The boat insurance fell through due to it only being insured if I was paddling it.
I saw the guy was selling a surf boat so thought maybe a swap may be a good resolution as I would end up with a boat of approximately the same value as my boat before it was smashed (although I think mine was actually in better condition and a more desirable model) and he gets the boat he smashed to repair and sell as he wishes.
He did not exactly see eye to eye on this and more or less told me to sod off and I would get nothing (not even help towards the repair cost). This obviously left me more than a little annoyed.
In the midst of all my annoyance Malcolm Pearcey of Mega Surf Kayaks fame goes and does This (Facebook link I am afraid)
For those not Facebook inclined this is what he said.
followed by these images of a new boat being made in my coloursMega Surf Kayaks wrote:8.35 am, Dec 9th 2009, A life changing moment.
Fortunately we generally never know when things are going to happen that can have such a dramatic effect on us and those around us,
Its 4 yrs now since i spent 2 weeks in intensive care following a life saving operation in Barnstable, a whole lot of people looked after me on that day , and in the following days ,weeks , months , and continue to today. I feel very fortunate to have family and friends that care and are watching my back, so that i at least try and behave myself now, there have been some positives , i have saved in theory nearly £22,000 in fags that i haven't bought. which if i started today would take me 202 days to smoke non stop ( scary statistic) .
We in the paddling world do tend to look out for each other when the chips are down.
I remember reading these in the hospital
http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... lm+pearcey
which was a great comfort, and am very thankful all those that came to visit which for sure speeded my recovery, which is also why it gets me to see this }
https://www.facebook.com/groups/canoesa ... tif_t=like
If someone offers to help you and they then end up out of pocket due to your actions isn't it reasonable to come up with some sort of recompense.
It seems somehow appropriate that i can support and thank today one of the the guys that was very definitely there for me and my family those 4 years ago ,and continues to be a great mate to this day, Thanks Denzil
To say I am touched would be the understatement of the year. We have a lovely friendly community where we go out of our way to help each other when possible but this goes way above and beyond anything reasonable and is way off into the region of unreasonably generous.
I have experienced an awful lot of kindness and good will in my 20 years of paddling* but this far surpasses anything I have seen or even heard of in my time as a paddler.
As such I would just like to take this opportunity to shout thank you as loudly and as widely as I can.
*speaking of which anyone need some large palm latex soled wetsuit sock things courtesy of AS Watersports