Just call it the S.S. Mirror.
Ever since I moved back to Thomson a little more than a year ago, I've longed to have a boat to terrorize the fish in the pond across the street.
But painting, plastering and plodding got in the way until a few weeks ago. Dad bought us a great boat from a friend in Harlem, and it was my responsibility to bring it to Thomson and get it cleaned up.
That led to Ben Young and me going to pick up the boat - praying the whole time it wouldn't a) blow out of the truck, or b) drag the pavement all the way back to Thomson. It did neither and in my driveway sat an aqua and white v-hull that was straight out of the 70s.
So far, so good. Right?
That would change quickly. (OK, it took a week or so.)
Enter my wife's keen sense of yard aesthetics.
Even a heavy, huge metal boat couldn't withstand the onslaught, especially with folks like Doug Keir helping fuel her fire. ("It looks nice in the yard," he said sarcastically. "Can you put a sign on there and advertise The Mirror, too?" My response was not appropriate for a family newspaper. Or a non-family newspaper for that matter.)
She even brought my buddy (and neighbor) Tommy Johnson into the great boat battle. Catching him as he arrived home from work one day, she recruited him to help me carry the boat down to the pond. Of course, at the time of his enlistment, I had no idea the mission was even being planned. I was just another infantryman following orders when he showed up at the door.
Anyway, Tommy has since put the boat to good use, taking his daughters to fish in the pond. He complimented the balance of the craft, saying it was perfect to stand up and untangle hooks caught in trees.
That's good news. Some of my largest catches have been the not-so-elusive Tree Fish. They are tough to eat - but work out just fine, if you marinate them long enough.
Speaking of good food, take time Thursday night to stop by the Box Factory and sample some of the culinary creations from various area restaurants and caterers. Tickets are available at the Chamber (and, at $25 for a couple, are a really good deal.)
The Taste of Thomson event is just a kick-off for a full weekend of events: Briarwood football at home Friday night, Thomson football in Augusta Saturday night, Civil War re-enactors at 1810 Country Inn and Restaurant all weekend, Safety Day at Wal-Mart Saturday and the Ornament of Hope unveiling Sunday at the Rock House.
And somewhere in there, I'll try to find some time to test out the S.S. Mirror.