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Chuck Hinman: IJMA #176 Not in my boat

It's Just Me Again #176:Not in my boatThe next earlier Chuck Hinman story is Half-soles. Remember them? Reader comments to CM are appreciated, as are emails directly to Mr. Hinman at:

by Chuck Hinman

Not in My Boat

I have a young friend, Rick Stull, now living in rural Owasso, Oklahoma. I refer to him as "young" because Rick is a generation younger than me. In other words, he is young enough to be my son.

We go back many years when we worked side by side at Phillips. We worked out together at noon. I remember when he was courting and eventually married his lovely bride, Tammy.

I remember when Rick sold me his old weight-lifting set (sight unseen) and when he delivered it, it contained all 5 pound weights instead of a mixture of 10's, 20's, and 5's. Does that tell you something about a flaw in his character? Well, there is more.

Rick is a born fisherman and he had a boat and all the gear. He had invited me to go fishing with him many times but I am not a fisherman or the son of a fisherman.

Rick prevailed and here I am in his nice boat in the middle of Lake Oolagah. The sun is going down; it's beginning to snow; the fish are in another lake; it's cold enough my teeth are chattering and worst of all, my bladder was about to bust. Rick had just emptied his bladder with a stream forceful enough to clear the boat.

When I rose to my feet, wouldn't you know it, I couldn't conjure up a stream to get it outside the boat! I almost fell out of the boat trying to hear the stream hit the waters of Lake Oolagah.

One thing I discovered about my young friend Rick Stull. He'll take you fishing, loan you his gear and everything, but don't pee in his boat! Yssh!

He doesn't mention fishing any more.
Chuck Hinman, 87 year old former Nebraska farm boy, spent his working days with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Houston, Texas. He lives at Tallgrass Estates in Bartlesville where he keeps busy writing his memories. Chuck is visually impaired. His hobbies are writing, playing the organ, and playing bridge.

This story was posted on 2009-08-16 03:50:30
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