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February 26, 2011

Rope-a-Dope and Yak-a-de-Yak

I dug back through all my photos, which in a sense is my diary, and found that it has been almost exactly three months that the Anole has set on the docks. Nov. 20th of last year to be exact. Way to damn long.
Having got the engine back together I put it to the test last night by doing the rope-a-dope here on the docks. Everything seemed to be doing good. So the lizard will leave the dock in a couple of hours. The way I see it, once off the dock the motor gets killed and the sails rise in the morning sky. Mother nature and tactical efforts will then rule the day till the anchor finds a comfortable rest in the Bull River mud. Come time to crank the motor and leave the anchorage if I encounter problems I will have at least got off this wood for a spell. That in itself is priceless.
And because of the prep yesterday I will also eat good as I enjoy the time out in nature.

Cheers :)

No Hands On Deck

Make Ahead Meals

Butch's World Famous Cornbread

This Little Chicken Is Off The Market

Yak-a-de-Yak, don't look back.
Yak-a-de-Yak

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February 25, 2011

Hey, wait.........I am going sailing !!!!! :)

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I love ya Charlie Sheen !!!!!!! :) Fuck em if they can't take a joke. :)

I Would Rather Be Sailing

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Inserting The Copper Stopper

Inserting The Copper Stopper

1. IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT.
Thinking it was a good time and a wise time, WRONG, to remove the JB Weld on the crack that was on the corner of the engine when I got it, I decided to go for it. As a result the new weld decided it wanted to piss water out the new repair.
WTF !!!!!???????

2. GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN.
After two failed attempts at installing new head gaskets I had to go to the real pros for advise. Screw conventional wisdom. Thanks David Blount for the advise and help.

Sometimes it becomes necessary to just step back and walk away. That is where I am this morning. I have fucking had enough of this whole engine issue.
Yesterday I assembled and reassembled my engine head and all the components involved three (3) times. That is in a 12 hour span. First the head gaskets failed to seal once again. I was just totally blown away and pissed. On top of that my new repair to the block crack on top of the block started leaking. I'm not even going to go back there and repeat the thoughts going thru my mind.

Thanks to David Blount, who felt my pain and shared in the thoughts of the crazy ass two gaskets issue, he convinced me to step outside the box and try a method that has worked since Henry Ford's time, just use one gasket. And use a gasket sealer. Thats what I did. Late last night I finished the install and just let is sit and seal till this morning.
Upon startup I fully expected to find water leaks again, matter of fact I didn't even walk back down into the boat until the engine came up to operating temperature. I didn't want to see.
When I finally did walk back down into the boat and look, low and behold, NO FUCKING LEAKS !!!!! I let the engine run about another ten minutes and re-torqued the head once more. Still no leaks and no leaks for the next 15 minutes. Then I shut the engine down.
This is where I walk away. No more working on this engine. Right now it is working and cooling right. No water has yet to enter the oil pan from that repair. So at this moment, while I can't really say that I am happy with the motor, I can say that I feel a little relieved. Do I have confidence in the motor? Absolutely not !!!!!
So what are my intentions now? To go sailing. It is what it is, whatever is going to happen will happen. Maybe, just maybe, she will hold for a while.

Engine compartment closed, not to open again till the sails are ready to be hoisted.

February 24, 2011

Waiting On Daylight

February 23, 2011

Moses, The Blue Shepherd

This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful puppies I have ever seen. So beautiful that meeting him caused me to once again mull over the possibility of having a dog on my boat.
Nope, not yet.
In my eye the only dog that could compare to this puppy would be a Rottweiller puppy.
Got to love this puppy.
Good luck with him Stephanie and Scott. Keep him safe.

Moses, the Blue Shepherd

Moses, the Blue Shepherd

Moses, the Blue Shepherd

February 22, 2011

Moses

Yeah, I got a fucking attitude...

