"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

go glastron




Sir Buffs Alot is out there doing his thing...  Looks like we'll be having fun this summer!  The girls have been chomping at the bit but we've been waiting for a few minor repairs to be taken care of.  Luckily we are quite friendly with the repairman, and threatening him with no more meals until we were seaworthy seems to have done the trick.  Actually, no bribery needed.  He's the seamaniac.




This is our second summer as proud owners of this beauty.  But she and Sir Buffs Alot have history.  I'm not jealous.  I am a woman of the 21st century and I'm not so naive as to think that there was no one else before me. ;)






This relationship began when hubby's parent's best friends purchased this modern ski craft brand new in 1963.  It was my father in law who did the fancy lettering way back when (no vinyl stick-ons for this classy craft).
  





When I met Larry he was quite the show off on his slalom ski that was all the rage in the late '70s, early '80s. We didn't have wake boards in the olden days, unless of course you count the adorable round piece of plywood that the dad's cut out and painted with marine paint, used for stunts.  It's red with a huge white star in the middle.  We inherited that too when we purchased the boat.  I'd show it to you but it's buried in the back of the garage.






So it looks like the predicted heat wave isn't going to get us down.  We are just going to grab our 2 man pull tubes and our knee board and hang out at the lake.  If I can get Larry to venture to the back of the garage we just may take the plywood stunt board.  Then we can make a copy-cat video mimicking the old 8mm film of dad-in-law and Louie (dad-in-laws bff) taking turns speeding behind the boat in a deck chair, on the board, holding the ski rope with their foot and smoking a cigar!  Never despise meager beginnings.  And we think we're tricky...

Blessings, Debbie  


   

33 comments:

  1. What a beautiful boat! It's so pristine! I love the wind in my hair and the cold water splashing my hand as I drag it along while perched in the back of the boat. That's a great feeling. My brothers taught me to water ski and I remember praying hard as my shaky legs navigated the wake. SO FUN! Take pictures!

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  2. Oh, Debbie!! She is a real, classic beauty!! Love it! Can you tell I am a sucker for anything with a little age on it? Must have been a lifetime love affair to try to train me for accepting my own aging. LOL! (not going so well) Kudos to Larry for continuing to take such good care of her. May the wind and mist be in your face soon!! blessings ~ tanna

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  3. Just beautiful! Looks like you'll be having lots of fun-enjoy:@)

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  4. She is a beauty and so loved for so long! I grew up with rivers but no lakes, so deep water is scary to me...cannot even imagine skiing but I love going fast and having wind and water in my face. That was really hard to get going with a canoe on the river, but white water rafting is fast and wet! Have great fun with your golden girl.

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  5. What a snazzy boat! We could have fun with her around here. Enjoy your time out on the water. Remember to wear sunscreen!

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  6. What a beauty!

    When we visit relatives of my husband's in Canada we spend time at the cottage on the lake and on the water in a their boat! Too much fun!

    Have fun!

    Deanna

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  7. I bet it rides like a dream :)

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  8. You can tell she is well loved! She really is a beauty! It is so wonderful when you have an item filled with so many wonderful memories to pass down.

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  9. The boat is beautiful, and how cool that it also has a history! What a great way to beat the heat! We have no heat wave in the valley this week, I woke up to rain this morning!

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  10. Happy boating! Hope you'll share a photo or two...

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  11. What a beautiful boat. I bet you have a ton of fun this summer!

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  12. Got any extra room for me in that boat?! If not, I can just hold on to the side and ride the waves. Anything to cool off from this intense heat! :)

    Enjoy your summer on the water!

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  13. I so love to go boating. All of our family loves it too and we love all going together. My grands love to be pulled on the rafts. Have yourselves as glorious time.
    Ann

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  14. Thank you for visiting my blog this morning :) That is a beautiful boat and what a history! I can see you all will be having lots of fun with it. I will be back to read to read more as I have time :)

    Have a great day!

    Vicki

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  15. ohhh. Every Man's Dream! My husband would drool over that boat!Have a great time!

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  16. Forget the cooler...go for the boat! What a treasure! No wonder the girls have been chomping at the bit. Enjoy!

    Hugs from Cheryl...who is now visitor-less

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  17. (Debbie, you can always make me smile! What a delightful word picture you left in my comments! Yet again, I wish we were neighbors!)

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  18. what a gorgeous boat! i want to tag along to the lake with y'all ;-)

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  19. Your boat is so beautiful! I can't wait to show my husband when he gets home. Our "Water Festival" starts on Friday if you want to bring that beautiful girl over for some fun in the river.xx

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  20. That is a beauty of a boat with a proud owner...have lots of fun with it! :D

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  21. This is awesome!!! It has obviously been very well loved over the years!
    Gotta love vintage!!! I totally love the color! We may put the boat in this weekend also....suppose to be a hot one here in Minnesota and our tube is longing for some action.

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  22. Hope you have fun on the water staying cool.

    I read your poem a few posts back...very nice!

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  23. Now that sounds like some serious summer fun! Gorgeous boat!

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  24. It is so beautiful and I bet it is a bunch of fun.

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  25. This is just great...and in such wonderful shape. I knew the girl in school whose Dad owned the Gastron boat dealership in our town. We have lakes all around us...but no boat. Somehow our sons always find someone who has one to go out in...enjoy!! Now we are at 103 here!!!

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  26. What a beauty, wonderful condition, sounds like you are going to have a grand time this summer

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  27. Oh, I'm so jealous:) I know y'all are going to have a fun filled summer on the water.

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  28. How blessed you are to enjoy this beautiful boat and all the great memories of time spent on the water. "Sir Buffs Alot"...too funny!

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  29. Very cool shiny boat. I can picture you out on the water enjoying the breeze. I would love to go fishing from this boat. B

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  30. She is a beauty! SO fabulously full of character. Oh, and my husband had one of those plywood stunt boards too :-)

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  31. I knew that I was going to be "the other woman" the second I saw him holding his guitar. Then it was the studio itself. Not a boat, but just as fussy. How wonderful that they've had that boat for so long and kept it cherry. I once was in love with sails. And I have always loved boats. But I've only been out in them a handful of times - all kinds of little boats, from a small cabin cruiser to a lake barge. Water scares me a little. It has its own mind, and there are hidden things under the seemingly calm surface. Same as flying in some ways - messing with elements I can't breathe.

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