Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th of July 2018

Should be Happy 4th of July.

Should be Happy Independence Day, BUT

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It's slowly being taken away by those in Washington.

My question is: Why can't people see this?

Monday, July 2, 2018

A Great Loss

I've pass along this site to many, but this morning I found out..........

Boomer Radio Plays Our Songs
Gone, but not forgotten
It's gone. The last day was Saturday 6/30/2018. 

If you're a Geezer, as you all know I am, it was one of the mainstays of online music for, not only oldies, but many different music styles. I can remember listening to this station on my computer back when I had a real job and that was more than 12 years ago. 

Rest in peace Boomer Radio. You will be missed. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

I Wanted To Go Last Week, BUT

As life does, it got into the way of me fishing last week. My wife is still recovering from foot surgery and I'm her Uber driver (my son coined this) until she's back on her feet.

If you want to see some awesome scenery and fish, check out Bill Trussell's blog Fishing Through Life.

This week is iffy. Yes, I pulled one (actually two) of my stupid stunts I'm so famous for. Last Friday, watering the hill behind the house, I decided to pull a couple weeds that have been bothering me. The first "trip" I jammed my left leg (the one that hurts all the time). Couldn't have been the right one, noooooo. Had to be the left one. Then coming down the second time, I tripped and took a little header out into the grass. This stuff is hard on this old Geezer. So I spent the weekend limping around and taking drugs.

Maybe I'll get out later this week.

Friday, June 8, 2018

An Almost Perfect Day

I made it. Met Yuki at the house at 9:00 and headed up to Silver Lake. Sunshine, blue skies, and about 64 degrees. Who could ask for a better day.

Got to the lake about 10 and decided to fish the cove instead of the dam.

Walked to the right side about 50 feet and set up 2 rods with rainbow Power Bait.

To the left

Across to the left

Across to the center

Across to the right

A little snow shot.
Yuki set up about 20 feet to my left.

Yuki contemplating the next fish
Wasn't long before "FISH ON" It was your normal stocker about 9" so after a quick photo, back it went.  But it was the FIRST fish of the year. About time.

First blood
My blog photographer needs a little practice. 

The first fish of 2018
In between that one and the one below, Yuki caught 5. So I did the most natural thing for a fisherman and that was, since he limited, I threw my line where he was fishing. 

Hold still

The second fish of 2018
This one was a bit larger at about 11". The third one I caught (sorry no picture) was the same size as this one. All 8 were caught on rainbow Power Bait. Not bad for fishing about 2 hours. 

The best find of the day
On the way back we stopped for an ice cream cone at Munnerlyn's. We both had one scoop of Kit Carson Crunch in a sugar cone. The flavor is kind of a light coffee with a bunch of other stuff in it. Then there was this quart of Raspberry Truffle in the freezer. This is by far my favorite flavor. Raspberry ice cream with chocolate pieces with raspberry liqueur inside. As near to heaven as you can get.  

That, my friends, is an almost perfect day. 

Stay tuned..........I'mmmmm back.   

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Follow-up To Last Tuesday's Trip

Like I mentioned last Tuesday, I made a couple trips across the stones from the truck to the lake.

Actually it took two trips to get my gear from the truck to the lake and two to get it back to the truck. I'm talking about 50' over rocky ground. In between I made one trip past the truck to the little boys room and back.

Now the good and the bad. The good is that I can still walk without a cane. The bad is that the pain started Tuesday afternoon when I got home and didn't subside (I say subside because there is always pain somewhere between my lower back and my feet) until Friday morning.

During the time between Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning I have to "carefully" walk with a cane or I will fall flat on my face.

At this point, I just don't know if it's worth it. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Well, I Got Out

This was the plan. Drive out to Lake Camanche North Shore and see if, A they are still planting, B if anyone is catching anything, and C see if there is any water in the lake.

I got there at 9:00 and at check-in the girl said they planted (I made sure it was a trout plant) last Friday. So I paid the entrance fee (an arm and a leg since my yearly pass expired) and drove out to the day use area.

Parked at the day use area

My destination
I was planning to put my chair and gear by that little clump of bushes in the center of the picture.

The lake
I was pleasantly surprised that the lake was FULL.

From the lot to the lake

Ready for action
For the next three hours I sat. Occasionally tossing a Kastmaster, in multiple colors, while one rod sat and soaked Power Bait.

There was a guy to my right who was there when I got there and left about 11:00 skunked. There was a couple to my left that showed up about 10:00, caught one about 10:30 and left so fast I didn't even have a chance to ask what they were using. THAT was a little fishy, no pun intended.

How will I feel after walking to and from the truck a few times on the uneven ground? Tomorrow will tell. BUT having to pay the usual $6.25 to fish, but an increase entrance fee from $8.00 before to $13.00 as of today (bad timing on my part) was a little stiff for continuing skunks.

At this point, I'm not sure what plan B is, but I'll be hard pressed to put out $19.25 again any time soon. 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

I Found Bigfoot

He's pitching for the San Francisco Giants.

On a lighter note..............

Fishing Tuesday

Stay Tuned

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Almost A Month Later

I'm going to try a trip out to North Shore next week. Not sure which day, but probably mid to late in the week.

I've discovered several of the "side effects" of this Spinal Osteoarthritis. Let me explain.

A weekend ago I did some weed pulling on the hill in back. Two things are involved in this process. One, walking up and down the hill and kneeling down to pull the weeds.

The following Monday and Tuesday I could barely walk. By end of the day on Wednesday I was back to normal. Wednesday and Thursday were normal days.

Friday I decided to mow the yard. It's a pretty good sized yard.

Disregard the snow, about 1/4 acre.
Saturday morning I did the trimming and noticed some weeds below the front window. Being "Mr. Neatnic" regarding my yard, I got down and pulled the weeds. 

Between mowing, trimming, and pulling those weeds, Saturday afternoon and Sunday I, once again, couldn't walk. 

Conclusion: Pulling weed on hands and knees and walking on uneven terrain is the cause of not being able to walk. The wife mentioned that what it looks like (and it never crossed my mind) is that movement causes a pinched nerve in my hip. Thus gimping around. 

Doesn't mean there aren't other "side effects" from the back problem, this is just another one. 

So, back to fishing next week. I'm going to try to do Camanche North Shore a s see how walking on the rocky shore, setting up my gear is going to work. 

Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

I'm Not Quite Ready To Return

Last Friday I had spinal x-rays to try and determine why I'm having all the pain I am.

Doctor called it Spinal Arthritis. Not a lot that an be done at this time. Heat, cold, drugs. 

With that said, walking the river is definitely out. Walking around the lake is definitely out.

Looks like all I have left is parking at the lake.

Don't know if I'll be able to float tube, but I will certainly give it a shot.

With the help of drugs, I'll be back.

Oh, I was also informed that I'm no longer bulletproof or indestructible.

This getting old is for the birds.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Might as well start off with Shamrocks.

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One of the findings of my Genealogy search is that I'm part Irish although I've know this for most of my life. It was always my understanding that my Great-Grandmother (McGovern) was the Irish connection. But after researching the family I found that McGovern, although it is an Irish name, is not the family name. My Great-Grandfather, Frank P McGovern was born in Ohio. My Great-Grandmothers maiden name was Duffin and her father, Michael Duffin (mother was Sarah McNeill) was from Glenarm, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. My Great-Grandmother was born in Garron Point, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Looks a lot like this:

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Garron Point
There are also several family crests.This is one of many.  

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On the third Saturday of March the town of Murphy's California celebrates our Irish Heritage. I planned to go today, it's just down the highway a bit, but with the storms we've had last week the town is probably butt deep in snow. Guess I'll wait until next year. 

Ironically, the Kautz family winery is also in Murphy's. You've probably not heard of the Kautz winery unless you've followed this blog for some time, but you might have heard of Ironstone Winery. Even though this Kautz family is not related (at least I've not found a connection, yet) I urge you to support them. Buy Ironstone wine, be happy. 

OK, enough selling wine. 

Going back to genealogy, that one connection (my Great-Grandmother) added 46 people to my family tree. Two of which I found out were witnesses when I was baptized so many years ago. 

