Happy New Year - reflections and a look to the future
Blog by: David Coulson , Colorado 12/31/2013
Another year has passed and shortly weíll embark onto another as time marches on. For me itís a time for reflection and giving thought to the upcoming year.
The last year was very good to us. No losses of friends and family. Itís been a while since thatís happened. May be that I getting to the point of being the last one standing. Along that line of thought Sue and I were the last ones standing on the dance floor at a wedding this year as the longest married couple. Itíll be forty years this June. Not long by many standards, and theyíve been wonderful years with a mix of good and hard times.
We had an addition to the family, with the birth of Alexandria. Didnít ever think Iíd become one of those doting grandparents, but itís becoming obvious to me that I donít have much choice in the matter. For whatever reason she seems to like grandpa and I love it. Itíll be hard not to push ďfishingĒ with her, but Iíll wait and let her tell use when the time is right. With two fishing parents and over-the-top grand, Iím sure sheíll be on the water sooner than later.
I made a major addition to my toy collection with the purchase of a flats boat. The only disappointment has been with my towing vehicle. We fixed that last weekend with the purchase of a Four Runner. Itís supposed to be first and foremost a fishing vehicle, family car second. However, given the only time Sueís let me behind the wheel was the test drive, Iím left wondering. The New Year will tell.
And best of all fishing (and catching) was good this year. Lots of hours on the water, shore, float tube, and boat, most of the time in the company of family and good friends. Life doesnít get a whole lot better.
So in reflection I had a good year, and my wish is that you did too.
I donít make resolutions anymore, as most get broken before day one has passed. Yes, I need to diet. Itís easier to like fat. Maybe I should exercise more, but I hate activity without purpose. So, on that front I think Iíll just resolve to fish whenever I possibly can.
As we go into this next year, my hope is the year is every bit as good as last year was for me, and maybe, just maybe, itíll include a little more travel. Iíve a real itch to fish the surf, so I see California in my future. Before winterís chill has lifted Arizona waters will see me. Texas redfish are calling to me and Iíve just the boat for that. Iíd love to fish Florida, but thatíll likely wait a year or two. This spring I want to get serious about a large lake trout on the fly. Of course thereíll be days bass fishing with the club, and who knows what else.
So hereís to the end of the old year and the coming of the New Year. May the new be better than the old. And may you catch all the fish of your dreams and one more for good measure.
Have a Happy New Year Fishing.
Lloyd Tackitt, TX 12/31/2013 11:49:01 AM
Happy New Year to you Dave! Great read, and as always, spot on.
opencage, CO 12/31/2013 5:39:13 PM
Congrats Dave and Happy New Year to you and all Fish Explorer members!
IceFishingFool, CO 12/31/2013 6:44:00 PM
I am very glad to be able to wish all, in this FxR family a Happy New Year, and that I for one get to start on a New one. looking forward to many more.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 12/31/2013 6:47:14 PM
Bud, I too am glad you can wish us all a Happy New Year. Looking forward to fishing with you for many years to come.
jshanko, CO 1/2/2014 9:49:00 AM
I know I'm expecting a good year, because nothing could be worse than 2013. Good ridence.