I seriously doubt I can convince the Admiral to attend. Being of Austrian descent, she's pretty stubborn, on a good day! But we'll see.
In other much sadder news, I received an email from Lilly Cutter that Brad (Elk River) passed away on Christmas Eve. I don't have any other information but BBB er's will remember Brad and Lily aboard their Compac 19 "Blue Heaven". When Brad and I first met at the BBB 2014 (I think) we instantly became friends and engaged in the friendly banter commonly found here and at all of the Bash's. He challenged me to a race to Tice's shoals and after we blew by him, I found it necessary to turn around, pass him going the opposite direction and, coming about again, proceeded to pass by him a second time. Of course, as with all Bash get-togethers, it was all in fun.
It was a pleasure watching he and Lily work as a team on board the boat and it was so obvious that the many years together had honed them into "one". I for one will miss this quiet and wise man who travelled a pretty far distance just to mingle with us here in New Joisey, as he was fond of pronouncing it, at both Bash'es and Mid Winter Gatherings.
If you'd like to drop a note to Lily, please message me and I'll give her address. She sounded ok in the email and I believe this was not unexpected as he was dealing with some kind of cancer.
"Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep, too full for sound and foam.
When that which drew from out the boundless deep turns home again.
Twilight and evening bell, and after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell, when I embark.
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place the flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face, when I have crossed the bar."\
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Farewell, my friend and although our hours together were few, I felt you and I were a long lost brothers, reunited. I will miss you, Brad.