Certified Water Technologist #63

Certified Water Technologist #63
Vern's Stories fredhorn37@gmail.com An expert is someone who knows each time more on each time less, until he finally knows absolutely everything about absolutely nothing.

Class ring lost while waterskiing returned 49 years later

 Class ring lost while waterskiing returned 49 years later


I read that article, and it reminded me of a story from one of Pat McManus books.  I looked it up, and the story is in the book 

"Never Sniff a Gift Fish", which brings up all sorts of wonders about the type of presents he received in his life. 

Anyway, here is the story it reminded me of:

Every day weird things happen for which there are no rational explanations. Take, for example, the case of Retch Sweeney’s watch.

Retch and I were trolling on a lake in Canada several years ago and, as he leaned over the side of the boat to net a nice rainbow trout I was bringing in, Retch’s watch came loose from his wrist and fell into the lake. Not only was the watch expensive, but it held great sentimental value: Retch’s wife had given it to him on their twentieth anniversary. It bore the inscription, “To Charley Bombi, for 40 years dedicated service to Acme Sand & Gravel Co.” Retch’s wife is a great one for sentiment.

Five years after Retch lost his watch in the Canadian lake, he and I went on a boat-camping trip on a lake in Montana. It is important to note that there is no waterway connecting the two lakes. After making camp, Retch and I went out to see if we couldn’t hook into one of the monster rainbows reported in the vicinity. Sure enough, as we trolled past the mouth of a stream, Retch’s rod whipped double and a few seconds later a beautiful rainbow was doing aerial gymnastics. We went back to camp and while I started preparing supper, Retch dressed out his fish. Suddenly he let out a great yell. I rushed over to see what had happened.

“Look what I found in this rainbow,” he shouted, holding up a shiny object.

“I can scarcely believe my eyes,” I said. “How could such a thing happen?”

“Beats me,” Retch said. “I’ve never even heard of anybody finding a bottle cap in the stomach of a fish before.”

“Me either,” I said. “Now if it had been the watch you lost in the lake up in Canada, I could understand that. You read in the newspapers all the time about that sort of thing happening.”

4 comments:

  1. I've read just about all of Pat's books. Good, wholesome American humor that will bring back memories for anyone who grew up in the countryside. I've literally been doubled-over laughing at some of his stories. The one about his dog and the preacher coming to visit is a classic!

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  2. I love that one too. I think my favorite of all time though is the one where he straps a deer to his bicycle and it comes to life and starts pedaling the bicycle. First time I read that thought I would bust i was laughing so hard.

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  3. OMG, Pat McManus is such a treasure! His story about the blizzard when he and Crazy Eddie used a parachute and saucer across the lake had me doubled over - I literally laughed so hard I couldn’t stand for five minutes. Long live McManus and his pervert dog, Strange!

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  4. Remember the one where him and crazy eddie made a bobsled run down the mountain and rancid crabtree insisted on riding down it?

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