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  1. CLJobe

    Chapter 49

    Kev has a great sensitivity to the boys. His parents must have been great people to instill the love, sensitivity and care. To Kevin and Glen, it didn't matter if the boys were there's or not, they gave their time and love to them all
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    I think in every family, there is one who seems closer to one parent, but is loved by both parents. Sharing a common interest is a bonding experience.
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    I think most of us when it comes to push we shove back. Kevin would do anything for his boys, and he did in this case for Shawn. A device like this could save a lot of lives.Maybe someone or company will actual give it a whirl.
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    It was in Switzerland but usury is common in a lot of countries, where ever there is a need for money, you'll find people who will loan you money at usury rates
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    we have something in common.
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    The apartment wasn’t ready for occupancy, John Adams said they would need another couple of months to replace the heating system. Glen and I thought work was slow but John Adams explained that the building was idle for so long that a lot of the pipes had rusted and needed replaced. I knew John Adams would do a good job, so I didn’t push him. Nicky and Jamie had sorted out their rooms off campus, my priority was to have the apartment ready for Scott, Travis and Andy, if they were going to attend the university here. With me going back to work, our normal routine kicked in. We did move Robby’s mom into one of the small houses. She was happy and there were plenty of times I’d see her at our dinner table along with Uncle and Jim. I spent the week-ends, when fishing stopped, in my office catching up, I had company. Shawn would be in his office scanning the stock market, I thought he was scanning the US market, but he was scanning the world market. “Dad, do you have shares Med Tech?” “Let me check.” I pulled up the list of my personal stocks, I did have a modest investment in Med Tech. “Yes, I have five thousand shares why?” “There stocks going up, fast.” I pulled up the market and the stock had risen fifty percent. “Shawn, do you have a prospective on this company?” “Not with me, Dad invested in this company. Let me checked.” I called my broker and bought another five thousand shares, the climb was very steep. “Dad, I own twenty-five percent of this company. Dad bought it several years ago and through stock splits, he would have owned a major share, but now I do.” “I think we should meet with these people. My guess is you are a major stock holder, this’ll give us leverage.” For the next two weeks we watched the stock climb. There was definitely something happening. I got a copy of their last annual report, the report indicated they’re working on a medical device that could be used in the field similar to an MIR but to a specific area, not a whole body scan as the current units are designed to do. I called the president of the company and told him we wanted to have a Board meeting to discuss this invention. At first he was reluctant, I told him Shawn’s name and asked him to have someone check the stock holdings. “Call me back with the arrangements.” Two days later he called, sounding very apologetic, said the Board would meet two Saturdays from today. I called and made arrangements to fly over with Shawn. We left Friday evening, flying over was exciting for Shawn. “Let’s try and get some sleep.” We slept about five hours on the plane, when we landed we were tired but not so tired that we needed to sleep. I checked us into a hotel and then took a taxi to the office of Med Tech. Walking in, there was no one at the reception desk, but someone had to be in the building as the door was unlocked. I picked up the reception phone and pushed the button for executive. When the person answered, I told them who we were and why we were there. In less than five minutes, the elevator opened and a young lady came out to meet us. She was the presidents personal secretary, she introduced herself and took us to the office of the president. He was a cordial man, smiled a lot, I thought too much. After providing coffees for Shawn and I, we went to the board room. As we walked in, everyone stopped talking and looked at us. I think the idea that the young man next to me owned 25 percent of the company puzzled them. It was obvious to me that they didn’t like the idea. We sat down after introducing ourselves. Shawn asked to see this portable MRI unit. The chairman of the board, made a phone call and soon a man in a white coat came with a device that looked like a phone, only larger. Shawn wanted to see it work and so did I. The man demonstrated it on Shawn, who smiled the whole time. “How are you going to market this diagnostic tool?” “We aren’t that far along on our planning.” “Wait, you announce to the world you have this diagnostic tool without planning on how to market it?” “Yes, we wanted the world to know, we thought once it was out there, hospitals would come and make offers.” “That won’t do.” I could see that several members of the Board didn’t like what I said. I knew they wouldn’t like what was coming. “Has this device been patented?” “No, not yet” “My son owns twenty-five percent of this company. As of today he and I will have a seat on this Board. The first thing we’ll do is to hire patent attorneys to have this device patented in every country. The next thing is to put together a panel of physicians to determine the value of this device. The fact that you have already announced it, means you won’t get the true value, but I have a way of adjusting what they determine.” The chairman of the board looked at me, he wasn’t pleased. “We have to vote on it.” “I think we should vote according to the number of shares we own.” Several board members didn’t like that, they didn’t own any shares. “I also think that every member of the board should own shares in this company, otherwise you have no stake in the profitability of the company.” It was interesting to note what happened next. “I’d like each board member to tell us how many shares you own in the company.” I was surprised that half owned no shares including the chairman. “Gentlemen, if you want to stay on this board, I suggest you call your brokers right now and buy a minimum of one thousand shares.” Shawn and I left the room, I called my broker and increased my holding to five percent of the stock. I called Shawn’s broker in Scotland and had them increases his holding. I found out that his dad had an agreement to buy additional shares at the price he paid originally. I smiled and told them to buy as much as possible, “I want Shawn to be the principal stock holder.” We went back into the board meeting, “Gentlemen, this meeting is adjourned until tomorrow at ten am. By then if you haven’t bought any stock in this firm, I’ll accept your resignation. The chairman was indignant, “You can’t do that.” “Yes, I can, as of now we own 65 percent of this company. If you don’t believe me check.” I put my hand on Shawn’s shoulder as we left the building. I was tired and I knew Shawn was tired. “Dad, do