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'Sportsman' redefined

on August 18, 2008 12:00 AM

On the evening of Friday, Aug. 8, our family (including our 2-year-old grandson) was having a great time boating, tubing and water-skiing on Two Lick Lake. Little did we know that the gas gauge on the boat wasn't working properly. (I guess you can figure where this is heading.)

At about 6:30 p.m. we ran out of gas on the far end of the lake. My son phoned a college intern who was working with them for the summer and who, fortunately for us, lived on Two Lick Drive. He went down to the dock to see if there were any boats still out on the lake that could tow us to shore. (Thanks, Andy.)

We were in luck (or so we thought) because there were three bass boats at the dock. But, unfortunately, when asked if anyone could help tow us, they said they couldn't because the “bass tournament” was starting in a few minutes. (A three-boat bass tournament. That must have been awesome!)

By the way, one of the “three boats” (the one with the 5- or 6 -year-old boy in it) did finally approach our boat (about 2 hours later) and asked if we were “the people” who ran out of gas?? Thanks, but no thanks. Too little, way too late.

Besides, someone was on his way to help us. No, this wasn't someone who was out boating on the lake. This fellow was at his home (not near the lake). He had to load up his own boat and trailer, drive to the lake, launch his boat and come to help us. (Thanks a million, Dave. A true sportsman.)

The actual towing took about 10 minutes, which is approximately the total time it would have taken one of the bass “fishermen” away from their “tournament.” Regardless of which one of you “fishermen” won the “big prize” that evening…… I want you to know that you're all “winners” in our eyes….the “booby prize!!!”

Thank goodness I know this isn't the norm. I realize that perfect strangers are willing to come to the aid of others, and we've met some really great boaters out on that lake. (Thanks also to Briana and Joe for bringing the gas.) We truly appreciate the trouble that everyone went to for us.

And, one more thing: If we're ever out in our boat and we see one of you “bass fishermen” stranded out in the middle of the lake, … don't worry, we'll be the first to offer help. That's just the way we were brought up. Besides, it's the right thing to do.

(Even though I'd really like to tell you that I would help, but the soap operas were about to start in a few minutes.)

Sandy Bocz

Homer City

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