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    Tampa Bay Marathon Swim

    “The seas were angry that day, my friend, like an old man trying to send soup back in a deli.”- George Costanza The e-mail came through. Help as a kayak escort for a 24-mile marathon swim from the Magnuson Resort at the north end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Ben T. Davis Park on Rocky...
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    Tool Identification Question

    My Stepfather passed away about 2 months ago and I am taking possession of some of his tools. This is something I collected from the shop but have no Idea hat it is. The only marking is a number 4 on the bottom and the little knob you see is attached to one of the jaws below and is spring...
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    Cockroach Bay Aug 3rd

    My wife is at a conference in Atlanta for three days so I took some time off to play Mr. Mom. Today we took a little trip to Cockroach Bay in Ruskin for a little fishing and paddling trip. Not a whole lot to say. We had a great time so here are the pics.
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    Hammock Camping

    And to think, I broke one once and fell out of a tree. Hate to have people undr me.
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    Tampa Bay Frogman Swim

    I participated in this event as a kayak escort for one of the swimmers. This is the third year and the swim is a 5k to benefit fallen and injured Navy SEALS. There is not a lot to say about the event other than it was awesome and moving. Once we completed the escort, we paddled back across the...
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    Table Saw Kickback - Warning Reminder

    Guys, I know in our haste, we tend to take some liberties with our power tools. Today I almost paid big. I finished a project for my daughter today, and I have another little project waiting to finish, so while I was cleaning up, I figured I would quickly cut some panels before I put the...
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    Not a boat

    After a woodworking hiatus, here is my latest. The wife wanted this: So, I bought this: And started this: And ended up with this: Happy wife, happy life.
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    Hillsborough Blueways

    Hillsborough Blueways It looks like they finally finished the paddle trail through Hillsborough County. This was a joint effort between the County and the City of Tampa. The only hole appears to be the restricted zone around MacDill AFB
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    Pirogues Home Built Bow

    I have been looking for a project. However, time, space and money keeps me from tackling a boat right now. So I decided to give a home built bow a shot. They are cheap enough to build, and if I am successful, it would give my daughter and I another thing we can do together. My yard is big...
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    Not paddling

    Grace Bible Church We took our trip this year. But not a paddling trip. However we did cross over the big muddy so I guess it counts. Our Church was approached, along with a couple others to help build a Church in Ludlow, MO in six days. I have been in construction all my life. Never have...
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    Ocklawaha River

    After over a year of prayer and logistics, we finally pulled it off. I don't remember who's idea it was, mine or the Gunny's. But we both had it on our hearts to have a Wild at Heart based retreat on a river. We started planning, got with our Church and ended up getting involved with an...
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    Scuba Daughter

    Last weekend I took the girls to the Frank Sargent's outdoor show. The had a diving pond and my older daughter decided to give it a try. After about 20 minutes, she swam up to me and asked "Is this equipment expensive"? I'm toast now. The first week of April I think I am going to take her to...
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    Colt Creek State Park 12/13

    A couple years ago I was driving back from a regional meeting. I always enjoy travelling the backroads of Florida. On this road, SR471, I passed a sign that indicating a new State park was going to be opening. Colt Creek State Park. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. On a fishing...
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    For Bear

    My Assistant brought me a contract to review for his upcoming "Get in Shape, break the cheeto eating Boot Camp". He wanted me to check out what he was signing up for. I review contracts everyday and this has to be one of the best clauses I have seen yet. I thought it was great- and it is...
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    Cool Tarpon Video

    Tarpon Video I wish I could say it was me. But I took this from I think this may be from the mosquito lagoon area. Enjoy
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    The Old Marine

    One sunny day in 2009, an old soldier approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue , where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Hillary Clinton." The Marine replied, "Sir, Mrs. Clinton...
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    Bohemian Rhapsody
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    Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve

    Cockroach Bay This is my favorite paddle. There are hundreds of mangrove islands to navigate and getting off of the marked trails can be fun. You paddle any where from 10' deep water to just enough to float your canoe. If you're not careful, and get caught at low tide, you may end up...
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    Third Seat option

    In my We-no-nah sundowner I have the required center carryin thwart. I was thinking of adding a third seat to the canoe by taking out the thwart and suspending the front mounts of the center seat from those holes. Do you guys think that would be okay and would not mess with the integrity of...
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    Great game

    Try to get past level 9 Bolorx