.......if you sail anywhere where the Somoli coast is the opposite coast in your sailing water..........well, lets just put in in mild terms.......YOUR ONE STUPID ASS PIECE OF CRAP.
One, you have no respect for your own life, forget all the other lifes you may be sailing with. STUPID!!!

FUCK YOU !!!!

This includes Fatty Goodlander. You made it through once with your lady. Dont make me call you all kind of stupid fucking cussing words! Your warned.

This world is full of stupid people. It slowly seeps from the top of Capitol Hill to the lowest life forms. Stupid !!!!

Dead People

I guess if I was real calus I would just say dont be this guy. Hell, he just got his wife killed. Stupid fuck!!!!!!
You piece of shit fucking wanta be sailor !!!!
I have no fucking respect for you. Your dead. Your done. Hope they dont fucking bread anymore stupid fucks like you.
I dont even want to know your name. Your friggin picture with that beautiful lady is enough.
You got what you knew was coming. You fucking piece of shit. Your no man in my eyes. Your a lousy piece of crap. You killed your lady.

Good riddance to you. God help your lady.
Butch


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February 18, 2011

Hurdles

The first really beautiful weekend of the year and I thought I would be sailing the Anole. But yet another fucking hurdle has hopped up in front of me.

Climbing......


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February 15, 2011

The Beast Roars Again

There are some things in life, simple as they may be, give so much joy to the person engaged in the act. Things like hoisting the main as you pull off the anchorage or dock or the spot you run aground. Simple little things that give you such a sense of accomplishment that it just makes you smile and feel good through and through. And in my case, just having a stiff drink of whiskey. :) I know I have major engine issues, issues that may or may not have gone away. But that took the back seat today to what really made me feel good. After removing the motor, tearing it almost all the way down to a bunch of frigging parts in a basket, reassembling them all back together, putting the motor back in the boat and having the motor start the very first try. No bullshit running around trying to figure out why it wasn’t starting. No adjustments to make it start. No tweaking this or that……just hearing it start, first time the button was push, not dieing, not hesitating, just doing exactly what it was supposed to do. Oil pressure up; water temp building up and holding, oh my God, what a great feeling. Granted, the motor could start pissing water in the oil at any given minute, but in the grand scheme of things that accomplishment is such a good feeling. :)
There are Gods, some I think we create.
All Hail The Anole !!!!


The Beast

Cheers !!!

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February 14, 2011

The Love Boat

She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me......................

The Love Boat

Jack

It's not too often the blaring TV waking me at one in the morning is welcomed like it was this am. Must have been the swashbuckling orders of Captain ringing out, the sounds of seas and hustle and bustle about.
Captain Jack.
A must have movie for the ships library. :)

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Safe and sound at home again, let the waters roar, Jack.
Safe and sound at home again, let the waters roar, Jack.
Chorus
Long we've tossed on the rolling main, now we're safe ashore, Jack.
Don't forget yer old shipmate, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe!
Since we sailed from Plymouth Sound, four years gone, or nigh, Jack.
Was there ever chummies, now, such as you and I, Jack?
Long we've tossed on the rolling main, now we're safe ashore, Jack.
Don't forget yer old shipmate, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe!
We have worked the self-same gun, quarterdeck division.
Sponger I and loader you, through the whole commission.
Long we've tossed on the rolling main, now we're safe ashore, Jack.
Don't forget yer old shipmate, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe!
Oftentimes have we laid out, toil nor danger fearing,
Tugging out the flapping sail to the weather earring.
Long we've tossed on the rolling main, now we're safe ashore, Jack.
Don't forget yer old shipmate, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe!
When the middle watch was on and the time went slow, boy,
Who could choose a rousing stave, who like Jack or Joe, boy?
Long we've tossed on the rolling main, now we're safe ashore, Jack.
Don't forget yer old shipmate, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe!
There she swings, an empty hulk, not a soul below now.
Number seven starboard mess misses Jack and Joe now.
Long we've tossed on the rolling main, now we're safe ashore, Jack.
Don't forget yer old shipmate, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe!
But the best of friends must part, fair or foul the weather.
Hand yer flipper for a shake, now a drink together.
Long we've tossed on the rolling main, now we're safe ashore, Jack.
Don't forget yer old shipmate, faldee raldee raldee raldee rye-eye-doe!

