Captain Mike and
Admiral Shelley have a houseboat and they often (very
generously) will take their friends out for cruises on the
Occoquan River. Trouble is, today the Admiral is
in Ohio. Do you think Captain Mike can handle a big
cruise without the Admiral's help? Let's see....
Now We're Ready
No, we're not really ready yet.
"Now We're Ready" is just the name of the boat.
Seriously. You can almost read it over there it on the
And you can also almost read it on the
life preserver. See?
But we won't be ready until Diane and
Patty get all the food laid out.
The captain perked up when he saw the
food. And with Julia Roberts aboard, maybe he doesn't need an Admiral after all.
In fact, at the sight of food we all perked up. We miss the
Admiral of course, but just look at those little chicken and
roll thingys and all that fruit and the bagels and the cream
cheese and the coffee and the doughnut holes and the spicy
peanuts and mmmmmmm.....Sorry, Shelley.
Oh yeah. A nice spread indeed.
The people were nice, too.
What's this? Some crewmembers are
late? The captain seems displeased.
Nothing a little food won't cure.
OK, everybody outside. The captain
wants to make a speech.
First Mate Bill says, "Who, me?"
"Yes, you. And you, and you, and
OK, now that everybody's here, we'll have
a safety briefing! In his most authoratative voice the
captain announces, "There are life preservers in this
big hole, but don't fall off the boat. And that's
The captain makes a last-minute inspection
of the ship. Now we're really almost pretty much
I think maybe ready.
Nursing his cup of coffee in one hand, the
captain gives directions to his loyal crew with the other.
Actually, now we're ready. Finally.
And now we're underway! This is a
movie. Click on the "play" button and watch the
intrepid captain pilot his vessel to the open sea.
The captain has lots of help.
Lots of happy help!
And a smiling first mate. Wait a
minute, I thought Bill was the first mate? What's
going on here?
Oh. So that's what's going on here.
The happy help give lots of good advice.
Oh look! It's ... A bird? A
Patty is thinking that if the captain
doesn't stop pointing at the sights and chatting with the
women, he's going to run over something.
So she announces, "If you're not going to watch
where you're going, I'll drive."
She's good at it, too.
The old man and the sea. Jean is
reassured by Bill's confidence.
Not so fast, Patty! Diane wants to
be a cub pilot on the Occoquan, too!
Bill wonders if this is such a good idea.
Soon, Diane has had enough and, YIKES! Ebony takes
Hey, leave her alone. She's a
Alphonso is impressed.
Now it's time for Gretchen to take charge.
She seems concerned, but not to worry ... If anything goes
wrong, the captain can control the whole boat with that
little gizmo hanging from his neck. Really!
But Ken wonders if this is really such a
Bill doesn't care. He's too busy
sending photographic evidence to the Admiral.
When it comes to maneuvering the boat,
Bill always pitches in to help. You can count on Bill.
This has been a great foggy misty chilly cruise
and now the captain is heading back into port. But how are we ever
going to get this big boat back into that itsy bitsy little slip up
Give the job to Diane, of course.
Isn't that how it always works?
Ta daaaa! A perfect landing.
Look, a very lost
And geese. Don't forget the goose
Ahhh. Now we're
back home safe and sound, thanks to the great skill of all
the many riverboat pilots who drove us around.
First Mate Bill
(see the T-shirt?) continues to keep the Admiral updated.
It's the whole crew! Wait a minute,
There's Diane, the first mate, standing
next to ... the first mate. So who's the second mate?
These navy traditions are confusing.
The captain had FUN today! But I
think he missed his Admiral Shelley. Actually, I think we all
did. Maybe next time?