“I was born in Marathon and have lived all 37 of my years on Big Pine. My dad is a commercial fisherman and has a boat he named after me, ‘The Overdue’, because I was overdue in my mom’s stomach. He still has that boat in Marathon. My mom works here at No Name Pub with me. My whole family is here. My mom, my dad, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, all of them!!
I left one time, I went to Naples with my brother, who also commercial fishes. I lived there for 6 months and did not like it there; I wanted to come home, so I called my boss here at No Name Pub and told him I was ready to come home. Doug said ‘I knew you’d come home, you start Saturday.’ I have worked here for 15 years!
I have a 17-year-old daughter, Chyanne, a 15-year-old son named Peder, and a 9-year-old daughter named Ciara. I love raising my kids here; it’s easy going and slow paced. They all play sports and they are all good kids. I am so proud and excited right now, by oldest is about to graduate from high school!
My son Peder, who is 15, is a commercial fisherman with his cousin, Demi. They have a little boat and 500 traps. They are putting their traps in now. The boys wanted to put traps out. I asked them how there were going to do it. They said, ‘on the kayak!’ I didn’t know how they were going to do it, but they did it; they started out with 5 traps each and a kayak when they were 10 years old. After a year of them pulling their traps on the kayak my brother bought them a boat. The boys bought more traps. Now they have a T-Craft with even more traps!
What I loved about growing up here is having lots of close friends and family around all the time. I love everything about here. My heart is here. I’m not a water person to tell you the truth. My family is but I was born and raised on boats; I think I’ve had so much of it that I’m done. You have to live somewhere and I choose here.”