So far, the Summer of 2012 has been one of extremes! Extremely high temperatures, extremely dry conditions, extremely busy, and best of all…extremely fun.
First off, it is great to see our new home market maintaining momentum into the summer. In June, we posted 41 new sales and are already at 32 as of July 15th! I feel truly blessed to be a part of the great team at Ole South – Tennessee’s #1 Home Builder, and thankful for the support of our area Realtors and homeowners for believing in us.
The busier we all get, the better we have to be at managing our priorities and time. After all, there are only so many hours in a day.
Everyone that knows Beth and I know that boating plays a key part in our personal, as well as business life. Weekends off simply don’t happen often and the boat is there for a quick evening reprieve from the daily grind. It is not unusual to see us on the boat most evenings during the week!
Summer 2012 brought on some decisions that had to be made. Beth started a new position in Thompsons Station and I moved my office to Spring Hill, which made it increasingly difficult to spend as much time on the boat as we would like.
On Memorial Day weekend of 2009, we pulled into Old Hickory Boat Dock with many of our boating friends from Rock Harbor Marina to spend the weekend.
The marina had just been acquired by Angela and Bart Bagsby and renamed Blackjack Cove. During their first week of operation, the marina was devastated by a large storm and work was going on everywhere! At the end of the long weekend, we were so impressed with the people, progress and plans for the new marina that we decided to stay. With Beth working in Mt. Juliet at the time, we had even more time for the boat! We hated to leave our friends at Rock Harbor, but would still have many opportunities to stay in touch.
Over the past 3 years, we watched the transformation of this boat dock into a first-class marina. New friendships and acquaintances were formed. The facilities and atmosphere is beyond description.
And it was a great place for the wedding of Jessica and Brian Clark, who got married on Jessica’s family houseboat..and I had the honors to be Captain during the ceremony!
And after the ceremony, we returned to land for an unprecedented wedding reception at Blackjack Cove Marina, catered by The Black Pearl.
If you ever want to feed a lot of people in a fun way, call Blackjack Cove about a “Cajun Boil” dinner!
Back to making decisions.
When we purchased our current boat in 2004, we brought it to Nashville from Louisville and stopped in at Rock Harbor Marina to spend the night, and would then take the boat to Elm Hill Marina on Percy Priest Lake, where I had been boating for 27 years. Our overnight stay at Rock Harbor lasted 5 years!
One of the hardest things I have ever done is watch my mother grow older. She is now 91 and living independently at Park Manor, an incredible facility for seniors. Our new working logistics were making it harder to spend time with her, time that I will regret not spending.
With Rock Harbor being only 5 minutes from Mom, and 15 minutes from our home, the right decision was clear.
After all, Mom enjoys visiting the boat too!
In Part 2, we were joined by great friends from Honduras for the ride down the Cumberland from Blackjack Cove Marina to Rock Harbor, where festivities for the 4th of July were already underway. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!