we really own that much?” “You do, your dad was a smart man, when he bought the first shares in this company he bought the right to buy additional shares at the price he originally paid, I told your people in Scotland to exercise that right.” “My father was smart man.” “Yes, he was.” “My Dad is a smart man as well.” “You’re tired and hungry, right?” He laughed, there was no doubt in my mind that his young man would follow in my footsteps. We went and had a late lunch, at a restaurant close to our hotel, then we went to bed. I had a double room so Shawn and I slept in the same room. I left a call for a six in the morning wake-up call. I actually didn’t need it, I was awake at five thirty, habits are hard to break. I called Glen, everything was fine at home, the boys where crabbing. School would start in a week, Nicky and Jamie would have their first class this coming Monday. I briefed Glen on our meeting and arranged for him to meet us at the airport the next morning. I hated to be going back to work as soon as I arrived, I called Terry he said his first class was on Tuesday, he’d work the Monday for me. We got dressed, had breakfast in the hotel, I made arrangements to have a taxi pick us up to take us to the airport. We left our overnight bags at the concierge desk. Arriving at the company’s headquarters, we were met by the technician who demonstrated the device. He wanted to speak to us before the board meeting. “The device has one flaw, but we are working on it. When you monitor the heart, the photo isn’t clear. We think it is caused by the movement of the heart. I have an idea that will freeze the photo so it can be analyzed, but one may need several photos to get the overall picture. The board doesn’t want to invest anymore money into the project to continue with these improvements.” “Thank you for telling us that. Prepare a presentation outlining what you intend to do and associated costs. If you can get that done before the meeting is over, I’ll call on you to present it.” He smiled and I got the idea he already has had that presentation. We headed to the board room, there were a few people missing from yesterday’s board meeting. The chairman was still there, he scowled when we entered, didn’t bother us. Everyone sat down, “I’m assuming if you’re here you have bought or owned stock in the company.” They nodded their heads except the chairman. Looking at him, “Do you own stock in the company?” “No, but my company holds the loans on this building.” “I see, what is the name of your company?” It was a loan association that made a practice of having someone on the board of the companies that borrowed money from them. “How much money did your firm loan to Med Tech?” “One million US dollars” I looked at Shawn, we smiled. “I’d would like to see the contract your firm has with Med Tech. Do you have it?” “No, but they have it here.” “Good, I’d like to see it now.” “There isn’t anyone here who can get it.” Just then the secretary, who we met yesterday, walked in. “Do you know where the agreement between Mr. Chambers company and Med Tech is stored?” “Yes” “Could you get it and bring it to me, please?” I could see that our chairman wasn’t pleased about this. I took the break to announce that Glen Schumer would have a place on the board, he owned twenty thousand shares of stock. Shawn smiled he knew that it was my stock, but he didn’t know that it was only half, I had the other half. The young lady brought the agreement. I asked her to sit, “As of now, you’ll be the secretary on the Board and will record all actions taken.” She smiled as she sat down. I began to read the agreement, “This agreement is illegal.” He looked at me, “The interest payments are above the legal maximum set by your government. I see that you have two choices, apply the excess payments to the principal or I go to the government and enter a law suit.” He got up and left. While I waited till he came back, if he did come back, I asked that the technician we spoke to earlier to come and make his presentation. Shawn and I sat back and listened. The other members of the board, also listened. I noticed a few smiles as the young man proceeded. I got a feeling that the absence of some of the board was appreciated, even the chairman. When the presentation was done, there were a few questions asked. I wanted to know how far along he was in making these adjustments. He looked at me, I smiled. He then went and told everyone how far along he was. As he was finishing, the chairman returned. He marked the agreement paid in full. I told him to sign it. He did and resigned at the same time. Now we needed a chairman, “Where is the president of this company?” The young lady smiled as she went to the phone. “He’s asking for you.” After about fifteen minutes and older man entered the board room. He introduced himself as Doctor Stein. “Dr. Stein, why aren’t you a member of the board?” “I spoke to Mr. Chambers, he said it wasn’t unusual for the president not to be on the board.” “I think it is unusual for the president of a company to not be on the board. I think you should be the Chairman of the Board. The other board members agreed. “Now Dr. Stein, tell us about this investment in this young man’s project.” Dr. Stein looked at me, “When we found the flaw, James came to me with a proposal. I couldn’t approve it in total, that would need the Board’s approval. So I funneled money to him from other projects that where winding down.” “He made a very interesting proposal to the Board. Since you are now Chairman of the Board, what is your position?” “If the Board approves, we’ll fund this project. It seems according to our accounting department, the sale of our stock has enriched our bank account so we needn’t borrow anymore money to continue our research.” “Have you thought how you’ll introduce this product to the market.” “Our new product introduction people have surveyed the market. This is a novel unit, which will save hundreds of lives. They think it’ll sell very well.” “How about patent protection?” “Actually, we have a patent department that patents all of our devices. In addition, James has built in a safety factor, that if someone buys one and takes it apart, they’ll not get it to operate again as design.” With Doctor Stein as Chairman I felt a lot more confident. The meeting adjourned, we headed back to our hotel, picked up our luggage and headed to the airport. “Dad, I thought my dad was smart, but you are just as smart.” “No, Shawn, your dad was smarter than I’ll ever be. I’m glad some of it rubbed off on you.” That was exactly how I felt. I didn’t do any magic in the board meetings, it was just common sense.
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    Yes, which was nice for the boys. In today's world most father's don't spend enough of one on one on a daily basis. Understandably so, but on a fishing boat for two days, you become intimately involved with your son. Several father's had their eyes open as how mature their sons were and the responsibility they showed
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    Thanks to you for reading and commenting.😀
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    You're right. University is the time when boys become adults. Kevin and Glen will adjust, but as long as they fish on the weekend even with a partial crew, it won't be too bad.
