September 11, 2009
Begin this blog with a moment of remembrance for those who perished on 9-11-2001. A friend of ours was in the second tower, and when we sail we sail in part for him. Remember!
I am struck over and over again by how much we cruisers know or take for granted that is just plain bizarre to everyone else. Today’s job (besides searching in vain for a couple of needed parts!) was ticking more provisioning off my list, this time at Sam’s Club. Really they are cheaper only on a few things, but one of those happens to be ziploc bags, which we need in more quantities than most people dream possible outside of the aisles of the grocery store. Why do we need so many ziplocs? Because we have to repackage everything!
Think about it. Things like macaroni and cheese (Annie’s, and yes, I know – homemade is better. My problem is that one kid likes the real thing and one likes Annie’s. There you go.). And poptarts and granola bars and Ritz Crackers. What do these all have in common? They arrive all neatly packaged in cardboard. And? Cardboard, for those of you smart enough to not already have to know this information, is a favorite of cockroaches. They lay eggs in the boxes, they eat the glue that holds the boxes together. Imagine the infestation possible when you are provisioning for 6 months at a time. Yuck. So . . . NO CARDBOARD ON THE BOAT!
My day involved repackaging 36 sleeves of poptarts, 64 granola bars, 24 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 12 boxes of Ritz crackers, 6 boxes of cereal, 31 cups of basmati rice, and 36 rolls of toilet paper, all in ziploc bags.
I’d like to not see a ziploc bag again until Monday, please.