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Monday, April 21, 2008

I Was The Asshole

I missed a day again. I was beat after the bay thing. As usual I did nothing to prepare for the time on the water, option to wait for the last minute to do things.

So I was pretty tired when I got home. Blah blah blah.

And I also have to fix stuff I broke. Yes, there was boat carnage! I broke stuff. And lost stuff.

It seems that I forgot to lower my VHF radio antenna before trailering home. I also forgot to remove a flag. On the way home the antenna smacked something. I do not know what. Maybe a highway overpass? Maybe a sign? Hapless pelican? UFO?

Well whatever it was it broke about two feet of the fiberglass antenna shell, exposing the antenna element that was just sort of hanging. SHIT! There goes $40. I managed to get a new antenna for about 1/2 the price of a new one or else it would have been more. Closer to $75 or $80.

And where the hell is the flag? The brand new flag I had just obtained? And the wooden flag staff I made for it?

Probably still on the expressway. I hope I did not cause any accidents. The cops have not tracked me down so I guess nobody took down the trailer license plate and reported me for causing property damage or personal injury.

So I had to buy another 8 foot marine VHF antenna. And another flag. And the stuff to make another flag staff.

The bow tie down also gave up. But that can be fixed. I just need to tighten some cable clamps and put some lock-tight on the threads. This will glue the nuts in place preventing them from becoming loose. I should have done this in the first place.

Other than this, the event went off without a hitch.

On the bright side, I now have a broken fiberglass antenna that I can cut the jagged edge off of and create another flag pole out of. Now I have a place to display a divers down flag. I think I have another ratchet antenna mount around here someplace.

I really need to pay more attention to what is going on. I can not afford to buy a new antenna every time I use the boat.

I wondered why people were passing me on the breakdown lane on the highway. Here I was thinking "what an asshole that person is" when in fact two foot wooden poles were flying off the boat. I was the asshole after all!

One thing is for sure - it is not likely I will forget to lower the antenna and stow flags away again!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Fuzz said...

Oh well, shit happens.
I hope this wasn't a beer thing.

20:58  
Blogger M@ said...

I need to tow something.

21:48  
Anonymous krok81 said...

The Lazy,

And I thought the old ladies were bad drivers. When someone passes you in the emergency lane you have to figure something is going on. You need a first mate, a skank ho like Doozie would do.

22:33  
Blogger Cheesemeister said...

I pride myself on being a curmudgeon, which is simply a nice way of saying asshole. But sometimes I too end up eating crow.
The Seven Deadly Sins quiz couldn't have come along at a better time. I simply could not think of a post for the Hub to save my worthless curmudgeon life!

23:15  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Fuzz - I only brought 6 beers for a crew of two people. So I had three beers over a three hour period. I just forgot. The flags are a new thing, as is the t-top and the 8 foot antenna. Before all I had to do was tie down the Bimini top. Well that is gone now. I need a better checklist.

M@ - you have a kayak. That is sort of like towing something.

Krok - having a better crew would be nice. But what I really need is a better checklist. And to pay more attention to what is going on. People pass me on the breakdown lane ALL THE TIME. Drivers in Miami are mostly assholes.

CM - the quiz is great. My results were very accurate.

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