Join Date: Feb 2007
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Hmmm, there's a lot here; not sure which tittie to tickle first. I'll guess I'll start with the party - no you don't 'cause I'll be the moody-looking sod sitting by himself in a corner wishing you all painful deaths 'cause you're all better looking and your ladies have perkier breasts.
As for "no one could have warned you that it was going to cost you 15 grand" (or something like that; I'm too lazy to hit the back button and find the quote), so much for rhetorical questions. Which pretty much puts the kibosh on irony, allegory, metaphor etc, etc. Not all the chitin is in the sea, it seems.
Most sailors have a hard time finding their testicles (see earlier thread) much less divine the future, so no, I didn't expect some old salt to come up and say to me, "You poor bastard, I hope you gots 15 grand in your pocket 'cause the Guy Above is ticked at the bobble-headed Jesus on yer dash and you got one coming."
The whole point to the thread (remember) is about coming to terms with the dichotomy of the myth vs the cold, cruel reality. I simply was not aware that it would be prudent to have an extra, oh, I don't know, say 40 grand lying around "just in case" on top of the boat cost, upgrade costs, insurance, mooring, monthly bills, etc, etc.
And I'm long past complaining; I've licked my wounds so long all I taste is scab anymore, and I'm about done. 'Sides, we found this great waterfront home that we are house sitting for free, while the boat is being fixed, and the ol' lady is mighty happy about the bath.
Finally, to the Aussie that just got burned to the tune of several grand, I really feel your pain, mate. If it were me I'd go out in a gale and let nature (and the insurance co.) run it's course. You could even help it along a bit with a hacksaw.
So not to diminish what you have going, but at least you had a choice to spend or not spend. Keep the rags off while you save, knowing that you got a whopper ahead of yourself. Just as I know that soon I'll need to rebuild my engine. It's the badly flaked rope leading to 15 grand that fills my heart with the enormous sense of injustice.