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I Left My HubNuggets in San Francisco: Gilligan's Island HubNuggets

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The Hubnuggets team couldn't have been happier! After being castaways on a deserted island for a few hours, and then rescued in just a few short hours, they were now cruising the oceans aboard a luxury yacht.

When ripplemaker first washed up on the beach, things had looked pretty bleak, but as one after another of the team found their way to the tiny island, they were happily re-united.

The skipper of the yacht had been only too happy to take the team on board, explaining that he'd been on his way to deliver the yacht to its new owners in San Francisco when he, too, was caught in the freak storm that swamped the team's out-rigger canoes.

Title image by RedElf, from photo "Golden Gate Bridge Yang Ming Line" by Cary Bass

Title image by RedElf, from photo "Golden Gate Bridge Yang Ming Line" by Cary Bass

Flower Power Philosophy...

Heading for San Francisco...

"I'm sure the Howell's won't mind a short delay while we take you back to the resort," said the skipper, beaming jovially at the team.

"But, Skipper, we're kinda short handed, and Mr. Howell will be really annoyed if we don't get there on time." The first mate nervously twisted his cap, as the skipper turned to him, glowering.

"Actually, we could help you," volunteered Patty Inglish MS. "Our head office is in San Francisco, and we'd be happy to crew for you. That way, you can make your delivery on time, and we can sail home in style."

"Wonderful!" said the skipper. "Gilligan, show our friends to their staterooms, and introduce them to Maryanne and Ginger while we get underway."

"How exciting! I've always wanted to crew a yacht," declared Patty.

"I've always wanted to cruise on a yacht," sighed KoffeeKlatch Gals. "Not crew one."

ladyjane1 poked Gals cup. "Let the Patty and the kitties climb the masts and haul on the yard arms - or whatever it is they do," she said. "You and ripplemaker and I can be the chief cooks and bottle washers!"

"Sounds good to me, lj," said ripplemaker. "Let's get started on lunch."

As the team gathered their bags and headed below, RedElf wondered why the First Mate seemed so familiar. "Gilligan, Maryanne, Ginger - where have I heard those names before?" she mused. Aloud, she said, "Hey, guys, did you know that in the 1960's, San Francisco was a hotbed of philosophical debate - flower power, hippies, and free love? What a great tie in to this week's categories! Let's look over the nominees in Religion and Philosophy before we get too busy."

The Religion and Philosophy Nominees

My favorite "hippy dippy" weather forecaster

The weather started getting rough...

Shortly after lunch, the weather turned rough. The kitties, soaked with rain and salt spray, headed into the wheelhouse to dry off.

"We'd better radio ahead for the latest forecast," said Enelle Lamb, shaking water off her hat.

His eyes glued to the storm swells ahead as he kept the yacht on course, the first mate yelled over his shoulder to the radio man, "Hey, Professor, what's the weather up the coast?"

"Long Beach - overcast and rainy, San Jose - clearing, but windy, San Francisco - fogged in, as usual, but not rainy. San Francisco doesn't get that much rain, you know. The average rainfall varies from a high of 4.7 inches in January to a low of 0.04 inches in July. Isn't science exciting?"

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"Thanks, Professor," replied the first mate. "We call him 'The Professor' 'cause he's really smart," the mate added proudly.

The radioman ducked his head modestly. "Thanks, Gilligan, but really, I just like to read a lot."

RedElf shook her head to get the water out of her ears. "Why do those names sound so darned familiar?" She couldn't quite put her finger on it, but she knew she'd heard them somewhere before.

Just then, the radio crackled as Simone and Maddie checked in with the list of nominees in the Education and Science category.

"Thanks, ladies," said Enelle. "Now, we can all read and vote. Let Jason know we'll make port this afternoon, as long as this storm doesn't get any worse."

