December 29, 1997
"Got cleaned up (after diving for lobsters) and went into town so Cap could shoot pool and watch football. Came home in the dark and stayed up later than we had in ages. We laughed at my question back in Eugene, "Should I bring the black bag or the brown?" What was I thinking?! It was nice to be with people more our age, since we seem to be the youngest ones around.
"Czar took a dive getting back on the boat: front paws on the swim platform, back paws on the dinghy, dinghy started drifting but he never moved until splash! Cap had to drag him aboard, and Czar was quite put out for the rest of the evening."
January 5, 1998
"I wonder when it sank in that when the bedding feels damp that it's not a permanent thing. A day of sunshine with a nice breeze and all is dry again, so it's not a hopeless cause; just a bit uncomfortable. The same holds true for everything else, it seems."
"We met a couple with a chocolate lab who needs babysitting for 5 days and we offered to watch her. What's one more big dog?"
Hearing their story was not unusual in itself, proof we weren't the only ones who had calamities; but it was sad to imagine their disappointment after all that time and preparation. Bart certainly handled his with aplomb, while I believe Marcy was secretly relieved.