I'm so happy!

Bass Hound - My new boat. Okay, this is a photo of a boat exactly like what I just bought, not the actual boat sitting in my driveway right now. (It'll be taken to the lake as soon as it stops raining, IF it ever does.) Wanna go fishing with me?
@mentalward (14695)
United States
March 30, 2010 5:49am CST
I was driving home from picking up my new prescription sunglasses when I noticed a truck parked at the end of our private road. On the truck was a sign that said the truck was for sale, as well as a boat that was sitting in the truck bed. I should tell you that I've wanted a boat for most of my life. I knew I'd never be able to afford a new one, though. This such a cute little boat, called a Bass Hound. It's only 10 feet long. It came with two seats, a trolling motor, battery and oars. It also has navigation lights, not that I'd ever need them, though. I don't fish at night. But, because it was used, the price was drastically reduced from what it would cost new. I paid only a small fraction of it's original cost and it's in great shape. My neighbor was selling it and, as soon as I called him about it, he brought it right over. So, I'm now the proud owner (and captain, I might add ) of a boat for our lake. Now, if it would just stop raining long enough for me to use it! Have you ever seen something in passing that you knew you had to have? If so, what was it? Did you buy it? Were you happy with it? Sometimes, the best things come when we least expect them.
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@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
30 Mar 10
Congratulations "Captain". Not only a beautiful lady, but such a beautiful lake to sail on as well. Oh and, yes... ...You now out-rank me. ;-) Even though you have a motor, just don't let anyone tell you that; "You don't have both oars in the water!" Cheers and keep the wind at your back. commanderxo
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I outrank you? You mean a captain is higher than a commander? I didn't know that. But, it doesn't make any difference to me. You're still tops in my book. Now, about those oars, I've NEVER had them both in the water. Oh, I have my moments when they're both in there but they're rare. I prefer the lopsided life, actually. It's much more fun. I was just told by the neighbor who sold me the boat that there are catfish in the lake that are easily 25 pounds. Now, I can see me catching one of those bad boys and being towed all over that lake. Guess I should invest in an anchor, huh?
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• United States
30 Mar 10
Yes, and srtap yourself to the seat and make sure you plant your feet against something for leverage too, lol
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Mar 10
GREAT advice, moon! I just pictured myself hooking one of those 25 pounders and flying right out of the boat into the water. Yeah, I think I'll be tied down every time I go out in the boat.
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@moondancer (7433)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I'm so happy for you dear. You finally got what you wanted. Which is always such a joyous time. I have gotten what I wanted after long waits which is usual for me as I hardly ever buy anything that I want. Usually when I do it's at a greatly reduced rate and after I have saved for some time to get it like my sectional sofa that has a queen bed in one end and 2 recliners at the other end. It's so comfortable and easy for me to get up from the sitting position. There are a few other things too. I found a solid oak beautiful cabinet on the road in front of a house it looked as if they were trowing it out. My brother was with me and asked if they were throwing it out they said yes, so he asked if I could have it...they said yes. That was over 13 years ago and I still have it.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Mar 10
That is an AWESOME find, moon! Wow! I can't imagine why some people throw things away when they're still beautiful and quite useful. It seems like such a waste. I'm glad you were able to rescue it before it ended up in a landfill somewhere. I don't usually buy things for myself, either. I've spent most of my life with either just enough money for the bills and food, or not quite enough money so I got into the habit of just not spending anything on myself that I didn't absolutely need. When the money issue improved, I've remained that way. I'll buy everyone else things before I buy myself anything. And this "find" was too good to pass up. The boat is only 3 years old and in great shape. I found out, from doing an internet search, that the asking price was very much below a new boat price, not even a quarter of the price, plus it came with the motor and battery which, at the very least, would have cost me about $300 new and that's if I bought them from Walmart. I'm upset now because I can't put it into the water until Saturday. I'm going down to my other house, 250 miles from here, tomorrow morning and not coming back until Friday morning. I'll be very tired and sore from the long drive home so I know I won't want to go boating until the next day. But, at least I have one now so I'm not gonna complain... too much.
