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A worm drowner in fly land

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For those of you that haven't seen my name around, let me introduce myself. My name is Ron. I am the SysAdmin (aka slave labor) for FAOL. I am not a fly fisher. I am a hook and worm man. So how you may ask did I get involved with a group of insane fishermen that think it's fun to wade into icy waters to fish for stuff they likely can't keep?

Well, back in the days of Windows 3.11 (prior to 1995) I was part owner and the VP of a small ISP in Washington state. One day a *ahem* decrepit old man and his trophy wife strolled in the door looking for a way to start up a business website.

The old guy was a demanding old codger that insisted on talking to the boss. And he took me down the street to a local Tony Romas for lunch. Now being an IT geek by nature, I have been inbred to NEVER turn down food. I consider myself fairly intelligent though, so one would think I could have seen the snare for what it was.

Well the ISP went away, and I found that I kind of liked the abuse given by one old dude. OK. OK.. so Lady fisher offered up free meals every now and then and I can't say no. Again... You'd think I'd recognize that snare.

As I said, the ISP went the way of the do do bird, and I've helped out as I can to keep JC and LF out of trouble. My time is often limited with little things like work and a personal life that interrupt, but I keep checking in from time to time to clean up after JC. It's a darn good thing LF is such a good cook, I'll tell you that.

Well that in a nutshell is how I became a friend of FAOL and am on call to come fix things. Not always at the speed JC may deserve but I do seem to work for food. Thank god JC is a believer in non barbed hooks, or so he keeps telling me.

I'll see you around from time to time and go away to dig and drown worms for long stretches of time.

You have a unique community here, and I wish you all well. Even if you forgot how to fish...

Happy new year everyone.


  1. fcch's Avatar

    LoL !! The strangest circumstances can lead to fine relationships.

  2. modocdan's Avatar
    Howdy Ron ! You ain't all that anonymous, I seen you around here from time to time. Didn't know you were our tech guru though. A thousand thankyou's for all your work on the site, we all appreciate it. Didn't know you was a worn drowner either, but that don't make ya bad. The way I see it, on the one hand ya got "fishin' "........... On the other, well, ya got "not fishin' " Fishin's way better, and if yer thing is drownin' worms, well then, O.K. You've heard this before, but you oughta try swingin' flies, you can do it and still keep yer spinnin gear. You might like it, then you can get all insane about it like some of us, and build rods and tie flies and fill up yer workshop with all manner of feathers and fur and cork and old reels and stuff.............Glad ta know ya, Bro. ..........ModocDan
    Updated 01-03-2008 at 04:25 PM by modocdan
  3. empeekay's Avatar
    There is ALWAYS hope for the hopeless! Thnx for yur help with the site and wishing you a day of sanity. Perhaps you'll venture into real fishing someday Mike K.
  4. fivedials's Avatar
    So...all it takes is to ask you out to lunch?
    Loved your blog.
  5. vipermcgee's Avatar
    I'm a born geek too, so I know about those "free" meals. Always a hook in there though. Anyway, I'm also a worm drowner, but I recently started to experiment with flyfishing. My wife and dad are a little disappointed. They thought I would turn out better than that. They even noticed yesterday that I started pinching down the barbs on my kids' hooks before letting them fish with live bait. Man, I'm a sick-o! Thanks for all the work you do here. I enjoy the time I get to spend on the site almost as much as I enjoy fishing.
  6. Big Bad Wulff's Avatar
    By the way, with fleece pants and waders the water isn't cold at all..................shh, don't tell the other worm drowners