June 23, 2023
By Thursday I get a text stating he can't get the battery in time as his buddy is in Lancaster all day and will not be home until late. So I go through the Rolodex to see who I could possibly ask. Then I see Roy's number. He's got to have one if not we could pull it from his boat. I call him and he says his boats are docked in Cerritos but he's got a spare in the garage. He puts it in the charger and tells to come over and pick it up whenever. I run some errands and go to his house a couple hours later to pick it up. Go home put it in my charger and prep for the next day. I soon realize that Barrett is barbless only and they are militant about it. I had already placed a bunch of boxes in my tackle bag so I go through them to see how many have been debarbed. Maybe 50/50. I decided to start taking flies I know I want to fish out and putting them into a separate box. I know while fishing I'll forget to check and end up fishing a barbed hook. Last thing I need is a $500 fine. In addition most of my bass flies are tied on Gamakatsu B10S hooks and they don't debarb by crimping. The barb breaks and leaves a burr so they must be filed. I spent the next hour or so dremeling all the flies I planned on fishing. After dinner I look on the battery to see how its charging, I notice that it is missing a wingnut on the positive terminal. I remove the wingnut on my old battery and see if it fits. It does not. So I remove the remaining wingnut on Roy's battery and go to Home Depot. I'm home in about half an hour and test the fitting. It doesn't fit. WHAT?! I test both wingnuts, new and old. Neither fit but both fit in the negative terminal. The positive is larger. I'm pissed. Not wanting to go back to HD I start calling neighbors to see if they have a spare but none do. After several calls I give up and head back to the store battery in hand this time. I didn't want to do this as it costs me about of half an hour of charge time on a battery that needs very bit of time on the charger. I get the right size rush home put the battery back on the charger. I prep my lunch for the next day and finishing loading the truck. I head to bed at midnight with the expectation Chul will be arriving at my house at 3:15am.