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    Thanks. I'll give you a hint, I post two chapters a day, one at 3 am and 3 pm. this is US EST. I'm posting from Ohio, USA
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    Yes it was Travis's dad, Harry. Haven't heard anything about him. If the Sister lets them and so far it doesn't appear likely. It would an all girl trip in the middle of the week, if it is a go.
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    Back on the boat, “Nicky, let's head out.” I watched from the bridge, as the anchor was raised, lines were brought in, and Nicky started the engines. I loved this boat, and my crew as well. Glen came up, “What are you thinking?” “Next summer, let’s plan on a trip to Scotland with the boat.” He looked at me, “Are you sure we can do it? I would love to see Scotland again.” “I don’t know why not. We can fish like we did, and then keep going through the Panama Canal into the Atlantic, north and then cross over to Scotland. It’ll be fun.” Nicky looked at us, “You know you can’t do that without me.” Glen laughed and gave Nicky a hug. “Kev, do you remember the guy who was with the mermaids, he’d like to come on one of our fishing trips.” “Nicky that’s no problem, he could have came this week-end. Ask him about next week-end.” “Since you're here I guess we're on site?” “Not yet, the co-pilot is handling the wheel.” Then we heard Charles, “Johnny, the anchor.” The engines are turned off, and Charles came into the galley, I grabbed him and gave him hug, “Good job” Glen went to the bow, Frankie and Robby followed him, Johnathan and Joseph headed for the stern. Peter took some bait from the refrigerated chests and headed in that directions as well. “I think since we started out earlier than normal, will pull the nets just before dinner and then maybe at ten or eleven tonight. What do you think?” “Sure, you know before the end of your extended vacation, we need to make another dad’s day.” “That’s a good idea, get a calendar and let’s pick a weekend.” I marked my last week of vacation, and decided we’d go the weekend before school started. When the boys came up for dinner, Glen told them about another Father’s Cruise. One of the boys explained to Gus, Rusty, George and Vinni what this was all about. “Paul, make sure your dad knows and this time tell him he can’t back out.” Then everybody got funny, “Peter, have you asked your Dad?” "Not yet but I will” Then he giggled. Each of our kids where asked the same question, they all said not yet except Tommy, he said yes I asked last night. That made the boys laugh more. I looked at Tommy, he smiled, I pulled him on my lap and cuddled with him. He was a cute kid, I needed to find out exactly what the problem is with his hearing. I’m going to talk to Don and see what he knows or point me in the direction of someone who does know. He turned and gave me a kiss on my cheek, I just tickled him a little making him laugh. But I didn’t stop cuddling him. Before the boys headed to their cabins, we gave each of the boys a hug, even old George. We pulled the nets at five, dinner was at six. The nets weren’t full but they were okay. I was sure we’d go back full. Glen and I pulled the nets at ten, they’re the same as the earlier pull. All nets back in the water, we went to bed. The four am horn sounded, the boys came up on deck. George decided he was going to help, so he and Jamie pulled the bow nets, Charles with Johnny and Joseph pulled the stern nets. Nets back in the water, the boys headed back to bed. Glen and I stayed up and had a cup of coffee. We were cuddling on the seat at the table when Scott and Steve came up to start breakfast. Scott looked at us, “Are you two behaving?” I broke out in a laugh, Glen followed suit. Scott looked pleased with himself. I got up and started to tickle him, “No Dad, please, no, no.” I stopped and gave him a hug. He smiled, he and Steve started breakfast. I poured Glen and I another coffee, Steve had the pot on the stove for hot chocolate, Scott started to scramble eggs, Steve put the sausages in the oven, I looked at Glen, “Like an orchestra” Glen smiled. I told Callum while we were waiting for breakfast he should invite his parents over and his dad can come with us on Fathers Trip. “You can return with them.” He looked at Shawn and they both smiled. The rest of the week-end went well, holds were full, chests were full, Charles’s holds were full as well as the chests that we had bought for shrimp and lobster. The extra time paid off. Glen suggested we do that more often, Peter suggested we sleep on the boat Thursday night and get an even earlier start. The boys all agreed, one even suggested we do a run up to Alaska and back. I took the opportunity to talk to Scott about George. “He’s changed Dad, whenever we use to see him, he was like a bully, pushing people around , saying things like ‘get out of my way’ but lately he isn’t like that. He told me he’s going to college, I think he said his dad’s old school.” I wonder if he’s reacting to a change at home. I remembered the first time we took him home, his dad walked with him with his arm around his shoulders. George had a big smile on his face. Bottom line, I’m glad he’s getting along with my crew, on the boat and off the boat. Sunday we headed home, I recognized my life has become in certain aspects routine.The boys always amaze me and surprise me. We delivered our fish, shrimp and lobster after making sure Mary had hers. I had George show his dad how he cleans fish, the smiles were evident, his dad said the boy has changed and he didn’t know why. He said that with his arm on George’s shoulders. One look at George, you knew why. We had shrimp and lobster for everyone, I don’t think Gus’s mom knew how to prepare lobster, Scott told her. Robby’s mom said she had talked to Mary and she was going to start working at the Wharf in two weeks. I asked if she was renting her home or owned it, she said she was renting. We went back to the Wharf for dinner, I talked to Uncle and Jim, they were ready to move, so Glen went back home for the truck, Nicky went with him, they put the chests on the floor, plugging them into the a/c outlet. Returning with the truck, they loaded Uncle’s and Jim’s belongings into the truck and they were off. I told Glen which house was Uncle’s and which one was Jim’s. Gus asked Uncle what was happening, Uncle told him that I have these small houses and he’s going to live in one. Jim said he was going to move to one as well. Gus told them that he took his boat to dry dock and they told him he would have to rebuild it as the wood was rotten. “I think, I will officially retire,” they all laughed. I think that is the first time I had see Gus laughed. Uncle told us later he was going to go and live with his brother. Dinner was delicious, I mentioned to