Friday night I was engaged in an Ocracoke Preservation Society executive committee meeting when DeAnna reminded me that I had agreed to act as auctioneer for a sale of island artifacts after our upcoming general membership meeting. "Oh no," I blurted out, "I made a mistake. I can't be there that night."
After the meeting another member commented that Charles Temple would make a great auctioneer. I decided to call him right away as I rode my bicycle back home. It was an easy request to make. I know Charles has the necessary skills, is committed to community involvement, and would get an adrenaline rush coaxing ever higher bids from his neighbors and friends.
I was right. He was interested immediately. "What day of the week is the meeting?" he asked.
"I think it's a Friday, but I don't have a calendar in front of me," I answered, "I'm on my bike."
"Me too," Charles said.
Just then I was approaching the curve in the road near Captain's Cargo. An SUV with bright lights drove up close behind me. At the same moment I heard Charles complain that oncoming headlights were blinding him.
As the truck passed me I noticed a bicycle traveling in the other direction, across the street. The rider had a cell phone up to his ear.
"Charles!" I called out.
He wheeled around and we finished our conversation face to face (after a good deal of laughter and talk of "only-on-Ocracoke"...and a mutual agreement that this was a perfect subject for my blog!).
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here: