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Once upon a time there was tall man in his early sixties. By today’s standards this man would be considered a bit old school because he loved the Lord, his lovely wife of over 42 years, and his family. The man had many friends and acquaintances. He had a zest and zeal for life in general as well as a passion for the great outdoors. In particular the man loved to fish for the often misunderstood, humble and lowly Common Carp.


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The tall man owned two canoes that he used to facilitate his “Carpin” habit. His favorite was a resurrected 40 plus year old 17ft aluminum canoe that had been christened the “Carp Shark.” This bulk of a heavy metal barge could carry two grown men, one dog, and additional load of Carp angling gear with ease. His smaller 11 ft 9 inch Old Town canoe was used exclusively for solo flights. The tall man simply called it “The CS TOO.” (Carp Shark also)


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The man had a trademark fishing companion. More times than not, he was seen accompanied in the canoe or on the bank by a little brown, aging Dachshund who he really didn’t own. In fact, the dog actually owned a very important part of the tall man. The dog owned the tall man’s heart.



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The man grew up fishing the salt and brackish waters surrounding his childhood home in Jacksonville, Florida. Years later, after college and marriage the man spent the next forty plus years of his life in Georgia’s Douglas and Paulding counties. These four decades were spent teaching school, being a husband, coaching middle school boy’s basketball, rearing his own children, fishing, and worshipping and serving the Lord in his local church. (Not in that particular order.)


Many don’t know it but the tall man was also a dreamer. He often dreamed about one day maybe living on or near the water. He often dreamed about after retirement, having “Six Saturdays and a Sunday” each week that he could possibly pursue his piscatorial passions until his last curtain call. He also dreamed about his two youngest grandsons who might benefit from some time spent with their “Pap” who was known in some circles as the “Ol Captain.” He would lay at night just thinking how cool would it be to spend this particular time of his life teaching these two boys about Carp fishing, frog gigging, Crappie fishing and maybe even running a trot line or a few Catfish jugs.


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The tall man longed for a chance to one day move near his lovely daughter and her family. He hoped to maybe make a difference in their lives along with being involved in a new church and a new community as well. He also hoped to occasionally go on some Daddy-Daughter dates with his daughter periodically to just enjoy some quiet time together.


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The tall man knew that leaving friends and family would be tough after two score years but he still spent many sleepless nights thinking about the endless possibilities that might lie ahead. He could only imagine the “ministry” opportunities that a place such as this might hold. His dream was that the house and property might become known as a “Harbor of Rest” to all who sailed their way. His wife could entertain friends and do Bible Studies. He could do the same and temper these events with some manly time out on the dock, around a fire, or on the bank (or all of the above.)


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As time went by the tall man’s wishes came closer to reality. He began to dream about a specific lake house on Lake Sinclair https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Sinclair that might become available for the tall man and his wife to lease. While the man’s wife’s attention focused on the inside of the house, his thoughts drifted toward the full length porch facing the lake and the huge fenced in yard.


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In his mind’s eye he could see himself rocking on the porch very early on a summer morning. While there he would be found drinking coffee and perhaps reading, studying, and listening to nature’s sunrise symphony. He could only imagine himself and the love of his life sitting on the porch in the evening. Here they could sit watching and listening to the sights and sounds of the night. Here they could reflect on the day’s activities while planning more of the same for the weeks, months and hopefully years to come. He could also see his little brown four legged friend playing in the large fenced in yard or just “relaxing” in the shade or sun.


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Not only did the man dream about the porch and yard but his thoughts often drifted down to the dock and boat house beyond. He also dreamed about the 200 plus foot of lake frontage that was included in the package. If that were not enough, the man thought of the boat house lift where he could hoist his pride and joy of a canoe. He just knew the Carp Shark would rest perfectly in the outstretched arms of the electric lift.


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Well folks, occasionally dreams do come true! By the end of February if not before, Ramona and I will be leaving the Douglas/Paulding area for the first time in over forty years and we will be moving to Eatonton, Georgia! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eatonton,_Georgia

We will be less than 20 minutes from Lauren and her family and about the same distance from her school. We will be less than 15 miles from Wallace Dam dock and in time we hope to find a church nearby where we can serve and worship our God who has blessed us beyond measure. For those of you who might be wondering, we will only be two hours away from Chad as well as Ramona’s Mom and we will be there for them whenever we are needed.


We hope that you will pray for us in this exciting time of transition and once we are settled in we want you to come see us and help us enjoy this “Harbor of Rest.”


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Congrats! It sounds like a well earned dream. As a man who lives on a lake I can vouch for the fact that there is nothing better.

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Looks fantastic! What a dream come true! I will make sure to come and visit soon... ;-)

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Looks like a dream come true. Best of luck.

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PS. Lake Sinclair nearby seems quite intriguing. Can't remember if you fished there before?

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Congrats on the dream coming true. "Without a vision, the people perish." That is true in both secular and spiritual realms. Hang on- just got an idea. Scary, isn't it?

Acts 27:8 tells of a part of Paul's journey to Rome. Verse eight tells of a place named Fair Havens. According to my commentary, this was a sheltered harbor near the ancient city of Lasea that offered refuge from the storms of the Mediterranean Sea. May I suggest you might consider this as a name for your new home- a shelter from life's storms and a haven for those who pass through its doors?

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A change often does a man good. Looks like a very nice place to be and fish whenever the mood strikes you! I think you folks will like it there! :)

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Well, we know there's carp in that lake since they reported +/- 2000 dead carp after the 2015 spring spawn (It was a passionate affair ;) )

Good luck Cappy!!!

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Best of luck with the new Lakeside home - "livin the dream!"

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It sounds like you found a perfect location -- close to your daughter's family and the grandsons, and on the water too!

I'm happy for you, Horace.

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