Grumpy Old Ganz


I was going to bring up Covid-19 issues, but we’ve heard enough about that lately so I decided to make one comment only and it’s simply this: it is your prerogative to be a part of whatever solution is possible or you can be a part of the problem of being irresponsible. That’s it. It’s as simple as that.

So...on to the lighter side...I am going to share a brief story that happened to me just a few weeks ago.

The day started off normal with me drinking my morning coffee. Things quickly changed and the day became what I would call a really “off” day.

I was explaining this to a friend of mine who graciously asked if I would like to go fishing? After considering the day I was having, I thought why not? Thinking it might just turn things around, I decided to go.

The first problem I encountered was all I had was a fishing rod and no tackle, leaving me at the mercy of my friend to supply me with lures.

My friend, his son and I headed to the lake. We hopped in the boat, headed to their favorite fishing spot and began to fish. My first cast was amazing...not. I didn’t have the bail open on the reel to let the line out which can cause your pole to act like a whip. That can be the cause of dirty looks while people duck out of the way.

A few seconds later I hear “fish on” after my friend’s 13-year-old son had reeled in a fish. I hadn’t even gotten my lure in the water yet. No big deal. I thought I had plenty of time to prove I knew what I was doing.

After a few more casts I was feeling pretty confident. That was short lived as my lure ended up in a tree. I hear again, while trying to carefully retrieve the lure, “fish on”. I looked over and again another fish was brought into the boat by the same individual.

This continued on for the next hour at which point I put my fishing rod down, sat down and began to pout. I had been out-fished by a 13-year-old.

The young man looked over at me, smirked and shrugged his shoulders as if to say, “What did you expect?”

My friend looked at me and said, “Maybe you will have better luck steering the boat.”

Realizing I was a bit humiliated after being out-fished by a 13-year-old, I wasn’t too sure my “off” day had gotten any better.

I’m thinking we need a re-match and should try it again someday. What do you think, friend?




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