The Education and Science Nominees

  • Fermi’s Paradox of Alien Life: 5 Explanations for Where They Are
    Where are they? Where is everybody? The Fermi Paradox asks why it appears we are alone in the universe. Statistically life on other worlds seems possible and even likely, yet we’ve not made contact with alien civilizations, nor even seen proof of
  • What if Titanic Hadn't Sunk?
    What would have become of the RMS Titanic has she not sunk on her maiden voyage that fateful April night? The answer may disappoint you.
  • Weird Foot Facts
    Everything you've ever wanted to know about your feet and then some!
  • Blood Type Properties
    This hub explains the differences between blood types A, B, AB, and O. Positive and negative properties of these types are also explained.

The Streets of San Francisco

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"High on a hill, it calls to me..."

"Oh, I can hardly wait - Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Union Square, shopping at Ghirardelli's, the Presidio, Gump's, those little cable cars climbing half-way to the stars..." ripplemaker was poring over her sightseeing plans.

"I can hardly wait to see Golden Gate Bridge - I hear the park there is amazing," added ladyjane1. "Were you able to get tickets for our day-trip to Alcatraz Island?"

"I can already hear Tony Bennet singing. Do you think we'll see a car chase?" Gals asked wistfully. "The Streets of San Francisco was one of my favorite shows."

Ginger and Maryanne laughed. "The winds have died down, and we'll make port soon. There will be lots of exciting things to do and see once you're there."

"Including a trip to Minna Street to drop off the list of Gender and Relationship nominees in person, instead of emailing," announced Patty, as she grabbed her bags and headed topside. "We can all read them together this week!"

Soon, the team stood on the dock, waving goodbye to their yachting friends.

"What a nice couple," remarked Gals, watching the new owners board their yacht and prepare to set sail. "Interesting names, too... Thurston and Lovey... so friendly."

As the team loaded their bags into the waiting taxi, RedElf glanced over her shoulder at the departing yacht. "Interesting indeed. I'm Googling them all as soon as we get to Minna Street."

The Gender and Relationships Nominees

  • Bed Bugs and Marriage
    Bed bugs can put a tremendous strain on a marriage, or partner relationship. Learn how bed bugs interfered in Sally and George's relationship. Learn ways to prevent bed bugs from coming in between you and your significant other.
  • Interfaith Marriages-Can They Work?
    A look at interfaith relationships and marriages, and how a couple can overcome obstacles unique to their situation.
  • Best Present For Girlfriend
    If you are looking for the Best Present for Girlfriend, then you are in the right place. This post is full of tips directed at helping you find a thoughtful, creative, and romantic gift for your girlfriend, wife or significant other. Follow this s
  • Tips for Planning a Pirate Wedding
    Ideas and suggestions to help you plan your pirate wedding. Includes links for a variety of pirate wedding venues.
SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

What's a HubNugget?

HubNuggets was a way for hubbers to support and celebrate new-to-us writers through the weekly HubNuggets contest:

  • About the HubNuggets Program
    Each week 18 great Hubs written by new Hubbers were nominated in the HubNuggets contest. We invite the HubPages community to vote for their favorites, and the winners were featured in our newsletter.

© 2012 RedElf


RedElf (author) from Canada on September 05, 2012:

Thanks so much for stopping by to support the HubNuggets, acaetnna! Always a pleasure to have you pop in.

acaetnna from Guildford on September 05, 2012:

This is brilliantly creative and so much fun to read. Thank you.

RedElf (author) from Canada on September 02, 2012:

Thanks so much, James. I really enjoy writing the HubNuggets round-up hubs - its' great fun trying to come up with new ideas!

