Archive for August, 2008

31
Aug
08

Svergies Television captured Giant Sea Snake at deep waters of the Storsjon–the Great Lake.

“….sensational footage shows Sweden’s version of the Loch Ness Monster darting around murky waters.”

 http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1625302.ece

Swedes catch ‘Nessie’ on film, but some believe it is ‘Kraken’ – a giant squid – which is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway, Sweden and Iceland. Check out the video…pics not that good.

‘Some 20 more cameras are due to be installed soon, including one at a depth of 30 metres (100 feet) to catch any movements under the winter ice.’

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g82NAJNwk6HcOgfJLBwRpcFDPdTQ

Sightings of Sweden’s Own Loch Ness Monster

‘Sweden may have its very own Loch Ness monster – a film team claim to have finally caught a mythical lake monster on camera.’

‘A film team who positioned cameras underwater in northern Sweden’s Storsjön lake in Spring say they have seen clear indications of an underwater monster, according to Swedish Television’s local news. The film sequence clearly shows a blurry silhouette radiating body heat.’  

http://www.sr.se/cgi-bin/International/nyhetssidor/artikel.asp?ProgramID=2054&format=1&artikel=2278332

http://www.mysteriousworld.com/Journal/2002/Winter/SeaSerpents/ (all you ever wanted to know about sea serpents, far and wide)

31
Aug
08

First Fly Fisher Trout~Crooked River and beyond

Tony & Dad~Cobble Rock, Crooked R. 1991

Tony & Dad~Cobble Rock, Crooked R. 1991

At a very young age, Tony was scouting the drift below Cobble Rock on a chilly May day. Later, he would catch his first trout with a flyrod, a hundred yards or so upstream from this spot.  

  
Tony's 1st. Flyrod Trout~Crooked R.

Tony's 1st. Flyrod Trout~Crooked R. 1995

 In the beginning, there was a spinning rod with either Power Bait or a casting bubble (I’d cast-he’d retrieve) and a dry fly. Early on he enjoyed ‘The Moment’ and caught many trout. Later, I braved the frustrations of teaching him to cast a flyrod. It was, to be expected, too early and he struggled to coordinate the movements and I struggled to stay patient. But he did manage to flail away. On this day, I had positioned him on a safe rock with room to back cast and within view of camp. I ran up to camp to get something when Tony started to yell. Christ, he had either fallen in or been bitten by a snake! But, in fact he had a beautiful Rainbow Trout on and was cranking away as he had with a spinning rod at a lake. I stood there and watched him move off the rock and instinctively stop cranking. The fish moved through the threads of the currents and Tony moved slightly downstream with it, and I moved below. He walked and cranked and soon the trout was feisty in the shallows. I grabbed the leader and hollered for a camera to record the blessed event. Photographed and released, both of us a bit adrenalized for different reasons, watched the fish shoot from the shallows to the safety of a riffle. Tony had caught his first trout with a fly and flyrod. He had also reinforced C & R as a dominant practice. The surge of confidence at such a young age has never waned.

Tony~Bench L. Kamloops

Tony~Bench L. Kamloops

 

Still Having Fun

Still Having Fun

   

31
Aug
08

Sept. 8 Obama Implosion?: Palin Kicks Ass!: Palin & Obama (alis volat propris)

Sept. 8, 2008: I have to wonder how many principled people on the Left (there has to be some left) recognize the hypocrisy re diversity, tolerance and equality as it pertains to Sarah Palin. She is not perfect, but she is real. Right there to see and apparently to destroy at all costs. Pajama Media has an extensive list of dozens upon dozens of false stories that have emerged within the past month and especially the past week. Why are they so afraid of Sarah? The numbers are out this morning and it presently does not look good for the anointed one. But, that can change so easily. Bedrock to all this, away from the destruction machinary of the Left, are the key philosophical points that Palin brings to focus. I won’t recount them. You know them and apparently the Left’s assassins to as well or they would not be so afraid of her. It is suddenly as if Barry is running against Sarah and she is still Kicking his Sorry Ass.

The No’s have it so far: NOBAMA, NOPE, NOPRAH, NOBIDEN (doesn’t Joe look tired?)  

