The other night, gondolier-in-training David Kraina took his first passenger cruise. I wanted to be there to capture the moment with my camera,
but the tyranny that is the 405 freeway (a slow-moving parking lot),
held me hostage. David rowed his first cruise in a black shirt, did a great job, and was presented with his first striped shirt tonight shortly before taking to the water once again.
Tonight he faced off with some wind and came out victorious.
Form wasn't always perfect, but he got the boat to do what he wanted,
and cleared the 38th Street bridge at a suspect tide level.
More importantly, David's passengers loved him, loved the cruise,
and will probably be back soon.
The kid earned his stripes tonight.