Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Like Snow

Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.

Wendell Berry - Like Snow

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Window of Opportunity

Partly cloudy and chilly in the morning with temperatures to rise from around the freezing point to the low 40s by early afternoon. Your mid-day will be moderately overcast, but relatively pleasant. It will be short-lived, however, as more complete cloud cover will move in as the day progresses bringing periods of precipitation which are likely to turn to sleet, then snow, as the temperatures drop during the late afternoon and early evening. Snow accumulation from 1-3 inches is possible, complicating your after-work commute.

For Tuesday, January the 21st, we will start generation at 5:00am, stop generation at 9:00am, restart generation at 4:00pm, and stop generation at 9:00pm. We would like to remind you that this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change without notice. Thank you for calling.

No, honey. As far as I know there's nothing on the calendar for tomorrow. Why?

Someone left a window open. Just a crack.
We squeezed through it.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Off the Ground

Happy New Year!

Yeah. I know. Two weeks ago. But things have gotten off to a slow start around here. We came home from holiday travels with a three-week creeping coughing crud and the Dixie temps have tumbled ridiculously into the single digits, freezing our ambition into inert little cubes that are just now beginning to thaw. So, for us, 2014's just getting going.

And key to getting it going is getting back on the water. This year, instead of my traditional annual kickoff wade in some chilly Appalachian trout stream, I wandered east to find a warm coastal breeze and to wave a 7wt at a few North Carolina puppy drum. (I usually call them redfish, but the locals refer to them as drum and consider anyone using the 'r' word a bit prissy; just a half-step above those twice-a-year visiting Salt Lifers.) Whatever you call them, we put a couple of nice ones into the skiff along with a passel of rats and a spec or three. More importantly, we got the fishing year rolling with brilliant barrier island skies, silky smooth salt creeks, and stunning southern sunsets.

So bear with me as I shake off the chill and begin to warm things up around here once again. It should be an interesting year to come, so have a little patience. We'll get rolling in earnest soon.

Rolling, now that 2014'a finally off the ground and onto the water.

Happy not-so-New Year!