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Time To Reload

Time To Reload

Time To Reload

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Cheers !!!

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February 13, 2011

Busting Cherries

I was gifted this bottle of Moonshine marinated cherries by a friend. After I consumed two of them I realized that you should only gift these to a friend if the following criteria is met:

A. Your friend is a professional alcohol consumer.
B. Your friend has a sailboat that is able to sail and anchor away from other human beings.
C. Your comfortable with the fact that you may never see your friend again.


Busting Cherries

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Busting Cherries

Busting Cherries

Busting Cherries

Cheers !!!

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February 12, 2011

Problem

Problem

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February 11, 2011

The Epoxy Stitch by Butch Petty, Capt., S/V Anole

Ok kids here is the dilly-o. I made the repairs to the engine block today. As much as I hope that this works I have no friggin clue if it will. Only time will tell. I sure as hell hope that it does because this is a hell of a lot of work. I am basically putting this engine back togather and putting in back in the boat for a test trial. It could fail as soon as I start the fucking motor. Who knows. I know that with all the agonizing brain torment I went thru to come up with this fix if it fails I will have one hell of a drinking thing going on. LOL :)
I kinda felt like a surgen preparing for surgery. I tried my damn best to keep everything clean. I spared no effort in my preperations for the final application of the JB Weld. It's kinda like painting a house..........prep work is 80 percent of the work if you really want a good quality end product. And believe me my blogaspherical friends.......I want this shit to work. Once again I am putting my little bit of moneys and all my efforts into cheating the odds. What a gambler I am. :) What I wouldnt give to have money to do things right with the Anole. :( But she knows I love her. That all that counts.


The Epoxy Stitch by Butch Petty


Cheers :)

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The Final Plan

Plan of Attack

I spent one last night scouring the Internet before I formulated my plan of attack. In the photo above you can see the crack in the engine block. I have to repair this. At this stage I not only want the repair to work but I need it to continue to work. If I can get a year out of the repair I will be absolutely thrilled. Longer will just be icing on the proverbial cake.

My biggest obstacle in this attempt is expansion and contraction in the cast iron block as the engine heats and cools. If I just apply the epoxy patch it will more than likely not last long at all. Along with a lot of other factors like cleanliness of metal, a rough surface for the bulk of the epoxy to grab, no oils or dirts etc., I had to find a way to ensure that the epoxy can really GRAB AHOLD. If I can't repair this block then it is just trash. So I have decided to implement a plan that I am going to call "The Epoxy Stitch". There are other stitching methods that people use but none quite like this. Some systems use "drill and tap" techniques. Some use hot metal welding techniques. In my method I intend to let the epoxy itself be the "stitch". To accomplish this I have to drill some holes in the block. Yeah, I know, it seems at first thought to be counter productive. But the way I see it if the repair doesn't hold then the block is trash anyway so I have nothing to loose.
In the close up photo above you can see the arrows at different angles. This is just to give you an idea. Along the crack starting at one end I plan to drill a series of 1/16 inch holes. One half of the crack the holes will be angled in one direction and along the other half the holes will be angled in the opposite direction. This is what is going to have to give the epoxy its holding power. The shear strength of the epoxy is around 3000 lbs. So I dont have to worry about the epoxy cracking, I only have to worry about the epoxy pulling away from the metal. So if you imagine stitching a piece of cloth with needle and thread this will have the same affect. This is the only way I can see that this repair will have a chance of working.
So that my friends is todays plan of attack..........and of course more updates at they become available. :)

TGIF Cheers !!


