Dad and a New Bass Boat

So, my dad thinks it’s time for a new bass boat. It’s rather exciting to see him giddy like a little boy, which only happens once in a blue moon. He’s a stoic man of 65 years of age. All of us refer to him as Clint Eastwood (he really looks like him too), especially after seeing Grand Torino. He gives great advice, but sometimes doesn’t apply such wisdom to his own life.

When I was 15 or so, he bought a motorcycle, then he got sick of it after 6 months, and I don’t think he’s cranked it since then.  Shortly after the motorcycle purchase, he bought a sports car. It’s a BMW M-series (not sure if those are made anymore) that he had custom designed. It’s a beauty, but he only drives it about 3 times a year. I guess the only thing that really matters is if it makes him smile. That’s pretty important.

So, now we move on to a new or used bass boat. I’m hoping he’s practical this time. I have directed him towards several online sites with the type of bass boat he wants, with  hopes that he will go with a used one, which will still be like ‘new’ to him.  I think we’re both quite fond of this boat. He loves red and this baby is a Stratos. From the reviews I’ve read online, it sounds like a great deal.

Watching the men in my life brings me to the conclusion that they are all very silly when it comes to man toys- Whether it be my dad and his shiny, fast vehicles or my brothers and their sleek, black rifles and handguns, or my friends and their iPads and iPhones.  Nonetheless,  they all make me smile and create the urge to roll my eyes.  I guess my cars and guns are jewelry and books.

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July 4th!

South Carolina LakeI know it’s not the 4th yet, but I’m so excited about this holiday. This year the whole family is going to Lake Wylie. My uncle, Pete has a very nice bass boat, plus a platoon, so there’s room for the 17 of us.  I personally just want to drive the bass boat ( at 90 mph- yeah right ;}) in that beautiful South Carolina lake.

After a long day of bass fishing, swimming, eating, and talking, we’ll dock the boats and have a huge fireworks show in beautiful South Carolina.

My brothers go nuts over the fireworks. They bring there PVC pipes and wheelbarrows overflowing with the fun fire toys. I think the funniest part is watching them light about 10 at a time and then run as though they’ve just thrown a grenade, or two. It’s hilarious when one of them trips. I’m crossing my fingers and counting my lucky stars. This year’s going to be a winner.

What better way to honor our patriots than shooting off a ton of fireworks? Perfect!

I’m kind of excited for my niece and nephew. This will be their first adventure on a boat. They both love water, so maybe they enjoy slow tubing.

Small Bear

This photo portrays an angry bear, but bears do enjoy water. I love this little guy. I don’t have a more recent one of his cousin, my niece, Loren.  Loren sure loved it when we went to Balsam Mountain Preserve and went swimming in their pool. Ah, good times, good times.

What are you doing for the 4th?