I was all set to do some sort of toilet or hat story today, maybe even a sausage thing, and a new comment came in about how snooty I am and others. Shelbys, porches, yada yada. About Conspicuous consumption. Which is a bad word. Like being called an asshole. But, I have been doing alot of thinking and working on the term equity and how unbalanced our social fabric is. BTW, it’s always been. We are just looking more in the mirror these days, it’s not a good look, that’s for sure. So I am listening, and learning. I am and always have been a fare person and always. ALWAYS, lend a hand to anyone that reaches out. It’s the driving force behind Woody Boater. Yes, it costs money to do this, but if it invites others to join and save an old boat, it’s my part.
So? I ask, does owning and showing a classic wood boat make us earn the title “Conspicuous consumption”?
Yes, I like to show my boats, yes, they represent passion, time, and for some money. TRUE, but mostly they represent lots of work. More pain in the ass than most are willing to do. A huge sport fishing boat with BIG DICK on the transom. Okay. I get that. But thats a subjective call as well, and all relative to who is seeing it. But an old wood boat? A wood trawler? A boat yard being saved from being turned into condos?
So I dug deeper and looked up the term, I want to learn. I learned a bunch, and sadly am somewhat guilty if you read it through the eyes of a person that desires what I have. I am sorry for that. My intent is NEVER to create ill feelings, but motivate folks to save history and respect hard work. And a classic boat do that in spades. You can work your ass off for no cost and deliver a stunning boat. Or pay someone? It’s one of the great passions in life that money or hard work can level the playing field.
Bottom line, classic boating is one of the passions of fun that anyone can participate in. Young, old, poor, rich, smart, or even me! So get out there, show off your passion, show off your time spent all winter, show off that varnish you inhaled. Be a conspicuous worker! Happy Header Day. I am exhausted from writing this.