Monday, August 2, 2010

Mr. Research

Paul has had a "cookie jar fund" since his retirement in 2008.  Seeded by a gift of money from his fellow faculty members, he has added to the stash of cash whenever possible. And, unfortunately, we have had to dip into it occasionally as well.

He has been saving to buy a different canoe. We had an aluminum canoe for years, but it was just too heavy for us (me) to lift off the top of the truck and carry to the lake. So, we sold it last summer to some good friends and that money went into the fund. However,  we then missed being able to get out on a lake while on a camping trip. We stared at quite a few bodies of water in the past year lamenting our loss. We knew we had to fix the "problem." 

Paul will admit he likes to research until he is struck by

He checked Craig's List daily. He read whatever he could find to learn the advantages and disadvantages of each product. He wrote pages of notes.  I can't tell you how many canoes he has told me about.  Last week, he finally found the canoe he thought might be just right. It sold. There was another one the next day. But, oh dear!  His fund was a little short.

I knew it was time to come to the rescue. I just happened to have a little

stashed away myself. Just in case. It seemed like this was the right time to deliver him from his searching process. We counted our money together on our dining room table and literally "scraped together" enough to complete the deal. So, early Saturday morning, we went and brought home our nice "new" canoe. Paul can tell you everything you would like to know about its construction. I like the pretty color.

We easily removed it from the top of the car and placed it in the yard. It is so much lighter! And then, Paul turned to me and quoted his favorite "Wind In The Willows" line.

"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing –
half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
And we just had to laugh at our good fortune. Summer jobs are completed. Time to get that canoe in the water! 


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

You guys are too cute! Love it!

I also suffer from over-researching... but only for insignificant decisions. I can make huge, life changing decisions in the blink of an eye. For instance, I decided to buy a condo and have signed a purchase contract w/in the span of about 10 days. But picking paint color/ Puh-lease. It took me well over a month and I actually had to bring my best friend Brooke with me and have her pick it out in the end....

I hope you enjoy your new canoe!

marybeth said...

We were so impressed with your purchase, even though we are not canoe people, it sure is pretty!!Happy boating!!!You can bring it to Lake Amelia anytime..

Marlys said...

What a "loverly" purchase! We saw several people out in canoes and kayaks on Saturday at the lake - it was a perfect day for it and it just looks like such a serene and peaceful experience! Rather like a sailboat outing, but that requires more work, right? I loved the quote and your enjoyment in purchasing that gem!

qwerkyqook said...

I'll take a ride Dad! You forget to mention the graph paper...whatever it is that he does with the graph paper...

Freely Living Life said...

There is nothing wrong with excessive research! We do that for all of our purchases, big or small!

We love your new canoe! And we fully understand the feeling of "staring at quite a few bodies of water" and not being able to actually get out on it! One almost feels like a bird without wings in that situation! :)

Have fun with your new toy! Take lots of pictures for the blog!

Abby said...

I love it! :) The story leading up to the purchase makes me happy.

That is a beautiful canoe. I know very little about canoes - but have always wanted one! Hopefully someday we can live near water, and purchase one.

There is nothing more peaceful than a quiet morning out on a lake/river in a canoe! :)


Dasy T said...

Love it that you came to his rescue! :)