Barney about Fathers Week-end and told him he’s coming. He just laughed but I knew he’ll be there. Mary said that with the two extra rooms, they can accept more guests. “I don’t know why we were afraid to try this, but it isn’t a problem. I guess we were afraid of failure or no one would want to stay here, but that hasn’t been the case either. I already have a waiting list.” “I have a proposition for you, I take my sheets and pillow cases into the city to have them washed. There are two many to do at home. If I pay for a commercial washer, dryer and ironer, to be installed here, could I use them to wash my sheets and pillow cases from the boat.” “Yes, of course Kevin. You know we look at you as a son. But where would you put it.” “David said you had a room that you called a junk room. Could we use that if it was cleared out?” “Yes, I guess you could.” “Good I’ll send the boys down tomorrow and they can start cleaning it out. You and I can pick out the equipment, I’ll order it and have it installed. We’ll be in business.” “Kevin, you have no idea the impact you have had on our life.” She gave me a hug. Barney yelled, “Cut that out, you have your own.” I felt comfortable among my friends, we joked around, had a few good laughs but I knew down deep they were sincere in their feelings. Monday I went with Glen as he delivered the fish, the orphanage was surprised at the amount of shrimp we had for them. While Glen was unloading the chests into their pans, I spoke to Sister Ann, “I have a check for you, this is to cover some of your on going costs. I’m also planning on an all girls trip on my boat but that will be after school starts. I’ll let you know, the only thing it’ll have to be during the week.” “Thank you for everything you and Glen have done. I trust the boys are doing well. As for the girls, we’ll need to talk little more about that.” “Sister, I assumed you’d have concerns.” Going home, “How old do you think Sister Ann is?” “Mentally, about hundred and fifty but physically I would guess in her sixty’s, why.” “I told her I’d like to take the girls on a boat ride but not on the week-end, she seemed hesitant about it. I think she thought all of our boys would be going as well.” “If you want to do that you have to talk to Father Damian. He can get her to change her mind about anything. What did she say when you gave her the check?” “She said thank you but didn’t look at the check.” “I’ll bet she has looked at it now.” “You’ll know when you deliver the fish next week. You know the cooks are always glad to see us, but I’m never sure about her. When she comes out to say anything, she is very somber. Maybe she doesn’t really appreciate what we do for her, I’m sure the kids do.” Arriving home the smells said we would have a good dinner. “Hi boys, what’s for dinner, it smells good.” “Steve is making a soup and I’m, making roast chicken. Dad, is it okay if we take some of this food to Granddad and Captain Jim.” “Sure, you could invite them to come down and eat with us.” After saying that I saw Peter taking off. Glen and I went to change our clothes. As the boys gathered around the table, “Hi George, glad to see you.” A very quiet hi. “Hey Gus, you’re here as well. What have you boys done today?” “Crab Master had us crabbing today, he said we’d have crabs for dinner.” Steve had made a crab bisque and when he served it, Peter smiled. Dinner was getting to be fun, besides good food, the conversation was varied and interesting. Jim told a few tales about fishing, to which Uncle expanded. I watched George and Gus, they were listening and enjoying the stories. Time doesn’t stand still, and soon it was Father’s weekend. I was surprised, all of the father’s accepted. I knew it would be a great time. Callum’s parents arrived and stayed at the Wharf, Barney joined us. Scott, Steve and Travis were in charge of the food. Vinni brought over enough spaghetti to feed an army, his dad was smiling. It took the boys two days of shopping when they realized how many people would be on board. Glen decided we would eat in shifts. That suited everyone. We fished as we normally would, the fathers were impressed with the boys. The boys had to show off a little, cleaning fish surprised George’s and Gus’s father. Arriving home on Sunday, the dad’s stood by as the fish was unloaded. “I would like all of the families to get together tonight for a dinner party at the Wharf.” I told Glen to get Gram and the Ashtons, we’ll give them their fish later this evening. Barney slipped behind the bar, Mary, Scott, Travis, and Steve headed to the kitchen. I went and got the boys, “Scott, Travis, Steve, we need to get cleaned up. You smell like dead fish.” They laughed as we headed home to shower and dress. It was party time so all of the boys put on their kilts, Shawn and Callum had their pipes and they piped us all the way back to the Wharf. Scott, Steve and Travis, had on sweats, they weren’t going to work in the kitchen in kilts. Callum’s parents got up and did a jig as the boys piped. I looked at Glen, I felt so blessed. Mary came out of the kitchen, “The boys told me to get lost.” Robby’s mom sat down next to him, she had her arm around his shoulder and when he stood to dance, she was at first surprised and then she smiled, the smile of a proud mother. Gus’s parents were a little shy at first, Dad and Mom took care of that rather quickly. George’s parents were beaming with pride, at least his dad was. His mother seemed a little more reserve. The food was exceptional, the boys really out did themselves . As the evening drew to a close, Glen had a bundle for each parent. I knew the bundles contained fish, a few shrimp and a lobster. As the Ashton’s left, Charles got his kiss. Only this time it was a peck on the mouth. When everyone left, the boys pitched in and cleaned. Mary and Robbie’s mother sat back and smiled, Barney had a beer for the boys when they finished. We gave Robby and his mother a ride home, along with Gram. Gram had a fish for her neighbor, so did Mom and Dad. Shawn and Callum sat and spoke to his parents as Glen got ready to drive our guest home. He would come back for us. Callum’s dad came over to chat. I told him that next summer we were thinking of sailing the boat to Scotland. He got quite excited about that. Shawn and Callum laughed at how excited he got. Callum’s mother just shook her head, she whispered to Mom, “He’s so excited, he’s acting like a school boy.” All things must come to an end, Glen came back with the van, the boys piled in. I told Callum’s dad we would take them to the airport on Wednesday, actually Nicky would drive them in the van, Glen and I had to work. Yes, my summer vacation ended and I had to go back to work. Nicky and Jamie registered at the University and they would go for a “welcoming “ ceremony on Friday, the semester will start on Monday.
