Phil and Josh Harris’ Online Chat Transcript 07 May 22

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Sswanson: Hey Captain Phil, how did you break your back twice?

Phil Harris: I didn't exactly break it twice - I broke it in two places at one time. I was in the wheelhouse and we were loading some big hose. The guys looked like they needed a hand, so we all picked up this hose and I heard a snap. I went back to the wheelhouse and sat down, and 10 minutes later I tried to get out of the chair and couldn't. I could barely walk. The guys had to help me get into bed, and then I couldn't get out of bed. Some guys thought they knew what it was - they thought it was a kink in my back, so they walked on my back to straighten it out. That didn't do any good, so I flew to Seattle. A buddy who's a surgeon gave me some good pain pills, and I wound up in the hospital and they did an MRI. The guy at the hospital started laughing and said, "You're a crab fisherman?" I said I was, and he said "Man oh man, you guys are tough! Your back is broken in 2 places!" I was afraid I'd be paralyzed, and in fact 95% of people with that injury do end up paralyzed. I was just lucky.

DealJay: Josh, would you like to follow in your father's footsteps and captain a crab boat?

Josh Harris: You know, the possibility is there. Each time that I go out, I learn a bit more. But I'm still undecided.

Concentrate: Phil, what did you think about Jake and Josh's spending spree earlier this season? Did they get any more punishment than a tongue lashing from you?

Phil Harris: No, they didn't get punished. They've got me wrapped around their finger! But designer rain gear and all this fancy stuff they think they have to have - it's nonsense. When I worked on deck, we had one pair of boots and one set of rain gear. But they have to have several pairs of boots, several sets of rain gear, designer this, designer that. They can spend their money the way they want to, but when they're spending MY money, it's a slightly different story!

Twp20: Do you guys feel like you're missing out on college life etc.? Do you think you'll ever go?

Josh Harris: Yes, at one point I think most of us will go to college. But right now I don't feel I'm missing out on anything. There's great fishing, we come back and can vacation anywhere in the world we want and have a great time. So I'm having a good time right now.

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