May 27, 2008

A tradeshow and a crispy cruiser

Nothing says "long holiday weekend" more than doing a tradeshow. No? Maybe it's just me then.

Anyway, we got home last night from our four day conference at Jekyll Island and despite the fact that everybody else in the world got to goof off and relax while we chatted up clients in a booth, it was still a good time. All things considered. But I'm not bitter.

Anyway, h
ere's what our booth looked like:

And while we were wearing dress clothes and standing around in a convention center in south Georgia, our friends at the dock were wearing bathing suits and sipping cold ones while they watched a boat burn.

Our friend Steve emailed us photos so we could live the excitement vicariously, and here's what that looked like:

This boat was at the fuel dock filling its tanks when it caught fire and the dock workers did what they're supposed to do whenever a boat catches fire--they cut it loose and pushed it out into open water to let nature (or bad karma) run its course.

As you can tell from these photos, the fuel dock is right in the middle of the marina so a boat fire is a very big deal. Everybody who had a boat within 500 yards of the inferno was quaking in their flipflops, guaranteed. If we had been there Morley would have been screaming like a girl.

Or maybe I would have been the one screaming like a girl and Morley would have been figuring out how we could cruise around the fire and out of harms' way without scorching off our eyebrows or going down in flames ourselves in the process. That scenario is a possible option also.

Fortunately the only injury was a marina employee who gashed his legs during the frenzy to cut the boat loose so as bad as it was for the guy whose boat got toasted, it could have been a lot worse. A few weeks ago another cruiser caught fire while fueling at another marina and it exploded into smithereens, injuring the people on board.

Yup, it could have been a lot worse. I guess spending the holiday weekend in a tradeshow booth wasn't so bad after all.

And that's the news from Georgia. And now it is Monday morning--except it is Tuesday--so I'm off to work. More later.

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