I spent three hours out in Bailey's garage today going over our dive gear. We are currently at t-minus 3 days and counting before the opening of lobster season.
Our wearable gear (i.e. wet suits, masks, fins, weight belts) are in tip top shape, but the fish whackers (spears) needed some attention. When we left last year, I had 7 new, home made spears, but attrition, use and an occasional shitty shot has reduced that number to four.
In case you were wondering, the math on the three missing spears, was 1 gifted to a Bahamian friend, 1 irrevocably bent thanks to a lousy shot combined with a stubborn rock and 1 swimming away in the side of big ass hog fish. Oh well, that's the cost of doing business I guess.
Anyhow, the remaining 4 spears each got a new 5 sided pointy head ground into the leading edge and 2 received new flopper stoppers, which get riveted into a small hole approximately 1.75 inches behind the tip. The flopper stopper deploys once the spear goes through a fish and keeps the fish from being able to spin off the spear before you go and collect him.
While I had the time and access to such nice work facilities, I replaced the surgical tubing on my spear flinger. Amy's flinger and our first string, back up unit seemed fine, so they were left alone.
Our gear is now ready and all that's left is to find a cache of bugs and make them my own. Mmmm, lobster, the other white meat.
In other news, I made another trip back to Dream Catcher and finished the small odd projects I had going on inside the boat as well as finalizing the port side engine re-install. All that's left for me to do is pull the holding tank pickup and clean it out. I have been putting this project off as long as possible as long time readers will know I fear sewage.
In between boat jobs and hunting prep, I have been sewing new salon cushion covers. I'm not sure exactly why, but our old cushion covers got moldy and once fabric gets mold spots on it, you can never really get them out.
Since we had plenty of spare fabric and a nice, cool place to work, I've been knocking out about a cushion a day. With the salon needing 10 cushions in total, I'll need another three days to finish my work.
The only other thing worth reporting is that the Olympics have started and Amy and I are taking advantage of satellite cable service as well as high speed internet access to watch our American brethren compete on the world stage in both women's soccer and both male and female beach volleyball. I heard there are other sports being played, but I have no idea what they are. Go team, go!
More to follow, end of line ....
P.S. - Is anybody else freaked out by the constant "Christian Mingle. Com" dating site for Christians commercials going on during the Olympic coverage? Come on NBC, get real. I mean what would Jesus do?