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Monday, October 15, 2012
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Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier - Full Version

 

Friday, October 5, 2012
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What the Hell Is Ralph's?

Ellijay has long needed a place for the Hot Stove League of Liars and Anglers to congregate, swap yarns and stock up on some tackle and a supply or two.

Ralph's Tackle Box to the rescue - coming soon to a crossroad near you!

More details later.

  Ralph's
Tuesday, October 1, 2012
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Help Make Save Georgia's Hemlocks the Winner

Cox Hero
Friends –
Please do me a favor and take just a moment to vote for Save Georgia’s Hemlocks’ Donna Shearer as the 2012 Cox Conserves Hero. As a SGH board member, I can attest to Donna’s worthiness and dedication to eliminating the Woolly Adelgid threat to our Eastern Hemlocks. The monetary award will be used for this cause.
Simply click on the above image and click the VOTE tag under Donna's name. Thanks.

Monday, October 1, 2012
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RT Henson Open House - October 6-7

RT Henson's home will be open this weekend. If you haven't made it to a previous showing, or even if you have, this is a must-do activity for the weekend.

For more informantion about RT, his life and art, pay a visit to RTHenson.com.

RT Henson
  RT Henson
Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Wakeboarder's Finger Found

Hans GallassiA human finger found inside a fish at Idaho's Priest Lake has been traced to a wakeboarder who lost four fingers in an accident more than two months earlier.
Fisherman Nolan Calvin found the finger while he was cleaning the trout he caught Sept. 11. He put it on ice and called the Bonner County, Idaho, sheriff's office, the Spokesman-Review newspaper reported.
Detectives were able to get a fingerprint off the severed digit. They matched it to a fingerprint card for Haans Galassi, 31, of Colbert, Wash., and called him Tuesday morning.
Investigators learned that Galassi lost four fingers from his left hand in a June 21 accident on the same lake where the fish was caught.
"The sheriff called me and told me he had a strange story to tell me," Galassi said Tuesday. "He said that a fisherman was out on Priest Lake, and I pretty much knew exactly what he was going to say at that point.
"I was like: Let me guess, they found my fingers in a fish."
The fish was caught about eight miles from where Galassi had lost his fingers, the sheriff's office said.
Galassi had been on a camping trip at the scenic lake when he decided to go wakeboarding. He told the newspaper his hand got caught in a loop in the towline, and he couldn't pull it out before the line tightened behind the boat that was going to pull him.
When he finally broke free, he didn't feel much pain. But then he looked at his hand.

"I pulled my hand out of the water and it had pretty much lopped off all four fingers," he said. "It was a lot of flesh and bone, not a lot of blood."
He was taken by helicopter to a Spokane hospital.

Galassi has been undergoing therapy twice a week for his injured hand. He still has half of his index and pointer fingers on that hand.
"I can still grip things and grab and hold the steering wheel with it," Galassi said. The sheriff's office offered to return the finger, but Galassi declined."I'm like, `uhhh, I'm good,'" he said. Detective Sgt. Gary Johnston of the sheriff's office said the agency will keep the digit for a few weeks in case Galassi changes his mind. "There's still three more, too," Johnston said. "It's hard to say where those are going to end up."

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Chipper's Goin' Fishin'

It seems like only yesterday that my son and I attended Chipper Jones' first game as an Atlanta Brave. Now seventeen years later, his career is coming to end with this year's season.

As part of his year-long farewell, the Marlins, at Chipper's final game in Miami, took the opportunity to present him with a fishing rod and some tackle.

Jeff Conine and Ozzie Guillen presented Chipper with a Sage fly rod and various bass fishing flies, tools, books and equipment.

  Chipper Jones

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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The Most Compelling Reason Not to Vote for Obama

In her latest concert, Madonna removed her shirt to reveal the President's name on her back and admonishing the audience, "You all vote for fucking Obama okay!"

But the threat came later in the show when she announced, “When Obama is in the White House for a second term I'll take it all off,” she said to cheers and whistles from the audience.

In her endorsement, Madonna touted Obama's support of gay rights in a profanity-filled monologue about the president. She also spoke of the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., noting “and now it's amazing to think we have an African-American in the White House.” She added: “So they didn't die for nothing.”

 

  Madonna

Monday, September 24, 2012
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Monday Movie - One of My Favorites

 

Monday, September 17, 2012
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Monday Movie - Back By Popular Demand

 

Friday, September 14, 2012
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Looking For A Fishing Kayak - Survey Results Are In

YakAngler.com has just published the result of its 2012 Top 10 Fishing Kayaks.
  Jackson Kayak  
  kayaks

Thursday, September 13, 2012
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What More Do You Need?

