Harriman Nelson's Journal

The Java Connection
The Creamsickle
The Invitation
Bike Week
The Java Connection
Lee's Tattoo
My Friend Lee-page 33
My Friend Lee-page 34
My Friend Lee-page 35
My Friend Lee-Page 36
My Friend Lee-page 37
My Friend Lee-page 38
My Friend Lee-page 39
My Friend Lee-page 40
My Friend Lee-page 41
My Friend Lee page 42
My Friend Lee-page 43
My Friend Lee -page 44
My Friend Lee-page 25
My Friend Lee-Page 26
My Friend Lee-Page 27
My Friend Lee-Page 28
My Friend Lee -page 29
My Friend Lee -page 30
My Friend Lee-page 31
My Friend Lee-page 32
My Friend Lee-page 24
My Friend Lee-page 23
My Friend Lee- page22
My Friend Lee-page 21
My Friend Lee-page 20
My Friend Lee- Page 19
My Friend Lee-page 18
My Friend Lee page 17
My Friend Lee-page 16
A Short Story
A 'Harry Halloween'
My Friend Lee-page 15
My Friend Lee-page 14
My Friend Lee-page 13
My Friend Lee-page 12
My Friend Lee-page 11
My Friend Lee-page 10
My Friend Lee-page 9
My Friend Lee-Page 8
My Friend Lee-page 7
My Friend Lee-page 6
My Friend Lee-Page 5
Life With Lee-page 4
Life with Lee- page 2
Life with Lee-page 3
Reflections-the 'In Between Years'
My photo-scrapbook album
About Me

Lee’s gone and gotten himself sick again. At least he sure looks sick. Say’s he’s fine. Doc agrees, aside from a ‘slight’ infection from Xiphias gladius. (aka the common swordfish),that is,  and of course, his caffeine withdrawal.

Like most of the crew, he’s demonstrating the usual withdrawal symptoms of headaches and irritability. Of course, his  irritability is bit beyond the usual, so much now in fact, that it’s got everyone trying to hide from him. Even me!

I’ve even had to try to calm the chief saying ‘it’ll pass’ and as Captain, Crane does have the right to point out any errors, discrepancies, sloppiness, etc. in fact, whatever he damn well feels like complaining about on the part of his officers and crew. I think they’ve all just gotten so used to Chip doing that for him (and Chip does it oh so well!) that they’re even more unhappy because  its their beloved Skipper’s who’s so disappointed in them to growl at them himself.

Will seems to think my nicotine addiction is masking my own decaffeination symptoms.  How can I tell him that I have another, totally different secret weapon.  But damn it, Lee’ll kill me if he discovers that I found a half jar of the instant stuff left in one of the guest cabins. Not near enough to ration out, even if Cookie could dilute it into a kind of ‘flavored’ hot water for everyone.  I did consider it. Truly. I didn’t think I was  heartless enough to keep it all to myself. At least, not until, in desperation, I just had to have a cup first. But this crystalized stuff  tasted so bitter, that I added a little of the family label to it. Not quite an Irish Coffee, but with the help of a little cream left over from my oatmeal, it was passable.


Is it really my fault that ‘just one more’ sort of happened?  I considered taking that jar to the galley. I really did, but each time when I grabbed the jar to do so, I noticed there was probably only enough of the dehydrated crystals for a few more cups. And if word got out there were only a couple of  cups of coffee available, well, I hate to think what kind of riot might arise.  Of course, Lee would probably arrange for a lottery or have the men draw straws,  despite his own great need. That’s the kind of man he is, always thinking what’s best for his crew.


But there only seems to be enough for one cup left now, anyway.  Best if I keep it locked up, safe and sweet in my cabin.







The best order to read The Java Connection  in the blogs:

#1Chip’s Blog

#2 Kowalski’s Blog

#3Doc’s Blog

#4 Lee’s Blog

#5 Nelson’s Blog

#6 Lola’s Blog