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Survivng Marriage as a Fisherman 1

Guest Blog by: Chris McKee 3/18/2014
If you have had the pleasure to have been around as long as I have you start to reflect on what you have done correctly and that which has made you the smart person you are today.

When the wife and I first came back to America after being stationed over seas I found out my drivers license had expired a few years back so we lived by getting around on bikes until I could get my license renewed and purchase a vehicle. This took a few months. Now living back in America the land of the stock up population unlike Asia that shops daily for their needs, we had to shop with our backpacks and carry the items home on the bikes. I remember our budget allowed us 100 dollars a month to eat and we did well back then with just the 2 of us.

However life changes, wages increase, prices increase, children happen and standards of living continue to change. Next thing you know there are 5 of you and 4 hate to go shopping and the one who has to shop has little tolerance for the 4 of you as she is managing the budget and telling all 3 of her kids and husband NO to all their little selfish desires they find along the way, toys, candy, fishing gear. However as life would have it she requires you to go along and share the misery with you and blames you continuously, probably for good cause, for the behavior of the 3 Mini Yous tagging along in tow.

Well next thing you know your daughters have learned to behave and find your antics in the store to be embarrassing and not as funny as they once did and this is about the time Mom rewards their selfish little desires because they have teamed with her way of thinking and can usually get her on their side in any civil disputes over selection of dinner, TV show to watch and weekend activities. This is when shopping looses all of it enjoyment to a man.

Next your daughters have left the house either in college or starting their careers and the wife has a void where she once had 4 to scream at is now down to one. Once again you are forced into servitude of going shopping with the little woman. Both of you have now reached an age where you find the wife actually starts to unwind and support your ill behavior and will occasionally join in with your antics. She transforms back into your best friend and next thing you know you are the snarky old couple who made you laugh as they fearlessly deal out poetic justice to the idiots in their way.

Shopping with the wife now becomes wonderful because she lets you run off to the corner that has the hardware, car and fishing supplies that where once off limits. Because she knows where you will be and not staring at the young lovelies pushing around shopping carts.
Now you find that your needs are minimal and you do not have to defend each purchase like it was going to save the world so you actually spend less than you would expect while enjoying your younger accomplices trying to justify why the new metallic flake fishing grubs are better than the ones they bought last week to their better half.

About this time the hardware and automotive sections equate to work which makes them loose their flare to you so you can concentrate on the important things in life. Like metallic flake grubs or lures that are on sale.
Over the years I have fallen prey to fancy advertising so when it comes to lures only the ones on sale are of interest. In my experience the only thing that gets caught with a 5 dollar lure is the buyer. But if you can purchase 3 lures for 5 dollars one can be donated to a tree another to a snag at the bottom and you stand a good chance of catching the fish on the 3rd one.

The real cause of why fisherman can lie with a straight face comes from the years of training discussing with the wife the need for the purchase of metallic flaked grubs and not diverging the fact last weeks grubs didn't work worth a darn and she had been correct that they were a waste of good money that collectively could have been better spent on something useful like a Coach handbag for herself.
Have lived in all over the United States and served in the Marines in Asia. I have fished all these regions for almost anything that will bite Salmon, Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch,Cusk, Carp, Crappie, Blue Gill, White Bass Pickerel, Cod, Rock Cod, Halibut, Flownder and many others. By the graces of the almighty it came to be I am now and plan on forever more being a citizen of the Great State of Texas. My favorite fish to go after are catfish especially the big Blues. Pound for pound I believe they are the strongest I have ever had the pleasure to fish for. I am also fond of White Bass and someday soon hope to start catching alligator gar.
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Lloyd Tackitt, TX   3/19/2014 6:24:00 AM
Yep, I nodded my head vigorously at several points through this. Very well described, a lot of good insight. Obviously you are a student of life.
Chris McKee
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