Chinese Dining And A Harbor Cruise With The Catheys

Nothing Else Counts In This World!

October 6th 2014 And Time For Fun With The Cathey's!

We decided to go to PF Chang's at 1:30 for lunch and then go on a lazy-daze harbor cruise around the Long Beach Inner Harbor area.  We are still celebrating Linda's birthday!  

We are going to have an adventure! However, with this group, no one knows what to expect! It was an adventure!

In Summary...


Lunch at P.F. Chang's and a trip on the bounding main!
Life is good!! Click  here for the full sized image

We Remembered The Way Is Was (Afterall We Are Collectively 277 Years Old)

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We all have memories of pre-Rainbow Harbor days

Did You Know? - The Pike was an amusement zone in Long Beach, California. The Pike was founded in 1902 along the shoreline south of Ocean Boulevard with several independent arcades, food stands, gift shops, a variety of rides and a grand bath house.

It was most noted for the Cyclone Racer (1930–1968), a large wooden dual-track roller coaster, built out on pilings over the water.

The Pike operated under several names. The amusement zone surrounding the Pike, "Silver Spray Pier", was included along with additional parking in the post World War II expansion; it was all renamed Nu-Pike via a contest winner's submission in the late 1950s, then renamed Queen's Park in the late 1960s in homage to the arrival of the Queen Mary ocean liner in Long Beach.

1979 was the year Long Beach city council refused to renew the land leases and demolished all of the structures and attractions it could that weren't trucked away.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
The Submarine Net Floats stored in Seal Beach after WWII

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor

Lunch Is Served (午餐供应)

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor

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Did You Know? - P. F. Chang's China Bistro is an Asian-themed US casual dining restaurant chain owned and operated by Centerbridge Partners and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

As of January 1, 2012, P. F. Chang's operated 204 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Chile and the Middle East.

It is the largest full service, casual dining Chinese restaurant chain in the United States with locations across the country.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We are ready to dine before taking the harbor cruise

Did You Know? - The Eight Culinary Cuisines of China are Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, and Zhejiang cuisines.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
After dining James usually tells us about "Pink Elephants"
Today's story was more unbelievable... What else could happen today?

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
The portholes in the building were really large

Did You Know? - A porthole on a ship may also be called a sidescuttle or side scuttle (side hole), as officially termed in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. This term is used in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.

It is also used in related rules and regulations for the construction of ships.

The use of the word "sidescuttle" instead of "porthole" is meant to be broad, including any covered or uncovered hole in the side of the vessel.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
James says a prayer before diving into the meal...
Somthing about "...let all the calories be small ones..."

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We studied up ahead of time

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Must be pretty good

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Salad is OK.... Cake is better!
Happy Birthday to Linda!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
The candle was appreciated...
The restaurant was COLD

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We have a "TO GO BAG"  for the boat trip
We could end up on Gilligan's Island!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
The Chinese characters translated say... For Jackie and Frankie

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We departed around the back and headed to the boat

To The Ship! 我们有一个梦幻般的午餐,并准备去游船

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We made a mistake and asked James to pick the
boat for the one hour cruise... This is what almost happened!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
James thought it looked seaworthy

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Linda and Sue make the final selection.... Yeah Girls!
We noted the new name of the boat was freshly painted over the name "Leakin' Lena"

We Walked To The Pier And Awaited Our ShipTo Come In

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
It was a delightful day in Long Beach... We strolled to Dock #2

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We hoped to take the riverboat but alas.... No such luck!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Notice... Standing in the shade

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"OK... I am ready to go!"

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"What is that sound???"

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We resisted the temptation...

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We were first in line

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Dock #2 Departure at 3:15 (or there abouts)

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor   An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor

We Get Aboard And "Set Sail" For The Inner Harbor With Interesting Passengers

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We are all aboard and ready to go!   James remembered all of them!

Did You Know? - Beany and Cecil was an animated cartoon series created by Bob Clampett under the Warner Brothers aegis, based on a hand puppet TV show in the late 40's by Clampett.

