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Meant to pop in something a bit earlier, about my adventures in Asheville at Biltmore House, and now have had them somewhat supplanted by my adventures out in the New Bern Christmas Flotilla. The great joy of holidays in North Carolina - never quite sure what's going to happen next.

Made it back from Biltmore in one piece, although in a bit of meteorological spite, the only day it didn't rain was the day we were leaving. Which is all right - we were there mostly to traipse around the inside of the great big house, after all. It was fairly entertaining to see the place all decorated for Christmas. You know you've got a serious house when you've got a four story live Christmas tree INSIDE, in your dining room. Ornaments bigger than basketballs. Must be a serious undertaking, decorating a tree like that.

Than made it back here, and this weekend got sucked into my co-clerks grand plan to enter the New Bern Christmas Flotilla. One of my co-clerks, who somehow got the grand idea at the beginning of the year that he wanted to buy a sailboat and live on it for the year, got the even grander idea that he wanted to decorate it and enter it into the flotilla. The flotilla is an annual tradition, apparently ranging from multi-million dollar yachts to fishing boats to dinghies - basically anything that (a) floats and (b) you can hang Christmas tree lights from. My co-clerks being creative sorts, they came up with the ambitious plan of decorating the boat with a staging of the Nutcracker, with a stage, a giant inflatable Nutcracker, lights up the lines and the mast in the shape of a Christmas tree, crew members dressed up as the Rat King and the Nutcracker, and an oversized stereo blasting out the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies.

The stage didn't work out, one of the crew members had to back out to take her mother to the hospital (mom's fine now), and the stereo died just as we were approaching the judges' station (the flotilla is also a competition for the best decorated boat). Oops.

Still, a fun time was had by all. And although we didn't win, I didn't actually freeze to death (it's damn cold out there on the water), the boat didn't sink, and we didn't (as one entrant managed to do) run into the anchored houseboat out in the bay. All in all, a rousing success.


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Dec. 6th, 2005 07:52 am (UTC)
I've always loved watching those things... but then again, we also have our waterskiing Santa show up around the same time...

Glad you had fun!
Dec. 6th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
I did have fun, actually, although it was really my first time out on the open water in a small boat (an old friend tried to teach me to waterski once - that didn't work out so well), and it was a learning experience. I learned that being on boats seems to be related to my fear of heights - cut me off from solid ground, and my sense of balance goes to crap.

Waterskiing Santa show?
Dec. 6th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so not kidding *laughs* http://www.waterskiingsanta.com/

And I actually love being out on boats. I went on a cruise in highschool to the Bahamas and I was one of the few who didn't have problems when a storm blew up. And then a couple years ago I went to visit relatives in Florida who had just gotten a small boat and took me out into the Gulf... So wonderful. I actually managed to get a slight bit of a tan, which was an achievement for me, as I am glow in the dark pale and usually only burn XD Then again, I don't have a problem with heights either. *HUGS*
Dec. 7th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Hmmpfff. Well, at least I can tan! *grins*

My problem with small boats is pretty much the same as my problem with heights - if I can hang onto something, I'm ok. It's just my balance that goes, and so it always feels like I'm about to trip and fall. Why I left construction for law - I couldn't walk a six-inch steel beam four stories up, and the sort of work I was doing called for that a lot. Cruise in the Bahamas does sound tempting, though.

And tricksterquinn sent me your evaluation of her wardrobe. She's trying to figure out what she wants to wear to dinner when I go up there. Fun, fun. It was a lot of fun to read your evaluation. Still not certain where we're going or what either of us will be wearing, but it was great fun reading your evaluation. Sadly, like most men's wardrobes, mine's a lot more boring than hers.

Dec. 6th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun! I've seen the one at Southport, but not the one at New Bern. Instead we had peacocks....
Dec. 6th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
OK, accioayla is talking about waterskiing Santas, and you've got peacocks. Just what kinda freak show are you guys running up in our nation's capital, anyway? *grins*

I hear from my usual reliable source that it's snowing cats, dogs and other small animals up there. You guys ok?
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