Friday, February 24, 2012

A little story

As I am sitting here getting more and more tired of the rain, I'm reminded of a time when I was anchored  on my sailboat in La Paz, at the bottom of the Baja peninsula. Endless beautiful sunny and warm days. Great food, fishing, snorkeling. Every morning there was a cruiser's net on the radio. You would introduce yourself to the rest of the fleet and tell everyone what your trade or skill was. I let everyone know that I repaired sewing machines. After the net, one of the boats radioed me and asked me if I could come over and repair his portable sailmaker machine. I got in the zodiac and motored over to his boat, enjoying the sun and the sounds of this beautiful town. After I had fixed the machine, the owner asked me how much he owed me. It gave me great pleasure to tell him " Nothing" When he asked me why, I told him that it was warranty. They had bought the machine from the shop that I had in Victoria about 8 months prior. That was the longest distance I'd ever traveled for a service call!! He was quite surprised and happy and we were invited for supper. We took him up on it. That's how things work when your cruising. It's a great way of life!!


Joan said...

Sigh, well its still raining (two weeks later), but that story brightened my day! Can't wait for class next week, that will definitely be the highlight. Thanks, Joan

Bernie said...

We look forward to seeing you!