The puppet show, entitled Time for Beany, originally aired in 1949, and the animated series first appeared in Matty's Funday Funnies in 1959, later renamed Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil and finally Beany and Cecil in the USA.

Another season was produced in 1988. In its original form with hand puppets, the show conveyed a greater sense of personal communication than did the animated series that followed. The hand puppets were extensively marketed and sold well.

Although a children's show, it incorporated satirical references to current events and personalities which adults found entertaining, and the show also attracted adult viewers. Some of the plots were easily recognisable as thinly veiled lampoons of current political issues.

Snarky side remarks by Beany, Cecil and the rest of the cast often alluded to embarrassing public fiascos or personages, on which the adult audience immediately picked up.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"James... Are we walking the plank??"

Did You Know? - Walking the plank was a form of punishment thought to have been practiced on special occasion by pirates, mutineers, and other rogue seafarers. For the amusement of the perpetrators (and the psychological torture of the victims), captives were forced to walk off a wooden plank or beam extended over the side of a ship.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Only a few more steps

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"We have to go to the Bridge Deck?"

Did You Know? - Bridge deck: (a) The deck area including the helm and navigation station, and where the Officer of the Deck/Watch will be found, also known as the conn (b) An athwartships structure at the forward end of the cockpit with a deck, often somewhat lower than the primary deck, to prevent a pooping wave from entering through the companionway. May also refer to the deck of a bridge.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"Great view from way up here"

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"Can we go any higher??"


We are ready to go!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Best seat in the house

Did You Know? - The Port of Long Beach, also known as Long Beach's Harbor Department, is the second-busiest container port in the United States, after the Port of Los Angeles, which it adjoins.

Acting as a major gateway for US–Asian trade, the port occupies 3,200 acres (13 km2) of land with 25 miles (40 km) of waterfront in the city of Long Beach, California.

The Port of Long Beach is located less than two miles (3 km) southwest of downtown Long Beach and approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of downtown Los Angeles.

The seaport generates approximately US$100 billion in trade and provides more than 316,000 jobs in Southern California.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Old Glory is enjoying the breeze.... So are we!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Heading out of the harbor

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
The Captain provided an excellent dialogue during the voyage

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Hey... Are we on the Mississippi??

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Lions Lighthouse for Sight was put up by the Lion's Club

Did You Know? - The Lion's Lighthouse for Sight is a welcomed addition to the list of West Coast Lighthouses. Fairly new, it was funded in part and dedicated by the Long Beach Lion's Club. The light tower is a symbol of their fundraiser activities for the visually impaired.

The Lion's Lighthouse for Sight was dedicated by the Long Beach Lion's Club on December 10, 2000.

With its sixty five foot conical shaped white steel tower, the Lion's Lighthouse for Sight has a traditional lighthouse structure with a focal plane height of one hundred and five feet, with the harbormaster's office centered in the base of the light tower.

Although the operational light tower enables safe navigation for ships entering or leaving the Long Beach Harbor, Lion's Lighthouse for Sight is not a typical lighthouse in the sense that it was established and dedicated by a group supporting a specific cause for the community.

Lion's Lighthouse is owned by the United States Coast Guard, the grounds are closed, and there are no public tours. The base of the light tower is equipped with computer operated lighting that displays a fascinating colored light show each night.

In close proximity to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and Parker's Lighthouse & Restaurant, the Lion's Lighthouse for Sight towers over 18.6 acres of lush greenery where visitors come to picnic, or for special events such as weddings, birthdays, and family reunions.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
What a different between ships...


The LA River water diversion gates are home to many birds
who wish us a happy trip with some slight reservations

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor

 

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"Hey there.... How fast are we going?"

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"James! I thought you were driving the ship today??"

In The Open Water At Last

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Awaiting to load or unload their cargos

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Moving right along...