• United States
30 Mar 10
I know you are anxious. I look at things this way...I waited this long another week won't hurt to wait. I am like you. I buy for everyone else. I do for everyone else. I will want something for years and I do mean years before I'll buy it for myself if I buy it at all. I wanted this chair I'm in for 5 years and finally broke down and got it. I wanted the sofa for 20 years or more. The same for the stove and frig I now have. I wanted them for 15 years or more. You will get to go out with it as soon as you can. Just think ...it's your boat now and you'll have it for the whole summer and then some! Have fun when you can.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Mar 10
You sound a lot like me. When I wanted to buy my first sofa, I couldn't afford the one I wanted. So, I had a fold-away bed in the livingroom for a year until I had enough saved up to buy that sofa I wanted. When I got it, I was SOOO happy! My mother surprised me by buying a matching chair, which I had no idea about until it was delivered. She said she was proud of me for saving for an entire year for the specific sofa I wanted. I won $104.00 once from a radio station contest. When I got the money, I took my family out to dinner instead of just buying something for myself. The memories last a lot longer than the stuff.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 10
Wow Marti that is awesome I prefer my feet on the ground though lol No I never buy anything on impulse like that but good on you Marti I replied to your Message but have just found out I can't send messages which explains why I have not heard back from you I sent you my Email Addy and replied to the PM I can't send PM'S I am only just back on after being offline for 2 weeks Big Hugs
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
1 Apr 10
Hi Gabs. I just checked my messages and found that you did reply. I never got notified! I'll email you. Big Hugs right back at ya!
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
1 Apr 10
Congratulations on your purchase captain! I think that when things are meant to be they just come to us and that is what happened with your new boat. It’s like your wish went out into Universe and it was granted in an unexpected way. That kind of thing has happened to us before. I remember when we decided to get our cat and my husband said he wanted an all black kitten. We looked around at different places and I told my husband that we may have to wait until we come across a black kitten. We decided to go home and on the way went past a pet store which we decided would be our last stop. The man in the store told us he didn’t have any kittens but he knew where we could get black ones! The rest is history...
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
1 Apr 10
Isn't it funny how some things just come to us? Like it was meant to be. That's terrific news about how you found your black kitten! Of course, my wish went out into the Universe about 40 years ago. It sure took it's time, but it has finally been granted. Maybe the cosmos were waiting for me to live on a lake before I got my boat.
• Canada
1 Apr 10
That is so awesome!!! As for the thing I've seen in passing, I found a perfectly good computer monitor, sitting right in the middle of the sidewalk! :) I was coming home from the cafe one day, and someone left a computer tower and monitor in the middle of the sidewalk with a "take me home" sign on them. LOL The tower was totally useless, it had no guts, but the monitor was perfect. My husband needed a new computer, and we figured that we could save some money by not having to buy a monitor. Sure enough, we were right. :) It is a great monitor. I was on foot, and could not get it home, so I sent it home in a taxi, paid the driver, and had my husband meet the driver at the door, while I continued on to the coffee shop. That was about a year ago.
31 Mar 10
Congratulations, well done. I guess my best *passing by* purchase is my house. I came to visit some friends and while we were driving down the road I saw the house for sale. We pulled over and I called the estate agent on the spot, and within 10 minutes I was viewing the house. I went back for a second viewing a couple of days later and made an offer which the sellers accepted on the spot.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
31 Mar 10
Wow! That's awesome! It certainly sounds like that house was meant to be yours, with everything falling into place like that. I hope you're very happy with it for as long as you live there. I have a similar story but it didn't turn out nearly as nice as yours. Actually, mine was more of a horror story. I saw a house, a beautiful, HUGE, 200-year-old farmhouse. It needed a lot of TLC but I put in a bid and it was accepted. Unfortunately, two days before settlement, lightning struck either the house and an old oak tree beside it, or it hit the tree and a huge branch punched through the roof, creating a huge amount of water damage on top of the hole in the roof. Plus, electricity traveled down the wires to the well pump and burned that up. I took that as a pretty clear sign that the house was not for me and was graciously let out of the contract. I later heard that the new owners dumped $45,000.00 into that house to bring it up to code. Considering the fact that my bid was only $90,000.00, that's a LOT to put into a house. I'm glad I didn't get it.