So, eat Corned Beef and cabbage, drink some green beer, and celebrate with those of us of Irish Heritage. 

Just in case you missed this:

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The Chicago River
One last memory is that my Great-Grandmother believed in the "little People". Leprechaun's. 

Want to see Leprechaun's? The Sci-Fi Channel all day Leprechaun movies. 

Erin go Bragh.................... 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Down For The Count

I'm still here, but not completely.

Three weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my left shoulder. I had absolutely no use of my left arm or hand. I couldn't even turn a spinning reel if my life depended on it. I couldn't pick up a cup of coffee with that arm.

I now have use (mostly) of that arm, but another problem has cropped up.

Last Summer when I was replacing the fence in the back of the house, I started to have more back problems than I normally have. Went to the doctor and had him prescribe Meloxicam which is a anti-inflammatory. I had used it previously when I had tendentious back when I had a real job. Cleared it up in about 6 months.

Early in January I changed Cardiologists and he took me off Plavix and put me on Eliquis. Both are blood thinners for those of us Geezers with heart problems.

I went to my primary care physician because the above mentioned pulled muscle was getting better, but the pain caused by it was still pretty bad. Hoped I could get something a bit stronger than Meloxicam. That coupled with the back pain and the extension of that pain through my butt and down my legs, I have to say I was in pretty bad shape. Fishing as the last thing on my mind.

The first thing my primary physician did was take me off Meloxicam because Meloxicam is Ibuprofen and researchers say that Ibuprofen and Eliquis don't mix. His response was, and this is a quote "Ibuprofen will cause stomach ulcers and you'll bleed to death". Did I believe him? Yes, my life long best friend back in Missouri died of just that.

So what about the pain? He prescribed Celebrex. You go down the list of Ibuprofens and just below Meloxicam is Celebrex. What the hell? Obviously I didn't go any further with that one.

So, I have an appointment with another doctor in the same group as my new cardiologist and we'll see if she can fix the back/leg problem, but it's not until the 21st.

Needless to say, I won't be doing any fishing because I can barely walk. I'll update after that appointment.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Camping Like Howard

When my wife and I met 21 years ago, one of the first trips we took was a camping trip to a place called (yes you've heard it before) Silver Fork of the American River. Because my Assistant Supervisor was being a bitch and wouldn't let me leave work early, we didn't get going until after 8:00 pm. The other error we made was camping on a 3 day holiday weekend. By the time we got up there, there wasn't a camp site to be found. We ended up pitching our tent in a little spot next to a side road, drank a bunch a wine and crashed. 5:00 am the next morning the dirt bikes started. We packed up and went home.

The next time we actually went camping was in August 2013 at Hope Valley Campground.

Hope Valley Space 9

So Much To Bring

There were two things we found about tent camping. One, somebody has to sleep against the tent and the other is crawling out in the middle of the night to take a wizz is just a pain in the ass. It was at that point we decided to look into trailers. 

Enter the Coachman Clipper. 

Note Single Axle

Short Queen Bed

No Oven

Little Table
Good little trailer, was a learning experience AND no one had to sleep against the wall.

Well, you all know the story of the blown tire on the way to Hendy Woods and subsequent purchase of the Freedom Express. Click on the "blown tire" link to see what happened. 

This morning Howard (Windknots And Tangledl Lnes) wanted to see the inside of the Freedom Express, so here you are Howard. 

TV & Stereo

Kitchen Sink

Stove & Oven

Full Sized Queen Bed

From The Other Side

Bath Room With Shower

Wrap Around Table
Here is a little explanation of why the trailer. In the picture from Hope Valley you could see all that was needed for a camping trip. Filled the bed of the truck. In between that trip and the Clipper purchase we did a trip down Highway 395 on the Eastern Side of the Sierra's staying in motels. One of the two things we didn't like moteling it was carrying in and out clothes bags every day at every stop for the 5 nights we were on the road. The second was going from one place to the next place each day. 

So when we started in the trailers, it was a necessity to stay at least two nights everywhere we went. It has progressed to every place is now at least three nights and our trip to Upper Lake this coming August will be 4 nights. 

Take it, park it, and enjoy...........