Friday, August 6, 2010
Everyone has a limit to their incompetence if they try long enough.
My family has been vacationing at the same resort in the Catskills since I was 12 years old. The tradition has continued as we've grown up and we now have multiple generations of our family along with multiple generations of people that have become friends with us from spending the same week, year after year, together. This resort isn't fancy. If the menu would change there would be a revolt. Each meal is served family style and there is one choice per meal. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best. There is little wrong with that.
One of the things that sometimes excites the crowd are the various contests that are held during the week. These contests are variations on some sport from years ago like shuffleboard, bocce, tennis, basketball, and most of all, the fishing contest. I've never won these one of these highly competitive battles but we prepared for the fishing contest by purchasing special worms that are "not for human consumption." (see picture above of the certified worm contained). The rules are simple: longest fish out the big lake (roughly 200 yard by 50 yards) between 930 and 11am on Friday. I got this guy and was leading the way for a while but would it stand up?
This large mouth bass was measured at 18" without standing on him to smush him a little longer. After 37 years of trying to bring home the hardware, I finally got one of these puppies to be the centerpiece of my place of honor:
PS: I wasn't able to find worms that were fit for human consumption but then again I didn't try too long.
PPS: Note no brace on my wrist nor bandages on my hand. Progress is good.