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What Did You Get For Christmas?

by: Lloyd Tackitt 12/30/2012

What did you get for Christmas?

I got to see happy grandchildren!  I didn't get anything fishing related, but that's because I tell everyone not to buy me anything fishing related.  There's a reason for that - almost anything anyone gets me that's fishing related will be wasted money.  Either I already have it, or it'll be something I don't need and can't use.

Fishing tackle is peculiar that way.  You could buy me the exact same gun as I already have and I would be happy as all get out.  But buy me the same rod I already have and it's a waste of money.  I don't know why it's different between guns and rods, but for me it is.  Buy me flys and I already have them or they won't be useful here.  And on and on...besides, I am most particular about fishing gear.  It has to be exactly, and I mean EXACTLY, what I want in every single aspect.  It has to be matched to everything else that goes with it - for example, if someone bought me fly line it would probably be wrong in some fundamental way for the way I fish. 

Basically no one but myself can pick out what I want - and it takes me a long time, a lot of study and concentration to buy for myself. I'm hard to buy for, even for me. This isn't picking up stuff off that shelf at random buying we're talking about.  And then as I mentioned before, Lord save me from the junk fishing gear gifts.  That requires all my acting skills to not hurt feelings, leaving me tired and exhausted.

So what did you get for Christmas?

Got plans for New Year's Eve? 

For me those plans have changed over the years.  I used to be one of the wild-eyed adventurers that strode forth into the public bars and clubs and acted the rascal.  Later it became private celebrations, family and close friends - still with a lot of booze and bad hangovers.  Later still it became a ceremonial sip of champagne at midnight, sometimes having to be awakened in order to partake - no parties or hangovers involved.  Now days I just treat it like any other day - except I eat blackeye peas on New Years day.  Supposed to be good luck you know.  That's what I'll do this year.  Go to bed at the usual time, wake up at the usual time in no pain, and eat black eye peas for lunch. 

How about you?

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Member comments
Flyrodn, CO   12/31/2012 11:13:30 AM
No plans for New Year's eve, but I'm looking to get back to fishing on New Year's day. In our case dinner New Year's day is kraut and sausage.
JKaboom, CO   12/31/2012 5:18:26 PM
I'm pretty happy about my fishing related gift this year $100 for gas to go fishing :) I'm at that ceremonial sip stage of my life and occassionally will go to a party at a friends house and stay. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all and may this be a great year for fishing, family, friends, and health!!!
pbs, CO   12/31/2012 11:33:40 PM
I got a card 'o'
bigmacjack, CO   1/1/2013 1:32:18 AM
Hering and a shot of vodka, stay at home with the wife and kids fish in the A.M with my 8yr old son. I too, am pumped about my fishing related gitfs ! All BP gift cards and yukon charle snowshoes!! Happy new year! Tight lines and love reading these Lloyd thank you!
FishingApex, CO   1/1/2013 5:06:27 PM
wife has got to have one of the best memory's I have ever seen. A couple of months ago we were at BPS and i saw a backpack tackle box and really wanted it. Woke up Christmas morning and that was under the tree along with a box of 9mm ammo. Great read Lloyd
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