Just in case you haven't had enough coffee this morning and don't have your eyes open wide, let me point you to the left bar and you'll notice that the link to the Ledger Dispatch Newspaper is gone.
Nothing disastrous, just time to move on. Well that and the fact that my CPA said I can't continue to lose money and have the IRS let it slip by. It was a good write-off, but the IRS will only give you three years without a profit. Then they start with the hobby instead of business jargon.
One of the two other factors was a Letter to the Editor that came in a couple weeks ago. It read like this:
I was reading the paper which we really enjoy and pickup weekly. Mark
wrote an article about fishing at New Melones. I already facebooked it
but it only went on a timeline. He mentions that he had five fish on a
stringer and was still fishing. He also mentioned that he helped others
fill their stringers. These are both illegal activities and punishable.
With all of the over fishing that is already taking place I would not
like others to think this is okay. If he questions my opinion he may contact
D.F. & G.. Mark probably doesn't know that it is illegal or else he would
not have printed this in the newspaper. I would like to hear back from
him if possible as it is a very serious matter. Hope all have a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.
He mentions that he had five fish on a
stringer and was still fishing. Didn't say that.
He also mentioned that he helped others
fill their stringers. Didn't say that either.
Don't ever think I didn't respond to this and it wasn't pretty, but the point I want to make is that I told the newspaper I just didn't need aggravation like this in my life especially from someone who didn't know what he was talking about.
Then the last straw was the final article where I put a picture of a friend on it. If you go back to the December 17th post, the picture of Chuck sitting in the chair reeling one in, they called him Frank. Nowhere in my email or article is the name Frank. This is not the first time this happened and all they say is that they can't correct it now. Hard to show your friend that you spotlighted him when they use the wrong name.
So, I'm done with being a freelance writer for the time being and can do two things. One, fish when I want to, not every week so I can write an article and two, fish when I want to.
I still want to put the Float Tube Cumberland in New Melones and will do just that as soon as this "whatever" flu goes away.