This morning when I went on deck to wake the crew for breakfast, I noticed the sparkling white motor yacht had pulled in behind us in the night. We were all speculating about it: the shiny anchor; the brand-new docklines; the seats with clear plastic covers on them.
Then, later tonight, the captain was about to show our bo’sun around when, perhaps a little too eagerly, he invited me to shower onboard instead of going up to our hotel room. I debated for a minute but then thought, what the hell. The interior and exterior are entirely white, with the exception of the high-varnish cherry doors and cabinets cedar-lined closets and teak flooring. The bilge was so clean you could eat out of it, and the sump pump had a hinged plexiglass top. It has a crazy adjustable bed, washer/dryer set-up, Bose speakers in every room. And if that doesn’t all make it over the top, when it gets to Saudi Arabia it will get outfitted with another $500,000 in electronic devices.
Other than my glamorous shower, it’s been another normal day in Savannah. I baked cookies, and went to the store again. I made all the taco toppings pretty bland so Cap would eat them, which ensured that I ate very little… I guess you could say I’ve discovered a new diet technique: flavorless food. I had to load every bite with hot sauce.
As I was finishing this paragraph – and waiting for this evening’s big outing, a ghost tour of Savannah – another tall ship pulled in. Everyone rushed on-deck, binoculars in hand. We are no longer the coolest ship in town. Well, maybe we still are – but they are taller and longer and we can’t wait to go aboard.
Cream cheese and pecan coffee cake; bacon and hashed potatoes
Chicken fingers (still leftovers from the charter that I had frozen) on sandwich buns; sautéed zucchini and onions for the vegetarian; build-your-own salad with dried cranberries, candied walnuts and blue cheese; potato chips
Soft tacos with fixings
Peanut butter, granola, pecan, coffee grounds and chocolate chip cookies