Here in this marina, over between the parking lot and the shipstore sits a couple of picnic tables. I paid little attention to said tables, seeing as how I don’t picnic much these days and figgered they were there for people to use for whatever. But I noticed on many occasions as I walked by that there was stuff on one of the tables. Nothing specific, just odd ball things. One day there was a microwave oven, another a box of clothes, another a pair of speakers. The stuff would sit there for a day or so and then be gone. I thought perhaps people just put things there in the course of moving or throwing out the trash but I come to find out the table is what is known in the marina as the, “Free Table”.
Basically, the free table is where you put stuff that you just want to get rid of instead of throwing it out. Rather than try to get money for it, you just put said stuff on the table and anyone who wants and walks by can pick and chose whatever they like. Kind of a cool little trading post. I haven’t seen anything that I would want nor need but there is always someone looking for a free bargain. It’s one of those things that sets this marina apart from the, “other place”, although that hell hole had something similar, it was called the trash. Many a time I saw people, in particular a thieving, scumbag of a security guard, rooting through the trash for whatever the little bastard could find. Here, at least, the table is handy, and clean.
Meanwhile, as summer comes to the Keys, the marina is starting to clear out a bit. Many of the snowbirds have sailed back north leaving a lot of empty slips and a somewhat quieter marina. Our dock continues to have a little get-together once or twice a week. One resident has a nice big grill and we all chip in with some donation of food. A big difference between the parties on this dock and those at the, “other place”, is that this crowd is much more mature. There are no drunken brawls, no couples having a fight in the middle of the night, no excessively loud music. Even the manager comes down and joins us now and then, something that would never happen before. It’s a nice change of pace.
I have yet to find anything here that I dislike about the marina other than the issue with the pump outs but it’s really very minor and something we all work around. I’m in a real comfy spot right now and hope things remain as is for a while.