Hello again you gamblin’ men,

 

I’m sorry I got a little derailed.  I don’t know if you heard — although if you didn’t you’re either dead or don’t own a TV — but Hurricane Matthew blew through here not long ago…

 

Wow, you want to talk about power…

 

We were lucky.  Matthew chose to skate the coast.  But even so, it still did a number on my property.  I just got finished telling you about my new screen enclosure, remember?  Well I had to cut the screens out of it before the storm blew in… otherwise it probably would have blown the whole thing down.  A a $20 telescoping pole, some duct tape, and one box cutter later, all the screens were down…

 

I hated to do it, but I’m glad I did.  The cost of replacing those screens is nothing compared to the $10 Gs (or more) it would have cost to build an entirely new screen enclosure.

 

But it turns out the screen enclosure was the least of my worries…

 

The storm surge sent water rising all along the coast.  Not just the outer coast, but the famous Florida intra-coastal waterway (which my property backs up to).  The water rose and flooded my back yard.  But the worst part is some loose wooden beams crashed into my dockside boat lift.  Crunch!

 

Man, it did a number on it.  (I’m lucky I didn’t buy the boat I’d been thinking about!  That would have been a real problem.)

 

As it was, I got off easy.  I called up the guys at http://southfloridaseawall.com.  I’m glad I did.  They let me know I didn’t need a new boat lift.  Turns out the were able to repair the gears and lifting mechanism–and I was able to keep my existing unit.  That was an easy $8,000 savings.  At least.

 

So I’ve got to give another plug to a local business that saved my bacon.  Tom and the boys are South Florida Seawall are consummate professionals and honest.  They could have charged me for a brand new boat lift.  Instead they were able to make the existing one work like new.  I really appreciate that.

 

So if you live in South Florida and in the market for seawall, boat lifts, or dock repair/servicing, you might really want to talk to these folks before shelling out some serious bank.  They could save you a ton… just like they did for me.

 

Okay, in the NEXT post we’re back in the poker saddle again…

 

(This one of my running online poker musings.  You can learn more about me right here.)

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