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
In the process of being amazed

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Nap time

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
James enjoys watching the little guys taking a nap

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Appropriately dressed for the occasion

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
The buoy is moving all over and the Sea Lions stay there unfathered

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Up close --- Look careful on the ships bulbous nose!


It's a "Flying Sea Lion" - They can jump out of the water about six feet!

Did You Know? - A bulbous bow is a protruding bulb at the bow (or front) of a ship just below the waterline. The bulb modifies the way the water flows around the hull, reducing drag and thus increasing speed, range, fuel efficiency, and stability.

Large ships with bulbous bows generally have a twelve to fifteen percent better fuel efficiency than similar vessels without them.

A bulbous bow also increases the buoyancy of the forward part and hence reduces the pitching of the ship to a small degree.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
He must have jumped and climbed the rest of the way

Did You Know? - As of 10/6/2014 it had just arrived from Chile

Owned By: Principal Maritime Management LLCfounded in 2010 and is based in Southport, Connecticut.

Gross Tonnage: 81,326

Deadweight: 15,8542 tons

Length × Breadth: 274.39m × 48.04m

Year Built: 2012

Status: Active

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
One of eight current ships in the Princimar Fleet

Did You Know? - The Government of the Marshall Islands was officially established in 1978 following the signing of the Constitution, which represents a blend of the US and British models of government. The islands gained their independence in 1986 after signing the Compact of Free Association with the US.

The Marshall Islands became a full member of the United Nations in 1991, and has since established diplomatic relations with most of the world's major maritime and industrial nations.

As an active member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Marshall Islands has ratified and implemented all key international conventions and instruments. It continually strives to promote the quality of vessels in its Registry, and those operating under the Marshall Islands flag achieve the highest ratings in the port State control (PSC) international rankings.

The Marshall Islands currently has over 100 million tons of ships registered under their flag.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Check out the end of the bridge... We were getting waves

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Safe voyage

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Gilligan's island was spotted

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
The skyline was beautiful today

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We had an assistant captain on board today!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
"I DID NOT see a sea serpent today!"

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
You think it is water inside that little bottle

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Amazing how the skyline changes - The Villa Rivera is surrounded now

Did You Know? - Villa Riviera is a registered historic building on Ocean Boulevard in the Alamitos Beach neighborhood of Long Beach, California, USA.

From the time of its completion in 1929 through the mid-1950s, it was the second-tallest building, and the tallest private building, in Southern California.

The 16-story French Gothic building has been called the city's "most elegant landmark" and a building that "has helped define the city."

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 and is currently used as condominiums with approximately 134 units, including 2 Penthouse units occupying the 16th floor of the building, complete with gargoyles adorning both sides of the bay windows overlooking the city and ocean.

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Circa 1933

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
James had a tiny little beer at lunch and kept seeing sea serpents and puppets
all day and was talking about Gilligan's Island ... Could this ever happen!

Then We Ran Into Trouble.... Stranded On The Island


What is happening???

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
All of a sudden were were on a desert island

  An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
Beany and Cecil and Huffenpuff to the rescue


We panicked... No wine on the island!

We Made It!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We are welcomed back to civilization

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
He never thought we would make it...

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
All is calm in port

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
The party is apparently under way

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
What's up dock??

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor
We returned to Rainbow Harbor... Mostly unscathed!

An afternoon with the Cathey's and Liles' in Long Beach Harbor

Benie & Cecil Song Lyrics

Come go sailing
We've waited long enough
For Beany and Cecil Dishonest John and Captain Huffenpuff.
It's time for adventure
Hot Dog, some fun. Oh Joy
With Cecil the seasick sea serpent
And good old Beany
Boy, boy, boy, boy, boy.

Lovable, gullible, armless, harmless, ten foot tall and wet.
Cecil the seasick serpent
Created by Bob Clampett.
So come on kids, let's flip our lids
Higher than the moon
Cause now here's Beany and Cecil in (spoken) a whole half hour
Bob Clampett Cartoon.