@Candymin (145)
• China
31 Mar 10
Congratulations, Captain! I'm truly glad for your gathering such a cute boat you eagerly wanted for long time. I can feel your excitement from your talk. Obtaining a beloved thing in passing like this is really hard-won and exciting. Now, Captain, to fully enjoy your funny lake-trip with your own boat and to catch your family a big big catfish for dinner. Have a nice day, nice trip!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
31 Mar 10
Thank you so much, Candymin! I am truly excited about getting the boat in the water for the first time. I had bought an inflatable boat that (supposedly) holds four people (but only two comfortably) but that just wasn't the same. Plus, the inflatable boat needed paddles to get around. My new boat uses an electric motor, although it did come with paddles, just in case I run out of battery power. I've only "found" something like this one other time. I was driving home and noticed a yard sale going on not far from home. I noticed a very large fish tank (50 gallons) being sold and, since I had been thinking about getting one, I stopped. The tank and it's stand were being sold for only $50.00! I bought it, set it up and enjoyed it for years. I eventually sold it (for $100.00!) and got a larger tank. I was planning on going out of town today and being away until Friday but I've had to postpone the trip, so I'll be able to get the boat out on the lake sooner than I had thought. The weather is supposed to be perfect for the rest of the week (it had been raining for 3 days straight, ending yesterday) so it's the perfect time to take the boat out for the first time. I'll try my best to catch one of those large catfish!
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
31 Mar 10
Ahoy Captain Mentalward! Make sure you have all the right safety gear. Where I live we have lots of lakes and plenty of boats and you have to have the right safety equipment by law. A boat your size requires life jackets (PFD) a spare paddle, a bailer or pump, flares, lights and other equipment. I do not know what the requirements are where you live but be sure to get them. Here you also need a license to operate a powered vehicle. I once bought a small motorcycle that was for sale at the end of a driveway. I had it and enjoyed it for several years. It was my impetus to get my motorcycle license and have missed the fun of having one after getting rid of it.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
31 Mar 10
Hi mariposaman. I really don't need all those things since our lake is a private one and it's only about 8 to 10 feet at it's deepest point. It's a private lake that you can only get to from our private road. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't even need a driver's license to drive around to the other houses in our private community. Still, I will be taking all safety precautions while I'm on the lake. I don't plan to ever take the boat into public waters but, if I change my mind, I'll be sure to look up and get all the proper safety equipment. I'd also register the boat. I'm pretty sure a license is not required to operate it where I live but that will definitely be something I'd look into if I ever want to go out to bigger waters. That's really cool about your great "find". I'm glad you were able to enjoy it, even if only for a few years. Maybe there's another motorcycle in your future?
@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
31 Mar 10
I am really happy for you about the boat.I went shopping I got luggage clothes but ther's one catch is I got everything to go on a nice trip but not enough money to go hahaha so I am sitting looking at all my luggage and clothes put them awy till next year, cd
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
31 Mar 10
Aww, CD, I'm so sorry that you can't make use of your new stuff right now! It kind of reminds me of a time when I was preparing to visit Ireland. I bought new luggage and clothes, also. However, I did have the money. I had my luggage packed and my reservation on the plane made, then I found out I had cervical cancer and had to put my trip off. After all the surgeries and given a clean bill of health, I didn't have enough money to go on the trip. I never did make it to Ireland. Maybe, one of these days, both you and I will be able to take those trips!
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Hey MW! Congrats on your new boat! I love boats! My ex-fiancee' started out with a 12' motor boat and the got an 18' footer! I used to love going out in it and driving it! I can't drive a car, but had no problem navigating it in the river! I just have a thing about the water and never got lost in the river or a lake which was amazing since there are no signs anywhere and I couldn't read a compass either and never knew east from north!lol I don't fish, but I would love being out on the lake in a rowboat! Rowing is great exercise! But, how are you going to sit in the boat with your back problems? It sure isn't comfortable! I hope you have lots of fun and catch lots of fish (if that's what you like)! Me, not into fishing! Fish are icky!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Hi Opal! I won't be rowing this boat. It came with an electric motor which is the only type of motor we use on the lake because we don't want those nasty gasoline spills floating around and, besides, it could kill the fish. You sound like my husband. The only fish he likes is the fish that comes in McDonald's fish sandwich. But, I love fish and I love fishing. My husband has fished with me twice (yeah, twice since we've known each other, over 6 years now) and I've had to put the worms on his hooks, plus take the fish off his hooks when he caught any. It doesn't bother me at all, but I always apologize to the worms when I'm putting them on the hooks. As long as I can move around, my back will be fine. What bothers my back is when I'm in one position too long and I'll be able to stand up in the boat or even sit on the bottom of the boat if the seat gets too uncomfortable. I may take extra cushions out with me, just in case. I've driven a boat around before and loved it! I'm talking about an 18' motor boat like you described. It went FAST! I loved it! Mine has a really small electric motor so I doubt I'll be creating any waves from the speed.
