Fire in the Hole!

By: ycd0108 , 2:12 AM GMT on November 11, 2011

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GreyBeard Loon!"
The sun broke through this afternoon and I parked at the Hardware store near the entrance to the fenced yard where the sewer and water pipe is racked. A fellow older than I but in better condition (turns out he's 80 - I'm 64) was walking with me in to the store.
"Nice Sun." says I and walked (limped) ahead.
"What do you do?" he asked.
"I married a lady who works steady but I still work in construction - I just never learned how to make a living at it." I said.
"I was a Shrimp fisherman."
"I love fresh seafood."
The ancient was off and runnin': we stood for a while in the path of folks coming into the store - I got my plastic basket for plumbing parts assuming this would be a few pleasant minutes with an "Old Timer" and nudged us both off the main access route.
Well it turns out we both owned the same "double ender" style of fishing boat in the '70s - Chrysler Crown and 1 and 1/8th" cedar planking built in the '30s for the Japanese fishing fleet and plyed the same waters. Though my boat came with a valid "C" licence I never caught fish commercially. He had a few tricks for cod, shrimp and Abalony which I might pass on but not here. I drag him down the aisle to the PVC pipe fittings and attempt to remember what I was originally shopping for. The stories go on:
He docks in Porlier Pass and sees a bunch of kids trying to beat to death a Japanese buddy who happened to own a few acres at the head of the bay there. As the story goes his intervention was seamless (for him) and he gathered up the badly bent body and took it to survive at some local hospital. Then I heard about how he and his wife deal with "Mutual" funds.
Jim was at the store looking for large barbed fish hooks which are apparently getting rare around here what with "Catch and release" regulation and barbless hooks. By now I'm really lost - the rack full of PVC fittings has receded from my attention as I lean on it. How does one stray comment get such a conversation (or should I say: teaching session?) going?
He showed me the style of fish hook he was looking for and I think I have a number of them somewhere in the basement so I got his address.

"He holds him with his glittering eye-"

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7. ycd0108
5:46 PM GMT on November 13, 2011
The MV "Link" was 35' and looked like this 37' plan: l
Certainly the hull was similar to the Bristol Bay Boat but as marine engines developed the hulls were lengthened and full pilot house and trunk cabin (with the engine in the middle) added.
JIM did provide contact information and I do enjoy these "Old Timer" stories. I think the stories need recording, too. I should find the fish hooks for him and have tea there. WE are about to dig up the gardens with the little BackHoe this morning - it's not raining yet. Thank you for Sunday wishes and the same for you and yours.
Your Alaska blog is exactly why I come to WU regularly.
Good work!
Mornin, Pat. Herself says: "Thank You T. We will see!"
The "Link" was probably an "A" licenced salmon troll boat and at some point was used as a log salvage boat or tow boat with a "Bridle" as there were deep wear scars along the rub rails from the cable bridle. When I got her she still had a "C" licence which at the time allowed anything but salmon as far as I recall.
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6. Patrap
5:15 PM GMT on November 13, 2011

Im kinda Boat challenged me tinks.

..unless its a Shrimp-catching Boat
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5. Barefootontherocks
5:13 PM GMT on November 13, 2011
Lol, Pat. Not quite the type of boat I had in mind. See link I added at comment 3.
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4. Patrap
5:04 PM GMT on November 13, 2011

Tell the Mrs. that T has her booked for Mardi Gras here.

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3. Barefootontherocks
5:02 PM GMT on November 13, 2011
Hi ycd,
Your double-ender cedar boat sounds something like the old Alaskan "Bristol Bay boat." (link added)

From your story, sounds like you made a new friend.

I take it you are somewhere in BC.
hauling water from the hot tub for toilets and squinting at the book by candle light were our major hardships. LOL, in a way. I'm sure you know those big firs can be deadly.

You and herself have a good Sunday!

Ps. Thanks for stopping by the Nome blog.

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2. ycd0108
8:27 PM GMT on November 12, 2011
We had a "Much of a Witch of a wind" blow through yesterday - ferries delayed or cancelled, Interior highways impassable and power lines down here on the Island. Electricity failed at about 1530 and our neighbours still had power. Gunther came up to borrow a tree pruner to work near the now dead power lines and said the Air circuit breaker on the transformer feeding six houses here had opened - there was some wind blown debris on top of the transformer. Got the automated BCHydro response: "We are aware of the problem. Estimated time of reconnection is 2200." So we both read a book by candle light. Went to sleep at about 2030. Maybe 0300 the house roused itself and fans and lights came on. I had been out on the little backhoe working on the grey water drainage field when this "Witch" blew in. There are numerous very tall fir trees here and we were showered with storms of red needles and cones from the trees. Maple leaves sometimes just went up up and away. In a calm interval I decided to move the machine out from under the taller trees but had to retreat when some large limbs cracked and fell quite close. Looking up through the trees I was impressed they could whip around like that and still stand but I guess that is what they do. So the time without light and power to the computer always interest me. We do have a barbeque and a wood stove and fireplace so hauling water from the hot tub for toilets and squinting at the book by candle light were our major hardships.
Herself reads on the couch and I sit at the table. Reading while prone is for me a very short experience.
It is so quiet once the wind calms!
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1. ycd0108
5:46 AM GMT on November 11, 2011
Here's an understatement if I ever saw one: 042
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