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    Also the gallery will be a showcase for our artists
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    I'm sure the boys will appreciate it
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    thanks Chris.
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    Three days later, John Adams called to let me know the numbers, to bring the place to code, would cost fifty thousand and to update the kitchen and bathrooms would cost another hundred thousand. Converting the store to a galleria would cost twenty-five thousand, mostly lighting and partitions. I called the realtor and gave him the numbers, “I’ll make a counter proposal of two hundred thousand.You can tell your client that she’ll never sell the building as is and could be in legal problems if the city ever did an inspection.” In less than an hour he called me back, “She agreed with your price but it must be in cash.” “I’ll meet you tomorrow morning with a cashiers check.” I called John Adams and told him to go ahead. That evening I announced to the boys that I had bought an apartment building close to the University. “I don’t think it will be ready for use for a few months. Charlie and John Adams will start working on it, but they need to bring it up to code and then start the refurbishing. So Nicky, you and Jamie will have to find an apartment or stay in the dorms till the apartments are ready.” “How many apartments are there?” “In total there are 6 two bedroom apartments.” “We're going to look at a two room apartment tomorrow afternoon. It’s on top of a one car garage, so it won’t be very big, but it'll do temporarily.” I told Scott and Travis about the store at the bottom and turning that into a gallery for their paintings. They liked that Idea, “Dad, my mom came by and picked several paintings to send back home for her friend who owns a gallery.” “Good, I can use her to help design the gallery for you boys. Is she going to be here tomorrow?” “I think so, I’ll go to the Wharf and check.” “I have a better idea, why don’t we all go to the Wharf for dinner and then you can check.” When Glen arrived home, “What no dinner?” “We’re going to the Wharf, Steve is cooking. So hurry and change.” It took him about fifteen minutes to change, I called the boys up from the rec room, and we headed out to the Wharf. “Steve, what is this?” “Its called hobo stew.” “What is hobo stew, I never heard of it?” “Well, you know when we have a refrigerator raid, it’s like that only I cook it all together into a stew. Mary had a lot of bits and pieces in the fridge, so I made a stew. Do you like it?” “Yes, it’s unusual. How did you know to make this?” “A hobo showed me.” I didn’t asked anymore questions, I knew Steve lived on the streets. Travis spoke to his mom and she was quite excited about the idea of helping with the gallery. I promise to take her there tomorrow so she could see the place. I always enjoy taking the boys to the Wharf, besides being good friends with Mary and Barney, the Captains always provided some entertainment. I invited then to come and check out the small houses John Adams built. Gus didn’t want to come but Uncle and Jim said they’d come. I told them if they could get up early, come and have breakfast with us. “You know we need to get Scott, Travis and Andy driving lessons. They are old enough to start taking lessons.” “I’ll call the people who I used for Nicky and Jamie.” I think Scott heard us, when I looked at him he had a big smile on his face. The next morning I told Glen I’d meet him for lunch. I was going to take Travis’s mom, Diane, to check out the grocery store. Glen left and Uncle and Jim showed up as Glen pulled out. Scott and Travis started to fix breakfast, Steve helped and soon we had a very hearty breakfast, pancakes with fired eggs and bacon. Diane showed up, Travis invited his mom in and got her a cup of coffee. As the boys came into the kitchen, Scott fixed them a plate which they took to the dining room to eat. “Diane, would you like something to eat?” “No thanks, I had my breakfast at the Wharf. If I had known what you all were eating, I would’ve came here sooner.” Scott got up and fixed her a small plate of what we were eating. “Oh no Scott, I couldn’t eat his.” “You should try it Diane, Travis helped to cook breakfast this morning. What did you cook Travis?” “I did the pancakes while Scott did the eggs, the bacon we did in the oven.” Diane looked at her son, “You cook?” “Yes, Scott and I usually cook breakfast and dinner, Steve helps when he’s home.” It was obvious to me that Diane didn’t know about Travis’s cooking skills and second the pancakes were good. “It’s so Glen and I don’t even cook anymore except to make coffee. The boys prepare excellent meals, you would think they are professional chefs.” Scott and Travis smiled. I wasn’t lying when I said that. The boys do very well and I have eaten in enough restaurants to know the quality of their work as compared to those restaurants. When breakfast was finished, I asked Uncle and Jim if they wanted to see the houses I had built. Diane went along with us as well. I told the boys to get dressed and that we would be going to the city. We walked to the houses, I showed them the interior of the house, “Uncle, look from here you can see The Peter Charles, Jim you can see your boat as well.” Diane was impressed with the houses. “These are prefect for a single person, they are well equipped, I can’t get over how concise they are.” “Uncle, I’d like to see you living in one of these. You can sit on the porch and watch us go and come.” Laughing, “I’ll even let you eat with us.” “Kevin, are you going to charge rent for these?” “I haven’t thought about that. I really wanted Uncle to live here, that way he’d be near us.” “Are you interested?” “Yes, the room