Danger Bay—Episode 76—On Course for Miami Beach

Episode written by Carl McIntyre—Graphics by Boomer Jack Boardman

“Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow” series inspired by Bob Carney.

Previously…Episode 74—Port-of-Call Daytona Beach—Bikes and Blues:

“Great event, you’ll love it. And it’s for a great cause, the proceeds go to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

“Lysa told us the story of St. Jude’s and all they do for children,” Boomer answered, “So we timed our visit so we could participate.”

“Lysa? Not our Gypsy?” Tiny Jim replied.

“The same,” Boomer smiled.

“That figures!” Tiny Jim laughed as he pulled away, “That’s Gypsy!

And now—Episode 76 (Takes place at the same time as Episode 75):

Mac & Lyle were in the Pilot House ©2008 New CodgersThe Sparrow’s own “Biker Chicks & Dudes” had returned, their motorcycles (none the less for wear) safely stowed in the cargo hold, and they were regaling any and all in the main cabin with tales from their adventure. The number in the main cabin went down precipitously when Bob started in on his particular tale—go figure!

Each armed with a brand new, just released Codger Collectible “Voyage of the MV Sparrow” mug available now (Boomer made me write that), filled with very fresh organically & shade-grown, Fair Trade, Danger Bay-Roast coffee, from Mac’s kitchen, Lyle Pettigrew, & Mac McIntyre, made their way to the pilot house. They weren’t needed there as the pilot house was quite ably manned by crewmen Herzog, Taylor and Armstrong.

“This is a well-run boat, Mac,” Lyle asked, “why’d you hire me?”

“Why wouldn’t we?”

“Maybe because you don’t need me?”

“Good point, we’ll set you adrift in Miami!” Mac rumbled, his eyes twinkling, “fair enough?”

“Free ride to Miami?” Pettigrew laughed, “It don’t get any better’n’nat!”

“We’ll bill you.” Mac assured Pettigrew, “Cash or money order—no checks.”

Lyle was recently hired to serve as the Chief of the Boat, or COB (in the US Navy Submarine Service, the highest ranking non-commissioned officer aboard a sub) at Mac’s recommendation. Aboard the Sparrow, he was the crew foreman.

“He never came back aboard,” they heard Crewman Taylor say through the open window of the pilot house, “I heard him say that he wouldn’t come back, but I thought it was just talk.”

“I guess he had a heck of a fight with the captain,” Crewman Herzog added.

“Alright you guys,” Crewman Armstrong said just as Pettigrew & Mac entered the pilot house, squelching the conversation, “enough gossip. It’s not our business.”

“Good morning Mac, Cob,” Herzog greeted, “how may we help you?”

“Maybe by not spreading scuttlebutt,” Lyle answered in his deep hoarse voice, “it serves no useful purpose.”

“Gentlemen,” Mac rumbled, just a little ominously, “I’ve known the captain a good deal longer you, and I know she will not appreciate idle discussion of her business.”

“Great coffee this morning, Mac,” Armstrong said, “great coffee, indeed!”

And thus, the idle talk ceased—at least in front of Mac & Cob…Codger Collectible Mug Image “Survivor” ©2008 New Codgers


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9 Responses to Danger Bay—Episode 76—On Course for Miami Beach

  1. Lysa says:

    Ah, I love a tight ship… I can see that Lyle is going to be a wonderful addition!


  2. gotbob says:

    I love the fact that I finally took off the leather jacket. I would probably smell pretty ripe by the time we hit Miami, if I didn’t already.

    Nice job Mac.


  3. boomerjack says:

    Carl: Where are you? You’re s’posta be answering comments… 😉 Nice job on the story, though–you need to do this more often!
    Lysa: Carl knows the real Pettigrew (not his real name) abd has taken charge of this character.
    Bob: Just a hint of our summer wardrobe–wait’ll you see yourself close-up!


  4. sgtmajcarl says:

    Jack: I’ve been out all day–old doesn’t mean staying at home! 🙂
    Lysa: Kyle, as I remember, was gruff, but had a heart!
    Bob: I won’t go there.


  5. Maggie Dokic says:

    Ooooooh, I can’t wait til you all arrive! Promise that you’ll head inland and visit me out in the Redland. We’ve got some fruit which might be ready to pick by the time you get here.

    And yes, you definitely need your summer wardrobe here.


  6. sgtmajcarl says:

    Maggie: That’s easy, but you must supply a photo of something you’d like to show your visitors, and Boomer has to have a place in the photo to insert our caricatures. We’d love to visit the Redlands.


  7. Ines says:

    Holy Cannoly Carl! Pretty awesome! I like discipline and I’ve been told I can be tough….you and I would get along just fine! Glad to see the Miami Attire – it gets pretty hot here (don’t forget the sunblock)


  8. Sarah Cooper says:

    I’ve never traveled so much in my life!!!


  9. boomerjack says:

    Sarah: Yeah, adventures of the mind.


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