Captain Rivrdog and Crew: Alive, Dry, and Heroes.

Several of us have been keeping a close eye on the battle Captain Rivrdog has waged with the Mother over the last several days. We've prayed for him, written words of encouragement, and kept our fingers crossed.

Two posts from Smoke on the Water give us the final report: Two boats lost, all dock sheds lost, but all hands safe and well.

As Captain Jim says: and heroes all.

Captain Rivrdog and his hands stood in the face of the most ferocious winter storm the Pacific Coast has seen in decades. While Nature threw everything she could think of at them, they nevertheless stood to protect and secure their property, and the property of their friends. They did it without major human injury.

I am in awe. This is what heroes do. It isn't always about military action. This account is the exemplification of the sort of hearty souls who comprise Civilization. Heroes are people who do what must be done, simply because it is the right thing to do. They do it with fortitude, without complaint, and without fanfare. You need to read the accounts from Captain Jim's first post, Shipmates to get the full story, and the face-slapping, unending determination, hope, grit, and strength in each one of Rivrdog's updates. He never once gave up. He only abandoned ship temporarily, when she was in danger from sinking moorage and the threat of gasoline leaking from wrecks surrounding her. She could not be taken out to sea; too much detritus stood in her way.

Oh gods--enough from me. Go read for yourselves, and keep those prayers, vibes, and thoughts coming for brave Captain Rivrdog and his men.

posted by Linda on January 9, 2004 06:29 PM

OT: I use IE to view your blog, and the left column rides over the top of the middle column, obstructing about the first four or five letters. It looks like the left column is crushing in to match the width of your banner.

Posted by: Ted at January 9, 2004 08:04 PM

Linda, again, thanks for the links. I've just abused your bandwidth on your first link regarding Rivrdog, but, I had to say what was said. Apologies for the large post.

You've a great site here, ma'am. I'll be proud to add you to my links.

Again, thanks and heartfelt best wishes to you and yours.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at January 10, 2004 03:06 AM

Ted - IE is eeeeevil!

I ended up having to make a separate stylesheet for IE with fixed-width columns to stop it doing that.

Oh, and here's to Captain Rivrdog!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 10, 2004 07:47 AM

Ted: The column widths are set using absolute postioning and set from the outside edges of the window. The side columns are fixed widths and the center column is set from both sides. If the window is resized, the middle column should get narrower. Are you viewing the site at full screen? If you could tell me what version of IE you are using and what resolution, it would help me work out the problems with the site. This site was built and tested in Win98SE/IE6.0/1024x768. It also looked fine in Mozilla 1.5/1024x768. It wasn't tested at all in 800x600 so I have some tweaking to do as soon as Linda gets back with me.

Pixy: How do you make it recognize a particular browser and use a diiferent stylesheet for that browser?

Posted by: The Bartender at January 12, 2004 08:05 AM