Monday, March 16, 2015

We Bought A Boat

We've been wanting a boat for years now and even though we have kayaks they just aren't the same.

I'm an avid Craigslist watcher and have been looking at boats for years now but on Friday I saw one I really liked and after looking at the ad I realized the boat belonged to a man the Island King knows.

The boat was reasonably priced and I looked at the ad for awhile, sighed and went back to real life.

Friday night the Island King comes in and tells me that he found an awesome boat on Craigslist and that we should buy it.

We have really different ideas about things so I was shocked when he pulled up the ad for the same boat I'd been looking at earlier.

I was even more shocked when he said “We're going to buy it in the morning.”

Once I realized he was serious we did a lot of thinking and on Saturday morning he called the man and told him we'd take it.

The boat was 5 minutes from my house but the owner was an hour away and wouldn't be back until Sunday.

We've waited this long – I guess one more day won't kill us.

Sunday came and poof we were the proud owners of this...

She's a 17' Cape Horn with a 115 Suzuki outboard and is in really good condition. The owner is a marine mechanic and this was his personal boat. He's trading up so we feel like we're getting a motor that's been properly cared for.

The weather was kind of gloomy but we put her in the water anyway.

We decided to take a sunset ride through the harbor so around the point and into the harbor we went.

Isn't this sailboat gorgeous?

We had a houseboat when I was a kid but not quite like this one.

We watched the day end and then cruised home with giant grins on our faces.

I can't tell you how excited about having a boat I am. It's been a long time since I sold our last one and this one is a much better boat.

Now all we have to do is figure out how to make money to pay for the boat and still have time to enjoy the boat.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Our Condolences to the Families of the Blackhawk Crash Victims

We are sending up prayers for the families of the soldiers who were lost in the Blackhawk crash in Navarre.

They were here on a training mission and the Blackhawks were flying out of the Destin Airport.

A memorial has been set up along the fence at the airport where the Blackhawks were parked the night before the crash.


Thank you to all of our military who put their lives in danger every day.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Craziest Story He's Ever Told

I was sitting at my computer yesterday when the Island King, who was out on a photo shoot, sent me a picture.

Of this...

I started to text back but quickly realized there was no way I could text fast enough to hear this story so I called him.

What happened?

“You are not going to believe this!”

Great. This story starts just like a redneck joke.

“I was turning around in a tight spot and a small tree grabbed my bumper and ripped it off”.

From there the story just got completely crazy.

He says he was backing up and didn't see the tree. He was barely moving and had no idea it had even happened until he got turned around and started to drive away.

Wait – what?

So you didn't feel the truck jerk when the tree caught the guard?


“And you didn't hear any crunching, tearing sound?”

“No and the radio wasn't on AND the windows were open”

I'm not buying this for a minute. I personally have nailed more trees than I care to admit with that guard and I've never even put a dent in it.

I told him his story was so full of holes it couldn't even be considered a story and to fess up. Was he doing donuts? Plowing through a trail only to realize it wasn't a trail and then back out too fast? Was he on the phone? Did he sneeze?

He is sticking by his story – to the point that he made a video “recreating the scene of the accident”

I just don't believe he didn't hear or feel anything but since it's his truck it doesn't matter what I think.

And for the record – I believe his ripping the guard off trumps my sinking the car in a creek.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Do All Shotguns Come With Erasers?

I bought myself a shotgun for Christmas year before last and I really like it. It's a Winchester ( I was worried about the curse but so far so good) and it fits my shoulder perfectly so I shot the mess out of it that winter.

The only thing I didn't like was the fact that it jammed on occasion and the weird sliding noise it made when I turned it upright.

I kept telling the Island King that it was making a funny noise and jamming some so he did a couple of quick cleans hoping that would solve the problem.

It didn't but the weather turned warm and it was too hot to go into the woods to shoot so I forgot about it.

Until the weather cooled off and we started shooting again.

I complained some more and the other night the Island King decided to completely strip the gun, clean it and find out what was making the noise.

He gets the gun apart, calls me over to his desk and asks if anything looks out of place.


I'm not an expert on shotgun innards but even I found it hard to believe that the pink thing came from the manufacturer.

What is that?

A closer look revealed a pink “Twist and Sweep” eraser.

Seriously? I did buy the gun from a pawn shop but a Twist and Sweep eraser is just not something I would have thought to check for before buying the gun.

I doubt the guy I bought it from knew it was there either.

For some reason the magazine plug had been sawed off and then the missing end replaced with the Twist and Sweep.

Which sounds like a frantic search through the back of a truck to make bird hunting with that gun legal before Fish and Wildlife arrived.

Unless this is some redneck artist ritual that I've not heard of.

It does explain the sliding noise and now that it has been removed and the gun cleaned it fires like new and there is no odd noise. I just hope I don't need to erase something in the woods.

Take a look at the video. He says he's seen a lot of things but this is a first for him.