“No matter who you are, Oprah is NOT like you,” he said. “The fact that she can convince you that she is should make you even more afraid of her than I am.”
The anti-Oprah contingent feels that Oprah’s preaching from the tele-pulpit is what draws in viewers, show after show.
The last segment of the program, Schlaucher pointed out, tells her audience “how to get soul. It’s like a church following. You don’t really have to do anything, but it makes you feel better.” (That is the deal isn’t it? It is all about feelings now!)

http://jscms.jrn.columbia.edu/cns/2006-02-28/brewster-oprah

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sept. 4, 2008: I watched Sarah (well, we say Hillary..we can say Sarah) give her speech. I thought she did a wonderful job. Of course, the detractors said she used a written speech and teleprompter (not sure what that is about, they all do, to include Barry). An aside, have you ever noticed how befuddled and tongue tied Barry is without his script and teleprompter? I ask because this morning Sarah’s aid said her teleprompter was broken for some portion of the speech. Sarah did not seem tongue tied. The media has begrudgingly said that she did well, but that that was the easy part. I wonder. Given what was on the line last night that may have been one of the hardest things she will have to do. We shall see. She will have to run the gauntlet and that is as it should be as long as the focus is on her policy beliefs and nothing else. No more sleaze. I do believe, so far, I finally have something to feel good about. I couldn’t help but feel proud of her.        

Sarah Palin‘s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night garnered 37.2 million viewers, just shy of Barack Obama‘s record-breaking audience last week. More people watched the Alaska governor than her Democratic vice presidential opponent, Joe Biden, whose speech at last week’s Democratic Convention was watched by 24 million viewers. Obama’s acceptance speech last Thursday pulled in 38.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched convention speech in history. Dubbing herself “an average hockey mom,” Palin joked in her speech, “You know what they say the difference is between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick!” She also blasted Obama’s background as a Chicago community organizer: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”         Watch Sarah Palin’s convention speech.

http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=T&ct=us/4-1-0&fd=R&url=http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/bulletin/bulletin_080904.htm&cid=1242212452&ei=1_i_SNqLJJP6lQTlhrSJAg&usg=AFQjCNFOgKg6ouaxn-RsjhBeD1Q-iTN74g

9/3/2008: Did I say RELENTLESS? How about DISGRACEFUL or SHAMEFUL or OBVIOUS PROPAGANDA? Is there any more obvious manifestation than this frenzied, concerted effort of the bias, vindictive nature of of the Left and their propaganda arm…the media (MSM)? One little gal causes all this fuss. A strong woman. The hypocrisy of the left is so transparent. I hope it continues because little by little the undecided’s will come to see the group think mentality of the Left. The savage conformist driven power. It is too bad for them she is much stronger than their onslaught. It will be interesting tonight to see if she holds her own. I wish she could tell them what a deplorable, gaggle of scared geese they are. All the bashing, innuendo, lies and falsities aside…Sarah is still equal to or superior to Obama on many fronts. And, she is not running for POTUS. Doesn’t this relentless onslaught concern any of you?     

  http://townhall.com/Columnists/MichelleMalkin/2008/09/03/the_four_stages_of_conservative_female_abuse

Palin Derangement Syndrome

The Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse

It will be interesting to watch the RELENTLESScharacter assault upon Palin: influenced Pebble Mine vote, attempted to influence State Trooper’s career, her husband had a DUII 22 years ago, she wants to drill ANWR, she’s only from Alaska and oh my she hunts and fishes, oh and best..her Downs child really isn’t hers but of her teenage daughter and her 5 months pregnant teen (sounds like my extended family…and yours too?). That does all seem pretty impressive compared to Resko, Wright, Ayers, the corrupt Chicago machine, and who in the hell knows how much more….yes, Sarah is so unfit. Hmmm? Actually, on paper she seems amazingly more qualified than Mr. Appearance Over Substance: 

Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama    (Both attractive, well spoken. One’s real) 

 

