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OLDMAN AND THE SEA-- Life as a Liveaboard BY ALLAN OLDMAN Whether you live on land or sea, companionship is important. It brings us comfort and provides us with affection and love. Many folks who live aboard boats own pets that are their companions. It can be anything from a dog, a cat, bird, snake, or even an iguana. One day, a shelter representative came to Catalina and was walking down Front Street with a dog from the shelter over town, whose bread was a mixture of pug and beagle. The dog caught the eye.of Gary Jewett, who immediately took to him. Gary and Diane live on a 35' Coronado in Avalon Harbor and welcomed him into their lives. With his wrinkled and ringed tail, they named him "Army", short for armadillo. "The first time I saw him" Gary said, "his eyes were glassy, his ears were laid back and his tail was between his legs. He was scared and unloved. Someone had really done a number on this little guy." He continued, "Not once has Army soiled our boat. The first night he slept on the couch by himself, just happy to have a home and family. He was shaking a little in the morning, but he held it until we got him ashore. Now, it's a daily routine and he has a schedule." Over the past weeks, this little guy has won the hearts of everyone he has met, including tourists. A good friend sewed a harness together for him so Army would be safer while on a leash. Short in stature, but, huge at heart, he is friendly to every person or animal he meets. But he so wishes he were a bird. At the Casino near the dive park, he jumps three feet from the ground when watching the pelicans and gulls soar overhead. He seems to expect to sprout wings so he can join them'in the air- a real Jonathan Livingston Beagle. He has generated .so much interest that many live-aboards refer to themselves as "Army's" army." This unusual band of brothers are all there to love this dog, protect him, and make sure he never has to face his pain filled past again. " Army could truly be the poster-dog for live aboard pets with his bright eyes, wagging tail, and the confidence of a lion. Such confidence has gotten him wet a few times as a result of an anxious jump from skiff to boat, skiff to dock of boat to Skiff! Confidence with a capital sea, that is. Indulge me in a quick reflection of another such story from the past. My brother and his wife owned a farm in the Midwest. One day the wife brought home a rescue dog much to my brothers' dismay. It was a small black poodle which he thought had no business on a farm. He agreed to let his wife keep it as long as he got to name it "Target" since he figured it would irritate him to the obvious point. Much to my brothers' surprise, Target became the most wonderful dog and would even help with herding the sheep and cattle. He grew so attached to this rescue dog, that after years of having her, they were deeply saddened when she passed. There are qmte a few of us, around thirty, that choose to live aboard our vessels. It is a very different lifestyle from living on the land, and has its own challenges. We are actually a "sub-community" if you will, and help one another out, as do all of those living on the Island. And we are all very fortunate to have new friends to love and care for, just like Army. To find out more information about adopting a pet of your own, contact the Catalina Island Humane Society at (310)510-1900. Army the dog enjoys a day in his life as a live- aboard. Photo courtesy of Gary Jewett Lancers struggle to basketball playoffs BY STEVE HALL. It's certainly not because of a lack of heart or hustle, but unfor- tunately the Avalon Lancer Boys Basketball team has had a difficult journey this season. After a month-long struggle with nothing but close, competi- tive, hard fought defeats, the Lanc- ers found themselves in fourth place in the San Joaquin Va!ley League and out of the playoffs, unless the CIF Playoff Selec- tion Committee picked Avalon as an At Large Team. There was a strong argument that the Lancers deserved an At Large Berth since most of their defeats have been close, hard fought games. Avalon started league play on Jan. 12 against Saddleback Valley Christian at home. The Lancers were seriously outsized against the Warriors, seeing that during the off-season they managed to recruit a 6'3" point guard and a 6'7" cen- ter, both from Canada. However, this did not intimidate Avalon as they jumped out to an 18-10 first quarter lead. At halftime they led 30=27 but were then totally out- manned in the third and fourth quarters, being outscored 40-21. Scoring recap: Gabe Hernan- dez - 17 points, Marco Gallegos - 16 points, Edgar Alvarez - 14 points. Avalon then traveled to the mainland on Friday, Jan. 20 for back to back