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  1. First, both of you used this thread as an unmerited opportunity to promote your own personal belief system/religion. YES, RELIGION. Or shall I say Rubbish?

     

    Second, I think the man deserves a round of applause for coming forward and admitting his mistakes publicly to warn others. I doubt either of you would do that. Why, that might disturb your carefully erected veneer of infallibility. Any why would you want to help anyone else, right? That would betray your bankrupt atheistic principles.

     

    Now I remember why I stopped posting on this site. My time is too valuable an asset to waste bantering with the likes of you.

  2. As Newt knows (he and Jan fished with me once), I live in Michigan and fish Lake Michigan for salmon and trout quite regularly in a 16' lund. It's essentially a large freshwater sea which is littered with the wrecks of a lot of boats and ships, because it can get pretty hairy at times. There's even an airliner out there somewhere which went down in 1950, they never did find it.

     

    Anyhow, the point I'm trying to make is that if you have a boat it's better to err on the side of caution when you go fishing or boating, even if conditions seem favorable. Four days ago an acquaintance of mine, Dave Mull, who edits Great Lakes Angler Magazine, was trolling in an 18' Lake Assault several miles offshore when a series of misjudgments led to its capsize and rapid sinking. Dave spent three hours drifting with a beverage cooler while his three companions - two men and a ten year-old boy, spent four. Only the boy was wearing a life preserver.

     

    I think they were pretty fortunate to survive, even though it was a bright, sunny day with minimal waves. You may read Dave's blog about the experience HERE (Stupid, Adrift and Thanking God for a Coleman Cooler).

     

    Ken

  3. I'm headed for Steamboat Springs in August, but that's high in the Rockies, west of the plains. When I lived in Reno in the Great Basin summer temps were 105°F every day, without a cloud in sight. Water and green was scarse there, I can't say I miss it one bit.

     

    I remember at work one day spotting some poor vagrant lying on the ground behind some bushes at midday, with nothing but a newspaper to cover his face from the hot sun. I told my boss about it, he investigated and told me to "forget it, he's just some vagrant." What a dick.

  4. I saw on result in 29 SECONDS, bloody impossible i say ! all 10 correct.

     

    That was probably Scaseman, he has been known to use Jedi mind tricks. :)

     

    Come on, Phone, everyone has heard Zeppelin.

  5. I've been badly stung when I disturbed a wasp's nest at night: maybe I was unlucky, or maybe the bastards are just really determined.

     

    Ouch. I've not been that unfortunate, but I tend to keep my distance and spray the nest generously. I've been stung enough times by wasps and especially bald-faced hornets that I take great pleasure in killing them, they're miserable bastages.

     

    A few years ago some yellowjackets found an opening in my house and made a large nest in the finished ceiling of my basement, I knew they were there when they began coming out of my HVAC ducts within the home. I eliminated them with an insect fogger, but before that happened my poor wife got a scare. Some wasps had gotten into the basement and when she shook a curtain one of them flew up the leg of her pants. I tell you, I have never seen anyone shuck their clothing off that fast, she was a real blur. One moment she was running in place, screaming, and then she was gone, just like that, her pants lying in a heap on the floor. My daughter and I looked at each other then we guffawed out loud for a few minutes until my gut ached. I'm smiling as I write this. :D

     

    And she didn't even get stung.

  6. it probably didnt help i was the one taking the pics through her bedroom window.... only joking about that btw :D

     

    Good one. :)

     

    I too find it useful to stay in touch/find certain folks I want to stay in contact with. I don't however find much value in idle chit-chat regarding what was eaten for breakfast, my fav TV program, etc.

     

    Wait! isn't that what we do here in Non-Fishing Chat? :P

  7. Well, I tried the haggis and found it at least edible. Reminded me of corned beef hash, my friend Fred thought it delicious.

     

    Back in London now, headed for Chicago tomorrow. Adios!

  8. Methinks I should get me hip-boots, I'm being bool-shite-ed.

     

    This morning I had a coot (good) breakfast, according to my waitress. Took me a moment to realize she wasn't talking about waterfowl.

  9. Well, farewell to Lancashire and Yorkshire, hello Edinburgh. So close and yet the accents are worlds apart, at least from this Yankee's perspective. What lovely country on the journey here. And am enjoying the sightseeing and experimenting with various foods.

     

    I believe I will pass on the haggis, however.

  10. I arrived in London from Chicago on Thursday with a good friend of mine for ten days of vacation. Haven't been here since 2002; the wife doesn't like air travel so I'm here with Fred. Today we arrived in Preston via train to spend a few days with friends, then on to Edinburgh. I hope to see a few more castles and Roman ruins before we depart, and quaff a few more pints. Anyhow, it's good to be here for a visit once again. Cheers! :)

     

    Ken

  11. Well, the turkey dinner was tasty, my Loins, um, Lions were soundly thumped on the football field before a national audience this afternoon, and tomorrow the retailers have a field day with everyone out shopping for Xmas. Happy Thankgiving to you, too.

     

    On a side note, the wild turkey population has exploded over here. I had to hit my brakes to avoid hitting a line of them strutting across the road last week, and you can't go anywhere rural without seeing a flock or two out in the fields anymore, it seems. I don't even recall seeing one when I was a kid, it's quite strange.

     

    Ken

  12. I received the sobering news this morning via email from Newt, and have to say it made me pause to reflect how very short our time here is. Newt, you're in our thought and prayers, it's got to be tough where you're at right now, buddy.

     

    Newt and Jan visited in Oct 2006 and the three of us trolled for trout on Lake Michigan near my home one evening and had a great time. Here's Jan with a steelhead and brown trout from our trip:

     

     

    jan-fish.jpg

  13. I think that everyone's cultures are so mixed-up (in the homogenised sense) these days that it's an impossible question to answer.

     

    For instance, I'm a fan of (mainly) English traditional dance and song. There are a lot of Morris sides active in the USA, plenty of English bands playing French music (especially for Welsh Border Morris), and pub sessions in parts of France where you can hear English, Scottish, Irish and Bluegrass music alongside the French stuff.

     

    Food and drink has become largely internationalised. And you've only got to watch a couple of episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are" to find that people in the UK often have ancestors from Continental Europe, or ones that emigrated to the USA.

     

    Once Wine, Women and Song are all in the cultural mix, there's no point in stereotyping. :D

     

     

    Quite right.

     

    Communications and travel have served to make the world a very small place, indeed. And this is one big melting pot over here, those who can claim ancestry to one nation or culture are increasingly scarce. My kids are Dutch, Danish, German, Polish, Irish, English, and Welsh, for example.

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