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February 09, 2011

Tools and Drugs

In the Universal Atomic Four Motor there is one thread pattern that is scattered about in the cooling system and it is 1/2 x 14 NPT. In your tool box the tap for that pattern is vital, as is the 11/16 complimentary drill bit. They will see service through out the life of the motor.
Also in your boats tool box is the universally favorite of kids every where, Mac and Cheese. It also will see service through out the life of "your" motor.
Then there is the spoon. No, it is not used for drugs. Well not on my boat anyway. :)

Tools

I once had a job down in Florida. It was a really sweet job. I was remodeling houses for a lady that was flipping them for some quick bucks. Mostly I worked alone. I had a weekly 600 buck salary, free apartment, all my bills paid even the cable. I didn't have to spend a dime out of my pay except to eat. I was on a gravy train and living foolishly. Didn't save a damn dime. Just rode my Harley and partied like it was 1999. ( Whooo, thats an old song )
I got fat, literally and way out of shape. Tossed women away like they were play things. Tossed drinks back like they were free. And only dumped my bike a couple of times. :) Life was good....way too good. Now that I think about it, I probably dont need to win any lottery. But thats beside the point.
One day I was sitting at a red light on the bike and I started blacking in and out. Seeing stars. Getting dizzy as hell and having a really hard time breathing. I was in deep shit and I knew it. I hate fucking doctors, well going to doctors, not the doctors. But I had to find one and quick. I rode into one of those quick clinics. By the time I got to the counter I was having doubts that I was going to be conscious much longer. I was really worried. When I got in finally my blood pressure was off the scale. The nurses and doctors went into a frigging panic.....and then I was in more of a panic. To make a long story shorter I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and eventually high cholesterol. All the usual suspects.
It has plagued me ever since. Not the problems, but the drugs that I have to take to maintain. Every now and then I run out of them (drugs) or cant afford them and I stop taking them. Now I dont know what the fuck those geeks in those labs do when they develop these drugs. And I really dont understand exactly how they work. But I do know this.......they are bad fucking news. Once you start taking them your done! Somehow or another they attach there self to your blood cells and organs in ways that can not be good. Sure, they make you feel all goodie goodie and better until you stop taking them. Thats when the real fun begins. You have medical problems, now you have blood cell issues too. You have these little critters attached to everything that is you on the inside and they dont like to be toyed with. They want to be fed and if you dont feed them then the underlying problem that made you take them to begin with is minuscule. You now have a beast inside you that can kill you faster than you can imagine.
Considering all the times that I have ran out of these drugs you would think my body would have developed some sort of tolerance to the shock. NOT FUCKING HAPPENING !!! It is just as if it was the first time I ran out. And for me I feel it only in my head......massive headaches. Headaches that dont play and dont go away.
And the weirdest and most scary part is......the moment you get the medicine after you have been out and take it.......wholly crap.....it's like instantly your on a normal ( ? ) plane, or playing field again. It is insanely crazy.
I think a person could be winged off the drugs. It would require drastic lifestyle changes, especially in my case. You know, the drunk sailor syndrome, but it could be done.....maybe. In some cases drugs are a necessary way of life, that is if you want to live. And that may well be my case. Who the fuck knows? :O
Let me get on to my point here......if indeed there is one.....I dont know.......I'm just rambling. :) I hate television drug commercials. I think it is dangerous. I think they should be criminal. I have talked about this before on this blog. They suck ass. In almost every one of them you see on TV there is mention of depression and suicide. I have thoughts on this issue. I dont think it is the drug itself that causes these issues as much as it is the use and misuse of the drugs. Because the affects of not using them, or going cold turkey on them, for a weak person can be very bad. And the world today is full of weak ass people. They are getting so use to being treated like kids that there mentality is that of a kid. Just like that Obama broad wanting to tell people what they can and can't eat. What the fucks up with that?! But most of Americans feed into that shit like it is the gospel. And I could go on and on about our government "dumbing down of America" but most of America would not understand so I am not going to waste my fucking time.
So, when you have a weak ass person that is taking these modern drugs and they are misused the drug is so powerful that the effects need to be understood by the user. Unfortunately this is usually not the case. And that my friend leads to all the bad crap that the commercials try to rush through and not want you to hear.
The bottom line........and believe me my friends, this is the truth, if there is any way that you can avoid taking any drugs in this age, DO SO. Trusting a drug company is paramount to trusting a crack head to handle your banking affairs.

