A True Friend, Always Listens First

There’s an old Chinese Proverb that goes something like this:

If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day – go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month – get married.
If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime – help others.

There’s also a saying that the two happiest days of a boat owners life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it.

I recently purchased a used 1991 Bass Tracker, to take with us to Florida. We have a little 14-foot aluminum boat, with a 15 horse Mercury that keeps me smiling while we’re fishing Clinch Lake in Frost Proof, FL.

When I hear that the crappies and bluegill are biting in nearby lakes, I really needed a bigger boat to tow to the larger lakes. So, I went out and found the exact boat I needed, and bought it on the spot.

Ginger, Rosie (our cocker spaniel) and I made a test run at Loramie State Park several weeks ago. The inaugural launching went as expected, and the Queen Bee ran like a Swiss watch. I named our new boat after Ginger.

The only problem I encountered was the ignition switch pop out of place. I managed to get the Queen Bee started, but I knew this was a pain that had to be fixed when we returned home.

We had a great day, and as we were pulling the “Queen” from the water the engine died, and I couldn’t get to restart. Ginger helped me the best she could, but the wind wasn’t cooperating, so I had to get into the water, and pull the boat on the trailer.

The following weekend, I decided to tackle the ignition switch, and found myself staring at a skill level that I didn’t posses. My thought process was to take the old switch apart wire by wire and replace them on the new switch the exact same way.

The old switch still worked, but I also couldn’t get the engine to fire?

I was ready to find the nearest marine dealer, but I asked my friend Bill Shafer, from Covington, if he could come over and at least look at my situation, and give me some advice. Bill’s the type of guy that knows something about everything, and can fix things he sets his mind to. For example: Ginger and I pitched an electric ice cream maker in the trash while in Florida. Bill and his wife Ruthann asked us to join them for homemade ice cream one evening. While enjoying the sweet, cold, delicious treat, Bill commented, “Do you like the ice cream?” We both replied, “It’s fantastic!”

“Just wanted you to know, I made it with the ice cream freezer you threw in the trash,” he divulged.

Bill not only helped me with the ignition switch on Sunday, he also helped me with the engine not firing. When he left, the boat started and ran like it’s supposed to run. Can’t wait to get back to Florida.

This week’s bottom line: “Are we going to be friends forever?” Asked Piglet.
“Even longer.” Pooh answered.
Winnie the Pooh

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