The Marriage Crisis

Sunset over Gangplank Marina
Over the last three months, we’ve spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week together. That alone could bring many couples to the brink. We’ve faced a tropical storm, squally weather, intense heat, crowded anchorages and smoking engines. We’ve hit logs, worried over bridge heights, and rowed against currents. We’ve been wet, hot, hungry, and annoyed. But tonight we faced the biggest test our relationship has ever faced. Frankly, I’m not sure if there is redemption at the end.

We had just arrived in Washington, DC after a long hot day of motoring. The dock master put us at a dock instead of the requested mooring, due to a dragon race the next day. We couldn’t get power on our slip and it was suddenly after 5PM, so all there was to do was sweat in triple digit temps. I decided to put a positive spin on things and talk about the great things we could do in town. “I’m excited about the National Archives Museum” I said “and I know you’re excited about the new Star Wars movie.” I noticed a look I had never seen before on Matt’s face. Shock? Despair? Confusion?

In the silence that followed, I feared I had said something wrong. “Are you not excited about seeing the Bill of Rights and the Constitution? We don’t have to.” Even Hastings is glaring at me now. One word, my friends. One word is all it takes to destroy everything you hold dear. You happily married readers, take note of our despair. Pay attention to your spouse’s hobbies and interests. Don’t make the worst mistake you’ve ever made and confuse Star Wars for Star Trek. Your words reverberate for all time, much like when Captain Picard tried to rescue the Ewoks from the Cylons, but his translator was broken and all the Ewoks were assimilated into Borg through the TARDIS. Don’t let it happen to you!

Have you ever made a Sci-Fi mistake? 

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  1. This is so funny! When I read this I thought the exact same thing - what is she on about with this Star Wars movie. It's Star Trek!! I haven't seen it yet. Can't wait to read your review of it, assuming you don't confuse Vulcans with Ewoks.

    1. Ewoks are so cute! Kinda like Tribbles! We really enjoyed the movie. You can't calculate the likelihood of the amazing scenarios that unfold, but it was really fun! And then we saw the Enterprise studio model at the Air and Space museum and Matt was never happier!

  2. Haha. I never really know the difference when I use the words, but I kind of know one is about Spock and the other about Darth Vader. See, I didn't even notice the "mistake" in your blog, like Ellen did. I just thought "Another Star Wars movie. Makes sense..." :-) You and Matt will really get to know each other on this trip! 24/7 as a couple is no joke. But, you will become the best oiled machine together and an incredible team after a few more months. You will even know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek by then, or know why a blank stare occurs. :-)

    1. After all that, I made the same mistake today! I do know the difference, the names are just so close, and for that I blame George Lucas! Now, when the Star Wars movie comes out at the end of the year, I'm going to call it Star Trek just for fun. We're headed toward the boat yard next week .... that's the real test!


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