there are 3 ways things usually go ... the way you WANT them to go , the way you hope they DON'T go and the way they end up , which is someplace in the middle . i have to agree with some of you ... beat daylights outta the sleazeball . sure . that would feel good . for about 3 minutes . would also get you in a whole heap of trouble . the guy was just trying to get a rise out of you . THAT'S ALL . let me relate to you what happened to me . i was selling a boat , a nice older CHRISCRAFT . 24 footer . cabin cruiser . small flying bridge . a working man's vessel . not too nice , but nice enough for me and the boys . in some parts of the country we sell boats on saturdays from a parking lot , kind of the same thing with cars , but different . so it was slow , because it was hot . this guy with the worst breath you ever have experienced wanders up and starts looking the boat over , MY BABY , picking the be-jesus outta my vessel ... every little danged thing , a rolled over brass screw , a knick , a knack a paddy whack . whatever it was , he saw it and announced to me and the world what a piece of driftwood my " CHRISSY " was . belittling a man's boat is like insulting his mother . i asked him if he wanted to buy it . he said , " no , i want to buy a tolleycraft " ! i said okay , and advised him that one of my buddys had a tolleycraft to sell and that he was at the other end of the parking lot ... now me , being the kind of guy i am , called my buddy on my cell when the guy was outta sight . and told him i wanted a finder's fee ( a beer ) for sending a rude nasty breath tolleycraft buyer his way . he agreed . a while later my buddy calls me back . now if you know my buddy at all , he is , a perfectionist , a craftsman with mahoganey ( mahagony ?) and fiberglass . and his tolleycraft showed almost new . when my buddy calls back he is laughing . i asked him what was so damned funny . he said the guy was on his way back over to buy my boat . my buddy said the guy tried to pick the daylights out of his boat . but couldn't . the tolley was perfect . the rude nasty breath guy had offered my buddy about half of what his boat was worth . my buddy said " what do you think this is , a " CHRISCRAFT " ? about five minutes later the rude nasty breath guy shows up with his wife / girlfriend in tow . a very verrrrry well proportioned girl , in a red bikini , well ........" kind of " in it , with no sense of smell . he has a crazy " i hit the lottery / a relative left me money i don't deserve / i robbed a bank " look in his eye . and cash in his hand . i hadnt revealed to the rude nasty breath guy what i HAD to get for the boat . i knew what my buddy wanted for his tolley . simple math . I CALCULATED THAT RUDE NASTY BREATH GUY HAD MORE THAN I WANTED FOR MY BOAT , but not enough for my buddy's . we negotiated , we bickered , and yeah we downright argued . but i DID NOT DROP MY RIDICULOUSLY INFLATED PRICE . PERIOD . END OF STORY . the rude nasty breath guy bought my boat . cash . all hundreds . so many bills it made a wedge in my pocket . i do like that feeling . now a 24 foot chriscraft is a heavy boat , a tall boat . and the beam , OH THE BEAM ! i already had the title signed and notarized open , he signed it on the spot he didnt want to know anything about the boat , nothing about the double bilge i installed , not about chemical in the port-a , nothing about nothing . NOT EVEN WHAT BRAND OF , OR WHAT VISCOSITY OIL I FOUND TO WORK BEST . a boat is like a woman , they "DO" certain things when you do certain things "TO" them , and like the old man used to say , it's better just to say nothing . and " play " INTERESTED . i offered to tow " CHRISSY " to the lake , he said in a " I GOT ONE OVER ON YOU VOICE " that his truck would pull it fine . he pulled " CHRISSY " out of the parking lot with a half ton 4 X 4 truck ( had 5 lugnuts , fat tires , big deal ) . i WANTED to advise him that a boat that heavy really should be towed with at least a one ton truck . ( ANOTHER BUDDY HAD ONE FOR SALE ) by the time i made it over to my friends area the sirens were coming , and there was alot of them . apparently he took the flying bridge off the hard way . through a stop light and some trees as he was pulled over by the local lawmen . right in front of the cemetary , while a funeral procession was taking place , kind of brought the procession to a dead stop , he pulled the top off , and bent the daylights out of A city stop light support/crossbar . in the town i grew up in , everybody knows the inside lane is for trucks with boats . MAYBE HE SHOULD HAVE "SEEN THE LIGHT" . please remember this : PEOPLE WHO ACT LIKE THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ACTUALLY KNOW ONLY ONE THING , BY INTIMIDATING SOMEONE , OR TRYING TO IMPRESS SOMEONE , IS THE WAY THEY JUSTIFY THEIR SELF WORTH . BE HUMBLE . BITE YOUR TONGUE . STAND BACK AND BE AMUSED . BE EVERYBODY'S FRIEND AND NOBODY'S FOOL . the cops impounded " CHRISSY " ON THE SPOT and yes i WEPT a little as i drove past what was left of " CHRISSY " later that afternoon . i wept all the way to the bank on monday . and i didn't even think about how miserable that rude nasty breath guy made out with the cops , his insurance company , his wife / girlfriend . and you shouldn't think about that idiot , either . they " get " theirs . somehow , someway , someday . fuh - ged - aboud - it !