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Promises to Yourself

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by MikeH, Jun 19, 2017 at 10:19 AM.

  1. MikeH

    MikeH

    Oct 18, 2001
    My Busse collecting really took off in 2002 after my daughter received massive brain damage in a hit and run. For eight years I was tied down in constant care of her. (I had just retired at age 55 and my wife, a dedicated first grade teacher, wanted to keep working. She worked past her 70th birthday.) This forum was one of my few outlets, and each Busse blade was a promise to myself that one day I would get back to my beloved outdoors. My wife fully supported my Busse habit. It helped me stay sane.

    Fast forward to Blade 2017. Now finally relieved of pain after several years of back problems during which my 36 year old Boston Whaler has languished under a tarp, I am weighing whether returning to the water is worth the risk of returning to a life of pain. So I asked my wife on the drive home from Blade, "Why did I buy a Dozier fillet knife when I may never fish again?" The wise lady said, "You made another promise to yourself."
     
  2. u812

    u812 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 15, 2002
    You don't have to go back full force. Take it easy go back into it a little at a time.
    I lived by a man that had a true love of fishing,mostly running up and down the river bank. A friend and I went with him a few times he would leave us behind with us in our mid 20s and he 80. Soon after the last time we went with him his doctor told him he shouldn't be out doing things like that. He stopped going. The change in that old man was something to see. He seemed to stop living and never seemed to be happy like what he was. With in a year and a half he went from full of energy and happy to a totally different person and passed away. I believe it is better to take the chance and live happy than back into a shell to protect yourself just to die inside. Do what you can and enjoy it as much as possible.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017 at 1:39 PM
  3. AZTimT

    AZTimT KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 15, 2009
    Excellent story to share, as usual! Thank you for that!
    One particular Hog quote seems fitting here:
    "No Regrets!"
     
  4. Tom Kanik

    Tom Kanik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    Slow and easy...a stress-free lifestyle will help you live longer so you can still enjoy life.;)
     
  5. RedbeAR15

    RedbeAR15 Platinum Plucker Platinum Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    So when's the fish fry? ;)
     
  6. resinguy

    resinguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Sell the old boat as is. Buy a new one. Go fishing.
     
  7. Chingon1988

    Chingon1988 Gold Member Gold Member

    150
    Jul 6, 2009
    Adapt. Wait...I don't need to tell you that. You will naturally adapt. If its fishing that you love...find some easy spots to get to and fish from so you can keep fishing as long as you can. If its boating you love, maybe sell a few busses...hell, I've definitely been drinking...leave the Busses where they are lol. If its boating that you are interested in...maybe splurge a bit and get yourself a really nice suspension captains chair for your Boston whaler. Its a catch 22...what to do...
     
  8. littlehoot

    littlehoot Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2015
    Where, exactly do you float a 36 ft whaler in Alabama? That's.a big boat for your locale.
     
  9. Tom Kanik

    Tom Kanik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    I believe Mike is only a few hours away from the Gulf of Mexico.;)
     
  10. littlehoot

    littlehoot Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2015
    It's 3 hours plus from Birmingham to the.gulf. long way to haul a.boat. Just wondering if.he hauls.his.rig or floats local freshwater
     
  11. stricknine

    stricknine Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2008
    Mike, it was so good to see you even though it was brief...
     
  12. u812

    u812 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 15, 2002
    He said 36 year old. Don't know how long it is.
     
  13. littlehoot

    littlehoot Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2015
    Good catch, I misread that!
     
  14. MikeH

    MikeH

    Oct 18, 2001
    It's one of the old 15-1/2' Striper 15's. Great little boat that somehow got rated for 70 hp with a hull weight of only 500 pounds. It is a little rocket and I have no desire for any other.
     
  15. Tom Kanik

    Tom Kanik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    Sounds like a great boat for fishing the coastal flats.;)
     
  16. littlehoot

    littlehoot Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2015
    Ahhh. That's a nice one Mike.
     

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