at the Wharf is nice, but this is a little more private and as you say I can see my boat from here.” “I’ll tell you what, if you can get Uncle to move into one, you can have one without paying rent.” He looked at me, I liked Jim he was Uncle’s best friend, so why not. “Well, I’ll think it over and let you know.” Walking back to the house, I could hear Jim and Uncle talking. I heard Gus’s name and in my mind he’d pay rent even if it was ten dollars per month. The boys were ready so we loaded every one in the van, I dropped off Uncle and Jim and then drove to the city. I had two hours before I would meet up with Glen. I stopped at the apartment building, there was a sold sign on it with the realtors name. I saw John Adams there with his crew including Paul’s dad. I told his dad to drop Paul off on Thursday evening since we’d be going fishing this coming week-end. I showed Diane the grocery store, it still had the empty shelves from when it was a grocery store. “Kevin, do you have the measurements of this place?” “Yes, I think maybe John Adams has it or his dad, I’ll get it for you.” She smiled, I wasn’t sure if it was because she had a project or that the project involved her son, either way she was happy to help. I showed them the apartment on the second floor, Scott said if he was living here he would want the top floor, light would be better for his painting. “We are to meet Glen for lunch, so we should head in that direction.” “Dad, can we stop for supplies?” “Sure, I think if you know what you want we can do it now, but if you are going to browse, we need to do it later.” “We know what we need.” I stopped at the art supply store, of course everyone had to go inside. Scott and Travis immediately went to the area where painting supplies were stocked, picked up what they needed and headed to the checkout. The boys where right behind them with more models. They looked at me, I smiled and they knew it was okay. Smiles all around, Diane offered to pay for Travis, I said we can square up later. I had no intention of squaring up later but it avoided a discussion in the store. We headed to Stella’s for lunch. When we got there, Glen was talking to Terry. Stella had to make a big fuss over the boys. I watched Diane as she ordered a sandwich, I knew what would happen. “Kevin, I can’t eat all of this.” Travis laughed, “Mom, she will bring a bag and in the bag you’ll find a cup for the extra meat.” Amy brought us the bags, Travis showed his mom the plastic cup and started to fill it with his extra pastrami. Scott said we’d use it for breakfast tomorrow morning. I convinced Glen to tell his dad he was taking tomorrow off and we could go fishing early. Paul arrived that night, Nicky went to get Gus and Jamie brought Rusty. “Dad, we need to go and get George.” When Nicky returned, I sent him after George. I knew one other that would probably go with us, Vinni from the Pizza Parlor. When all of the boys were in the rec room, Glen came in from work. “Mom is going to work with Dad tomorrow. I think he likes that.” We went down to the rec room, “What do you boys want for dinner tonight?” “Can we eat on the boat?” “I guess we can, Glen what sayest thou?” “Thou sayest, fine with me.” We laughed, “Okay get ready for the boat.” The boys scattered to change into their shorts and shoes. They were ready to go. We had to walk to the tune of the pipes. Andy went to see his Aunt Mary and Uncle Barney, she knew by the clothes he was wearing that he was going on the boat. One of the boys mentioned Robby, so Nicky went to get him. Crab Master started to catch crabs, Scotty took Andy and Travis and headed for Chicken Shack, Glen and I went to the grocery store, I took George with us. We loaded up on eggs, bacon, sausages, bread, George found some frozen bread that would need to be baked off, we got that as well as some frozen pies for dessert. Glen said we should get hamburger for lunch, we did and buns, then we need tomatoes, cheese and lettuce. I was glad I brought George with us, we could have used a couple more arms. Everyone back, I ordered pizza and spaghetti. Vinni came in his shorts along with his dad. “I’ve heard so much about this boat, I had to see it.” "Vinni, give your dad the grand tour.” He took his dad to the bridge, and then the galley and then to the cabins. They were down there a long time, I thought he must have fallen sleep. When they came up, Lou was laughing. “I showed Dad the cabins, he wanted to test out the bunk beds, I thought he fell asleep.” “These beds are very comfortable, how big are those motors?” “Each engine is 250 horse power. We can move with one but if we're ever in a place we need to move out fast , we can use both engines.” Vinni looked at his dad with a smile, you could see his dad was impressed with him and there was a lot of love between them. The boys scattered, Charles went to the bridge with Nicky, the Crab Master had a group of boys with him, the older boys sat around the galley chatting. Steve came over later that evening, to help Scott fix dinner. Travis went and invited his mom to come on board and have diner with us. He had to give her the tour. He must have shown her where his dad had made the fuss, later that evening as the boys crashed and it was only her, Glen and I. She apologized for him. “Diane, you don’t need to apologize for him, he’s a grown man, he can do his own apologizing.” “He doesn’t need to apologize to Kev and I, he needs to apologize to the boys if he’s going to apologize to anyone.” Glen and I walked Diane back to the Wharf. We stopped and talked to Uncle, I bought a round for the Captains. “Kevin, how soon can we move.” “Whenever you are ready Uncle. We’re going fishing and when we get back we can help you if you are packed and ready.” As we walked out I heard Gus, “Where are you going?” I smiled.
