Birthday Wishes
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Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes

I had not yet answered Salty’s request that his birthday(s) be celebrated everyday. I was at a loss and could find no inspired way to tell my party-monster shipmate that everyday simply cannot be your birthday. Unless, of course, you were time travelling. Or in the movie Groundhog Day. But those possibilities aside, we mortals get but one per year.

While I was dredging up some long-lost insults and profanity from my army boot-camp days to hurl at the length of rope that I was splicing, I had an epiphany of sorts.

Methinks, I thought out loud, that Sir Salty’s ‘every day is my birthday’ announcement is really just his way of negotiating. We are all guilty of the same, are we not? Ask for the stars, settle for the moon.

With this in mind, I pinned this note to his flipper:

To Sir Salty Party-Like-It’s -1999

First let me apologize for not responding to the note explaining the frequency of and wishes commensurate with your birthday(s).

I regret to inform you that a daily birthday celebration is not possible aboard. Nonetheless, I am glad to be informed that your kind has a birthday everyday.

Additionally, when victualling for this passage, the Admiralty allowed only serving of popcorn and that to be shard amongst the crew.

However, by way of recognizing your many birthdays, I hereby grant an extra ration of grog to be issued to you daily as long as you stay signed on.


When I pinned it on his flipper, I thought him fast asleep. I had only turned around and taken a single step up the companionway ladder when I heard the grog-locker being flung open. Turning around, I found Salty face-down rum rummaging.

I guess I’ll take that as a yes…

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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