Sarah Palin

Barack Obama

Office being sought Vice President President of the United States and Leader of the Free World
Full name Sarah Louise Heath Palin Barack Hussein Obama II
Nickname Sarah Barracuda Barry Obama; “The One”
Public opinion Smoking hot in a “naughty librarian” sort of way May be The Messiah
Age 44 48
Children 5: two sons, three daughters 2: two daughters
Religion/Church attendance Evangelical Christian; attends Juneau Christian Center when in Juneau and grew up attending Wasilla Assembly of God Attended Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years, a “black liberation theology” church formerly led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright and governed according to the Black Value System
Current Job Governor of Alaska Junior Senator from Illinois
Previous Public Jobs Mayor of Wasilla, AK (1996-2002); President of Alaska Conference of Mayors; City Council member (1992-1996) State Senator (1997-2004); Community Organizer
Executive Experience Governor for 2 years; Mayor for 10 years None
Foreign Relations experience Governor of state that borders two foreign countries (Canada and Russia) Chaired Senate subcommittee on Europe but never called it into session; once gave a speech to 200,000 screaming Germans
Military Affairs experience Commander in Chief of Alaska National Guard; Son is enlisted Infantryman in U.S. Army None
Private Sector Experience Sports reporter; Salmon fisherman Associate at civil rights law firm
Speaking ability Beautifully executed initial stump speech in Dayton, OH hockey arena without a teleprompter An enter…wait–did you say without a teleprompter??
Spouse’s name Todd Mitchell Palin Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
Spouse’s occupation Salmon fisherman; Former North Slope production supervisor for BP Oil Vice President for Community and External Affairs at University of Chicago Hospitals; former Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago;former Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies;former Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago;former associate at Sidley Austin law firm
Reaction to spouse’s political success Quit 17-year BP oil job when BP became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with wife’s administration Promoted and given 160% pay raise by UofC hospitals within months of husband’s election to U.S. Senate; Employer received $1,000,000.00 federal earmark, requested by husband, after her promotion
Coolest thing about Spouse Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmobile race champion (longest snowmobile race in the world); In 2008, while defending his championship, was injured when he was thrown 70 feet from his machine. He was sent to the hospital but still finished in fourth place Sister of Oregon State University head basketball coach Craig Robinson
Most Courageous Moment in Public Service Resigned in protest from position of Ethics Commissioner of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders, including the former state Attorney General and the State GOP Chairman (who was also an Oil & Gas Commissioner), who was doing work for the party on public time and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators in Hyde Park in 2002
In Current Office Because… Upset sitting Governor in GOP primary due to public support for her efforts to clean up corrupt government establishment Republican opponent, who was leading in the polls, was forced to leave race after unsealing of divorce records exposed a sex scandal
Theme: Change and Clean Government Hope and Change; “Bringing Change from Outside Washington”
What they’ve done to live that theme: Replaced entire Board of Agriculture and Conservation because of conflict of interest; Resigned from position of Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose corruption among members of own party Selected 36-year incumbent Senator as running mate
Family Affairs May have removed State Public Safety Commissioner as part of effort to protect sister in messy divorce and child custody battle Often says, “I am my brother’s keeper”; Brother lives in a hut in Nairobi on $12 per year
Union affiliation Union member, married to Union member Endorsed by a union
Iraq and Troop Support Formerly (pre-surge) critical of apparent lack of long-term strategy for Iraq; Visited wounded U.S. soldiers in Germany;visited AK National Guard soldiers deployed to Kuwait;Son deploying to Iraq on 9/11/08 as Army infantryman Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators; almost visited wounded troops in Germany, but decided to go shopping in Berlin instead
Bipartisan/”maverick” credentials Married to a non-Republican; Exposed corruption within own party;Campaigned for Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell against corrupt GOP congressman Don Young;Called out Sen Ted Stevens (R-AK) to “come clean” about financial dealings that are under fed investigation Talks about bipartisanship
Legislative Record Passed a landmark ethics reform bill; Used veto to cut budgetary spending;Prevented “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars. Voted “present” over 100 times as IL state senator
How they dealt with corrupt individuals in home city/state Exposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders; Campaigned against corrupt GOP Representative;Ran against and defeated corrupt incumbent governor in GOP primary Launched political career in home of unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers (and still refers to him as a part of “mainstream Democratic Chicago”; Purchased home with help of convicted felon Tony Rezko
Guns Lifetime member of NRA and avid hunter; video can be found on YouTube of Palin firing an M4 at a military firing range Worked to pass legislation in Illinois that would prevent all law-abiding citizens from owning firearms
Earmarks Opposed “Bridge to Nowhere” project; Said Alaska should avoid relying on federal money for projects;Campaigned against porker Don Young (R-AK) in 2008 primary Secured federal earmarks for wife’s employer and for campaign bundlers
Abortion Pro life; gave birth to 5th child knowing that he would have Down’s syndrome Pro-choice; only IL state sen. to speak against the Born Alive Infant’s Protection Act, which required medical care to be given to live infants who survived abortions
Energy Believes energy independence is a matter of national security; For drilling in ANWR, which is in her state Says Americans should “get tune-ups” and “check tire pressure”; Says “we can’t expect the world to be okay with” our use of heating and air conditioning
Environment Chair of Alaska Conservation Commission (2003-4); Announced plans to create sub-cabinet group of advisors to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in AK Talks about the environment a lot
Athletic prowess Runs marathons Has reporters tailing him to the gym

