Gizmo found, Web the hero!
I was hiking to Schoodic Head this afternoon when I got a very garbled cell call. Going by the few words I heard (“Mr. Ellison, we’ve…”) and the phone number, I guessed that either Gizmo had been found or my house had burned down. Well—hot diggity dog, and blow me down for being such a pessimist—it turned out to be option one, and sounds like Gizmo is in good shape. More detail tomorrow.
PS, 7/7: Yesterday I found the fellow who recognized Gizmo from the Village Soup article; he doesn’t want his name in print, but he’s a good guy, and a boat owner, and praise be to him. Thanks also to the Waldoboro officer, who made me feel somewhat less dumb by saying that his boat also sits in his yard completely unlocked, ready to go. Thanks too to my local officer who encouraged Village Soup to publish an article, and of course to Village Soup itself.
As for the thieves, it seems like they weren’t too smart. They took the big cooler, the anchor, and docklines but left a tank full of gas and a color fishfinder. They also scraped the name decals off—and some paint, darn it—as if they were going to keep the boat, but then they abandoned it. I suspect they changed their small mind(s) when a friend said, “Hey, I saw that boat on the Internet”, or maybe they just couldn’t sleep due to the bad vibes sent their way by my friends on the Soup message board and here on Panbo! Thanks to all!