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Monday, May 18, 2015

Ballast installed in the tug boat

Only reason for a post today is....something excit'n happened. That dad gum tug boat has been filled with somewhere's bout 7500 bb's an' it sits in the water 1/8 of a inch from the water line.

Ya see, here's what I did. I took me a old empty aspirin bottle, a big one, an' I checked to make sure it fit in the bow of the boat....that's that's the front in case ya don't know. I fill it bout 2/3rds full. Oppps, just a tad too much.....removed 437 bb's. Sissy's formula works perfect for count'n bb's.

In the stern of the boat, I poured a gob of bb's into the hull bottom, adjust'n as I go along.

That's bout a inch of bb's right there.....

 We sit'n good on the water line....right at 1/4 inches below. Then I mix up some of the fiberglass resin an' I pours it on top the bb's. Put it back in the water.....look'n good. Then I put the motor back in.....stern goes down a bit. Bow looks great, but can always add or remove bb's from the aspirin bottle. Shoot, we ready for a test run in the little lake down the road a piece. "Ya got to charge the batteries Billy Bob....charge the batteries". Tug boat weighs right at 10 pounds....heavy sucker.

That was my excitement for yesterday. Then I lay back in "that chair" an' I thought I was gonna die right there. "Sum-body gimme a light, I need a smoke". Cough cough wheeze wheeze....gasp'n for air.

Had me a freak'n nightmare bout them dad gum big ass needles again. That sucker was big as a railroad spike an' they drive it in my back with a sledgehammer. God I hate needles. I'm gonna suggest/request sedation but don't figger they will do that. Oh wait, sedation is delivered with a needle. "Ain't no way round it Billy Bob, they gonna stab ya with a big ass needle an' you gonna feel it".  

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  1. It won't hurt as bad if you can make yourself relax. Practice relaxing before you go in for the treatment though - you can get better at it for longer periods of time if you practice.

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    1. Look'n in the face of a big ol' needle is no different than look'n down the barrel of a loaded shotgun. Practice ain't gonna fix it.

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  2. Gonna make sure to comment! You got so many yesterday, you will think we aren't interested today! Pretty smart how you took care of the ballast problem. Sure hope nothing bad happens when you try it out in "real" water!

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    1. Well, it don't leak if'n that's what ya mean. Only way I can see to turn it over an' sink is to go round a corner do'n a hunnert mile a hour. Kind of like that Amtrak train.

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  3. Now I read what Gypsy said,, she is exactly right. I have had hundreds of needles in my lifetime. I learned that if I would take a deep breath just as the needle was about to go in, And let it out slowly, it didn't hurt much at all.

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    1. Ha, I ain't buy'n that. It ain't the pain I'm talk'n bout, it's the sight of the needle. Let me tell ya a little story.....back when I was just a little tyke, I was placed in a hospital for bout a week for some kind of operation....rupture or something like that. Penicillin had just hit the market an' every single day, here come 3 nurses, two to hold me down an' one to molest me.....stick that big ass needle in my butt. When I'm talk'n big, it was as big as a railroad spike.....I swear.

      When I go to the dentist, don't bother me a bit. Ya see, a good dentist hides that great big needle needle an' ya don't never see it.

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  4. I don't fear a needle so much; it's the needle-pusher I worry about. Have met some real bad needle-pushers. Ha, one released me but forgot to staunch the hole she made. Thus, my guess is the establishment footed a bill for a LOT OF CARPETING...blood dripping off my fingers!

    Hang tight, Billy Bob, you'll be past it by Wednesday. I've got my fingers crossed for you!

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    1. Shoot Sissy, two weeks past Wednesday, I got to go through it all again. That's when the will go in an' perform muder on the nerves. Tomorrow is a 2 week test run to make sure they are on the right nerves. Ha, I got to keep a record of every little pain I feel in them 2 weeks.

      I only had one time a nurse screwed up. She left the needle in a vein, but removed the syringe. Blood squirt everwheres. Think'n that was in a VA hospital.

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  5. Oh, it was my pleasure to help out with the mathematical formula; HA HA, I KNEW IT WOULD WORK!

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    1. The boat would have never leveled out had it not been for your help.

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  6. Don't look at the needle. Just turn your head the other way. Thats the only way I get thru it.

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  7. Tell 'em you want oral sedation.Just take a pill. Love you blog,BB. Mary

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  8. Good job on the ballast now want to se er in the water rig boatin along.

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  9. Hermit's Baby SisMay 19, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    If the big-ass needle is going in your back, Billy Bob, how you gonna see it, anyway? If it's in your arm, maybe a combination of the pill first, then don't look, and deep breath and let-it-out slowly might help, if not completely fix it. I used to be really afraid of needles, but I've had so many lately they don't seem to bother me much anymore. I bet your having to fight those nurses as a kid left a bad impression on you, and you just need a good one or two to repair that notion. Here's hopin', anyway ...

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