My family once bought a rubber dinghy-

White.

Gigantic.

A six seater.

Called Moby Duck.

Yes, I know-

how original.

What do you expect from a family of English teachers?

(the truth is, after I took it out once, I wanted to call it Lassie,

because it never wanted to come home)

Moby was built in,

and a pure product of,

northern california.

My parents lived at that time in the giant redwoods near Calaveras.

Actually, we all lived there at one time.

in a small cabin we built by hand as a family, as a place for my parents to live in the summer vacation time, and us as a family to meet for family-get-togethers.

And since it was hot hot hot up there,

and the drinking water came from a storage reservoir,

where you could also launch boats,

if they weren’t motorized,

we spent a lot of time wrangling Moby,

and plastic blow-up palm-tree island swim rings,

jugs of iced tea,

a radio,

a flare gun,

(in case of emergency,)

into and out of the water-

adding air to mushy parts so we didn’t go under,

deflating to transport,

trying to not get hit in the head by the paddles-

like something out of a Marx brothers movie.

Duck soup?

But all in all, I guess you could say Moby was a friend,

And a foe,

A place to dive from,

To rest in the sun,

read a book in,

patch, repair, wash,

and through it all,

including the always trying to find a friend to help load,

or drive while you steadied it in the truck,

I would have to say Moby was

just plain

the onriest

most difficult,

and bulkiest

bulk buy

we ever made.

Except for the half a centner of cheese the head of a religious community who lived next door to us wanted us to buy.

Or my uncle’s two dromedary camels,

or the special sale on half a tank car of oil, to oil and rock our driveway, when the oil came two days early and the rock a week later.

(Have you ever had to clean dogs, cats, and neighbors children with turpentine?)

but that’s another story.

This theme was suggested by Maria for the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium, where Ashok, Gaelikka, Maxi of Maxi’s Comments, Padmum, of This And That, Here And There, Pravin, of Business to the Buddha,  Ramana, of Ramana’s Musings, and Shackman, of Shackman-Speaks tell wonderful stories, each in their own inimitable style. Check us out.

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