I found this fun song by the Flannery Brothers check it out while you read.
So on my way back from Torresen Marine's spring thaw I saw this parrot riding shot gun down US 31. Sorry the photo isn't that great but at 70 mph down the express way you just have to take what you can get. I think it is a sign of spring when you can take your parrot for a car ride and kudos to who ever this guy is, having an un-caged bird sitting next to you chatting.
Each year Torresen Marine puts on a big season kick off "Spring Thaw" event. Torresen is the big sailing source here on the east side of Lake Michigan. I've purchased boats through them, parts and attended seminars on motor maintenance over the past few years. This year the event was great. There was a Harken representative on hand who was very knowledgeable. I'm working on tracking down a few pieces for a project I'm working on and was surprised to find out Harken didn't make them, luckily Ronstan does. It also turns out another part I was looking for is produced exclusively for the Laser as a preparatory part so the search continues. Any one out there have a Laser your parting out?
I attended a power squadron safety class while I was there. Don did a great job presenting this year. It's always good to have a little refresher class after the long winter.
One of the big reasons for going up to Torresen today was to drop off my forestay. This has been one of those things I've been needing to get taken care of. The previous owner to my boat made the one I currently have and it has worked so far but it is fraying up at the ends pretty bad and is just not right. I met with John today one of their lead riggers and he says they'll have it pressed out for me this week and ship it back to me with a new turn buckle and all.