There was an old television show called, This is the
Week That Was. It was a British program, BBC,
staring David Frost. The show was satire, and took a
real shot at everything British. Great fun. The show
spilled over to the US, I don't remember if it was via
PBS or not, but it did have a neat tag line, how they
ended each show: "That was That Was The Week
that was." You need to say that
one 'out loud' for it to work It has a bit of a bite especially
if ones week wasn't all that great.
I can't 'officially' declare winter to be over, wouldn't it be grand if I could?
It has been a doozy (bet you haven't heard that one in a while).
Out here in the great NorthWest we had unheard of depths of
snow and cold. Then we received even more. The whole country
was blasted. A friend told me on the phone tonight that parts of
Arkansas have been hit with freezing rain, coating houses in inches
of ice! That can't be good.
Weather aside, our Bulletin Board has been pretty civil. This IS
the time for cabin fever. And frankly I feel it as much as you do.
The squirrels have dug and dug and decimated several pots of bulbs
on the decks. We finally had to put bird net over the bulb garden
out in front - and weigh it down with rocks to keep those remaining
bulbs from being dug up.
Don't feel bad for the bloody squirrels either, they are very well fed,
and we even have a heated birdbath so they have fresh, clean water
to drink. And the thanks we get? It won't be the flowers in Spring
now will it?
See, cabin fever is taking over.
There is a fly fishing show next weekend over in Bellevue. We haven't
decided if we are going or not. It gets pretty expensive. We park on
this side of the water, take the ferry then a cab to the show. Totals out
the best part of $100 by the time we get home. Our point in attending
is to see what is new that we might have missed. The last show we went
to over there, (I think two years ago) had more destination booths than
fly fishing gear. I have noticed the timing of these shows is about
perfect - just enough good stuff to keep us from going absolutely batty .
I've been trying to think of some really good advice to give
you to help get through what seems to be the 'endless' winter. I
don't have any magic answers, but - if you have a favorite book
this might be the time to re-read it. If you've been thinking about
trying to master some phase of fly tying, why not now?
If you follow the Bulletin Board you may have noticed a mid-winter
fishing expedition happening this week. Some of our readers are
getting together in Tullahoma, TN for some fishing and food. Hurrah
for them. That's one way to conquer the shack nasties.
How about planning a trip yourself? I know the economy sucks,
but that doesn't mean we all have to quit living. You might want to
scale down on your ideal trip, but isn't going somewhere better than
not going at all? Check the Fish-In schedules, maybe there is an
opportunity to meet up with some other folks from FAOL. That
really is a treat, a good thing.
What we all need is some nice reassurance that spring is going to
come, that all will be right with the world, and we and our families
will all live happily ever after. I can't promise that of course, but I
can try and make things right in my own little world.
Give you wife, significant other a hug, a kiss if your bido will let you,
and say something nice. Trust me, it will go a long way toward making things better. ~ DLB
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