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I joined Joe Elder, a resident at the Gangplank Marina, aboard his 52-foot (16-meter), live-aboard yacht for a half-hour trip down the Potomac. We were leisurely cruising back when Joe said, “All right, Landon, take the wheel.” It was night, so Joe told me to just “aim for the Washington Monument.” It was great! I had never steered a boat that big before.

Ordinarily, I love seafood, and I really wanted to blend in with the seafood crowd at the fish wharf, so I ate raw oysters. On one occasion they upset my stomach. I didn’t throw up, but if I had been on my own I probably would not have partaken.

A bunch of marina residents are dog owners, and every week they take their dogs on a boat trip to the Holiday Inn in Old Town Alexandria for Doggy Happy Hour. The humans have beer and food, and the dogs fill up on doggy treats. It was right before Halloween, so hundreds of dogs and owners showed up dressed for the costume contest. It was just hilarious! Dogs and owners were dressed up like all sorts of stuff. If a dog was dressed as a bumblebee, the owner was the flower. I don’t have a dog, but I’m certainly a dog lover. This was like dog heaven!

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