I'm done.

Cheers

February 08, 2011

Everywhere

Caught In A Trap

I’m starting to understand the sailor’s dilemma. Once in, your in. Every bit of juice your body and mind produces is pumped into your boat/ship. There is never a question of relevance. It’s almost like a crack head with a habit. You got to do it, what ever the boat demands. Whatever she demands. Because she is God.
I have never, ever felt so trapped in my life.
I still, thank God, have the ability to see outside the box, marginally as that may be. But I still hang on to that thread of vision outside of the addiction.
Yet trapped is a feeling I have and one that I don’t like. 50 some friggin odd years of life I have allowed nothing to trap me but the law and a few years of prison.
Very quickly I realized that trap would never catch me again.
Now there is a beast that has me trapped.
And it is a big ass chunk of fiberglass and wood.
WHAT THE FUCK ?!?!
These times that I am living thru are the worst times of my life.
I have never been so fucking low in my life.
So fucking broke.
So fucking depressed.
The only thing that keeps me going is …
….my boat.
My dreams.
The Anole.


The Same Ole Bullshit !!!

I found it ironic that after my post on the 5th that the President goes to the Chamber of Commerce on the 7th and admits to the world that "Government Regulations" have American jobs in a strangle hold. It doesn't take a damn genus to figure this crap out. And in November 2012 the whole world will see that we, the working stiffs of America, have had enough.

This Video:
You could have put the date of 2009 on this interview and no one would have questioned it. It's the same old bullshit answers to the same old questions.
Our "Man Child" in the White House.

Less than two years......and eagerly counting.


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February 05, 2011

Wanted: Young Pirate Girls

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My Wish For America

My Wish For America

I wish that anyone, and I do mean anyone,
In America that is calling for any kind of
Government regulation of any kind would loose their job.
And I don’t mean for a day or a week but
Long term indefinitely. The national average right now is nine months and that would be my minimum wish but preferably eighteen months.
By the time the end of those eighteen months is over all of those people would then see that all of the bad and wrong things that are destroying our country are a result of Government regulation of the people.
And at that time there would be enough people demanding that the Government get out of our lives, out of our businesses, and out of our money that we would be able to turn this country around virtually overnight.
All trade between us, the U.S.A., and the world would be done on an even playing field or no trade would be done with those countries.
Our borders would be slammed shut by to anyone attempting to come here illegally.
Then and only then would every person that
Wanted to work have many, many jobs to choose from. And once again we would have a Government by the people and for the people.
America would once again be to strongest and best place in the universe to be.

The bottom line in my wish?
GET THE GOVENRMENT OUT OF OUR
FUCKING LIVES!!!

February 04, 2011

The S/V Anole's New Ships Flag

A couple of years ago I commissioned a lady to make a flag for the Anole, one that I intended to fly anytime I wasn't sailing. That didn't happen. The damn thing started coming apart less than three months after I paid for it.......and I paid good money for it. After sewing it many times, patching it up and putting in new seams, I finally just said heck with it and hoisted it up the mast a couple of month ago to fly till it could fly no more. Well that time has come and passed.
This is the old flag.

The Ships Flag

This time I think the flag may last a wee bit longer. It is made out of 10 oz. Dacron sailcloth. I used V-132 Dacron thread, the strongest my supplier offers. It is all double stitched. Yeah, it is stiff as heck right now. The elements will soften it up soon enough.

Anole's New Ships Flag

Anole's New Ships Flag

Anole's New Ships Flag

Yeah, I like to be different. :) I think it is a pretty cool design.

