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Thanks for showing us a GREAT time on Friday night. It was the first time one of the gentleman had driven on the ice. We caught some fish, caught a buzz, and then went to Westwind and met some more really great people and caught a bigger buzz. The guy's whose house you remodled seemed to be having a good time. Pete thought he would drive home , but after turning around in the parking lot it was determined that I would do the driving. Thanks to Kelly and the URL community, you have never steered me wrong, and knowing what kind of people you are, I know you never will.

I hope to be back soon!

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I did steer you a ways wrong tho in that I should have pointed south rather then north. I really thought they should have been thick there.
By the way I will be selling parts of the "remodeled" house to keep myself in drinking money. I don't think they would mind. Does anyone need a stove? How about a good cook stove? They have an awesome roof and a lot of neat gadgets. grin.gif
In all honesty I will be building them a better skid system. When the crowd gets around you have to be able to move,,, and fast. No more of this wood and lag bolts. Steel might bend but not usually break. :-)
When they pulled it out they went about 10 mph With a little welding on my part they should be able to get at least 50 mph out of it.
Thanks for the emergency rations for on the lake. One thing about out there, you always have to be prepared to meet a friend and toast the crappie gods.

Waskish Minnow Station

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As far as I am concerned you were right on the mark. A good time was had by all and we brought back enough fish for a big fish fry on Saturday night. It is not all in the catching, half of the fun is getting there and getting back home. I have a few things to get done around home, but I should be back up in a couple of weeks.

Labs4me, we thought that was a bridge and all three of our trucks ran over it on our way off the lake! Sorry man. It was good to meet you both. Next time up I'm going to set it up so I don't have to drive home that night.

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Scott-Z One thing I can guarantee you is we always have a good time!

Kelly, I figured instead of parting out and selling the house to get some drinking money you may just want to pick up the empties inside our house in the morning! I'm sure you could make a decent living off recycling the cans! and Paul and I have always tipped our maids at "Casa de Crappie" very well! Hell i figured by next weekend there'd be an address and mail box up in front of our shack with you living in it as a weekend retreat for you and Little Italy!

Now on to the remodeling subject! We could only go 10 miles an hour because we didn't have the Capt. Morgan sails unfurled! Paul and I really liked the looks of our new digs after you were through with it. (I think we left enough of the house by the crack that most people thought it was the start of a new bridge) By the way, if I remember correctly steel does break. Do the two words "spud bar" mean anything to you. If we keep building houses and having you move them, you'll be the only guy on the lake with a 4" well casing spud! Lag bolts were a last minute addition to the house! I'm sure by the time you're done with it, it'll have more welded steel than the front end of a '65 Pontiac getting ready for a demolition derby! Anyway the fishing was great!!!the hospitality better!!!and the new friendships the best!!! Tell Tim and www.bartender.com thanks...Westwinds has never been better! By the way we really were glad you got back on Solid foods after friday nite!

Good Luck! Rip some lips!


p.s. look for "Mitts" (Paul). Ithink he'll be up this weekend. I have to go to Clevland to pick up a new puppy. Later


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It was great meeting you and everyone else! Hope next time you do set it up so you can stay a little longer. Do me a favor though... if you see me at the Westwinds tap me on the shoulder and re-introduce yourself as I my not remember your face exactly. You see I think I had a case of snow blindness...yea that's it...snow blindness!

(or maybe a "case" of something else)

Good Luck! Rip some Lips!


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