There I was the last Friday wandering through The Royal store on Subic Freeport. My Wife and her sister have their list and are zipping up and down the aisles. I have a little cart and was put in charge of getting Kano stuff. Things like Jimmy Dean Sausage links, frozen Waffles, Frozen Buffalo Wings, fresh milk, you know, the stuff we like. Back in the meat section they have a deli with a great selection of cold cuts and cheeses, bake a loaf of bread, make a Dagwood sandwich, and pop a cold San Miguel then life begins anew.
I wandered over to the toy section, as there is always a birthday for one of my nieces or nephews in the near future. While there I spied a remote controlled speed boat, for about $11.00. I thought to myself, could things like that really that inexpensive, or are they just really cheap. In the cart it went, for I remembered I owned a fish pond and if the boat works, this could be fun. I’m turning 63 in July and still like fun.
At the checkout I don’t get a second look from my dear wife, as she discovered in the early years of our marriage that her husband was a tad odd. It was the checkout girl who asked me, “Do I have a son or grandson, that I was getting the boat for?” I explained that it was for me, and she asked why I didn’t buy a real boat. I smiled and told her that after sailing the oceans of the world for 30 plus years that I had no desire to go back out there again.
I get home and helped the ladies tote in all the packages, and later I sat and assembled my new toy. Well I did put the batteries in and installed the antenna on the remote control unit. (article continues below pictures)
In the water it went, it runs like a top, and was easy to control, didn’t think it all the way through though, I forgot about the many colorful carp my wife has in her pond. And I found that they will chase the boat, and I can’t back it down in fear of hurting the fish, so I crashed a lot, not because I couldn’t control it, but because of concern for the fish. I’m just wondering if I should have gotten the remote helicopter I was looking at?
It got me to thinking about when I was a child spending the summers at our house on Cape Cod, my brothers and I had a fleet of Tonka construction trucks that would keep us busy for hours at a time, and “No Batteries Required’, I’ll assume that is the reason, a simple remote control boat fascinates me now, it’s new to me, and I don’t have to share it with my brothers, But I know my granddaughter will let me share it with her. Okay, I’m done, shut off the computer and lets go out and have some fun, I know I’m going too! Can you hear the pop and fizz, of me opening the first SMB of the day, man the helm and let’s get this day underway.
I thought this article was finished yesterday morning, nay not so. My 9 Y/O niece, Shay-Shay came by (The one in the pictures of our mini-vacation last week) she is sweet and a pleasure to be around, and wanted to use my new boat. She was quite good with it and played with it about an hour. I went inside to get a cool one, and when I returned the boat was sunk, stern first. She was crying and saying “I’m sorry Tito Paul”, I had to think fast, so I started smiling and joking about the sunken boat to show I really didn’t care about it. I knew how it happened; boats do poorly in reverse, and will take water over the transom at high speed. How would she know about that? So I put my arm around her and said; “Sweetheart I can fix that, no problem.”
We both took it apart and drained the water, then I explained we should let it dry overnight, and tomorrow it will be fine. This information seemed to cheer her up, and now I had enough time to get to the store and replace it, as I know the boat had bought the farm.
When I was 15, I sank my father’s 1947, 20 foot Century runabout, which was made of teak and mahogany. I made it back to the marina and it sunk while waiting for the hoist to lift it out of the water. My dad never got mad, but he did get even, as the rest of the summer I had a boat to clean and sand after he repaired the damage. I complained not a wit. So an $11.00 toy boat will not affect the scales of life one tiny bit.
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The good news, the boat dried out and worked fine the next day.
The bad news, one of the fish passed away due to boating injuries.
The final news: Mrs. Thompson no longer allows boats in the pond!