: What a horrid few minutes you must have had. What ever could have happened?!?
Hi again, all; my goodness everyone is busy! So much going on.
Of course we are no different; now that spring is here and tourists are arriving, we are on the boat a lot. If we are not on the big boat then we are on the Pisspot rigging moorings and doing odd diving work.
This year is a logistical nightmare as all the roads where we are are one-way and we have lost our parking. We have been told, most emphatically, that if we allow ANYONE to park where they may not park, THEY will be towed and WE will lose our dock space; e.g., we will be out of business. Trying to help 70 people, 3 times a day, find us, figure out where to park, and do it all before the boat leaves is challenging.
School groups are the worst. To help them out we:
-e-mail back and forth with the school for about a month prior to the trip
-send a letter with big loud instructions telling them to READ the instructions and then CALL us to be sure they understood
-I call the teachers involved the day before the trip
-I go up to the meeting spot one full hour before the trip to make sure I am there to help any lost souls figure it out and I meet every school bus and explain it all again.
And STILL they park where they may not park!
Today, the school bus driver actually lied to me; told me got it, he knew where to park, he understood where NOT to park, and he still parked illicitly. He looked me right in the eye, and lied, and he got away with it! I didn't tumble to it until it was too late, and then the guy smirked at me!!!
I just saw red! The nerve!! DH is ready to cancel every school and just deal with tourists; much easier to help someone who speaks only Chinese or Greek than it is to deal with lying second-grade school bus drivers.
Anyway, here is a gull that I misidentified - so embarrassing! DSC_6744.jpg DSC_6762.jpg DSC_6778.jpg
I thought it was a second winter Ring-billed gull like this: (I did not take this photo; it is from a bird ID site) second winter ring.jpg
...but it turned out to be this a third winter herring gull like this: (Same thing: photo is from a bird ID site) Third winter gull.jpg
All my credibility just turned to dust...
I'll survive, somehow.
This is what they were eating: DSC_5358.jpg
I would love to tell you that they are clam worms (aka sand worms), but now nobody will believe me!