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This is why I love my job.

So I work at the local yacht club taking care of the boats during the summer, and helping with the kitchen in the winter, and this is why I love my job.

During the summer, I help teach kids how to sail, and when they're done for the day I repair their damage..
When I finish with my shift, I take a catamaran that someone has finished sailing and have kindly enough left rigged up for me for a sail. I get paid well to do what I love.
Today at work a lady was complaining about how her husband had neglected a boat he bought a few months back. I'm going to pick up my free sunfish later this week.
I bought a San Juan 21 that is sailable for $1500, and have a free sandpiper 8 to tow behind it. Later this summer I'm thinking about buying a Hobie 14 to shoot around the bay in. I expect to pay about $300 for that.

I just found my mom a car that she can buy so that I can finally get a car passed down, '95 Jeep Cherokee, V8, can pull anything I want to pull, will be perfect for the beach.

I plan on going to the Coast Guard Academy and have a guaranteed way in through a friend of mine I met at the club who has a friend..

Personally, I don't think I'm doing too bad for 15.
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Many people aren't able to keep their work alligned with their passion. What a great start! I expect you'll take that joy with you into that most honorable position as a Coast Guardsman. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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I am 59, and you're a step ahead of me........i2f
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Good for you. Do what you love. When you're in the CG, appreciate the fun and sea time, don't get stressed by the bs. (former Bosn's Mate)
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You're planning on going to the Coast Guard Academy???


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Thanks for the support guys
It was the free sunfish that prompted me to write this haha.
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leland515 - you are unbelievably lucky. Not for your job, not for your things...but for your *YOUTH*.

You have so few "obligations" which means FREEDOM!!! Its amazing how much more the world will get in your way in 10 years. By the time you're 25, you'll look back and think that the days you're living through right now were the best of your life.

Enjoy these days...they'll pass too soon
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Ahhh Nightowl, I can feel them slipping away already.
I'm not letting my freedom go though, I have plenty of money and the self control to let a few boat projects wait. I just can't wait until this summer, I'll be sleeping on the San Juan, and when I wake up I can take her for a sail before work.. Then I go to work, meaning I switch boats,

My favorite part is on sunday afternoons, I just "have to" take the boat I was working on for a sail to shake her down.. quality control
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Leland,

I disagree with the YOUTH comment as I think that yours is more about ATTITUDE. A darn good one. Congratulations!

There is a Charles Swindoll piece that says that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. That piece is good for people of any age, but only understood by those with the right Attitude. Keep yours right where it is.
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Thanks Tom, I was offered the job at the club halfway through sail camp, they told me they liked my attitude too,
It's amazing how many opportunities there are for a kid at the yacht club..

This sunfish that I'm getting- I'm using it as a kind of starting place to see if I'd like to do something like this again- acquire a broken boat and put a few weekends work into it.. sell for several hundred..
If it falls through I'll just use it to teach people on, or give to my cousin to learn on
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