games with Eastside Christian. The Lancers played well on Friday night and won 50-34. Scoring recap: Allarl CasiUas - 11, Marco Gallegos - 11, Edgar Alva- fez - 10, Gabe Hernandez - 9. Unfortunately, the Lancers let down their guard on Saturday and allowed Eastside to stay in the game from the beginning. Then in the fourth quarter the Eagles out- scored Avalon 20-14, sending the game into overtime and eventually defeated the Lancers 58-53. The following week Avalon again traveled to the mainland, this time to face the defending league champions, Fairmont Prep. The Lancers played a wonderful game in front of a packed house, half Fairmont fans and half Ava- Olsen From page 7 to Kate (Kathy) for the past 34 years and have 2 grown children, Holly Eroen and Tommy Olsen and 2 Eroen grandchildren. Except for college,I have lived in Avalon for 44 years, as a homeowner for the last 20 years. As a member of the Avalon Community Church, I assist with travel arrangements for the numerous outreach mission trips around the world. I am a member and past president of the Avalon Lions Club and for most of the last 10 years have proudly served as the water boy for the Avalon High School football team. lon fans. It was quite a scene, es- pecially in the fourth quarter when Avalon came roaring back to out- score the Huskies 22-14 and send the Avalon rooters into a frenzy. Unfortunately, the Lancers had a last second shot go in and come out and they lost the game 54-51. Scoring recap: Marco Gallegos - 18 points, Allan Casillas - 15, Ed- gar Alvarez - 13. The next day, against Fairmont Prep again, Avalon played anoth- er great game and this time lost in double overtime by a score of 60-56. Scoring recap: Marco Gal- legos - 13, Edgar Alvarez - 11, Al- lan Casillas - 10, Gabe Hernandez - 10, Isaac Rios - 5. Just three days later, the Lanc- ers were back on a boat once again, traveling to the mainland, to face Orangewood Academy, on Tues- day, Jan. 31 and Wednesday, Feb. It. Unfortunately, Avalon continued a bad rend that has haunted them all season long. They played well in game one winning 40-20 and then again let their guard down in game two and lost in a close battle 43-40. Scoring recap for Game 1: Edgar Alvarez - 12, Gabe Hernandez - 10. In Game 2: Allan Casillas - 11, Ivan Garcia - 11. As the Lancers continue to struggle in close games, individ- ual players continue to improve, rising to the occasion, but never at the same time. If Avalon could put this puzzle together all at the same time they would be a formidable opponent. Unfortunately, time has just about run out and they no lon- ger control their own destiny. They proved once again that they were up for any challenge, as once again they travelled to the mainland two days later to play in a rematch against undefeated SVC. Avalon already knew they could play with the Warriors as showed in their first meeting, a month earlier. Once again Avalon jumped out to an early lead and once again they couldn't put their opponent away, losing 55-52, in another hard fought defeat. It was the highest quality of basketball that we have seen the Lancers play this year, and provided another classic high school basketball scene as the Saddleback home gym was packed and a raucous crowd was cheering for their home team as they almost lost to a team half their size. Edgar Alvarez and Ivan Garcia were on fire throughout the game, as Garcia had 13 points in the first half alone, while Alvarez scored 7 points in both the first and fourth quarters. Senior Rafa Olvera is to be commended for being the leader that has kept our team to- gether, especially through these tough losses. He is our sixth man who brings a certain mental and physical toughness, to each and every game. Scoring recap: Edgar Alvarez - 18, Ivan Garcia - 15. The Lancers finished up the season with two games against TVT. They played on Monday, Feb. 6, on the road again, and then finally returned home on Tuesday, Feb. 7 making it eight consecutive league road games. Since these games they received the news they had hoped to hear: they had been selected to compete in the playoffs. The first playoff game was on Feb: 15 and resulted in a Lancer win, defeating Riverside Christian with a final score of 67-44. The next game will be today at 6 p.m. in Avalon. Steve Hall is the Lancers bas- ketball coach. ................................................................... : ...................................................................................................................................................................... -r:,...r, . .................................................................................................... : .......... 8 ! Friday, February 17, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER