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It’s Not My Fault!

Dear Barbara:

Sweetheart, I’m writing this note to tell you how very sorry I am that the lawn wasn’t mowed and looking nice for the weekend.  Honest, I intended to get the yard into great shape on Friday.  It’s not my fault!

Here’s what happened.  You know that online outdoors forum with so many interesting photos and discussions at HuntingPA.com?  Well this guy with the screen name, okinpa, talked me into stocking trout in Powells and Armstrong Creeks on Friday.  Wouldn’t you know it, we picked one of the last stops of the day to wait for the stocking truck.  So we told hunting and fishing stories until the truck finally showed up at 2:58.  You thought I was a fanatic about hunting and fishing.  Ha!  I bet this guy gets in even more trouble with his wife than I do with you!

Anyway, they told me I had to run over 100 yards as fast as possible with a bucket of trout, to a place where they couldn’t drive the truck.  After that I was totally exhausted, and there was no chance of being able to do lawn work.

Let me tell you, this guy is so persuasive, before I knew what happened he talked me into going to the Wiconisco Creek, near Millersburg, to fish for trout in the evening.  The guy is a bad influence.  So you really should blame him—not me!


p.s.  Here are some photos of the rascal.

At first we only caught fallfish.  I tried to convince him that this one would make excellent fillets.  You can tell by the devilish smile that he wasn’t buying it.  But I know his curiosity will get the best of him, and he’ll eventually try one when nobody’s looking.


As the sun got lower in the sky, the brown trout finally came out to play.  You-know-who landed two, but I got skunked.


The troublemaker kept working his minnow rig along the opposite shore late into the evening, despite my pleas to call it a night.


Note:  Don’t take this post too seriously, as it contains a heavy dose of artistic license.  Barbara wasn’t mad and okinpa is not a bad influence.  If anything, it was the other way around.

Have fun,

p.s.  Seriously, okinpa, thanks for sharing a great day in the great outdoors!

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  1. K. Weber
    May 2, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Sorry to hear about your lawn, Barbara! Ours is unmowed too, but that’s not because of a fishing trip. Our lawn mower broke, and we tried to get another one at the big Amish auction today. However, we missed out on the bidding, due to a Little League game we needed to attend for our children! However, the good news is that when we DO get a lawn mower, our oldest son would like to start a lawn-mowing business. Dave, you could fish all you want if you hire our son to take care of your mowing! 🙂

    About the photos: The outdoor photos you take are so clear and vivid! I’ll definitely recommend your services to anyone who might ask me about having photos taken.

  2. Steve
    May 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Don’t believe David. It is his fault. On many occasions he would purposely keep me on the trout stream or river until well after dark. Judi would always say it was my fault. Well, I’m setting the record straight!

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