14 February 2015 - Curtains the boat & another riddle solved!

They say history repeats itself, and certainly this can serve as proof.........

Captain Mario and his First Mate Dwayne are not the only ones who have some stories to tell. Mandy, Mario's wife, has a few of her own, and one of them relates to boats, her family history, and wondering where money disappeared to.

Mandy's mom Jean was old school, and very adept at putting away money which was specifically ear-marked - this savings account was for clothing, that savings account was for holiday etc, etc. Being very house proud, she even had one specially for home furnishings. Of course, in those good old days, her husband (Dad David) had signing power on these same accounts. And of course, being head of the household, that meant that if the funds were needed for emergencies or priorities in the best interests of the family, it would be taken no questions asked.

And so it was that David needed to withdraw the funds from the account destined to replace furnishings. No questions asked. Can you, the reader, imagine Jean's surprise when David came home  a few days later with a tiny little boat with outboard engine which was essentially a puddle jumper? THIS was obviously the family emergency ............ 

Yes, the family had a lot of fun going up to the dam and whizzing around (well, whizzing as fast as this little boat could take us), and a lot of great barbecues with friends and family were enjoyed in between all the aquatic action. But anyone who knew Jean, knew that she would get even somehow. 

So, no surprises when one weekend when again arriving at the dam, the boat cover was taken off and VOILA ...... the boat had a brand new name painted on it ......... it was called "CURTAINS"! Jean felt that at the very least, she could be reminded where all her savings for new curtains had gone.......the name garnered a few strange looks from other boaters, but we were secure in understanding why ......

And so it was that history repeated itself and another riddle was solved today. Mandy, like almost everyone else in the world, has worked hard her whole life but the money always seems to disappear and is nowhere to be found. But, during today's excursion, Captain Mario found out where it went and took the proof home for her to see .......

Now, she is secure in the knowledge of where it went. She just wants to know how on earth it got there!

Have a great day!