Steven and Andrew got off for their trek to Vermont and Dan and Richard (working yet again) discovered that the front shower sump pump was not working. We are now on “first name basis” with the helpful folks at Steven’s Hardware. New float switch has now been installed! Good work guys!
Unable to resist the influence of the neighboring US Naval Academy, we set off through their portals for a guided walking tour. Our guide, Gene Logan, was superb with an “in-charge” speaking voice and immense knowledge that he doled out to us at each station. At Lejuene PE Center we saw Roger Staubach’s Heisman Memorial Trophy and on Porter Road we were charmed by the tidy homes of the department heads. We ascended the steps of Bancroft Hall, entering through the center portal (midshipmen must enter through the side doors until they graduate) then continued up the staircase to Memorial Hall where we paid tribute to our sailors who have fallen in the line of duty. Bancroft Hall is the largest dormitory in the US, housing 4500 midshipmen. The “Yard” (the 330 acre campus) has been co-ed since 1976. In the Armory Building, now a multipurpose area, we were wowed by the arched ceilings bordered with flags from all fifty states in alphabetical order and the replica of the Navy’s first aircraft. The Chapel houses a beautiful Tiffany stained glass window ( a gift of the class of 1951) at the far end of the main aisle. The crypt of John Paul Jones, the first Naval hero, is housed in the basement of the main Chapel.
We walked to Pusser’s Caribbean Grill for a dinner overlooking “Ego Alley” and watched the parade of boats go by. Since we had been to the original Pusser’s in the British Virgin Islands with Richard and Barbara Feingold we were happy to give this one a try. The story goes that until 1979 it was Great Britain’s Royal Navy tradition to issued a daily rum ration on board their Majesties” ships and this superb rum was never sold or offered to the public. In 1979 the Admiralty Board of the Royal Navy gave the “blend recipe” to Charles Tobias when he formed Pusser’s West Indies in the BVIs and now this “single malt of rum” is available to the public. Pusser’s is a corruption of Purser, the controller of the ship’s store and the original issuers of this tasty rum. Those who came from the ship’s store were, and still are, called pusser’s.