Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Rich Are Different From You and Me...
They are vastly wealthy and show it in their toys! The yacht pictured has to be at least a $50 million dollar ship. Given that the Saturn needed a new oxygen sensor installed our touring on Sunday was regulated to just a short hop across the York River to Gloucester Point and Gloucester. We followed a meandering residential road to where the bay meets land at a laid-back marina filled with expensive toys and an outdoor dining bistro and bar.
I have never seen so many large and obviously expensive boats in one marina before, despite our having visited many over the years. Home ports varied from San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, various cities in Virginia and other New England areas. We watched enthralled as Seas the Moment, a sixty-footer at least, maneuvered with her big twin diesels throatily churning the water, jockeying out of her berth and over to the fuel dock; a move that took a good 15 minutes of tedious piloting due to her size and the current wanting to push her away. We could only imagine what that fuel bill must have looked like as the guy flashed out his credit card to the fuel boy.
We headed on down the road for lunch to stop our dreaming and our trespass into such an obviously non-attainable world and stepped back in time to ragged-around-the-edges Gloucester, where many older buildings were still in use in modern reincarnations. The former Coke Bottling Plant now houses the Chamber of Commerce. Then too, there always seems to be the sight of whimsy somewhere along on our journeys.