Cheers !!!

Arrgh !!!

"Big Willy" - The Entire Backstage Pass Show

Watch the full episode. See more BackStage Pass.

February 03, 2011

Treasure From Treasure Island Florida

Let me just spend a couple of second here making a dire prediction. If a sailor lies to another sailor the sea will take its just penance. Your warned......no names need to be mentioned Mathew, in Treasure Island, Florida. One little act of deceit does not jump up in your life and stand alone. It is probably stacked and standing with many similar acts. As you pull away from that dock you will not be able to look forward to a welcome return, as we sailors never forget the wrongs done by another sailor.


The trip to Florida as promised to yield two motors. It yielded one. However, it is the one I needed. It will allow me hopefully to ditch the Doyle thermostat and that my friends is priceless. If I need to explain you wouldn't understand.

I also think that the block may be a viable replacement for the one I now own. It had the nastiest thick dark black oil in the pan. Jet black and that is beautiful. Any other oil condition would sadden me.

And then there are the other parts that I will have spares of.......many. The parts that are not usable are the oil pan, it's rusted through, and the reduction gear housing, also rusted through.
These pictures are deceptive. I will post better photos when I start to break the motor down. I was able to talk the guy down to $100.00 for the motor. Hell, the gas for the trip was more than that.
So no matter how you look at it the trip was worth making. :)

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It was beautiful weather in Tampa, 75 degrees. Tampa Bay has a lot of un-sail-able waters. That really sucks. It is so shallow that I saw this guy poling a flat bottom boat way out in the bay. To many damn tourist there also. I was so happy to be back in good ole Savannah. :)

This is Mathews boat.
The Tampa Fla. A4 Road Trip

The Tampa Fla. A4 Road Trip

Now its time to pay for the trip. Gotta go.

Cheers !!

February 02, 2011

"I Only Get High About Twice A Day"

Tight !!!!

I am wound up so fucking tight. I am trying to maintain control of witch segments and elements of my body and soul I want to just let fucking explode and the intervals and duration of the explosion.

If your in Treasure Island, Florida, and your sitting at the bar with a guy named Mathew......well, just take it with a grain of friggin sea salt. I'm Just Saying.

If you ever harbor thoughts of buying a sailboat and sailing off into the sunset.........well, just do it.

I need to share the pain with someone. :)

February 01, 2011

Colors In Paradise

Paradise, stroked by each of us in many different colors, different depths and with many various shades, are still by each seen as something close to perfection. While America is far from being define as paradise to its natives, it is always defined by these colors. And these colors do define our ability to seek paradise whenever and wherever we desire.
Nestled among the blades of marsh grasses this tiny Georgia Hammock has been a source of paradise for many and for many more to come.
The last flag the Hammock Keepers placed here was on 9/11/09 and donated by Lamar.
The new Colors were donated by Capt. Marlay, another Hammock Keeper.
From all us Hammock Keepers, thanks Capt. :)

New Hammock Flag Jan., 2011

Below is a shot that I got of the "Especially Beautiful Hammock" on one of my very first visits to the Hammock. In these parts this IS paradise.

A Warm Welcome

Colors In Paradise

Paradise, stroked by each of us in many different colors, different depths and with many various shades, are still by each seen as something close to perfection. While America is far from being define as paradise to its natives, it is always defined by these colors. And these colors do define our ability to seek paradise whenever and wherever we desire.
Nestled among the blades of marsh grasses this tiny Georgia Hammock has been a source of paradise for many and for many more to come.
The last flag the Hammock Keepers placed here was on 9/11/09 and donated by Lamar.
The new Colors were donated by Capt. Marlay, another Hammock Keeper.
From all us Hammock Keepers, thanks Capt. :)

New Hammock Flag Jan., 2011

Below is a shot that I got of the "Especially Beautiful Hammock" on one of my very first visits to the Hammock. In these parts this IS paradise.

A Warm Welcome