|Along the entry to Marina del Rey.|
We found our slip and tied up. Rhythm had arrived earlier in the day and Tim, Kathy and I decided to check out the heated pool that we had access to by virtue of its connection to the marina we were staying at for the next few days. Tim and Kathy brought a bottle of wine (compliments of their marine surveyor; not only does he survey boats for insurance purposes, he also bottles his own wine). So with plastic cups in hand and towels in our daypacks, we went to the pool. Richard joined us a bit later and we all headed inside for desserts and a discussion of how long we thought we might stay in Marina del Rey.
|Santa Monica Pier attractions.|
|Richard flexing his stuff on Muscle Beach.|
|The Grand Canal, in Venice, CA.|
As we were all interested in watching the third presidential debate, I approached the bartender at the poolside bar and inquired as to whether or not the debate would be shown in the bar. The bartender was clearly positioned between a rock and a hard place. She wanted to watch the debate but there was one patron who was watching the final game of the World Series semi-finals. When I asked the patron if he would mind if the volume on the baseball game was lowered so that we could hear the debate, he pulled out this story that bordered on fan-based patriotism and stated that he wouldn't concede to such a suggestion. Really? A quick talk with the general manager of the hotel got the volume lowered on the game and the volume on the debate raised (by the way, even though there was only one person wanting to watch the game and at least nine people who wanted to watch the debate, he got the game on the big screen television while the rest of us huddled in a corner to watch the debate on a 22-inch television). Tim, Kathy and I had dinner in the bar, content with watching the debate as such; Richard opted to watch the debate on the boat where he was able to pull in a decent wifi signal.
|Catalina Harbor, Santa Catalina Island.|
|Richard, Two Harbors pier, Santa Catalina Island.|
It was an early night for me as we had a long day ahead of us. We planned to leave Catalina Harbor and make our way to Dana Point, CA where we would meet up with Rhythm and figure out our plans from there.