Memories on the Water
Patti Clark with her daughter

Patti Clark took her family of grown children on a cruise along the York River during a week-long “staycation” in the summer of 2015. It included golf, water sports, shopping, dining and a massage. Sailing brings out the best in everyone and occasional memories of the water that are less than great.

People ask, “Do guests have peculiar memories of their families?” “My father hated lines,” she recalled wistfully. “If there was a wait at a restaurant, he was gone. He was very impulsive, where everything had to be done right now. My mother hated the water, simply hated it. She couldn’t swim and was afraid of the water. When she died we were going to scatter her ashes in the mountains as a memorial. My father insisted we scatter her ashes on the lake instead. We went out there one morning in the pouring rain and stood by the edge of the water. It was awful.” 

Update: Patti died a few years later after a long battle with cancer. To this day, their family photo remains the logo pic on my Facebook home page.

Musician for the Pope

I finally found someone with a better job than mine, playing music.

While sailing the York River, Bob Gravener talked about playing trumpet for Pope Francis when he arrives in Philadelphia next month, 2015. He and his wife Eloise Tomei live in Bordentown, New Jersey, which puts him centrally located to New York and Philly for musical gigs. He just played in a band performing for the Phillies baseball team. For the Pope, he will join the Philadelphia Pops and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to play Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” on the mall at the Liberty Center. See the video below for the Pope in Philadelphia.

The couple travels to Italy, where Bob is recruited for private sessions in various venues. They loved Capri. “Capri has huge yachts,” Eloise said. “It was just stunning.”

Bob has also played for Bob Newhart’s traveling show and once accompanied Barbra Streisand. To look at his face and demeanor, he’s the most serene man I’ve had aboard this season, secure in his talent and his life. As for Eloise, she works in Development at Princeton University and just completed a $2 billion capital campaign. She looked pretty relaxed after that ordeal.

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