New York designer Scott Newkirk built this off the grid getaway in Yulan, NY.

Aside from using the nearby trout stream for bathing, it seems just about right.

Read the story and see more photos here.

  Cabin

Monday, September 10, 2012
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Monday Movie Bonus - A Day On The River

 

Monday, September 10, 2012
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Monday Movie - I Know This Guy

 

Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Just a Little Snack Before the Big Speech

NBC Reports:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Democratic National Convention comes to a close Thursday night with yet another defining moment for Barack Obama’s presidency as he makes the case for his re-election to the nation.The president will take the stage at Charlotte's Time Warner Arena – a backup venue for the speech after the threat of inclement weather forced a cancellation of a planned open-air stadium event – with hopes of recapturing the magic of his convention speeches in 2004 and 2008.
  Snack

Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Best Line From the RNC Convention

Paul Ryan -

But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy that Barack Obama inherited, not the economy as he envisions, but this economy that we are living. College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.
  Faded Hope


Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Back to Bloggin'

Since I'm on a forced sabbatical from my other job, I'm back to fishin' and bloggin'.

Fishing buddy Debbie Harrelson and I spent a recent afternoon on one of my favorite ponds - the fishing was slow, but the scenery and company were outstanding.

  Debbie


Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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How Much Water Is On the Earth

The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles.

The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.

Are you surprised that this water sphere looks so small? It is only small in relation to the size of the Earth. Remember, this image is a representation of 3 dimensions, so you are looking at volumes. What it does show is that, in comparison to the globe, the oceans lie in a "thin film" of water on the outer surface.

  Earth's Water

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Nancy Isom Explains the FBO Closing

My name is Nancy Isom.
I own Gilmer County Aviation, Inc. the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at the Gilmer County Airport. For those of you who do not know, I am closing the FBO. Under the current County Administration, it has become impossible to continue to operate my business.
Gilmer County Aviation was established in 2010 by my late husband, David Isom. David served in an advisory position on the Airport Advisory Board for Gilmer County. David was extremely knowledgeable, experienced and successful in airport operations, especially Fixed Base Operations.
Fixed Base Operators are normally individuals that start a company with the purpose of operating at an airport to provide aviation services to those that use the airport. David had previously owned and operated a similar operation at McCollum field in Kennesaw GA. That business was highly successful and subsequently sold.
Gilmer County Commissioners approached David to start up and run Fixed Base Operations for Gilmer County Airport. Their request had come on the heels of improprieties that had developed in the pending award of a contract to the only company that had bid to conduct Fixed Base Operations at Gilmer County Airport. That company, with certain ties in Gilmer County, was the only viable bid contender for the County contract for Fixed Base Operations. Just as the award of the bid was to be announced, one Commissioner abstained from voting, due to what he considered a “conflict of interest”. The bidding company had allowed that Commissioner the privilege of free rides on their aircraft.
With the only company that had submitted a bid unable to be awarded the contract, and no other bid contenders to start Fixed Base Operations, David was asked by the Commissioners if he would take the contract. David was assured by the County Commissioners that the County would back him on what he determined to be needed to successfully run Gilmer County Airport Fixed Base Operations.
David, having served on the Airport Advisory Board, knew the plans for the airport were to extend the runway. David also knew that the hangers the County built were for larger aircraft, not smaller aircraft. David knew that larger corporate aircraft at outlying airports were being forced to find airports that would allow for lower operating costs. These corporate operators would seek monetary relief in taxes, lower fuel costs and hanger costs. David accepted the contract based on these stipulations. Gilmer County airport, with a longer runway and bigger hangers, would attract larger aircraft that could sustain a revenue base that would make Fixed Base Operations a success.
David died in 2010 of cancer, about one year after the startup of Gilmer County Aviation. To say the least, David’s death left me reeling and I was thrust into making a decision as to what to do with the business. I had to decide if I should keep Gilmer County Aviation or let it go. I was approached by the County Commissioners after Dave’s death and was assured that if I kept the Fixed Base Operations running they would assist me in every way possible.
Gilmer County Aviation is a service business responsible for the Fixed Base Operations: fuel, security, office space, hanger rentals, customer service and informing the County of maintenance issues or problems. Gilmer County was responsible for maintaining the airport grounds and the facilities. Gilmer County’s Administrator, responsible for overseeing airport operations and the improvements at Gilmer County Airport, is Mr. Jim Smith. As time progressed, it was evident Mr. Smith would attempt to dictate not only how the airport would be run, but how Gilmer County Aviation would be operated. What Mr. Smith refused to acknowledge was that Gilmer County Aviation was an independent business, operated and owned by me, not the County.
It was evident Mr. Smith lacked confidence in my ability to run my own business. He constantly and persistently, on a daily basis, hindered and interfered with my business operations. He was intent, not only to be the County Administrator, but dictate the way I operated Gilmer County Aviation, Inc.
I am a graduate of Boston College with a degree in Marketing. My work experience includes RACAL Communications, Manager of Sales and Support, Submittal Specialist, Dillingham Construction, San Francisco, (2nd largest Construction Company) in the World. My job was to approve every item put into US Embassies around the world. I worked for The United States, State Department, Marshall Islands and Embassies in South America. I am a licensed Real Estate Agent in Georgia and owned my own real estate company.
 
