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OLDMAN AND THE SEA Life as a Liveaboard POOR DECISIONS + : :- PROCRASTINATION = IGNORANCE BY ALLAN ,OLDMAN Climbing topside in the middle of the night to check out the full moon and stepping carefully over coiled lines on the deck that look like sleeping rattlesnakes, an un- expected wake from a hundred- twenty foot fishing boat gives a jolt that would rate 7.8 on the Richter scale. I'm still on board, and that's a good thing. Sometimes, in the course of human events, we humans don't make the greatest decisions, and it is usually when we don't have the time or take the time to mull things over before diving in the water. That's why the difference between a fool and a hero is nothing more than a short curly hair. Sailors back in the day must have had a heck-of-a-time maneu- vering around with no motor, or even a Ben Hur style of drummer with a team of oarsmen to power their vessel. My idiocracy was much simpler. No fuel. The decision making process began to fail as I ran my motor each evening to warm up the oil, clean the injectors, and charge the batteries. Then I would go below, have a couple of cocktails, write and sleep. Thinking I was Captain Nemo and that my boat was the invincible Nautilus, I didn't keep track of fuel consumption or bat- tery loss. So, before long ... hav-. ing no fuel, n} battery power, no lights, no KISL-FM in Avalon, no fun. What was I thinking? I'm not Nemo and sometimes my boat is more like the Titanic. The next morning the bilge was full to the lower deck from a leaky pack- ing gland and no power to power the pump. Fuel doesn't fall from the sky like the dew in the morning, and batteries don't charge them- selves. Charlton Heston, where are you when I need you? Well, it wasn't Charlton Heston who arrived. And he didn't show up with a drummer and a team of oarsmen, but my good friend and better sailor Gary Jewett arrived with a can of diesel for my motor, a fully fueled generator to charge the batteries, and we, Titanic and I, were saved. Motor is running, batteries are charging, bilge has been pumped. It is now time to relax, have a beer, ST. PATRICK'S DAY turday, March 17th JOIN US FOR A 3oCOURSE PRIX FIXE K  ST. PATRIC S DAY MENU, FESTIVE IRISH BEER WILL BE AVAILABLE, Regular menu is also available, and reflect on the recent events. As a liveaboard, you can't ig- nore obvious signals that things are slipping. "Ignore" spawns ig- norance. Procrastination cannot be in a sailor's vocabulary. Sometimes I absolutely amaze myself at my own ignorance. Prob- lems have to be addressed immedi- ately, or they will only compound, at times, exponentially. Nearly dark-and it is time to skiff to town for provisions. Oh boy! One side of the inflatable skiff has a leak and has lost half of its air. "Sigh." Guess I'll pump it up and fix it tomorrow. Not! Get the patch and repair it now. I suppose I'm learning, at least deciding. I can guarantee that or my name isn't Allan Oldman. PAVILION AND AIWATER HOTELS RECEIVE NEW GENERAL MANAGER Santa Catalina Island Resort Services recently hired Roberto Perico as the new general man- ager for the Pavilion and Atwater Hotels in Avalon. Perico brings over 15 years' experience in hotel and food and beverage manage- ment at such top-end properties as the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Laguna Nigel and Laguna Cliffs Marriott. "We are pleased to have Mr. Perico join our management team" said Randy Herrel, CEO and president of Santa Catalina Island Resort Ser- vices. "His experience and commit- ment to superior customer service and effective hotel management will le an asset to our company." Perico, who hails from Italy, most recently worked as the hotel and restaurant project manager at the Petra Segreta Resort & Spa in Sardinia, Italy. His proven track record in resort management and hospitality will be critical to elevating the visitor experience at Catalina Island and ensur- ing an enjoyable stay for all guests at the Pavilion and Atwater Hotels. "I couldn't be more pleased to make the move to Catalina Island," said Perico. "Working at Sardinia's Petra Segreta Resort in particular has equipped me for this post and I look forward to joining the incredible team at Santa Catalina Island Resort Services" Letter From page 6 confident that with them the Island will be in strong hands. My wife and I intend to keep Catalina Island in our lives for as long as we can and God wills. Someone once said, "You don't have to be from Catalina to fall in love with it" -and we most certain- ly have." Highest personal regards to all, Michael Lewis Michael Lewis, Fire Captain Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Station 117, C-Platoon, Battalion 11, Division V North Operations Bureau L_