http://www.audacityofhypocrisy.com/2008/08/30/sarah-palin-vs-barack-obama/

http://zipline.wordpress.com/   (opinions re The Absurd Left)

31
Aug
08

Bait Fishing C&R (for your bro’-n-law in the folding chair)

Shelton Release

Shelton Release

 

Come on, we all have one or more in the family. Perhaps some of you even fall off the 12 step program and join them. If you have given into the temptations of Power Bait, a slip sinker and a Y stick rod holder then you need to know about this or pass it onto your brother-in-law, the fish killing fool. Maybe he won’t kill every 6″ trout, or especially that 18″ beauty. Encourage him to use this ‘self-releasing hook’ rig and imagine how, after the intial disorientation of not killing a fish, he comes to feel at peace with the release. I like that, ‘at peace with the release’! Use it, you have my permission.

 http://www.sheltonproducts.com/sheltonrelease.html (they have some interesting Herring rigs as well)

31
Aug
08

Trout Tattoo 7 (Kirk Sheppard, B.C.)

Trout & Fly

Trout & Fly

http://www.kirksheppardtattoos.com/tattoos.html

31
Aug
08

Dragon Fly Tattoo (slightly beyond the girly tat)

Dragon Tattoo

Dragon Tattoo

http://lostinexile.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/dragonfly.jpg

31
Aug
08

Muddler Minnow (one old girlfriend still has her lines)

Dare I say it: If you have a top 10 fly selection, the Muddler Minnow must be included? Twenty, maybe ten years ago, that was the typical advice. A Muddler with the Adams, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Hare’s Ear, Elk Hair Caddis……….. “Popularized by Dan Bailey of Livingston, Montana, the Muddler Minnow should always be in your fly box. I have met fly fishers who fish almost exclusively with Muddler Minnow patterns. Along with its offshoot, the Marabou Muddler, this pattern has probably taken more large fish than any other fly.” http://www.glaciertoyellowstone.com/basics/step5.cfm    Hmmm, maybe in Montana, but I seriously doubt West of Montana?

But, do any of you really go to the Muddler? I would venture to say more go to a Spuddler now. I believe once the Woolly Worm evolved into the Woolly Bugger, the Muddler and other streamer patterns seemed to fade to the back up fly boxes. You look at it, like ‘I really ought to give that a try’. I have a crawdad pattern my son has tied. Looks damn good. I fish it, but that only lasts 5-10 minutes and then back to the recently proven patterns. If it ever entices the big one or several smaller ones within that 5-10 minute window, I may fish it longer.

That all said, it is obviously a long ago proven pattern. The fish have not changed, so I am vowing to fish the Muddler this Fall. I know in Southern BC, a Rolled Muddler is often used for Chum Salmon. So, I am looking at Silvers, Chum, Chinook, Browns, Redsides and Kamloops within the next two months or so. I honestly only have about a dozen Muddlers left and few the same. But, I will fish what I have, see how they do before commencing a tying campaign. You can tell I can’t spin deer hair worth mierda.     