James A Watkins from Chicago on September 01, 2012:

I enjoyed your excellent Hub. It was interesting and loads of fun. Thank you for this pleasure. :D

RedElf (author) from Canada on July 23, 2012:

Christy, thanks for sharing this - it's a great boost for all of us as well as the nominees!

sgbrown, thanks to you, too! I'm very happy that you enjoyed my little story!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on July 22, 2012:

What a clever hub! I loved it! So funny and yet interesting, I couldn't wait to get to the next paragraph. Voted up and awesome!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 22, 2012:

You are so creative! I like the way you link in the fellow hubbers :) I am sharing with my followers today for sure

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 27, 2012:

Thanks so much for stopping by to help support our newer writers! Always lovely to see you, acaetnna.

acaetnna from Guildford on June 26, 2012:

Incredible as always. Great fun - thank you. xx

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 10, 2012:

Thanks so much, epigramman, for stopping by to read and comment, and thanks so much for the wishes and energy! I shall look for Marie's parody - I am looking forward to a fun read.

epigramman on June 10, 2012:

Great fun this is my favorite Red Elf (the blue, green, and yellow are just not the same elves) and this hub jamboree of famous names and real people reminds me of another great hub writer (like yourself) Martie Coetser who has written a satirical soap opera parody which I would highly recommend ......and yes the writing of the epi-man is never boring that's for sure - lol - one could never accuse me of that! sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 3:54pm

Anne from United Kingdom on June 08, 2012:

Many thanks Red Elf for your kind words.They do mean such a lot. I will carry on writing, and yes , she would be very proud.

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 08, 2012:

I agree - it's a marvelous dedication! I am so very saddened to hear of your loss. Wendy sounded like a wonderful woman, and my heart goes out to her family and yours.

I am sure she would have been thrilled for your win, and I, too, hope you will keep on writing!

Anne from United Kingdom on June 08, 2012:

Hi Red. Many thanks once again for your help. I have posted a thankyou and also a dedication to our daughter ( my step daughter) Wendy who is featured in that story.The day after I was notified that I had been selected for the hub nugget contest I recieved the unbelievable news that she had passed away suddenly and without warning.The day after I won the award I learned she had suffered a bleed in the brain. She was only 40 years old, left 3 young children behind and had just sent out wedding invitations as she and her long time boyfriend were planning to marry soon. I know she would have been chuffed to bits I was writing and would have said " You go for it Annie, good on yer" She was a lovely person, so I think a dedication to her is well in order don´t you ?

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 07, 2012:

You could post a big thank you on your winning hub. Not everyone who voted will see it, but all who do will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Anne from United Kingdom on June 07, 2012:

Thanks again RedElf, will do. Oh and I would really like to say a huge thank you to all who voted for me. How and where can I put that please?

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 07, 2012:

So glad you are enjoying HP. Always nice to find another good, new writer.

As for AdSense, I was approved quickly because I had another website already for a while before starting here. Sometimes the help in the forums is not so helpful. Try emailing HP staff for help first to see if they can help. It can take a few days to get a reply, but it is best to wait til you hear from them first. Then email someone else for step by step instructions if you are still stuck :)

Anne from United Kingdom on June 06, 2012:

Whoop di doo dah....Redelf, Thankyou so much for letting me know I won the hub nugget..I was gob smacked last night when I logged on and read your email...thankyou so much for even thinking my story good enough to be put forward. wow, still can´t believe it. Oh and thanks also to you and Ripplemaker for sorting me out with the voting on the agenda, the adsense programme because I´m going round and round with that one and getting nowhere !!! I am having exactly the same problem reapplying as donna had.It is really frustrating.

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 06, 2012:

Congratulation to all the nominees and especially to the winners of this week's contest! I hope you all received lots of page views and "positive press" - keep on writing!

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 06, 2012:

bac2basics, I'm glad you went back to read the whole thread. It is always sad and unnecessary to lose good writers because of a misunderstanding. I hope both apologies are accepted and our new writer stays, but time will tell.

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 06, 2012:

Hi, bac2basics - I checked out the thread. The one comment would have been a pride-stinger for sure, but I didn't find it rude. I am sorry to see a good writer leave because of a misunderstanding. The commentor did apologise.

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 06, 2012:

I am sorry to hear you are leaving HP. I enjoyed your writing very much, and there is no doubt you are very talented.

