dropped our visitors, picked up a couple of things, and obtained our map of the Event we are to ferry passengers for rather quickly.  Good.  I like knowing where I am going, and wanted to find this place on our way back.  It was also an opportunity to correct our Ship's Logs and Maps from the time we took an alternate route and got lost, never finding what we sought.  Well, it happened again, only this time it wasn't our fault.

We followed the map until we found an error in the routing whatever pilot set when it was drawn up.  That was fine with us as we had regained our bearing from the last foray, and backtracked a short distance to find the bottom of the route we were looking for - which turned out to be a 'secret' shortcut home!  HOORAY!  Now we have a solid map and will be able to get to our last detour point quickly and easily.  That will be tomorrows' adventure.

No one was more glad to be home than Lucky the Ship Cat.  I call him Lucky because he doesn't like to travel, and he's always lucky to hit dry land.  He really likes chewing grass and even though I have a small container of it growing on board the Ship, he still prefers his fields to romp in.  He is King here.

Light rain has happened off and on, and we had a little last night.  Nothing noteworthy though, so the Well Hole is being moved up in priority.  It is overcast and could rain at any time.  I don't want to try and run a rock-cutting machine down in a hole until we have clear skies so today will be for situating a place for the load of plants we brought with us this time.  The greenery of the Island is not as bright as some of our native favorites, and we wanted to augment our new home with the familiar as much as possible to make this a happy place for when we can persuade our females to come and be happy here.


EB 1679
Escape Velocity / Re: Daily Post from The Port Of New Barcelona
« Last post by Eduardo Blomar 1679 on July 20, 2020, 11:16:04 AM »
I apologize for not posting yesterday but the comfort and happiness of our Visitors to The Port are our highest priority.  All of my time was taken from before dawn until too far past dusk, and I woke this morning with a gargantuan headache.  It has subsided with my usual regimen of coffee, aspirin, and I was treated with Cherry and Cream Cheese Danish brought back from the last trip.

Luckily, Guests always tend to 'sleep in' here as conditions are so favorable you just don't want to get up.  That gave me time to survey the status of ongoing projects.

1. Canon is in place, and functional.  We have a Sharpshooter aboard and a hit was registered on the test fire so there was no need to waste further shot or powder.

2. The hole for Root Cellar was determined to have a layer of gypsum about a foot thick, and fresh dirt was seen in a smaller hole broken through.  More excavation will have to be done to widen the hole before any depth can be attained, but I remain hopeful.  Due to the shallow depth of the rock foundation South of that location I expected to hit solid rock before now.

3. Hardly any water was garnered from the rain of our departure morning, and a special trip for water will have to be made.

4. After several contacts with The Outside World, no one has come down sick or even felt slightly ill.  It seems our Immune System Boosting Tact has been successful.

5. An accident occurred that broke the fourth and final working solar panel.  My intuition being at a heightened state from practice relying on it caused me to purchase an additional 100-watt package that would have doubled my output but now supplants my ailing system.  Once I exchange the broken panels (I extended the warranties) then I will split my Bank in two, and put a system on each Bank.

6. The gearbox needed for wind generation was not available, and one had to ordered made.  That hopefully will be picked up in a few days when we return our Guests to the Mainland.

Wind is picking up and rain is happening around us.  It gets so close sometimes you can see it fall.



EB 1679