They say owning a boat ownership is like a hole in the water in which you throw cash. It’s a phrase that’s been muttered in my direction through my many trials and tribulations of boat ownership, and I’ve always found the phrase to be borderline-annoying, to be honest. Nobody likes to be kicked when you are down, like when you accidentally hit a tree stump, or toss your anchor overboard without tying off the rope first.
We, too, had boats break loose during hurricane-like winds during our time in the Sunshine State. Yet, when I received the call from Tom Meeker on Monday with news about his beloved Pearl Button Boat, the phrase came to mind.
Tom knows of my dedication to promoting downtown, so he often excitedly shares his vision for Muscatine when we run into one another, and I know sometimes he’ll throw money into that hole just to make Muscatine a little bit better of a tourist destination. He has a true “build it and they will come” attitude. Rooftop gardens, the Hotel Muscatine makeover, the Clam Shell Diner, Pearl Plaza and the Pearl Button Boat.
As we say goodbye to the Pearl Button, I can’t help but reflect on my 2011 nuptials at the Red Brick Building, with the boat in the background. I had taken great care and concern to make sure that the boat sat still during the wedding, only to realize that Tom had snuck on board and erected a pirate flag in preparation for the party cruise he would host that evening. As my photographer captured a beautiful moment with the wedding party’s heads all bowed in prayer, and the preacher’s arms out-stretched, the pirate flag can be seen blowing confidently in the background. It made the wedding album a little more interesting, and pirate jokes a little more frequent.
So how do you say goodbye in pirate speak? Arrgh. See ya, Chum.