People, I am alive.
I have done a lot here since the last post summarizing the journey north. (I am out of writing practice as well, be aware, this will be as choppy as a Christopher Walken monologue.) The biggest change in my life since you last heard from me, is the permanent removal of nicotine from my system.
I quit cold-turkey. Armed with a 3 gallon tea jug and a ‘Dave & Busters’ Yo-Yo; I walked away from a two pack habit. This is part of why I haven’t really written anything here in awhile. I ALWAYS smoked and wrote, one act feeding the other. Even now, some 4 months strong, as I sit here and write I can feel the urge. It’s a ghost of what it used to be, nothing more. The hardest part now is long distance driving, I can’t stay awake like I could.
I went fishing with Jason Tucker, where I also met Brian Kozminski ( “Koz” to the cool kids). I’ll admit, I wasn’t on my best behavior, as I was still learning to cope with life “sans camels”. I drove up there in DENSE fog that was freezing to my vehicle, after class the night before hunting season opened. We met rather unceremoniously in the parking lot of the Old AuSable Fly Shop, where I jumped in Koz’s Chevy to snag as many winks as possible. To say I wasn’t much for conversation is well, accurate. I eventually woke up, rigged up, and broke my favorite rod on my first Michigan river. The Upper Manistee wasn’t going to cut me any slack. I also rode a Pink Flamingo in waders.
Aside from one Northern Michigan grass-bow, I was skunked out on the Manistee in classic form. I returned to Texas for 10 days during the Christmas break, determined to fish with better results.
Now hang on, my Texas friends, I know I didn’t tell you I was coming. The trip was planned out before I even left the mitten and there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room. I had to go check on a friend in BFE Tarpley, I had to go to Houston for a few days, and I had to spend as much time as possible alone with “The Girlfriend”. Honestly, I only fished once, that’s how much time I didn’t have. But man, what a trip that was!
to be continued…