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Life after boating

bobe2When I sold my boat last year, I promised my wife we would do some travelling. So this summer we took a little road trip, 5,745 miles to be exact. We headed north to get out of the heat.


It started getting hotter the further north we drove and I began missing the water by the time I hit Orlando. When I reached Nashville my mind was diverted to my other love, country music. I had the chance to combine boating and country music by taking a trip on the General Jackson Paddlewheel on the Cumberland River. It seemed like a good idea until I discovered the dinner cruise would cost $90. Usually the food quality is just average on cruises like this so I passed, and opted for the Grand Ole Opry. I think I was the only person in the audience wearing boat shoes.

The following day we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where we almost met some celebrities. We had lunch in the lobby cafe and our waiter told us to stay around as Hank Williams Jr. was being interviewed and would pass by any moment. What he failed to tell us was Hank’s daughters, Holly and Hilary, were sitting at the table next to us. When I went into the gift shop and saw Holly’s CD and Hilary’s book. I ran out to get their autographs, but it was too late.