Sunday, August 17, 2008


Olympic Fever

Olympic fever has struck the cruisers of Paradise Marina in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico!

Even the judges cheered the Women's Synchronized Noodling team as the gals splashed and smiled through their routine in the lap pool. Naturally, the judges chose to go topless for this event.

Men's Synchronized Swimming, Bilge Pump Repair Gymnastics and the Couples 50-Meter Loaded Dock Cart Dash were all cancelled due to lack of interest. Instead the men opted to compete in the Men's Individual Carne (Meat) Grilling event and the ever popular Cerveza Consumption Team Medley held on the new patio at the Vallarta Yacht Club venue. Not surprisingly, all of the competitors took home the gold in these two events!

The event was even covered in the press on Latitude 38 Magazine's 'Letric Latitude

True, we may not be cruising due to the threat of summer hurricanes here in Pacific Mexico, but we cruisers manage to have a lot of fun anyway.

Terry & Michelle from the sailing vessel Coastal Passage II and John & Kathy from the sailing vessel Batu joined us for these events. There sure aren't many folks living on their boats during the summer here - it is really HOT & HUMID, but the air conditioning is working great.

Jonesy finished installing our new reverse osmosis water-maker! To celebrate, I went shopping downtown with the gals. We went to the fabric store, the bead store, and the Mexican Tile factory store. At street level is a several large showrooms full of tiles, murals, sinks, platters, and everything you could ever think of that is made of clay.

Upstairs is their factory which we were encouraged to tour. Above is the kiln where they fire their painted pieces. Above the kiln are some of the sinks that are available. I would LOVE to have one of these on our boat! But, I have 2 perfectly good sinks so that won't happen.

Instead, I purchased 6 different 4" tiles for coasters. I picked up some of that "foamy" sheet stuff at the fabric store and I'll glue this to the bottom of the tiles. There were about 6 people upstairs that were painting the tiles. This guy is painting a mural. The colors are very pale in the unfired glaze, but will brighten when fired as you can see in the photo of me sitting on the stairs in front of finished murals.

Yes, there's been knitting going on, but it's all been for the Holiday Mystery Gifts Yahoo! group! If I shared it here, then it wouldn't be a mystery anymore would it?

I love your blog. Not only the content but your lifestyle. I live through you vicariously! Your patterns and projects are wonderful. Keep on posting!
Ha ha ha!!! That is great! We, in La Paz are a little behind you with the synchronized book reading still in process...
The tile store was our favorite! We bought a cool sink and put it in the old boat (too heavy for a catamaran...)
Congrats on the gold medals!
Sounds like you had a lot of fun :-)!
Did you go to "our" fabric store? Whadja buy? I can't find my fabric. I put it away too well in my little apartment. Does that ever happen to you on your boat?

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