One of the things I have learned over the years that I have lived is I just have bad luck wherever I go. This past week my misfortunes struck again, but in a comical way. I was in Michigan with my family on our annual fishing trip and mom and dad let me bring along a good friend of mine. He has fished his whole life and so have I so the first day we arrived at the lake we went out fishing together.
The first night we caught plenty of fish, but forgot a basket or a stringer to put them in. That was no big deal. The next day was when my clumsiness got the best of me.
We were out on the boat about 5 or 6 in the evening and we weren’t catching squat. After about an hour and a half of nothing I decided to take a break and just lay out in the boat, because if the fish weren’t biting at least I could get my tan on.
I wore my bathing suit so I took off my shorts and tank top and used them as a pillow to put behind my head. The paddle was kind of in my way so I tried to move it, but flipped it in the water instead. Once I got it resituated in the boat I closed my eyes to take a little nap while my friend fished.
After a while it was time for supper so we pulled anchor and I put on my shirt and looked around for my shorts. After not finding them where I originally placed them I asked, “Do you see my shorts anywhere?” He replied, “No, are they under the seat?” We combed the whole boat and no pants.
I sat there thinking for a minute and then remembered the paddle falling in the water. We looked over the edge and nothing. “They must have sunk,” he pointed out. At that point I just busted out laughing. This, of course, would happen to me. The first time my friend was allowed to come on vacation with my family, I lose my pants.
We laughed for a bit and then headed to shore. Another thing I have learned over the years is that for every fishing trip, you always bring back a story to tell, even if it’s not about fish.
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