Posts Tagged ‘obessions’

(Post written July 12, tried to add a video of screaming motors, found out that costs extra, bummer.)

What do antique outboarders do when they get together?

Hangin' at Constantine

They hang out selling their stuff and flock like vultures as the trailers pull in…but there are treasures to be had!

Michael found one of the three motors he is still looking for and put in the judging tent. The motor pictured below, a 1949 Johnson HD25 2.4 hp engine won 2nd place for Best Original Antique Outboard.

Michael's prize winner

What do motor widows do? Most stay home. I like to schmooze, so its fun for me to meet all these guys who share this obsession. There are a few women and some girls and boys who are motorheads, too. I had a fun dinner conversation with a “Trekkie.”

I’m going to line up a few yarn shops to share with my partner on our travels. He can’t complain, it will be air-conditioned.


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I am writing this from Three Rivers, MI where my husband, Michael, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of fellow antique outboard motor enthusiasts who are attending a meet and swap in nearby Constantine. Tomorrow I will sit in the shade, reading or knitting, enjoying the sights (motors and boats), sounds (from the sweet putt-putts to the screaming of the racing engines) and smells (blue smoke and bratwurst). (Actually it is hot dogs and hamburgers, but I like alliteration and bratwurst.) I won’t be able to post pictures until after I get home, because I forgot the camera cord!

It is great to have a husband who has obsessions-antique outboards, aluminum boats, gardening, rocks and minerals. I was going to say that my interests aren’t as expensive, but I suppose if I added up my sewing, spinning, knitting and beading supplies over the years, I could give him a run for his money. (Yes, a bad pun.) His obsessions keep him busy and happy and if I go to the Constantine Super Meet, he will put in some time with me at a fiber destination.

Even though it can get beastly hot and humid here in the Midwest, I love the smell of clover in bloom, the sound of crickets and cicadas, the taste of fresh berries and sweet corn. This is our third year at Constantine and it has earned a place as one of our rituals of summer. I will be bringing you more of my summer rituals in future posts. In the meantime, why don’t you share some of your summer rituals with me. Leave a comment below.

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