@AmbiePam (51240)
• United States
30 Mar 10
That's terrific! Maybe you'll be able to get some pictures of you in the boat someday. And perhaps you can find your own skipper hat too.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Mar 10
That's a good idea! Maybe I could get a Gilligan hat instead? Nah, I'm the skipper, not the first mate. I just hope I don't end up on some deserted island the first time I go out in the boat. Maybe, in my mind, but that would be highly unlikely. Our lake is pretty far from the ocean. I'll just remember to stick to the lake and not try to take my little boat to the ocean. I'll start looking for that hat now. Oh, yep, I'll get photos of me in the boat as soon as I can.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Mar 10
hi marti. i think that is a best purchase for you so far. i know how you love gardening and fishing. and this one will be a great help when you are in the lake. i have never experienced something like this. i have never bought something unexpected or have seen something in passing that i think i have to buy. firstly, i have no time going around and i have no much money to buy something not necessary. i might have bought new items lately, but you know exactly how i got them. missed you and your emails.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Hi Neil! This is the first real thing I've bought myself in a very long time. I mean, I've gotten things that I needed, like new glasses and went to the dentist to have needed work done but I normally wouldn't spend this kind of money on myself, even if it was such a good deal. But this is something I've wanted for a very long time and I thought I'd have to pay at least 5 times more if I was ever going to get one. The fact that it was sitting at the end of our private road, plus with the price being so incredibly low, I knew I had to have it. Hopefully, I'll be able to make the boat pay for itself eventually by my being able to catch bigger fish and never have to buy fish at the grocery store ever again. I do apologize for my lack of attention to my emails. I really have been so very busy lately that I've ignored most emails. With the weather warming up, my gardening is in full swing right now, plus I'm starting a new business and have had to clear out the basement to have room for the things I'm making to sell, so that meant going through about 20 boxes of stuff that I inherited from my mother. Plus, there was taking care of the damage caused by this horrible winter we just had. Actually, tomorrow (Wednesday), I'll be going down to the other house I own, which is 250 miles from here. It's a 4-hour drive, one way, so I'll be staying there until Friday morning. I need to make sure everything is okay with the house, plus make some small repairs because I'm trying to sell it. I just HOPE this winter wasn't too harsh on it. I promise I'll get to all my emails this weekend and respond to yours first! I'll be taking some time off from all the things I've been so busy with so I'll have time to go through all the emails that have been waiting. I may just take my netbook on the boat with me. I can hook it up to my cell phone for the internet, put my lines in the water and take care of my emails. I can't think of a more relaxing or enjoyable way to do that. Take care of yourself and your family and give Zayzay a big hug and kiss from his Auntie Marti.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Congrats!! It will be well worth it with all the sunny summer weather coming up. I'm abit envious as I would love to own one too! My only really impulsive purchase was passing by an antique store and seeing a lovely antique tiger oak writing desk that was from france. I loved it on site and it's my favorite thing in my office. And I don't regret for a moment getting it!! I'm generally a planner when it comes to spending money so this was very impulsive for me!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Thank you, Tally. Your desk sounds absolutely beautiful! What a great find! I love antiques. I'm a planner with money, too, especially with the higher-priced stuff. Even though this boat cost more than I'd typically spend on ANYTHING, it was quite a bargain, especially when it came with a motor and battery. Plus, it's just the right size for me. It looks like I'll have to wait until Friday or Saturday to get it into the water, though, because we're supposed to have showers today and, tomorrow, I'm going down to another house I own which is 250 miles from here and will be gone until Friday. (I'm selling that house and need to make sure everything is still okay with it. Being so far away, I never know.)
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
17 Apr 10
Sure, my husband. However, I didn't have to buy him. He was free. Oh, darn it, you meant a material item. LOL In that case I don't think so, at least not that I can recall anyway. I do remember my mom doing this once when I was a kid. She saw a Cadillac Fleetwood in passing and knew she just had to have it. I told her that she should get it then. And she did! LOL Congrats on your new toy. Have fun with it! Happy mylotting!
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
3 Apr 10
Congratulations!! I usually don't buy anything. I've wanted things but not bought them. I think maybe I should buy things I want, I've spend 55 years depriving myself because I'm afraid to spend the money. Would you take a picture of your boat for us? I'd love to see it!