"This is a great present to start the new year; thank you"
Stop (sound of screeching brakes). Rewind. Really, really rewind. Go back ...
19 June 2009. 6:00 am. Place Gloucester, MA -- the harbor. This is when I took these pictures.
A couple of days ago, I was showing my wife the pictures of Gloucester Harbor that I have selected. She made an interesting comment. She said: "You really like that boat -- Cat Eyes." Without really having paid much attention, I realized that I, indeed, had selected 4 images of the boat Cat Eyes.
I looked at the pictures carefully, and noticed that I had
taken pictures of two boats with the same name. The set that was taken in
2009, and the other in 2011.
I found that intriguing. So, I googled
the name of the boat, and found the history of the boat, and its owners
(Naz & Sandra).
Yes, these are two different boats, but the old one finally was given
for wood scrap and the second one is the one Naz uses for fishing.
history of the boats is interesting, but the name is what romantic
stories are made of.
Sandra's father, an Italian fisherman, used to call her "gli occhi del
gatto" which when translated into English means cat eyes. You have to
see Sandra's eyes and their piercing blue color to understand why her
father called her so. One day Naz, surprised Sandra by renaming their
first boat "Cat Eyes" -- a name that was transferred to their new boat.
Without thinking about it twice, I printed the 4 images on 13x19 paper and decided to give them to the Naz and Sandra. It only took a couple of days of web searching to find where they live, and yesterday afternoon I drove up to their home.
After the shock of having someone unknown to them appear on their front step passed, I showed them the images. I laid them on their kitchen table and they were very happy because, as Naz said, they did not have clear images of the boats.
We chatted for over an hour about fishing permits fishing seasons, quotas, fuel, Greenpeace and many other topics that obviously were of interest to both of us.
But what made me very happy was Sandra's statement: "This is a great present to start the new year; thank you."
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