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    The boys really are enjoying the Peter Charles and the times they spend on her,
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    I think this may become a summer activity,
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    Actually it isn't a bad investment being close to the University. He may have to make them co-ed
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    The next morning, the boys in their kilts, danced as we left the marina heading for the Marina Vallarta. It only took us a few hours to reach the marina, pulling into our assigned dock, we were between two large yachts. The boys looked at them, “Would you rather we had a boat like that?” “No, we couldn’t fish with a boat like that.” I waved to the people on the yachts as we left The Peter Charles, to do a little sight seeing. Tomorrow a bus would take us into Mexico City and the ruins known as Tenochtitlan. I thought we should engage a guide who could answer the boys questions. As it turned out, that was a good idea. The boys were hungry so we had tacos from a vender. As the boys wandered back on the boat, they had small bags of tacos and bags of ‘churros’ which were flavored with chilis and lime. The younger boys sat in the bow eating, the older boys were in the galley. I watched one of the men on the yacht on our left, when the boys went and got their beers. He looked, turned and said something to someone behind him, it was a young man, probably his son. “Hey, you kids shouldn’t be drinking beer. Where are your parents?” The boys broke out in a laugh. Peter held up his bottle so the man could see it was root beer. He started to laugh, this started a conversation between the boys in the bow and the young man who was standing next to the older man. He asked where the boys came from, they answered. He asked what they were doing here since they had a fishing boat, the boys told them they are on an extended vacation, fishing as they go. “We have mostly shrimp and lobster now, we have sold all of our fish.” The boy got off the yacht and asked if he could come aboard. Peter again, “Come on board.” He came on board and introduced himself, “Thanks, my name is Bruce.” Peter proceeded to introduce all of the boys on the bow to him, “My brothers are in the galley with my dads. Do you want to meet them as well?” Bruce nodded yes, Peter told him to follow him, he led him into the galley. “Dad, Pop, this is Bruce. He’s from that yacht on our left.” “Hello Bruce, would you like a beer?” “Thank you” Peter went down and brought up a beer. He looked at the bottle and smiled. “You know from a distance this looks like a real beer bottle. My dad was yelling about your sons drinking beer.” “We don’t drink alcohol, there is none here and there isn’t any in our home.” The boys then took over, Charles had to show him his holds. We still had shrimp and lobster in them. He wanted to know if Charles would sell him some lobsters. Charles asked how many would he need, he said three. Charles picked out three, gave them to him. When Bruce asked him how much, Charles said they are free. Bruce smiled and thanked Charles. He took the lobster back on his yacht. His mother came over to thank us, “This is the young man who you need to thank.” Charles smiled, she thanked him. She said they’re going to leave in the morning but she is glad she had a chance to meet Charles. Now by this time all of the boys had gathered in the galley. She looked at the number of boys, “You all sleep on the boat?” Nicky answered, “Yes we can sleep twenty-four comfortably and thirty-eight, if we share bunks.” I was sitting at the table when Adam came to me, “Pappy, can I sit on your lap?” I picked him up, “This is my Pappy and that’s my Daddy.” I think that is when she realized that Glen and I were partners. I saw her face get red, I don’t know why she would be embarrassed, but she was. After she left, “Dad, her faced turned red, why?” “I think she realized that Glen and I were married. You know that there are people who don’t approve of two men being married.” “I don’t understand why people would think that. I have had more love from you and Pop than I did from my own mom and dad.” I gave him a hug, I remembered his story and he was right. The next morning the yacht on our left was gone. Sometime during the night, they left. Scott and Steve prepared breakfast, finished and cleaned up, we waited for the bus and our guide to show up. Charles in the bridge saw them first, “Dad, Pop, bus is here.” The boys lined up and as soon as the bus stopped, they boarded. We spent all morning touring not only the temple but also Mexico City. Scott had a chance to use his Spanish, he was happy, in fact all of the boys were happy. We split the boys into two groups, I took one group and Glen took one group. Pictures were taken, so many that I had to buy a second camera.Travis and Scott began to sketch what they saw. There would be no question, the boys would remember this trip. We spent the day in Mexico City, on the way back to the boat, the boys fell asleep. It was going to be an early night for them. “Should we stay another day or head back home?” “I think we should head back home, we can fish and hit the same canneries we did on the way down. Maybe we can spend a little time in Alaska.” At breakfast the next morning I told the boys we were going to head toward home, “We’ll fish as we go.” All of a sudden the boys left only to return in their kilts. As Nicky started the boat. Jamie pulled the anchor, and brought the lines on board, we headed out of the marina to the tune of the pipes and the boys doing their dance. Did we draw attention, yes we did and the yacht that was on the right of us, looked and started to do the jig as well? Once we cleared the marina, the boys, after changing, dropped the bow nets. We stopped at all of the canneries as we headed north, the cannery in Alaska got a show of boys dancing to the pipes. When we were ready to leave, the cannery asked the boys to perform for their cannery workers. They did, as Glen and I watched, the cannery owner came over to thank us. He invited us back, as long as we had the dancing boys. One of the older ladies went and asked Sammy if it was true, he looked perplexed, she whispered in his ear, he laughed and said yes. She took her hand and put it under his kilt, he jumped. The boys laughed as she announced to her workers, “It’s true” We left on that note, dancing on the stern as we went to sea. “Dad, that was fun.” Yes, it was fun and what a way to end a planned three week vacation that turned into four weeks. We fished at our usual spot before going home. One hour, out the horn blew announcing our return and to let the cannery know we were coming in. Docking had become routine for the boys, I loved to hear the instructions being yelled from the bridge, anchor down, lines on, I was home. The captains from the Wharf as well as Mary and Barney welcomed us back. Behind this crowd, Travis spotted his mom and Andy spotted his mom and dad. This really turned out to be a home coming. With the boat unloaded, the boys were excited to be home. We had fish to deliver, Andy and Travis, talked to their parents, Glen and Nicky brought the truck and van for the chests. Andy came over with the pans for shrimp and lobster. I smiled, everything had returned to normal. I told Mary we’d be back for dinner tonight but we had to get clean and deliver our fish. In a sense our life became routine, showers, dressed in sweats, t-shirts with the picture of The Peter Charles on them and flip flops. Gram was pleased to see the boys, as they were to see her. Charles got