I was most fortunate to have a sister-hubber who was able to guide me through the AdSense maze. The whole process can be extremely confusing and frustrating to have to a novice. I have programmed my own websites the old-fashioned way in an HTML editor, and still needed step-by-step guidance.

The advice you were given is in no way a slight on your abilities either as a writer or as an online presence - though I would have been upset by the "savvy enough" comment, too. Some of us can be plain-spoken at times, and it can ruffle some feathers. I didn't find the remarks "nasty and hateful," (and I have received some of those) but then her comments weren't directed at me.

Just so you know, I picked up a lot from reading other forum posts - I read everything on anything remotely like my own questions, and learned a lot - but I still wouldn't have made it without mentors.

Sorry to see you leave - all the best with your writing!

Anne from United Kingdom on June 06, 2012:

Hi donna. I have just responded to your comment. However I then followed your link and read the response that upset you so much. After reading it ( and I´m sorry I didn´t read it before I wrote to you) I think maybe you misunderstood what was being said. It seems like it wasn´t a personal criticism of your work but rather someone trying to help you with your problem with the adsense account and other issues you are facing.

I know where you are coming from with the adsense problems as I am having exactly the same problem and don´t seem able to sort it out either.

I must appologise to the writer I criticised before I read what was going on. But I do think they were just really trying to help you and not to be critical.

Anne from United Kingdom on June 06, 2012:

Hi donna. I have just read your comment regarding your nomination for this weeks hub nugget and your request to close your account with hub pages. It caught my eye as I am also a nominee this week but in a different catagory. I haven´t yet followed the link you set up so haven´t read what was written to you. You clearly are very very upset by the comment you received, but please reconsider leaving hub pages because of one insensitive and hurtful comment. Obviously you have great talent to have been selected for the hub nugget award and you should take note of this and all your other achievements and not some possibly "jealous" comment. Leaving hub pages is giving into bullying and non of us should ever do that. I am sure you will get loads of support when people read of your experience and I do hope you listen to this and not the "ONE" negative and rude response.

donnaMhicks on June 05, 2012:

Hi everyone. I realy hate to do this, in case I received votes for my hub, which has been nominated this week ("Child Marriage" under Gender and Relationships), but I am asking those who may have voted for me to please vote for someone else if you can. I am so very sorry to mess this up in the middle of the week. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

I asked for help in the forums recently because I have been having trouble linking AdSense with HP. I posted again earlier tonite and received a nasty, condescending remark in the forum thread from another HP writer. She has been here long enough to know better. There is a huge difference between constructive criticism and telling someone that, among other things, they "lack the ability" to make money from online writing. I am extremely upset over the remark and have removed all my hubs and am submitting the proper request to close my HP account.

No one deserves to be treated in such a manner, whether it is a person like myself who has had the esteemed honor of winning an award from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Population Services International, and is published in print in over 60 countries as well as extensively online, and has won numerous other writing contests, with more than 2 decades writing experience or whether it is a person who has never written a single article or hub before. I repeat; no one deserves such nasty, hateful remarks! We are all here for the same thing!

Thanks so much all my followers and new friends I have made on HP.

This is the link where I asked for help -

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 05, 2012:

Thanks so much for stopping by to support our newer writers, Pam! It was super hard this week narrowing down the choices, too.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 05, 2012:

This is a very clever, and amusing hub. I have voted for the Hubnugget group, although I found some of the choices to be difficult. Great group.

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 04, 2012:

Thanks, Enelle - I'm still waiting for my phone to dry out, but I think Patty has a line on them...

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on June 04, 2012:

Another great hub! Did you manage to google those names? They sure do sound familiar...

Congrats to all the nominees :D

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 03, 2012:

Thanks for the assist, ripplemaker, hopefully b2b's friends will all get here to vote :)

Gals, I'm so glad you enjoyed our West Coast adventure! It certainly was hard enough to choose the nominees, there were so many great ones in each category! Good luck to everyone!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 03, 2012:

Terrific adventure. I have also left my heart in San Francisco with Tony Bennett and the krewe.

