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Old 03-12-2019, 09:37 AM   #2201
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get it all in writing that is best. he may not be able to even keep his verbal promise.

see now you get to become your own contract worker and write you own ticket with8iin reason. thats the way to go as long as they need you, and you can keep it that way.
I think I'm good. I'm going to just use it up between now and then. He's on the up and up and would make sure it happens.

Yeah, this might turn out to be pretty sweet.

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Sounds like a great result for you to be able to earn more towards your retirement while avoiding that soul-crushing commute. And if you're actually not going to have health insurance until you're eligible for Medicare, I hope you have a chance to take advantage of your current plan and get things checked out before you retire.
They run a lot of tests in conjunction with the wellness stuff at work. Once a year they draw blood and give results - free. And, yeah, I need to schedule a physical with my own dr. pretty soon. It really hasn't been all that long since I got tested every which way and got a clean bill of health. Also, I think I can go on wife's plan. She is going to stick it out where she works.

But, yeah, all is good I think.
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:22 AM   #2202
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I haven't posted anything fishing related lately.

Biggerwife and I try to go out every weekend. We generally go about 30 miles offshore. The water turns from a green to a deep blue that far out. We fish in about 100' of water.

When we first started going out, we just had an area but we have slowly built up specific spots. With our depthfinder we can "see" the bottom. If the bottom is irregular we try to fish it. That means there is some structure down there. It might be a natural reef or it might be where someone (like the government) dumped (stuff) down there to create an artificial reef.

Usually, when you see this, you can also "see" fish. You learn what that looks like on the depthfinder. It is usually pretty accurate. If we "see" something, we almost always catch something.

Nothing is secret even out that far. Almost every time we go out, there will be a boat on one or more of our spots. But we've built up a lot by now so we always can find an place nobody is fishing.
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:44 AM   #2203
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So, last Saturday, biggerwife had something to do, so I asked a few guys that live in my condo complex to go. They all live where I park my boat and always ask me to take them. I've been meaning to for a while, but honestly I like fishing with my wife so I just haven't.

Anyway, we head out Saturday. Our first task is always to find bait. This time of year it is not all over the bay. It is generally concentrated around the 3 piers near my place.

We headed to the first pier to look for bait. The pier is basically T shaped. The bait is usually on the inside of the T. The pier is sideways to the current so it is very tricky driving the boat. The area isn't that big and the boat is very difficult to maneuver with current, wind, and a tight space. Biggerwife struggled a lot at first but through a lot of practice she's does very well. Even then she gets really nervous.

We arrived at the pier and I asked the guys who could throw a cast net. None of them could. Ugh. It was my plan to drive the boat while someone else threw the net. So, I asked who was comfortable driving the boat. One guy chimed in immediately. He is a diver and is out on the water a lot so I trusted him.

I told him we needed to putt along the outside of the T first to see if anything was there. I should have picked up right then and there this was a bad idea. He got the boat sort of sideways and had to gun it to keep from hitting the pier. But, I really didn't think things through.

There was no bait on the outside, so we headed into the inside of the T. I told him how I wanted the boat positioned and where I wanted to throw the net. He gave me the thumbs up.

Throwing a cast net is not easy. You have to "set up" the net before you can even throw it. This setup takes a couple of minutes.

So, I'm setting up the net when I hear one of the guys say "stop!". I look up and we are heading to the pier at a high rate of speed, sideways. Once you get in that position, there is nothing at all you can do. Bot the other guys could lean out and push on a pier to try to slow the boat down, but they were no match for a 3 ton bot. We hit it and we hit it hard.

Here is what happened.



There was a loud crack, and I knew it wasn't good. My first thought was the hull was structurally damaged. But, looking at it I don't think it is too too horrible.

I called a boat repair place and sent him the picture. He thought there were two possibilities. He can simply repair the white outer coating, which shouldn't be too expensive. However, he felt like there was a possibility that some more structural damage was done. If that is the case then he will have to take the entire top rim piece off and fix the inner fiberglass. He thought this might be about $2,000. That is a lot, but I really thought it would be even worse.

I'm taking it in tomorrow so he can look at it up close.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:04 AM   #2204
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learned a good lesson that never let anyone that isnt really good with your boat pilot it in wind or near anything hard. anchoring would have been better.

but damage doesnt look to bad and boats get beat up. i never fix anything cosmetic on a boat as the next bang comes along soon after.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:03 AM   #2205
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I get so frustrated with businesses. I often feel like they think they are doing me a favor to be their customer.

I took the boat in early Thursday morning. The service manage was nice and he took all my info and got someone to help me park the boat. He told me that he would have "his guy" look at it and would get me an estimate via email that day.

Nothing came Thursday.

So, I called him after noon on Friday. He said the guy had already looked at it and he would send me the estimate before the end of the day.

Nothing came Friday.

I went in this morning to pick it up. He doesn't get a third chance. He was obviously puzzled by me picking it up and he actually said to me "I told you I would have the estimate to you today". I reminded him that that wasn't what he told me at all, and refreshed his memory on our prior conversations.

Anyway, called someone else and hopefully this goes better.
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Old 03-18-2019, 01:21 PM   #2206
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good luck on boat repairs. they usually make you park it in their lot and it sits for a few weeks before they look at it. then tell you they needed to order parts which they just could have figured out the first day. most tell you an overly optimistic time date on repairs.
if they are a good shop you have to shut up and suck it up. the bad shops send the boat back with nothing fixed but a big bill.
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:29 PM   #2207
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I typed up a loooonnggg post about what is going on at work. But, hey. Who cares? The cliffs are: glad as can be I'm retiring.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:04 PM   #2208
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Yay to retiring and fishing!
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:01 PM   #2209
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he might never get his boat back from the shop.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:02 AM   #2210
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Yay to retiring and fishing!
Thanks!

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he might never get his boat back from the shop.
LOL, yeah. Second place hasn't called me back.
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