I saw something the other day on a flight back home from an American airport that, in my almost 50 years of travel by air, I never thought I would see. This lady sat down next to me and could not figure out the seat belt. Not that it was missing, twisted or not big enough, she literally did not know how to push the two
ends together. Can you believe it? I couldn’t! Here we are, living in the 21st Century, in a country that has mandated automobile seat belts since the 1960’s, and she had no idea how to make one work!
I never thought I would see anything like that! And, I always thought the safety briefing at the start of a flight was a waste of hot air. Well, I guess not. Hopefully, I did not offend any members with this little observational story and we all know how to put on our seat belts while flying! (and for driving!)
Obviously, this has nothing to do with the club or boats at all; I just had to share the moment.
Back to business then. The club is looking great, the food is good, the drinks are cold, and the members seem to be enjoying it to the fullest.
I will share one more moment with you. We held our Opening Day flag-raising, a week later than normal due to some scheduling issues. That is always an emotional day for me to preside over. I am sure I am not alone. One never gets tired of pledging allegiance to this great country of ours while we watch the colors rise to the top of a flag pole, then a cannon blasts when the flag reaches the summit. Wow! As a kid in school I took that oath for granted, as a young Navy man I took that oath much more seriously, as a “mature” citizen every time I participate in the ceremony I think back on the advantages this country gave me. I also think back to the true American heroes I knew that gave their all for that flag and this land, so we would all have the freedom to achieve and to give some back to those that are less fortunate. That’s the way it makes me feel to be a part of that short flag-raising event. What’s it take? A minute? In my opinion, it’s one of the best minutes one can spend!
Then as your Commodore, I get the honor of laying the wreath off our pier and leading a moment of silence commemorating the memory of those YC members that are no longer with us. Just one more emotional moment for those that were there.
Next, of course, it’s back to the club for a social hour and laughs.
But I never forget those moments or the people that live in my mind. These are the things that jar those memories from the recesses of my past, some of it long ago, some of it just last year.
This is one of the things RHYC has given to me and that I will cherish forever!
Come on out look at your “Old Glory” waving in a fresh breeze and awaken some of your memories. It's fun, emotional, and fulfilling. Saturday, June 14th, is Flag Day!
See you at the club!