I came back from my walk early this morning, opened up my computer and there on my calendar were two dates circled which I could not believe were here already — Memorial Day and the date school, and my grandchildren, gets out for the summer in Willis. I don’t know where the time is going, but I do know I am behind on my fishing and need to make amends.
Memorial Day is a national holiday, and to most, it is a day of fun, outdoors activity and a happy time. But let’s not forget why we celebrate Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring our military personnel who died in the service of our country and to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice so you and I can remain free. So during this time take a minute and say a prayer of thanksgiving for them and also asking Jesus Christ to comfort, support and protect their families.
I would like to state, one more time, that no matter what kind of gloom and doom is written and noted on paper and the internet, Lake Conroe is not a dangerous waterway. It is a reservoir built for water supply, not flood control, and has no more dangerous attributes than any other body of water in the great state of Texas. Any danger found on our lake is man-made, and for the most part, the direct result of speed, alcohol and thoughtlessness.
What we have here in Montgomery County is a place where people can come with their watercraft and spend time enjoying water sports or just sitting and appreciating friends and fellowship and what Mother Nature has to offer.
For those who are planning a big outing at Lake Conroe, let me dust off some thought processes and make some suggestions so everyone can enjoy a safe and happy holiday weekend.
First of all, if you haven’t been out in your boat yet this year, crank it up in the driveway to make sure it will run alright. If there is a problem, boats that won’t start at the launch ramp do not make a good start for a three-day weekend. They have the potential of causing a dangerous upwardly spike in your blood pressure, as well as possibly teaching the kids some new words they would be better off without knowing.
Also check out the life jackets and make sure everyone has one that fits, is of the correct size according to the tag on them to make sure they will do the job, and does not have a bunch of frayed straps and rusted hardware.
Make sure the boat lights work and the trailer lights work. Remember, the most common electrical problems on boats and trailers can be traced back to bad grounds.
It is also important that the tires on the trailer are inflated to the proper air pressure and they are in acceptable shape because a flat tire on the way to the boat launch runs a close second in aggravation to the boat that want start a the boat launch.
If all of that is in good shape and working in your driveway it will more than likely work at the boat launch and you want be getting a stroke or a ticket for any of it not working.
Make sure there is enough sunscreen for everyone who will be out, and make sure it is regularly applied according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. A bad sunburn can be kind of like a hangover, only it last for a long time after the party has ended.
While I am on the topic of hangovers, there are always a number of people who operate under the misconception that they can consume a substantial amount of canned pop with the foam on top and still handle a boat, or any kind of vehicle for that matter, with flawless perfection. That is one of the side effects of the canned pop with the foam on top — a person can believe they can do anything a sober person can do, and possibly even better.
So if you start down that road, let me suggest you go to the marina and put all of your passengers on shore, grab another cold one, and let the folks on shore know where to send the authorities to search for the body when you don’t return.
For the novice and inexperience it is our Christian duty to watch out for them and try to help them along so they can be proud of their new boat and they can learn to have as much fun as you and your family will. If possible try to assist them to become safe and friendly boaters.
In closing, if you see anyone operating a boat or personal watercraft in a manner that could be a potential danger to themselves or anyone else on the lake call the game wardens, county constables or sheriff’s department to get them off of the water as soon as possible. If you don’t have a phone number pull into a marina and they can contact the proper authorities. Above all be safe and have fun.