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Little Drummer Girl Part II

Little Drummer Girl Part II

Coach Sue, the patient and kind coach, was put in charge of my drumming training. During the next month I spent at least part of every practice perched on the drummer’s seat, calling strokes and terrorizing the waterfront residents of Alameda by banging the drum on a...

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Mystery Dragon Boat Sighting

Mystery Dragon Boat Sighting

As I mentioned when I started this blog, I got interested in dragon boating in large part because I live on the water. My kitchen looks out over one of the many Alameda marinas which provides a source of entertainment while I’m doing the dishes. One Sunday morning,...

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Little Drummer Girl, Part I

Little Drummer Girl, Part I

My second season of dragon boating started out with a nice surprise: We got new jerseys! And they were a big improvement on the old ones that were basic black with a small dragon on the left breast and our team name of the back. The new jerseys were mostly blue, with...

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Dragons on Parade

Dragons on Parade

Oakland and Alameda hold a lighted yacht parade on the Oakland Estuary, where we practice, in early December. I’ve been a fan of the parade since long before I took to the water, so I was happy when ADF organized a dinner at a prime viewing spot for the 2015. At that...

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Howling in the Rain

Howling in the Rain

In the Bay Area, the dragon boating season wraps up with the Halloween Howl, a race put on by the Oakland Renegades, our neighboring team. Like the others, this race was held and Lake Merritt, and since it is a more casual event, we were able to stake out our...

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Bring on the Bling!

Bring on the Bling!

The Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival was the race I had gone out to see at Treasure Island before I joined the team. In 2016, this event became homeless when it’s long-time venue at Treasure Island’s Clipper Cove became unavailable due to...

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