Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Sendai Shuffle

It should be a song and dance - "The Sendai Shuffle".

As I mentioned last post, our friend Y-san was out sailing on the 14th as well. We don't see much of each other, but always check if he is sailing when we are so we can wave to him on the lake, and keep track of how often he sails when we sign out on the harbor's log book. (We are almost tied for number of days of sailing this year - I think he is one up on us.)

Y-san and his Com-Pac cat, Silvervine

Anyway, a little mix up occurred at the end of the day due to the fact that both Bluesette and Y-san's Com-Pac "Silvervine" are the same length and our sendais have similar dimensions (a sendai is a trolley used to move the boats around in the harbor parking area - like a trailer, but with four small wheels and no hitch. It is easier to handle than a road trailer.).

We docked first and Mr. Hakuta (the harbor owner) was a bit rushed that day and made a simple mistake. He put Bluesette on Silervine's sendai. K was the one who spotted the error as we pushed Bluesette into her parking space. She noticed that the sendai was older, especially since I had upgraded to stainless steel wheels last year, and it had Y-san's last name painted on part of the frame. In the meantime, Silvervine was pulled out of the water on Bluesette's sendai.  Uh-oh.

In short order, Mr. Hakuta got his fork lift and proceeded to do "The Sendai Shuffle". First, he lifted Bluesette off Silvervine's sendai. Then he switched to a third unused sendai and set Bluesette onto to that. Then he went back to the ramp area and put Silvervine back onto her proper sendai. Then came back with Bluesette's sendai and repeated the motions.

And now ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in front of cameras, Hakuta the Great will perform the amazing "Lido Levitation"!

I am especially amused by this "levitation" as I performed a magic act for my #1 daughter's birthday party which included producing our pet rabbit from an "empty" box and a miniature human levitation (substituting a doll for a full on human). As I recall, the magic went off OK except that the rabbit's ears appeared to the audience behind what was supposed to be an empty box. :)

(Cue Art Metrano)

Of course, after these adventures we were due for a shower and a visit to Mama's Kitchen. No pics of the shower, but here's Mama's Kitchen -

Doesn't everyone eat salad with hashi (chopsticks)?

What a dish.  Waiter!  What's this crab doing in my miso soup?  "Looks like the back stroke." 

Zucchini pasta.  A bit oily for me since "Mini-Mama" wasn't cooking this day.

K's dessert -  Kabocha pie (Japanese pumpkin) and watermelon.  Mine was all fruit.
Furansu Pan (French bread).  On the way out, K bought a couple of these to take home.

All in all a good day. How could a day end badly when it starts with sailing and ends at Mama's? Silly question.

Until next, sweet sailing.


R W Rawles said...

Any day sailing, is a sensei'?

Baydog said...

So minimalistic, the food. I'm sure it's delicious, but I'm used to over-abundance. American

Pandabonium said...

R W - It am, are, and do be.

Baydog - American style over-abundance got me an 18 day hospital stay and partial paralysis of my right side due to a hemorrhagic stroke. But far be it from me to tell other people what to eat. ;)

And at home my meals are rather awesome because I am free to create my own rather than just try to modify what the restaurant offers. Minimalistic? Not at all. The rules prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke, many cancers, joint pain, nerve disorders and more. And they are simple: No animal products - cows, pigs, chickens, fish. Minimal oils, salt, sugar. And whenever possible eat the whole food.

Some say that is too radical. I say having a stroke or open heart surgery is too radical! You pays your money and you takes your choice.