two kisses, he said they made up for the ones he missed. Mom and Dad had chicken on the grill, I wondered if they could hear our horn when we came into port. As we dropped the boys off, their parents were glad to see them. There was no way they would return with us, they had a family to listen to their trip. Gus’s mother actually had tears in her eyes as she hugged him. Rusty’s dad gave him a hug followed by his mother. I could just imagined the conversations around those tables. Peter had to check on Gus. He said Gus was glad to see him. The boys dressed in their kilts and they walked to the Wharf, Shawn and Callum piped them as they walked. It looked like a parade, the boys were smiling and laughing, that left me with a good feeling. They had to dance when we were in the Wharf. That was the first time Travis’s mom and Andy’s parents seen the boys in their kilts. I saw Andy’s dad whisper to Andy, he laughed and took his dad’s hand. That answered the question I supposed he was asked. It’s amazing how something like this turned the Wharf into a party venue. I bought drinks for everyone, including the locals who were eating there. It was a happy time, a fitting end to our vacation. That night, the boys turned in as soon as we got home. Glen and I made the rounds, I punish myself that we didn’t start this sooner. I’m not sure who enjoyed these moments more, Glen and I or the boys. It really didn’t matter, the point is, we’re doing it and the boys are appreciating it. Monday morning, Glen took the fish for distribution, I stayed home, I was still on vacation. Tuesday afternoon, I got a call from a realtor who said he may have found what I was looking for. I agreed to meet him Wednesday morning. I rode in with Glen, stopped at the office, spoke to Terry offered to buy his lunch at Stella’s, went to see Jim at the sports store, picked up some additional t-shirts and sweats, I dropped my packages off at Dad’s, told Glen I’d be back in time for lunch. I went and met the realtor at the address he gave me, it was one block from the University. “Mr. Jaxson, I’m David Boltsen, we spoke on the phone.” “Yes, I’m anxious to see what you have found for me.” “You’re standing in front of it. This building use to have a grocery store on the first floor, and apartments on the top three floors.” “What happened to the grocery store?” “It was a late night store for those last things you have forgotten, like bread and milk. The owner of the store also owned the building, when he died, his wife closed up everything and as leases came due, she wouldn’t renew.” “Is she willing to sell the building?" “Yes, I think it has too many memories.” “How much is she asking?” “She wants two hundred and fifty thousand for the building, as is.” The ‘as is’ part meant that there would be a lot of work, “Can I inspect the building?” “Sure, the apartments are all the same, there are two per floor.” We went up the stairs to the first apartment, I was right, they would need a lot of renovation. The kitchen was of adequate size but the refrigerator and cooking range would need to be replaced. The cabinets would need either replaced or refurbished. The living room, had a worn linoleum floor which would need replacing, the bathroom was 1800’s style. Definitely needed to be upgrade, and the two bedrooms would need painting and new carpets. I didn’t go in the basement, but I knew the plumbing would need to be replaced as well as the heating system. “There’s a lot of work to be done to have these apartments ready for occupancy. I would think the city would’ve condemn this building if they inspected it. No one could live here under these conditions. The kitchens and bathrooms will need major work and I’m assuming that the plumbing and heating will also need major work. How long has this building been idle?” “The last tenant left eight years ago.” “I’d like my builder to take a look at it, he’ll give me an estimate of how to bring it to code, and then we can talk. The location is right and I’m definitely interested.” “When can you have your builder here?” “Just give me a minute.” I called John Adams. “John, I have a potential project for you. Can you meet me tomorrow at nine in the morning?” “He’ll meet us tomorrow at nine, my guess is he’ll bring his dad with him.” We said our goodbyes, I went to Stella’s to wait for Glen and Terry. I told Glen about the apartment building and having John Adams looking at it. “How much are they asking?” “He said she wanted two hundred fifty thousand but I think it’ll take another two hundred thousand to make it habitable. There are two apartments per floor and three floors above what use to be a grocery store on the first floor. Each apartment has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a small living room.” “Are you doing this for college students?” “Yes, this fall we have two boys entering the University and next year we have two more. So it will be good to have them all in one place.” “Do you know what you’ll rent them for?” “Terry, are you perhaps interested?” “Yes, I don’t like the dorms, they are too noisy, and the place I’m living now is one room.” “A lot of it’ll depend on what John Adams says, how much work will be needed to bring it to code and what the final selling price will be. One thing I like is the possibility of turning the grocery store into an art gallery for the boy’s paintings as well as any other art student.” When we finished lunch, we walked back to Dad’s store, Terry continued to my office. I sat in the back and unpacked some boxes while Glen sat there and watched me. I smiled, “You know you could help me.” “No, I can’t. Dad told you to do that, he didn’t say I should help you.” Now I knew that Glen was ticklish, “Are you sure you won’t help?” He started to back away, but his back hit the wall and there was no where to go. He started to laugh, I hadn’t even touched him yet. “Are you sure?” He was laughing, he just shook his head, that was when my hand touched has waist. I pressed my body against him to keep him from moving as I tickled him. It didn’t take long, “Okay, Okay I’ll help.” I was very close, so I took advantage and gave him a very loving kiss. I could feel his reaction to my kiss, the problem was he could feel my reaction as well. That was when Dad came in and wanted to know what was happening. We just looked at each other and laughed some more. Dad just looked at us with an expression that questioned our sanity. “Those boxes need to be emptied and the stock needs to be put away.” As we were driving home, “I don’t think Dad will let you help anymore.” “Why not it was fun and I’ll show you why tonight.”
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    I think all of us wish we could take such a vacation, or any vacation. Stay safe and healthy, you might be able one day
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    It's great that they can enjoy the many places they visit. Traveling on a boat, must be fun.
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    Sometimes we must live through the stories we read. Yes, it is sad that we can't do that now. But with hope and determination, maybe we will be able someday to do that,
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    It is strange in that when you think about it, commercial fishing is a lot of work. And yet the boys enjoy it and look forward to it. One has to wonder what happens that creates this love in the boys. Of course comradeship, sharing and the feeling of accomplishment adds to the mixture. Kevin and Glen's acknowledgement of their abilities also helps. Sorry this is a long comment.
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