Voted, although it wasn't easy.

Good luck nominees.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on June 02, 2012:

bac2basics: Hi Annie, I must have sensed your confusion coz I decided to go back to your hub. LOL and when I came here and saw that you asked what to do --- what a coincidence that I explained to you what the Hubnuggets is all about. Hope RedElf's explanation and mine are helping you understand what to do. And yes, just copy the whole url address found on the browser above and give that your friends :)

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 02, 2012:

bac2basics, we do a round-up hub so that all the nominees are in the same place - the process may seem a bit awkward if people just want to vote for one particular hub, but this way is easier for everyone to read them all at the same time.

There is a link on your hub that your friends can follow to get here, though. When ripplemaker visits each nominee, she leaves a link to this round-up hub in her comment. Just ask your friends to click on that link, and then vote for your article once they get here.

Anne from United Kingdom on June 02, 2012:

Do you mean this hub ? I copied and pasted the information for this to my friends, but they still don´t get it. Thanks for taking the time to answer me anyway. perhaps it would just be easier all around if there was something actually on the hub that´s been nominated.

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 02, 2012:

bac2basics, no-one will be able to vote for your hub on the actual hub. You can tell everyone to go to the round-up hub to vote for your hub.

Hope this helps

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 02, 2012:

Nice to see you, ripplemaker, You'll find lots of good hubs to read!

bac2basics, your hub was selected from among all the eligible hubs in the same category. It's a top-notch hub - congratulations, and best of luck.

vocalcoach, so glad you enjoyed the article. My mother adored San Francisco, so it was a no-brainer for me. Thanks for the vote-up.

ladyjane1, I couldn't find the honeybees version, but I will sure take another look! Thanks for stopping by to read and vote.

drbj, they are long-time favs, so glad to find another enthusiast!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 02, 2012:

Hi, Elle. Anyone who shares my admiration for George Carlin AND Tony Bennett is my kind of person. Thanks for including them in this interesting, well-written hub.

ladyjane1 from Texas on June 02, 2012:

LOved it as always....I also love the mamas and the papas...too bad the honey bees didnt get to sing in this one. Cheers.

Anne from United Kingdom on June 01, 2012:

HELP PLEASE REDELF...I am nominated for this weeks hub nuggets for my hub " living with ghosts-my true recollections of being the landlady in a haunted pub" but there doesn´t appear to be anywhere for people to vote for me on that page. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Cheers.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 01, 2012:

What a team! What talent! What a hub!

San Francisco was once my home - and yes that's where my heart is right along with Tony. Now, if y'all will excuse me, I must go read some hubs. Voted way up and all across.

Anne from United Kingdom on June 01, 2012:

Hi Redelf..How clever to link a story around a competition. As you know I am a nominee this week and still don´t know why or how, it´s all a bit confusing for a newbie, but still a great honour. Voted you up and following.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on June 01, 2012:

I love the plots you create RedElf! Wheeee on my way to read and vote and cheer. :D

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 01, 2012:

billybuc, Thanks so much - it was great fun to write! I love to mess about with plots and connections.

Patty, I'm so glad you Googled them - my phone hasn't dried out yet from all that salt water. Speaking of beatniks... been there, done that, in my own staid way, LOL! I miss Carlin's weatherman, too.

Marcy, I remember George Carlin with great fondness - and I remember being younger then, too. Thanks for stopping by to read and vote.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on June 01, 2012:

Oooooh - can't wait to read and vote! And THANK YOU for the George Carlin clip - I remember his Hippy DIppy Weatherman bits - gosh, he looks so young there! I loved his humor.

Off to read and vote!

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 01, 2012:

I miss George Carlin's weather man. But, I have read and voted before Googling our yachting guests. One looks a little like Mr. Magoo and another, like a beatnik of old...

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2012:

Great hub and quite clever and funny! Well done my friend!

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