Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Whatever Happened to that Something's Fishy Guy?

Please excuse my recent extended absence. It's funny how time can slip away from you sometimes , and I've recently hit a time warp or something , so it's been over a month since I've posted here on the blog..!!??!?

I normally try to post at least once a week , when I first started it was more like every other day , but that didn't last very long. Personal problems have kept me away from fishing and blogging. I normally don't like to air my dirty laundry in public , but I'll let it slide this one time....

Since early January I've been fighting a losing battle with my lower back. Surgery isn't an option , so I've been doing therapy and injections. Let me just throw it out there that back problems suck and I'm sick of dealing with them after almost 20 years of herniated disks , crushed vertebraes , and nerve damage. Lucky for me I'm on the mend now , but fishing may not be in my future for another month or two.

Causing me further troubles , I live in one of the areas that was hardest hit during the recent weather phenomena that introduced the word " Derecho " to a bunch of East Coasters. We were only without power for 4 or 5 days. Some of my friends and family weren't so fortunate , and had to endure Stone Age living conditions for as long as 12-13 days! It was an absolute mess , and in the future I'll take my power outages in the middle of winter when I won't have to face riot conditions to buy ice or have to deal with 100 degree weather without my AC.

Even worse , almost exactly 7 days after the DD (Damn Derecho) , my house was directly under a microburst from a strong thunderstorm. I don't really know what that is exactly , but it was freaking terrifying and I thought it was a tornado. It also managed to knock a large tree over on top of the house , break 2 windows , severely damage 3 of my huge pecan trees so that they had to be trimmed by a professional , tore the roof off of my barn , and cause a short 2 day power outage. Fun times! I'm still cleaning up the mess from that one , and will be for quite some time , but thankfully I have good insurance.

The real kicker though , is that the most intelligent and loveable dog I've ever known passed away this past weekend. My heart is broken , and I'm almost choking back tears as I write this. She was a part of the family , loved my kids , guarded my house , and was a constant companion to me for almost 13 years. I'm thankful she didn't suffer very long and was healthy until a week before her passing , but her death has left a hole in my heart that won't heal for a very long time. I would give anything to have her follow my footsteps to our pond just one more time , or hang out in the shade or nudge my hand for me to pet her. I really am lost without her , and I will be for quite a while. I still look for her in the mornings when I have my coffee , and things just aren't the same. What more can I say?

My sweet pooch :(
I'm doing my best to get back to blogging , and hopefully back to fishing in the next few days. I do have a few hurdles in the way , like football practice for the boy , and the imminent start of the school year , but hopefully things will be back to normal by the first of next week when I post a nice interview with one of Hawaii's premier Charter Captains!

Have a great week/weekend ! I'm gonna have a beer in memory of the best dog ever...


  1. Dang it! I hate it when that happens... I have had several great yellow labs in my lifetime. Sorry about the loss. But, glad to have you back with us blogging... = )

  2. Sorry for your loss man. Looking forward to seeing future posts!

  3. That, my friend, is a hard one. It's like losing a child. The old saying "Time heals" is hard to realize now but it will happen. You won't ever forget her, but the pain will ease. We are sorry for your loss.


  4. WOW! Hope you're feeling better. I've been in the blog slump seemed to get away from me too. My heart goes out to you. My pooch passed away two years ago and I still look for him in the front window greeting me when I come home from work :(


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