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Ed Without a Carol

I too have felt like I am somewhat like Ed of the show, uhhhh, Ed. Now someone else says it too. I too am "Carol-less." I'm also "time-less." I don't have much time for a girlfriend. I find myself wishing I had one around 12:30 at night, when I have about 15 minutes before I go to bed, having worked or done things all day to keep myself busy. A hug and some make out sessions every now and then, and someone to talk to. That's all I need. But that's selfish, because I'm too busy to guarantee that I'll always be available when she wants to talk.

And so, I'm sans GalPal. Oh well.

Fishing Forums

Guy 1: What do I do if my wife leaves me because of me fishing too much !!!!!!
Guy 2: If she does, that will leave even more time for fishing. Problem solved.
Guy 3: Dude, use your brain, who is going to clean your fish. Give her some shopping money and send her to the mall.

From the same forum comes this video entitled, appropriately, I'm Gonna Miss Her. This is one country video worth watching at least once.

QotD: Radio

Question: How often do you listen to the radio? What do you listen to?

My Answer: Never. Nothing. Easy.

I used to listen to the radio all the time. I used to record stuff I was too cheap (hey, I was seven) to buy. I used to listen to Pittsburgh Pirate broadcasts on 1330 all the time. The evenings I spent on the front porch for 3 hours listening to the Bucs are some of my fondest.

Of course, that was all before radio began to suck. And I don't think I'm just being an old fogey when I say that, either. I think radio these days sucks. Doesn't ClearChannel or someone own about 99.4% of all radio stations out there? Ugh. I listen to more Internet Radio than I do regular radio, and I don't listen to much Internet Radio at all.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Wrong Turn at Albuquerque

I woke up at 5:30 today, ready to hit the freshwater nearby (i.e. "Lake Ida"). Why? Because I was skunked yesterday and I knew that I could get some fish in there, even if they're the "mystery fish" I've written about before. I put in at 6:15 or so, rigged up, and paddled to "my spot." A large RV rolled into the park just as I pushed off, but I didn't give it much thought. I fished, caught (and released) three more mystery fish, and paddled back in around 8. I passed a lot of news vans and a fair number of police cars. The large RV was in fact a crime scene investigation vehicle.

Bloat

Frankly, I'd have expected Dean to know better. I've read countless stories of bloat - and read many before I got my Flint - and am well aware of the harm (i.e. death) that bloat can bring. In case Dean hasn't stumbled across this tip yet, here's another: buy food dish "elevators" to raise the food to a level comfortable for a dog to eat while standing and not bending its head too low. I have a plastic one that cost $10. It raises Flint's food and water dishes about 12-18 inches. (See comments)

Being a dog owner is difficult. There's a lot to know. I'm sure Dean knows more about some aspects of Weim ownership than I do, and it's not my intent here to say in any way that he's failed as an owner. Instead, I'm merely expressing surprise at the fact that he hadn't stumbled onto that information. It - along with a bone disorder that affects larger dogs (which grow very quickly) - are two things I read quite a bit about when I was researching Weimaraner care.

I am very, very glad that Oliver is doing well, and wish him continued health for many, many years. Dean too. :-)

Wireless Mouse

mx-700-mouse.gifIn light of recent announcements, I'd like to reiterate again how much I like my wireless mouse, the Logitech MX-700.

I've got no less than eight buttons and a scroll wheel on this thing (the scroll wheel doubles as a button, of course). It's wireless. It's optical. It uses rechargeable batteries and has a recharging base. A single charge lasts a few days (I just charge it every evening).

It's sleek. It fits my hand. It's stylish. I was a Kensington Man™ before this mouse, which I purchased some time ago, but I'm now at least neutral, if not in favor of Logitech hardware. One caveat: I use USB Overdrive and not their lame-ass drivers.

QotD: Pets

Question: If you could make any animal a pet, what would you keep?

My Answer: I'd like to have a pet kangaroo. I wonder if they can swim… (Answer: yes!).

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Snapper

José and I went to the Bumfucking Bay or Dumbfoundling Bay or whatever it was called. We saw nothing like what the self-appointed Captain Jimbo described. This man gives absolutely horrible directions and has no sense of distance. In other words, we're not really very sure whether we fished in the same place. "Huge Bay" to him looked to be a rather small bay - if we even found the right place - to us.

José caught a snapper on a live shrimp (we think as he was retrieving it to move to another spot). It had two little teeth on its bottom jaw. This was - I believe - after he lost both the anchor and a radio. I tried using my radio to say "here fishy fishy fishy" but they didn't seem to hear me. The loss of an anchor and a radio are small things, though, and while José feels badly about them, he really shouldn't.

QotD: Pet Name

Question: What's the most unusual "pet name" you've ever had for a significant other (or one has had for you)?

My Answer: "Sugarbear Honeybunch." I don't know why. I think it was supposed to be "sugarbear honeybuns" but at some point I probably said it incorrectly, and it stuck. Oh well.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Goin’ Fishin’ with Ramos

Tomorrow (well, today actually, as it's past midnight) José and I are going fishing at Dumbfoundling Bay. We'll be after tarpon (yeah right) but will be quite, quite happy to hook up with a bunch of Jack Crevalle:

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This is my first saltwater trip in which I'm the most experienced, and I hope, unlike last week, I'm able to get José into some fish. I desperately want to get him into some fish, actually, and to get a bunch of photos. I think he'll really get it. I can't wait to see him holdin' up a fish.

Cross your fingers for me, eh?

P.S. Here are a bunch of links I need:

QotD: Google

Question: How many times per day do you visit Google?

My Answer: About six, nearly none of which involves looking for entries on my own blog. :-)

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Albright Knot

This knot is used to join two lines of different thicknesses. It is used to attach a heavier 'leader' (rather than a double) to a lighter main line. It requires careful forming of the loops.

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You can learn more about this knot - or other knots - by searching Google, foo!

Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers, matey! September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. I guess I'll have to brush up on my vocabulary and find me some buxsom beauties with which to share some booty. Or something like that… Arrrrr!

Tihs Mkeas Snese?

This seems to be making the rounds today:

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Thanks to Judi who got it from Mitch.

Pittsburgh 20, Kansas City 41

Well, I can easily say that I'm glad they had this game early in the season. After last week's "not as close as the score tells it" 34-15 victory over Baltimore, the Steelers bumbled their way to a disappointing 41-20 loss today.

Maddox was again quite good (more on this later), throwing near 60% (28 of 47) for 336 yards. Burress had seven catches for 115 yards and Ward nine for 146. The defense played ho hum, giving up 122 on the ground (31 on a single run) and only 125 in the air. Then again, who needs an air game when you score via interception return, kickoff return, and three runs. The Steelers, contrarily, managed only 60 yards on the ground.

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