Woods & Water
All time is not created equal
I know Einstein had some thoughts on this theorem, but time is not a continuum, nor is it a warp (usually). It is, however, not all created equal.
You are probably wondering why we are bordering on the edge of philosophy, but bear with me a moment and let’s see what we have. When catching is tough, we tend to wander. The first part of this concerns time spent in boats: this time is definitely not created equal, as most boat owners would agree. Sooner or later, said boat will break down or, worse yet, die, leaving the boaters up the famous creek, usually without a paddle. Unless the boaters are kayakers. Then the theorem changes.
One hour spent in a kayak equals five or more hours spent in a motorboat. If a kayak breaks down (which is rarely) you are in a heap of trouble, otherwise you are golden. In the last 50-plus years I have spent in kayaks and canoes, only one incident involved breakage of the kayak. Then it was momentous: the kayak was bent in half on a rock in the Susquehanna, leaving me floating down the river with a life jacket.
There’s a lot to be said for PFD’s in fast water. Ask either me or Ken Jr. as we
tread water in the Rappahanock or the Cheat River (take your pick). We had left the safety of our guide’s inflatable boat on one occasion, and the kayaks on the other. However, the other thousands of hours were spent safely, proving the point that kayaking and canoeing are usually quite fun.
Fishing in spots that normal boats can’t reach is darn near unbeatable. Catching fish is, which brings me to the next point.
An hour spent catching bluegills is worth more than five fishing for anything else. The key, of course, is catching (the other part involves looking for). Anyone who believes that any day on the water is better than any day at
work is obviously in the wrong line of work. Apparently, he has never spent a day waiting for someone to come and rescue him. In addition, I always believed that teaching was not really work, if you liked what you did. Teaching involves telling stories, and that is what we really remember, anyway.
Bluegills are fantastic little guys and are in much more abundance than bass or the mythical rockfish. Plus, they are good fighters and are a very welcome addition to any table.
The last part of today’s theorem is that one hour spent with someone you love is equal to an infinity spent with someone you don’t. Do I need to elaborate on this one?