Planned a weekend in PPB with all 4 of my kids. Chartered BarbGail for Sunday and booked a 5 bed suite at the Pelican. Dick was going to fill in the 6th spot. As we were driving down Chris calls and let's me know one of his motors is going to have to be rebuilt. Got to feel bad for him. He put in a lot of effort to get where he is and now he's going to miss a lot of charters and get a hefty rebuilt invoice to deal with. Sucks.
Got on the phone looking for another ride. Jerry said maybe, just maybe. His morning charter wanted stripers, but they're not in the mix right now, so they might cancel. They didn't cancel and bailed mixed bottom all morning. Dick would go sharking in the tourney and we would go to the beach.
So we hung in PPB, enjoyed the beach and had a nightmare meal at Europa. What the hell happened to that place? It was good but I haven't been there in >5 years...
Sunday morning I was up before the kids so went for a stroll on the docks. Saw the Blue Runner cutting all those tuna. Nice big eyes about 130-150 lbs each. I chatted with Mark while he cut fish, met the guys on the charter and they gave me some of that yellowfin. Thanks Guys! I'm making sushi, sashimi and grilling it tonight.
Anyway Sunday was even nicer on the beach than Sunday. Hung at Martells as all my kids are legal. Sunday bloodys, oysters, clams on the half and oyster shooters were the fare du jour. Sent my 2nd son to go get my truck from the hotel to load up our gear at the boardwalk. As we go to leave the ignition cylinder locks up. Won't budge! Stuck in the yellow zone at the boardwalk is just asking for trouble. I find a locksmith who says he knows what's wrong and can fix it now for $395. Yeah, I say, get over here.
I proactively tell the cops what's going on. Officer tells me to put the key in and hit it with something. Prybar will do. Bingo! Truck fires up with the bump key. Got the cylinder repaired today in NNJ for the same $395 I was quoted on Sunday.
Got home around 7. Crew was too tired and the boys had bad sunburn so we just ordered in. It was a great weekend with the kids, with adventures and catastrohies to bond over.