Episode written by Carl McIntyre—Graphics by Boomer Jack Boardman
“Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow” series inspired by Bob Carney.
“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):
The 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!”
To Be CONTINUED