September 9, 2011 – A few random thoughts.

Sorry there has been nothing new this week as I am traveling with the wife while she gets some continuing education out of the way.  There are a couple of side benefits to our travel, and that is both Cabela’s and Bass Pro about 30 miles of each other.

I  have a long history with Bass Pro, and they with my money.  Being in north Arkansas for over 25 years, I was only a couple of hours from Springfield Missouri.  When I first started visiting them the store was nothing like it is today.  Of course there was a Brown Derby liquor store right next door.  If my faulty history is correct, that is where the retail end of Bass Pro began.  And you know how it is with us southern rednecks, a handful of plastic worms, a  6 pack, and we were ready to go.

If you ever get a chance  to visit the original store in Springfield be sure to vist the outlet store across the parking lot.  It has some of the best deals anywhere on returned or discontinued mechandise.  Over the years I outfitted myself with shoes, clothes and tackle.  In fact, I bought some Tarpon Wear back in the early 80′s.  For those of you that remember, they actually started the cool fishing clothes revolution with light weight clothes for hot weather.  So if you go, have a pocket full of money, and if your timing is right, they may have a ton of stuff you can use. I have saved lots of money over the years on tackle by buying stuff I use when they had it.

So please stop by the web site next week.  I plan on detailing Port O’Connor, both the fishing and how to get around if you plan a visit. One of the premier destinations on the  Gulf Coast, Port O’Connor is a great place to get your feet wet saltwater fishing.  And I also will definitely be fishing next week, I am already suffering from a case of the shakes not being on the water this week.  So off I go this morning, my allowance in my pocket, to see what great stuff I can not live without.  So much tackle, so little money, oh life’s little choices.

And one last word.  My wife and I were both paramedics in our past, and this time of year we pause and remember 9/11.  Those people who lost their lives, both innocent civilians, and those brave firefighters, police, and medics who responded to the Twin Towers.  We actually had a trip scheduled to New York City 2 months after 9/11.  Instead of cancelling, we decided to go anyway.  It was one of the best decisions we ever made.

Our trip to ground zero is a memory forever etched in my mind.  The buildings still smoking, the walls surrounding the area covered with pictures of the missing, and people standing on the sidewalks clapping as first responders entered ground zero.  It was heartbreaking to see family members walking the streets carrying pictures of loved ones.  The walls all over the area were covered with pictures, flowers, and expressions of grief and remorse.  As we walked, we came upon a store front that someone had rented and started selling pictures of what happened to raise funds for people that suffered that day.  Walking through that old store, the walls were covered with pictures that left me mad, hurt, but yet so proud. That little store was a shrine to the events that day and the days that followed.  It was a moving time and one I will never forget.  So if you get a chance in the next couple of days, if you see a cop, a medic, or a fireman, stop and thank them.  Every day they put on the uniform and head out, willing to lay it all on the line for us, and they deserve our thanks.

God Bless America.



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