We got up and headed out to Winona Lake to put the pontoon on the water for the first time this season. The in-laws get a pier space each year and we had the opportunity to get a better spot, so we took it. It happens to be in a group of boaters in a boat club. You know, jackasses that think they own the lake.

We got new ropes and tethers to tie off to the pier. We didn’t have them adjusted to the right length yet because again, it’s a new spot and on a different pier than last year. The wind was super strong this morning and the water was super choppy. It took us 4 tries to get pulled into the spot and get the ropes tied and knotted. Jess was standing on the pier and overheard the boat owner (we’ll call him Jack) tell his wife, “if he hits my boat, I’m gonna be pissed.” To which she replied, “Don’t worry, i’ve got 911 on speed dial.” We’ll get back to them later.

We spent 3-3.5 hours on the lake, and at 3, Jess and I, along with her mom got off at the boat launch and had to go get paint since it’s on sale at Sherwin-Williams for 40% off this weekend (The painter comes next Saturday) and a quick stop at the pool store. When we’re done we head back to the lake and let them know where to pick us up.

Great. It’s a good thing we have friends that live on the lake. We called them up and luckily they were home and able to take us out to the stranded boat and give us a jump. Started easily and we thanked him and said our goodbyes and went to our pier space. Pulled in, tied off on the 1st shot.

Offload kids and people and head to the vehicles. Here we’re getting ready to pull away and up comes “Jack” and catches our attention and says “My father-in-law said you guys just came in the same way as this morning, bouncing all over the pier and coming close to my boat.”

Nope. Not true.

Dude. You don’t own the lake and your boat is in a lift. We were 6’ foot away and didn’t come close to your lift, let alone the old ugly boat inside of it. No, we do not want to trade pier spots with your boat club buddy. That’s not a compromise. That’s you getting your way.

When you have a concern or even a problem, don’t approach people with a bad attitude. If you would’ve approached us with “Hi, my names John Doe. We noticed you had a few problems getting into the pier space this morning…would you be interested in this other space?” we would’ve been a little more willing to talk to you. But instead you walked up with hate and hostility.

As the great Wil Wheaton said… ”Don’t be a dick.”

In other news, we are all sunburnt and tonight Jess is like a proud mother tonight. Her half price rescue mission blackberry plants from Lowes are producing!

We’re watching the Blackhawks game (that was just spoiled for us…dude.) and having a snack then it’s bedtime.