Northeast Oklahoma is my happy place. Don’t get me wrong, I love Norman, but my heart will always belong in the 918. I’m like a moth to a flame when it comes to Rogers County. I love to get away from the city limits, HOAs, and stop lights.
We celebrated my dad’s 39th birthday again this weekend. I’ve lost count as to how many times he has turned 39, but it’s starting to get awkward. I mean, I’m 29…this is getting weird.
We celebrated Pops all weekend long at Grand Lake. He just bought a new boat a couple of weeks ago, so along with our party plans he scheduled a time with a boat captain so we could get a quick boating course.
After a few hours of boat safety and learning the ins and outs of our boat, it was time to hit the water. First of all…. SO. MANY. BUTTONS. If I wouldn’t be the laughing stock of Dripping Springs, I would totally use a label maker to name all these switches. Why does a boat need so many buttons? After about an hour with Captain Danny on the water, he set us free.
Couple of observations that came from our lesson:
1. Don’t ask me to dock, tie-up, or back it into the slip – you’re asking for a hole in the boat. Need to go in a straight line? I’m your girl.
2. Don’t let Whitney operate the bathroom. Just don’t do it. If you do, the boat has a sprayer hose on the back, we’ll clean you up.
3. Susan shouldn’t be in charge of knot tying, I have a feeling we’re going to lose a lot of ropes to the lake.
3. If you want to get somewhere in a hurry, don’t ask Dad to drive.
4. The Carnivore can captain with the best of them. He got pretty good at docking, backing that thing up, and adjusting all those buttons to give us the smoothest ride possible. However, he will launch you off a big wake. If you see a big wave, reach for a handle, you’re going to need it.
This time next year I plan on being a complete Lake Rat. Hold me to it.
And the theme of the weekend…
Happy Birthday, Pops! Hope your next trip around the sun is as much fun as our trip around Grand Lake.