|Feb 28, 2013||Les Miserables|
|Feb 27, 2013||Love You 900|
|Feb 26, 2013||Eel Tales|
|Feb 25, 2013||Picture This|
|Feb 24, 2013||Bacteria Do It|
|Feb 23, 2013||Two Places At Once|
|Feb 22, 2013||The Boy|
|Feb 21, 2013||Old Man and the Moon|
|Feb 20, 2013||Ink Me on Your Palm|
|Feb 19, 2013||Durable Engine, Worn Out Body|
|Feb 18, 2013||Buddy and Beast|
|Feb 17, 2013||Neither, Nor|
|Feb 16, 2013||The Wrong Ride|
|Feb 15, 2013||Saving Orphans 4: True Story, Happy Ending|
|Feb 14, 2013||Saving Orphans 3: African Orphans in Maine|
|Feb 13, 2013||Saving Orphans 2: The Undocumented|
|Feb 12, 2013||Saving Orphans 1: They Did Good|
|Feb 11, 2013||Thatís Entertainment|
|Feb 10, 2013||Golden|
|Feb 9, 2013||The Chain|
|Feb 8, 2013||Breath of Life|
|Feb 7, 2013||Truckiní|
|Feb 5, 2013||Unglued|
|Feb 4, 2013||Put a Plug in the Jug|
|Feb 3, 2013||A Child Leads Them|
|Feb 2, 2013||Pantomime, Poetry and Scripture|
|Feb 1, 2013||Bailing Dories|
Title: Bailing Dories
Date: February 01, 2013
A dory is a flat-bottomed rowboat with high, flared sides amidships and a sharp prow. Dories are stable boats. You may have seen one in the 1937 film, Captains Courageous.*
The dory-bailing contest was held every spring at the harbor festival. It was a crowd pleaser. Two, twenty-foot dories were strung bow to bow between two opposite docks. Their sterns were tied to those opposite docks.
The docks were crowded with spectators to watch three locals vie against three Coast Guardsmen. The locals were the Wilson brothers who rigged a plastic bait box with duct tape and dowels for handles, designed for easy heaving of seawater. Their partner was armed with a five-gallon bucket and a plan. Their opponents had a 30-gallon plastic barrel manned by two Coasties, and one fellow swung a five-gallon bucket.
The dories were filled half-way with seawater, making them sloppy and tipsy. The goal was to empty the boat as quickly as possible. The rules said nothing about where to toss the water. The brothers bailed over the side, while their partner bailed into the Coast Guard boat, drenching the Coasties. After a while, one Coasty caught on and soon everybody was soaked. It was great fun and the locals won.
Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, your boat keeps filling up – with fear, or stress, or anger, or bills, and meanwhile you are bailing all the harder, yet the water keeps rising?
Let’s Pray: Dear God, we’re trying; we’re bailing, but failing. Stop our waters rising. We need You. Amen.
Here’s a question: What do you do when your water rises?
*Captains Courageous: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captains_Courageous_(1937_film)