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Columns

  • Fishing Lines: Fishing pretty good, when fish can see

    I remember when I was a kid, we had a great product called Nestlé Quik. You took plain milk and added one or two spoonfuls (or three) of this powder to your milk and you instantly had chocolate milk. The mix was great.

    Now you are saying to yourself, "Has this guy finally flipped his lid? I knew those middle school kids would eventually drive him crazy."

  • Fishing Lines: Cold snap, wind combine to make trout touchy

    Cold has once again pushed the water temps down below the 70 degree mark, and is throwing the trout bite into a tailspin.

    Add to the equation the wind-blown water so dirty that you can't see an inch deep and it all adds up to some challenging fishing.

    My thinking is to use bright colors that make lots of noise. It is going to take a few days of steady weather for things to return to normal.

  • Reflections: Politics as usual: NOT!

    Well, I don't have to give any personal reasons but I think we are left holding the political bag with the Presidential candidates. Actually we really don't have any.

    What I'd like to see happen is a revamp of the whole primary mess. Throw those candidates out and let's start over. At least we would have a chance at something worthwhile.

    Right now as far as I'm concerned, we don't have any viable candidates.

    We are in changing times as evidenced by our economy, and it is the past regime that has put us there. So, for sure most of us do not want more of the same.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Using email attachments

    Email has been called the first "killer app," or killer application of the Internet, although we can actually trace its roots further back, to Local Area Networks. Email over the Internet has brought us the ability to send a message to anyone, anywhere in the world in seconds at practically no cost. It is, without a doubt, the single most-used feature of the Internet.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Here they come...

    It was April. The air was still cool. Winters here are only so cold and it seemed that was hanging around for a while. April came early that year. With Mom and Dad in Dunnellon, important holidays, were easy to plan. Do they come to the Cedar Keys? Do we go there? Easter was approaching. Mom usually left her pain and her health problems behind when she got out for a while. We asked them to our house. Easter was set.

  • True Faith: Let's love each other

    "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." (1 John 4:11-12 NIV)

  • Fishing Lines: Hooray! Big fish are back!

    The big fish have returned. The food web in our inshore/near shore waters is now nearly complete. With the exception pf tarpon, all of the large predators are now available for some major tug-O-war action. Oh and speaking of big fish, there are several manatees in the area so be on the lookout for these gentle giants.

    Holy mackerel! The mackerel that are running the edge of the flats are huge! Monday we caught six that went over thirty inches. Now those are some hefty Macs. Interestingly enough they were caught on freshwater crank baits.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: The rulers of the Keys

    Who are the rulers of the Keys/ Who really reigns supreme? We can come up with all sorts of answers. Everyone knows that the city council rules, or at least is the ruling body, right? Or is it the mayor? Or police? Or CRA? Thinking broader than that, I've come up with some thoughts, a few potential answers, ideas, other virtual realities of who rules the Keys.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Happy birthday, bubble boats

    Tomorrow, April 11, will be the 108th birthday of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force. This is of interest to me because for most of my 21 years of active Naval service, I worked on submarines (affectionately referred to as "bubble boats" or "bubble machines"). I never was assigned to one so I didn't have any sea time under water (unless you count the eight hours of the dependents cruise I took my wife on) but, being assigned to a submarine tender, I worked on many of them. The training that I received for those assignments was my first real introduction to computers.

  • Reflections: What's up with the airlines?

    Just this week three airlines filed bankruptcy. The airline industry is failing miserably it seems. They say it is because of competition and fuel prices. I say it's from mismanagement.

    And too, it seems like everyone gets left holding the bag when the airlines bail out - except for the executives. They leave with their pockets full. What does that tell you?