Pontoon Boat Splash
Before I Knew Funny Bone and Smash,
There was an Unwanted Pontoon Boat Splash!
It was the late summertime in the latter part of the 1990s. I was with my sales team on a celebratory outing, unwinding after another intense campaign. My team was very supportive and lots of fun. We were tight like a family and teasing was the norm.
The Three Stooges were giggling, if guys can do such a thing. Is “snickering” more manly?
Most of the team was in the lake splashing around freely like happy fish that had just been released from the fish bowl at the store.
Back then, I made it clear that I like the view of the water from the boat. The rest of the team accepted that but the Three Stooges thought it would be really funny to toss a very unwilling, fully clothed “me” into the lake.
Although I knew this was a ridiculous idea, the goofy trio thought it was hysterical and clever!
Alas, I went SPLASH!
Studsky and Husky (our version of Starsky and Hutch) were flanking the boat at the time and apparently, I nearly caused cranial damage to them with my unwilling dismount.
Picture a mermaid with her flippers clipped anxiously wanting to do circles in the water and blow water out with grace.
Remember, this is me we are talking about.
I looked like an angry wet rat, gasping for air, thinking I was going to plunge down to my demise in the very deep floor of the lake. it seemed like a REALLY long time that I was under water but I am sure that time stands still during a moment like this.
Husky, heroically, plucked me out of the water back to safety.
Today, I talked to Husky to get clarification on what really happened that day. He still remembers watching my impressive dismount that ruined his drink.
The fact that, here we are 11 or 12 years later, and I can still pick up the phone and start the conversation like it was yesterday; speaks a higher volume than that of any lake.