Okay, call me a liar. I said I wasn’t going to do it, and I really meant it. I had no intention of going into any big box store until after the holidays. I don’t tolerate the crowds very well and the commercialism turns me off. But I did it.
At least I’ve got a good excuse! Our little community here is having a food and toy drive, and tomorrow Santa Claus and his elves will be making the rounds picking up donations for those less fortunate. So Terry and I went to Walmart and bought some toys and nonperishable food items to hopefully make somebody’s Christmas just a little brighter.
One of the problems with buying a house with an 1100 square foot garage is that then you need to get stuff to fill it up. So I did!
I’ve been wanting a pontoon boat for a long time but the more research I did on our local area, the more I realized that it really wasn’t the best choice, given the often shallow water we have around here. A pontoon boat would be good for cruising up and down the channel where the water is deeper, but if you want to get into the flats where the best fishing is, you need a boat for skinny water.
When I saw this used Key Largo 16 footer on Craigslist, I started asking some of the local fishermen and shrimpers what they thought of it, and the feedback was very positive. It will float in 8 inches of water and it has a 50 hp Yamaha four stroke outboard motor, bimini top, and two live wells. We took it on a test ride Terry and I were both impressed with how well it zipped right along.
The dealer threw in a lot of goodies, including four life vests, the Coast Guard required safety equipment, a fish/depth finder, and some other stuff. So I backed my truck up to it and it followed me home.
I’ve never been very good at backing up small utility trailers or the three or four little aluminum boats I have had in the past, so I was really worried about getting the boat into the garage. But by taking it slowly, and with Miss Terry’s guidance, I managed to put it right where it needed to be on the first attempt. A neighboring couple who were walking by stopped to watch, and complimented me when I was done. I told them the same thing I tell people who complement me on how easily I can back our 40 foot Winnebago motorhome into a campsite, it’s all because I have an excellent ground guide and we work well together.
So Christmas came early to my house and here I am with my new toy.
With the pickup and boat in the garage it’s starting to look like a real man cave. Even with the Explorer in the garage along with them, there’s still room enough for another vehicle. What? A classic Mustang fastback? No. I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead.
Speaking of man caves, does your man cave have one of these?
Yes, that’s a urinal. Don’t ask me, it was in the garage when we bought the place. And yes, I “test drove” it to be sure it worked. It does.
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Thought For The Day – Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.