May 11, 2009

Boopie, Boats and Bacon

I finally get to step back for a brief breather! I really do mean a brief one too. Let me give you a cliff notes reference of everything that has been going on.

Last week Boopie had his 16th Birthday, for five years my plan was to buy him a car. Nothing too nice or fancy, but just a cheap $2,000 to $3,000 car. He even knew that was what the plan was. A couple of years ago I promised him I would match him dollar for dollar toward a car, up to $2,000.00 when he turned 16 as long as he had no Ds or Fs on his report card. I knew in October that I wasnít going to have to worry about it, because he was failing classes, and he just went down hill from there. So he turned 16 and didnít get his license.

The sad thing is that I get the impression that he blames Ktreva and me for him not getting his license.

Thursday night, I obtained my first degree as a Mason. Theyíre a group Iíve wanted to join for a while now, but I just never had the opportunity and time. I finally decided to get off my arse and make it happen. Iíve got a lot of work ahead of me as I am but an apprentice, but Iím up for the challenge. In fact I have a meeting tonight with them.

Friday night I had to get a car carrier for the canoe I purchased. It came with a foam pad system, but after doing some research, and talking to other canoe owners, I decided that if Iím going to take that canoe on any distance, I want something a bit more stable than those foam blocks. We are planning our family vacation with our friends Wil and Red to The Lake in The Ozarks, and want to bring the canoe along. After doing the research and reading horror story after horror story about those foam pads either failing or scratching the hell out of the paint, I decided to get a real carrier. A local canoe shop had exactly what I wanted, and I ended up getting a Yakima rack system. The owner of the shop even helped me install it.

After the rack I took Ktreva and Clone to see the new Star Trek Movie. Okay, Iím not going to give anything away, but honestly for those Star Trek purists out there, this movie is going to annoy you. The main plot device is was a crutch that bad writers use when they canít come up with an original idea. Heck, they might as well have done the entire movie based in a Halodeck. That is the only bigger crutch out there. As a movie on its own, it was pretty good. They did pay a lot of homage to the original series with the devices, sounds and catch phrases. I donít want to give anything away, so Iím going to quit talking about it now.

Saturday morning we had to go to Madison, WI to get the Canoe. Itís an older used canoe, but it looks great. There are some scrapes and dings on it from use, but all the seems are straight, the rivets are all original and itís sturdy! We put her on the new rack system and left for home. I had originally planed on using some of the straps that came with the canoe, but the seller didnít have a lot of faith in them, so we temporarily tied it down with twine until I could get to a Menards and buy some ropes for it. We picked up some ratchet ropes and are probably the best thing for canoes Iíve ever seen.

Saturday night I took Ktreva to the Raptorís football game. Where, since the Metrocentre only sells Budweiser products that I wonít drink, we had way too many Bloody Marys. I mean way too many! Ktreva made our quarterback cry. It was rather amusing, yet sad. Sad for the quarterback, as he really was not having a good night. I also spent a lot of time trying to educate Ktreva on the small nuances of football. I really should only do that when neither one of us has an alcohol soaked brain.

On Motherís day I gave Ktreva the gift of laziness. I let her do what ever she wanted, and I took care of all the work that needed to be done. Well not all of it, because I needed some help here or there. I did all the cooking. We had smoked pork chops, bratwurst and I made my first Bacon Explosion! It turned out really well. Iím looking forward to making my next one for the Beer Tasting.

Speaking of which, the deadline for the Beer Tasting is rapidly approaching! Let me know, if you havenít already, if you are coming!

Posted by Contagion in Stories about me. at May 11, 2009 03:31 PM | TrackBack

Mmmmm Bacon explosion is FANTASTIC!

Posted by: KTreva at May 11, 2009 06:41 PM

Congrats on your first degree! I grew up with the Masonic youth groups, and I can't say enough good things about the experience.

Posted by: caltechgirl at May 11, 2009 06:43 PM

Again, congratulations, Brother.

I have a Yakima rack on the topper on my truck and then a roof bar for the cab. Works great. I also bought the Yakima gunwale brackets and canoe straps. The gunwale brackets really help to stabilize the boat even more and the straps are quick and easy to use. I don't ever use bow or stern tie-downs and the boat doesn't move.

If you have to load the boat by yourself, Yakima has a thing to assist. But all you really need is a round bar about the same diameter of the cross bars to prop the boat on.

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Posted by: Petey at May 11, 2009 09:59 PM

I bought the gunwale brackets as well. I'm still using the bow and stern tie downs just for safety. But I have some really nice ratchet ropes for those, so it doesn't take long. It's mainly for safety.

I've seen a canoe go flying off the top of a car on the interstate before. I don't want to be the driver.

Posted by: Contagion at May 12, 2009 08:30 AM

Yakima. Buy it once, and never think of it again.

Posted by: og at May 12, 2009 08:34 PM

I really wish I had the time and gas to get to IL for your beer tasting!
And we are in the same boat with Little Man....he turned 18 a couple months ago and still doesn't have even a driver's permit yet.

Posted by: Rave at May 14, 2009 08:16 AM