A bug that won’t easily go away…


There will be no letter written to the kids this week; I see Ellen and Reid on the weekend. But there will be another letter written in sadness today or tomorrow and you’ll see it next Monday.

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April 28, 2014

Ellen/Reid: I broke out the new Scott A4 fly rod up in the North Carolina mountains on the Linville River in a last-minute trip yesterday with a buddy of mine named Ted. Apparently the trout weren’t too impressed by my new rig. Few strikes, no fish landed. It could be attributed to the faulty casting/fly selection skills of the fisherman or the fact that here in the East, the waters see a lot of fishing pressure. I did catch a couple of red eyed bass but they weren’t much beyond fingerling size and would not have been enough to feed Emma. The streams are heavily stocked by the state and just as quickly de-stocked by the locals who follow the release trucks and toss corn and such at the unwary fish. To get to wild trout we need to be higher up and well away from the beaten path. But it was still great fun and the Blue Ridge Parkway is nice to drive along. I was just exhausted from the long day.

After 30 years with the same Los Rios Anglers fly rod, it was time to come into the new age with this beauty by Scott. It'll be better for backpacking - and it damned well better catch fish.

After 30 years with the same Los Rios Anglers fly rod, it was time to come into the new age with this beauty by Scott. It’ll be better for backpacking – and it damned well better catch fish.

Ted and I will demo some kayaks this week at a kayak demo event. On the drive back yesterday he asked how much I’d use a saltwater kayak and I said 3 – 4 times a year. Really it might be more than that. Part of me wonders if renting wouldn’t be a better situation but I’ve got the kayak bug and it won’t easily go away. I do want to get to the coast with some regularity on the weekends. As Ted says, I can always sell the thing if it doesn’t pan out. You know what they say about boats (and this may include kayaks): the best day of ownership is the day you buy it and the day you sell it. I hope that’s not true.

There are four Republicans running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina and from the environmental standpoint, they’re all half baked. All are global warming deniers (“false science” says one). I posted some NASA numbers last week to refute these buffoons. They’re more interested in social issues (guns, gays, etc.). Their idea of better business is to screw the little guy and middle class, gut public education and cut corporate taxes. This is what I’m dealing with down here. I read last week that the wealth of our middle class in the U.S. has been passed by that of other nations. All of this neglect of education, working conditions, a true living wage and so on piles up. It has to be about more than tax treatment for the 1 – 2% and social issues. The GOP just doesn’t get that.

I went to a Saturday night radio broadcast of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice put on by a friend at a public radio station up in Davidson. It was really pretty good, and it was good for me to soak up a little culture for a change. The production values were good, and it reminded me when I was a kid, before we had TV, of sitting around the radio. Geez, that puts the ‘old’ in your old man.

Went to the new ballpark in the downtown on Friday night. It was just incredible and so much fun. The park has major league features with a small stadium feel. The backdrop to the outfield are all the downtown buildings. You could see people watching from rooftops. It was a gorgeous evening and it was just so impressive. Charlotte is by no stretch a major league city (not even football or basketball in my opinion) but we can support AAA baseball.

I’ve gotta get off my can and do my b-day shopping for Emma. I need to come laden with gifts for her next week. Ellen, I thought I was supposed to be getting the little trike or scooter for her so let me know what to do on that score. Reid, that is a generous offer by Liz to let me stay at her parents. You know what ol’ Ben Franklin said about imposers like me: guests, like fish, go bad in two days. And I’ll be there for three.

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