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We're going on a Sea Star Hunt...

November 18, 2008 - 4:44 PM

We're gonna catch a big one!  Oh no, we're not scared!

Ummm... remember this guy?  The one in the scuba suit?

scuba max at school

Max, I am currently convinced, will be a cross between Jacques Cousteau and Christo, blending his art and his love of God's creation of marine biology into a perfect combination.*  It came as no shock to me during the summer, when he started researching the sea, that he would want to go to the sea to see it for himself someday.  Sadly, I had to explain to him the location and logistics and the cost and that with gas prices so high ($4 then) going anytime soon would be near impossible for our family.   (Though I said it in much gentler words.)

Then gas prices started lowering and they were sitting around $3 when I made some comment about how gas was "cheaper."  To which Max replied, "Cheap enough to get us to the sea?"  To which I replied, "It'd have to get WAY cheaper to get us to the sea."  "How cheap?  If it is $2 can you take me to the sea?"  "I don't think so."  "How cheap?" I considered the possibility for a moment and said, "Max, if gas prices get to a buck fifty, I'll drive you to the sea."  A triumphant, "YES!"

For me, I like saying the words "buck fifty" over and over again... kind of like the person who sits and watches the drinking bird for hours on end and never grows weary... buck-fifty... buck-fitee... buck-fit-ee...

Did I think gas prices would get down to a buck fifty?  Nope.  Did I think I would have to pony up and drive Max to the sea anytime in the near future?  Nope.  Was this around the time when McCain had said, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong?"  Probably.  Has Max told me the price of gas every day since I made this agreement?  Yep.  Am I nearing the point of eating my words?  Yep.

Currently the national gas average is $2.14.  The People's Republic of C I C currently sits at $1.89, which stats say is one of the more expensive places to buy gas in IA.  Josh found that Kansas City has gas for $1.47... Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas all have good cheap gas... all the way to the sea.

Needless-to-say, I now have to start doing some real logistical research.  I have no idea if we can even pull this off in our budget but now that I have a real possibility it may hit a buck fifty, I need to get the facts - stat.

Lessons learned? "'Never get involved in a land war in Asia' - you'll wish you were at the sea" and "Don't make flippant, goofy, outlandishes promises with your kids based on word sounds - they won't get your joke and they will hold you to your promise" and "Make sure you always prepare a way of escape - as in an escape clause" because I don't know yet how we are going to get our way out of this one if the budget doesn't allow (Seeing how our dishwasher broke today, OY!  It's gonna be tough!).  I trust if we can't do it, Max will be understanding - but OH how I curse the day I heard those words...


*Of course we desire him to be pressing hard after the Lord as an adult, don't worry, we're on it.

Response to We're going on a Sea Star Hunt...

  • Daniel Bovenmyer said on November 19, 2008 - 6:24 AM

    I can't help but admit I'm rooting for Max. I think he'd make a great undersea explorer someday (who loves God) =)

  • Amy K said on November 19, 2008 - 6:37 AM

    I've definitely been thinking of you as we watch the gas prices here. We went down to $1.69 yesterday! Unfortunately it's not camping season right now to be on your way to the sea!

  • Sarah said on November 19, 2008 - 7:18 AM

    Can the sea come to you? I, too, am rooting for Max, but am realistic about what it would take to drive to the sea. Having made the drive to Texas one too many times, it ain't easy. But, could the sea come to you? At least in parts? We have enough friends and family who live near the sea in Texas that would get a be kick out of mailing y'all sand, sea shells and water. Just a thought.

  • leah said on November 19, 2008 - 7:37 AM

    i've been thinking about you guys as well with gas dropping! :) it was funny, i was just telling jason last night that i've started being very careful about my "statements" that i make to belle- i'm starting to give myself an "out" just in case! :)

  • Aunt Maren said on November 19, 2008 - 7:40 AM

    Buck Fitee!!!!

  • Dana said on November 19, 2008 - 8:31 AM

    I am pretty sure everyone is rooting for Max in this! But Sarah! If the budget does not work, I think I may take you up on your offer! Buck Fitee!

  • Wendy B. said on November 19, 2008 - 9:08 AM

    This made me laugh a lot! Nothing like a trip to the sea as winter approaches!

  • Rob said on November 19, 2008 - 12:48 PM

    Then again, I usually start talking about that church plant to Barbados or Puerto Rico or someplace warm right when the first winter storm hits us. Who's with me? :)

  • leah said on November 19, 2008 - 2:01 PM

    i was thinking about it... you are already several hours south for faithwalkers right....? just thinking... and yes, we are rooting for max!

  • Dana said on November 19, 2008 - 2:23 PM

    Indeed! That's exactly what we thought when we realized that it just may get to a buck-fitee! Which once again leaves the question - will it fit into the budget?

  • Autumn said on November 19, 2008 - 4:48 PM

    a group of us drove to south padre island after faithwalkers a couple years ago--it was a great trip!

  • Dana said on November 19, 2008 - 9:48 PM

    That's so cool Autumn! I just did the math and if gas WAS a buck fifty the whole way down and back, it'd cost us $100.

  • Kari said on November 20, 2008 - 8:38 AM

    Just think of the lesson of holding true to your word that your son would ALWAYS remember! Hugiant teachable moment. Here fishy fishy! :) or maybe getting a kitten would suffice. :) I'm pulling for that one as well. :)

  • Jackie Biang said on November 20, 2008 - 8:35 PM

    Dude, you gotta go. What a memory! It's okay to be practical, too, though, of course. I just love random surprises like that. But maybe it could be more of a planned thing for later on...?

  • Sarah said on November 21, 2008 - 11:22 AM

    Dana, is there a way for Max to raise money towards the trip? You know, doing odd jobs for people. Just a thought.

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