Saturday, January 11, 2014

Old Friends and a New Adventure

Today I got to be part of one of the most significant events in the
gondola business:
                              The launching of a new operation.

The players are all people I've known for many years,
but the boat and the location are both new and exciting.

Today, Mark Schooling (one of the hardest working gondoliers I know)
launched a gondola business of his own in Channel Islands Harbor - a popular waterway in Oxnard, California. 
The spirit of camaraderie among gondoliers and company owners is one of my favorite things about operating in Southern California; a few of us were there to lift, move, drive, launch, toast and row.
It was a truly great day.

There's lots to talk about: The man, the boat, the location, and the friends who were there, but it's been a long day and I'm exhausted.

So for now, I'll just register my congratulations to Mark,
and say thanks for letting me be part of such a big day.

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