Muddler Minnow~SB

Muddler Minnow~SB

 

Green Muddler Minnow~SB

Green Muddler Minnow~SB

Classic Muddler Minnow~SB

Classic Muddler Minnow~SB

Muddler Minnow~SB

Muddler Minnow~SB

http://globalflyfisher.com/patterns/muddler/deerhair.html (EXCELLENT HOW TO TIE!)

http://globalflyfisher.com/staff/allerton/muddler.html (How to fish the Muddler Minnow)

30
Aug
08

Pebble Mine & Highland Valley Copper Mine (Tailings Management & Wildlife Impact & Dangers)

Highland Valley Copper Mine Impoundment

Highland Valley Copper Mine Impoundment

From the Northern Dynasty Mines Inc. site re tailings management. Regardless of your position, if you don’t want to be an Ecobot or unquestioning citizen, then a little independent studying from both informed sides is in order. Seriously, do you know when you are being played? Do you have a clue how to dig into the onion layer by layer or is that too hard? Probably easier to let others do your thinking for you….maybe not.

I have driven in and through Highland Valley Copper Mine, headed to Island Lake and Calling Lake. I did find it a bit massive and bizarre. However, so what. It was the first mine I had seen and the visuals are less important than how are the materials and waste handled. What really happens day after day? What mistakes can happen? What are the consequences? The fact that something could happen is not reason to stop. It is quite likely you will be in a car accident. Also, it is likely someone will be permanently hurt. We don’t stop driving. The fact so many people are hurt, maimed, die in MVA’s does not negate their use and frankly…really…the devastation of MVA’s far surpasses any damage done to fish. I mean really. Anyway, ramble aside, here are some sources re pro and con re tailings:

Highland Valley Mine

Highland Valley Mine

 “…. consider that the companies involved in developing Pebble have no experience in northern mining. Anglo American has never planned or built a mine in North America, let alone under the extremely difficult conditions at Pebble. Their partner, Northern Dynasty, has never planned or built anything. In its 2004 annual report, Northern Dynasty stated that Pebble is probably uninsurable because of accidents, spills, earthquake and “catastrophe.” Yet these companies want to build the largest-open pit sulfide mine in North America with the largest tailings dam ever built to hold back the tailings. Who will monitor this toxic waste after the mine is closed? Sooner or later, the ground will shake, and with the weight of the tailings dam and the naturally unstable geomorphology of the ground, billions of gallons of toxic tailings will slide down to the sea.”

 http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/497998.html (this is pre-vote comments, but doomsday certainty is stated here and the question is..how do we carry on accurate assessments with such hyberbole? There will always be uncertainty. Give policeman guns and sooner or later they will shoot an innocent bystander, but yet we have to go forth with armed law enforcement…we don’t stop even when accidents happen. All we can do is have oversight, laws, rules, risk management and diligent oversight. There are no guarantees, but there are dangers.  

 http://www.northerndynastyminerals.com/i/pdf/NDM_Backgrounder_Sep05.pdf

http://www.minewatch.org/home/2008/8/12/northern-dynasty-update-board-and-management-shakeup.html

Ecology of a hypersaline gold mining tailings facility in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia: a case study

“No wildlife was observed to drink hypersaline mine waste solutions. Wildlife can differentiate between the tailings system in question and other water bodies and this is reflected in visitation rates, abundance and species composition. This study provides a detailed ecological study of wildlife interaction with this hypersaline TSF. Additional material will be published subsequently to further examine the mechanisms by which mine waste solutions in this tailings system pose a risk to wildlife. Limited literature exists on protocols for monitoring wildlife that interact with mine waste solutions within tailings systems. Knowledge of tailings dam ecology is required to develop site-specific monitoring protocols that adequately document the risks these facilities pose to wildlife.”

 http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a782873193~db=all~jumptype=rss

Tools for tailings management

Engineering and Mining Journal,  Oct 2001  by Carter, Russell

One of the ironies facing most mineral producers is that tailings-the process leftovers with the least market value-often carry the highest economic, regulatory, and environmental risk.

