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OLDMAN AND THE SEA Life as a Liveaboard Edge of the Earth BY ALLAN OLDMAN Whether the weather is fair or foul. the community of live- aboards bands together to watch over,- assists with, and protects each other's vessels. Piracy within the community is an extreme rarity and is not tolerated and shouldn't have even been mentioned. The community is just that, a commune. Ifoae has food, we all eat. If another has booze, we alt drink. If one has fuel, we all can cook. There are very few who have decided to stay to themselves and hoard their provisions. Still, there is a matter of posses- sion, responsibility, and captain- ship. There is only one leader on each and every vessel and right or wrong, he or she is .always right. One does not board another's boat without a "Permission to come aboard" shouted out in advance and most certainly not board when the vessel is vacant, unless previ- ously instructed and with helpful intentions. Speaking for myself now, I came here to the edge of the earth to get away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, asking only of the Island a job, a home, and friendship. Having visited here lina seemed to be the prescription for my illness. With the job and friendslip po- sitions filled, the boat became my home. because even Avalon, bless her heart, can still eat a person if one isn't careful. There is a necessity for chores to be done on a boat, and ope can- not slack. Much like mowlng the grass in the Midwest, if dily or weekly chores aren't conpleted, before long you will need a bush- hog. Having the ability to untie the lines and cruise or sail your home out for an afternoon, a weekend, or for good is a feeling of freedom not felt by landlubbers. We don't be- long over-town, the live-aboards. Boats float and houses have mice. And now, with my daughter visit- ing on an open-ended ticket, talk is of sailing south to Costa Rica, possibly north, or just around the Island for the weekend. They don't belong overtown, the live-aboards. As a matter of fact, they don't belong in any town. There is a sub-community '[-- i _A; of free souls who only answer to Mother Nature, the Coast Guard. Progressive Insurance, and of course while at rest, the Harbor Patrol. Other than that, they are as free as humanly possible, right here on the edge of the Earth. Avalon's live-aboard neighborhood sails along with help from friends. - Couresy photo , , %/ DEDICATED TO ELIZABETH CAMP, A WONDERFUL TEACHER. many times since childhood, Cata- Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pore, .... I thank whatever gods  be ;:; ..... :,, For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeoning of chance My heozl is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of )rath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me uTafraid: It matte.rs not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am a master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. "iNVtCTUS" BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY file your fictitious business name statements here We do the work for you. Filing & Publishing for $86 Publishing only $45 $7 per name extra Catalina Islander 510.0500 classifieds@loc alnewspapers.org &BLAIR 310.510.0250 310.510.8957fx THE CATALINA ISLANDER =. r ._ ...... k-in flu cl Tuesday, Nov. 1 In 1:30 4:30- - p.m. Two HarborsBaywatch Stati Call 31o-51o-oo96 for appointmenIs. Walk ins welcome. Available out-patient services includ General preventative care Well-child checks Minor wound care On-site laboratory work including: Urinalysis Hemoglobin Phlebotomy (blood draws) CATALINA COUPLES: GILL TORRES AND JERYL KREIE Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old: in special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to ed@cinews.us. P.OL Box 1563 loo Falls Car)yon Road . Avalon, C!f. 90704 atalina ............................... - ('-1O) 51=-7 Appointments (3to) 51o-oo96 Islar Mcdie C.ter www.C, Medical(enter.org ----- ] ........................  .............................................. r ........................ ....................................................................................................................... Friday, February 24, 2012 i 7