Coach’s Corner – The parade of coolers
I have never owned a boat, and I’ve rarely been on one, but that hasn’t stopped me from admiring them. Call it jealousy or maybe it’s more like “love from afar.” Whatever the ail- ment, I have always enjoyed observing the boating scene at Monroe or DuSable Harbors, admiring the tranquility of the boaters’ morning preparations and viewing what I call the “Parade of Coolers.”
My favorite time to watch the action on the docks is just before dawn. Prepara- tions for boat enthusiasts are ritualistic and start early: the scrubbing, washing and wiping, and ensuring the boat is gassed, oiled and tuned for its big day on the lake.
Perhaps the most important of prepa- rations is the food and drink. It’s a weekend tradition down at the lake- front that I call the “Parade of Coolers.” It’s just like a regular parade but with coolers of every different color, size and shape, filled with the day’s food rations. The only thing missing here is the marching band.
“Cooler envy” is definitely alive and well on the boat docks. I watch the boaters eyeing each other’s coolers, and I keep a silent competition running in my head about who comes out with the most high-tech, sporty and the flashiest of coolers.
he bottom line is that these boat owners are a dedicated bunch, and that commitment to excellence has to start early and with a good cooler.
They know full well the impact of the famous quote: “Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail.”
Cohn-Fucious thought for the day: “Whoever said nothing is impossible, never tried slamming a revolving door.”
— Jon Cohn, Community Contributor