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It's the Source, of Course BY CAPT. JOHN AFISHINADOS CHARTERS Catallac is coming due for her annual inspection. I am a believer in these in- spections. They force us to review our operations to ensure that our vessels are safe to carry passengers. A!though I have been through a number of in- spections, I never consider them routine. There is something to be learned from each one. I am such a strong believer in this function of the US Coast Guard that I voluntarily invite Auxiliary inspectors to work through my un- inspected boats as well. I have found that this service really does lead to more careful operation and a better awareness of best practices to reduce acci- dents and improve safety for me and my crew. Although I am a believer, I do not cherish the process. I look at it in the same way that I looked at going to confession; not a fun or- John King Columnist deal, but after fessing up and then saying the prescribed number of Hail Marys, I always felt as clean and pure as a newborn. The problem with inspections is the same problem that I had with confession; you never knew who would be managing the penalty box. Father Ducey (whose chin chucks were legendary) was a believer in pain and suffering as tools to help us stay on the right path; on the other hand, Father McDowell was a real softie with a great skill for using guilt to manage our way- ward ways. Inspectors run the gamut. Some are by-the-book sticklers, some see their job as facilitating and educating safe practices and some are hard core on forms and documents. New inspectors are much worse than experienced inspectors since they can be all over the place. It is a roll of the dice when the date is set and the inspector is assigned. "~ : :* ~: ........... tbough i/iy boat is ver~igtead~ With Capt. John King yourr les are so specific an inspection would be horrific so please give me just a bit more time." My inspection date was loom- ing, but I was too busy with get- ting through summer to do much preparing. Finally, I made some time and did my own pre-inspec- tion. In the process, I found that my hydrostatic release (float free) on my EPIRB (location device) ex- pired a year sooner than the device (2015). I decided to postpone the inspection and get this replaced A.S.A.P. In the two-day interim, I set the EPIRB on the dash at the helm so that it could float free and thus keep me in compliance. My mis- take was in reporting this as the reason for postponing the inspec- tion. This conversation led to a se- ries of e-mails that I could only share in the style of a Dr. Seuss goes: 'You must file an inspection at your earliest discretion' said the Guard of the Coast, 'Else we will have to tell you that we must expel you from doing what you love the most .' "But I am not ready, If you are not ready, then here is what you must do. Tell us which problem it is, Thing One or Thing Two. "Thing One needs new batter- ies, and Thing Two has a do-hickey that must be renewed. I can get these things fixed before we need them to do whatever it is that is done by Thing One and Thing Two". Since you told us these prob- lems, they must be reported, it must be recorded that neither is working, not Thing One or Thing Two. "I was the source of the info that forced you to act in the way that you do, so why won't you use me to confirm things are now as they should be, when I tell you I have fixed both Thing One and Thing Two". We cannot confirm the things that you say -' :~ are the way that things are. Although we did say that they were when you said that they were we cannot now say that again, that is the end. But I was the source that led to the recourse, so why can't this Source say things now are on course? You can be the source for vio- lations, of course, but the operation of Thing One and Thing Two must be verified by someone other than you. I have to admit if this process was not so frustrating it would have been entertaining. As of this writing I got the green light, "Thank you for the pictures. The deficiency has now been cleared in our database." Still, I cannot help but wonder how such a thing will look to the next inspector. Regardless of how it ~oes down, I can assure you that I will not be the source, of course. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at 888- 613-7770 or john @ afishina- dos. com BY PATTI ENGEL It came down to the last game in the regular season to determine who would win the Avalon Summer Softball League Championship. Straight Up Builders took a half game lead into the game with Bravo's Landscaping. Straight Up Builders was up first, and put up six runs on four base hits, two errors and a double from Justin Hernandez. Bravo's Landscaping answered back with back to back home runs from Jorge Hernandez and Derek Moreno to bring home a total of five runs. Isaac Felix hit a triple, but was later thrown out at the plate. Straight Up Builders added to their lead with another three rums in the second. Sergio Rodriguez collected a homae run during the inning. In the, bottom of the third, Bravo's August 22 through August 28 Rated PG Matinee Saturday & Wednesday at 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00 Senior & Child $8.00 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated R Admission: Adult $ t 5.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission Landscaping took over the lead when three base hits, an error, doubles from Joe Hernandez and Nick Flores and a triple from Derek Moreno brought home six runs. Straight Up Builders took the lead back in the top of the fourth. Justin Hernandez collected the first three RBIs of the inning on his home run. A walk and an error put two on for Bob Kennedy's double. Bob later scored to bring home the sixth run of the inning. Bravo's Landscaping tied it up in the bottom half of the inning. Mario Jimenez started it off with a double. Four more base hits brought home four runs. The lead switched again when Straight Up Builders put together three base hits, a second home run from Justin Hernandez and a double from Weston Leonhardi to score four. With time expired, Bravo's Landscaping got their last at-bat. Isaac Felix opened with a double. OFF-SHORE CHARTER 4-6 passengers A hit and a walk gave Mario Jimenez two RBIs on his triple. He scored on the double from Danny Alonso, who scored on Joe Hernandez' walk off double to win the game. Final score Straight Up Builders 19, Bravo's Landscaping 20. For Straight Up Builders, Justin Hernandez and Weston Leonhardi had three hits. Josh Flynn, Sergio Rodriguez, Bob Kennedy and Manny Hernandez collected two hits. Jose Cuevas and Bart Glass both had one hit. For Bravo's Landscaping, Danny Alonso was four for four. Derek Moreno and Isaac Felix were three for three. Joe Hernandez, Nick Flores and Mario Jimenez contributed two hits. With one hit each were Jorge Hernandez, Ozzy Noriz, Alfredo Cisneros, Frank Rojo and Mickey Mann. The second game of the night put a must win Catalina Express up against Bluewater Grill. Catalina Express got a run in the first inning. Bluewater Grill put ISLAND DAY up to 49 passengers together five base hits and two sac- rifice flys to score four. Catalina Express got another run in the second from Michael Rodriguez' home run. Bluewater Grill put up two more in the bottom half of the inning. Allan Vega climbed the lad- der at second to deny Richard Hernandez of a base hit. Catalina Express took the lead in the third when they pounded out five base hits and doubles from Shawn Hall, and Eddie Hall along with two errors to have nine cross the plate. Catalina Express got another two runs from Curtis Hall's home run. Bluewater Grill got back on the board in the bottom of the fourth. A run scored on a sacri- fice fly, then the other three came home off the bat of Jimmy Felix's home run. Bluewater Grill turned a walk into a run in the fifth, but left bases loaded. Catalina Express' Michael Rodriguez opened with a triple, then scored on the double play. Kenny Engel made a running over the shoulder catch at second to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning four base hits and doubles from Julian Tejeda and Dave Zeller brought home four and gave the lead back to the Bluewater Grill. In the top of the seventh, Bluewater Grill turned a double play to start the ininng. Two base hits and a walk later, Joey Hall popped the ball over second. Three runs scored before Joey was thrown out at second. Bluewater Grill made a running mistake to open the inning for the first out. A runner was stranded to end the game. Final score was Bluewater Grill 15, Catalina Express 17. For Bluewater Grill, Brian Ramirez had four hits. Robert Reyes , Sebastian Sanchez and Gilberto Gamboa collected three Softball, Page 5 "Friaayi"August221 201zl ............................................................................................................................................. THE CATAUNA ISLANDER