Producers face growing pressure to handle, store, and perhaps even reclaim tailings in a manner that satisfies increasingly stringent scrutiny from regulators, communities, and environmental groups. To be sure, most mine operators recognize that a haphazard approach to tailings deposition and storage may result in problems that can damage their company’s financial health as quickly and severely as a market collapse.

These failures underscore two basic elements of tailings management. First, although the mining industry can learn much from the design of conventional water retention dams, tailings dams are different; they are special-purpose structures that are constantly changing and subject to a different set of economic rules and objectives than conventional dams. Second, statistics show that tailings dam failures are overwhelmingly due to design, construction, or operational problems; not, as might commonly be believed, to natural catastrophes. Of 30 tailings dam failures occurring in recent years, only three were attributed to seismic activity.

Titre du document / Document title 

A critical review of the effects of gold cyanide-bearing tailings solutions on wildlife (Ausrraia)

Résumé / Abstract

“Wildlife deaths associated with cyanide-bearing mine waste solutions have plagued the gold mining industries for many years, yet there is little published data showing the relationship between wildlife mortality and cyanide toxicity. A gap of knowledge exists in monitoring, understanding the causal relationships and managing risks to wildlife from cyanide-bearing waste solutions and tailings”
 

“…wildlife deaths are more likely to occur at mines possessing copper-gold ores due to the formation of copper-cyanide complexes which is toxic to birds and bats. The formation of copper-cyanide complex occurs preferentially to gold cyanide complex indicating the relative importance of economic vs. environmental considerations in the tailings water.”

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa5382/is_200110/ai_n21479850

DANGERS!!!!!

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

Peru fears Gold Hawk mine tailings rupture could pollute Lima’s drinking water supply

Peru’s Presidential Council of Minister has declared a state of emergency due to a potential tailings facility rupture, which could lead to a possible environmental disaster, as well as landslide danger at the Coricancha mine.

Author: Dorothy Kosich
Posted:  Monday , 21 Jul 2008 
 

“The Peruvian Government has declared a state of emergency, ordering Vancouver-based junior miner Gold Hawk Resources, (TSX-V: CGK)  to relocate some Coricancha mine facilities because of imminent landslide danger, and a possible tailings facility rupture that could contaminate Lima’s main water supply.

A 60-day state of emergency was imposed Saturday in the district of San Mateo after soil began to loosen around a waste facility at the mine, threatening to spill into the Rimac River, the main source of the capital city’s water supply.

The emergency decree calls for the relocation of the Coricancha processing plant and tailings area.”

30
Aug
08

Native Western Trout (where they started)

Western Trout's Historic Ranges

Western Trout

http://www.westerntrout.org/trout/index.htm

30
Aug
08

Fly Fishing and Fat Matt (Steelhead in tainted waters)

Great Lakes Steelhead

http://singthebofldyelectric.blogspot.com/  (Beserk Matt in a not so pristine environment)

‘I woke up at 3am this morning to drive more than two hundred miles to the shores of Lake Michigan where the anadromous fishes of autumn are beginning their annual migration up Trail Creek, Salt Creek, and the Little Calumet River, following their biological orders like good soldiers would. The commando is strong. Little do they know their efforts are mostly in vain. They too were once hatchery brood. They’ll spill their futile gametes all over the river in a sad genuflection to their native cousins swimming strongly in the Pacific.’

‘The highway hums persistently in the background. The river is flat and muddy mostly, yellow and brown mostly, sandy in some places. Beer cans, styrofoam worm containers, plastic bags, garbage can lids: various Michigan City cultural artifacts litter the log jams. It’s ninety degrees and humid. The ever present sheen of grease on my forehead does little to dissuade the multitudes of blood sucking insects that swarm exposed skin.’

Edgy, Fat Matt in the Midwest. Making the best of an apparently deteriorating river bank. I think he is pretty good at making the most of it.  http://fishbeer.com/img/fishbeer.png (Fat Matt evolves to here)




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