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Finding a Needle in a Haystack

I have been busy as a bee working on my old Dodge Charger—I am of course a mechanic. I love the trade and look for opportunities to help myself and other people. There is always something that goes wrong with older cars and you need to constantly search for parts. Some are hard to find and they come from all over the world if they are rare. These tough-to-locate entities tax my patience but it is a doable task online. People avail themselves of various sites that appeal to mechanics and auto collectors alike. Some antique stores like the ones shown on the cable TV show American Pickers have plenty to choose from. The guys on the show specialize in what they call transportation Americana and this means motorcycles and cars for the most part. The owners can find a needle in a haystack so you can rely on them to have or get what you want.

After a hard search for parts for a friend’s old car, I made the repairs for which he was eternally grateful. Thanks are good enough for me but he insisted in giving me a gift of a small inflatable boat. It can be used for fishing on a lake or perhaps for water recreation for kids on a river or in the ocean. It is uncomplicated but well-made and very durable. It is easy to inflate with an air pump and deflate by opening the valve. I will be able to store it easily when folded. I have just the spot in the garage amid all my own parts and the Charger.

All the neighborhood kids want to borrow the boat. Most can use it now in the backyard pool. They sit in it and row about and can even eat and drink while floating. It is rather cute when filled with happy youngsters. I will perhaps try it out soon myself; not sure where. I have a river camping trip looming in the distance and this might be a good time. Yes, it is small but I will be happy to ride alone. It is relaxing and I can listen to some music and enjoy a few snacks and a few beers. I will float in the scenic surroundings of the river and then return to my campsite for a fire-cooked meal. I love outdoor activities and the inflatable boat gives me one more option. I can lie back and view the azure sky and puffy white clouds above. The boat can hold two people if they are of normal weight and size. There might not be oodles of leg room but there are cushioned seats so your feet will hit the boat floor. I am appreciative of the thoughtfulness of my friend and for selecting such a clever gift. He knows what I like and found the perfect thank you present. I have some photos of me in the boat to show him.