John and Suzanne's new houseboat won't be launched for three more weeks, but it's nearly complete, and that's a good reason for a party. John designed it and has been building it for the last year. He had a lot of help with it, and today's pre-launch party was to thank those people who worked on various aspects of the boat. I was invited, too, even though I provided no support other than moral (and no physical labor).
It's a beautiful vessel, even though it still stands on blocks outside the cabinet shop. All the inside trim, from countertops to light fixtures to plumbing and carpeting, is first rate. I'm hoping to break away from work for a week or so this summer to spend time with them on Shasta Lake. For now I'm just happy to have been part of the celebration of its near-completion. Plus, the halibut and Caesar salad were great.