FBO
I worked with David in real estate development, both commercial and residential. I am quite knowledgeable and capable of knowing how to run a business.
With my recommendations and with the help of David’s and my professional contacts, every attempt made to improve the Gilmer County Airport was vetoed by Mr. Smith. If he was informed of a problem that existed he would rarely acknowledge or follow through fixing things that the county was responsible for. The alarm and video system that didn’t work, inadequate heat for the hangers, power surges that destroyed computer systems on the self-serve fuel pumps that cost my company hundreds of dollars, the constant loss of airport runway lighting due to power surges that burned out the bulbs, the inadequate runway length that prohibited use by larger aircraft that would have increased fuel sales, inability to install a Visual Altitude Slope Indicator (VASI) utilized by landing pilots to acquire a safe approach angle to the runway. The County had funds of roughly $75,000 for the VASI but the State DOD would not allow installation until the runway was lengthened; refusal to allow through the fence operations that would have allowed adjacent land owners the ability to build hangers and other facilities that would have increased overall revenue, the failure to accomplish a feasibility study before beginning airport construction. The list goes on and on.
The cost of running Gilmer County Aviation, Inc., including fuel purchases, insurance, utilities, and labor that I paid out of pocket every month exceeded the revenue brought in from fuel sales, hanger rentals, and office rentals. Each month costs were rising and revenues were slipping. I knew, due to the economy, the County was hurting for revenue, but, so was I. In an effort to hang on, I made a request to Mr. Smith to allow a reduction of the lease fee the county was charging me each month until airport revenues increased. It was a useless request.
At this point my only option was to try and find someone to take over Gilmer County Aviation. Three people showed an interest in taking over the business and three times they all met with negative responses from Mr. Smith. He informed them that, if they did take over, he would have to approve the action, and that they would run things his way or they would not be allowed to take over. They all backed out.
Gilmer County Airport became my major focus after David’s death. I was determined to make David’s dreams and goals for the airport come to fruition. I grew up in a family that taught us we had to work for a living; we should trust the word of those that gave it. Honesty does not require a lie. A name is more important than wealth. Giving is a privilege that obligates us to help those that are in need, and we should always try to do what is right in life no matter what.
I have stated the facts as they happened, so there is no slanting of the truth as this story is told. The responsible citizens of Gilmer County deserve to know the truth surrounding the airport; where their taxes and other valuable services have been misappropriated and misused by their elected officials. Elected government officials have the responsibility to serve faithfully the people they represent and serve in the best interest of those that elected them as their representatives. Their duty is to be responsible and diligent in the offices they are elected to serve, and not to hinder and abuse those under them.
Gilmer County Government will soon take over all operations at Gilmer County Airport. If this is their goal, I wish them well in their endeavors. I hope they can achieve whatever their goal may be. Our economy today is not as supportive of general aviation as it once was. The prospects under the current County Administration are questionable to say the least. My goal was trying to make a difference, trying to do what was right, and I accomplished my goal.

Monday, May 7, 2012
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Monday Movie - Flies on Dorado, Zach Otte

 


   

Saturday, April 28, 2012
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Just Another Saturday in Ellijay

Along with the Greater Georgia Outdoor Fair, the Saddle Club Show, the Disaster Fair, a multitude of canoers, kayakers and cyclists, Ellijay was host to our annual Rabies Vaccination Day.
In Ellijay, the rabies clinic is a rather civilized afffair: cars que in a double line, car-hop attendants do the paperwork, fees are paid, vet techs vaccinate through the car window, and you and the pups are on your way.

Rabies Clinic

As I eased into line at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, two vehicles drove in side-by-side behind me, and I hear the following:

 

Simba, Daisy and Greta

"So you can't pay your child support, but you can bring your f**king dogs here for their G*d d**n shots!"

This was followed by an intense back-and-forth of expletives, the requisite slamming of doors and finally, the sqealing of tires.

Simba, Daisy and Greta were perfectly behaved.

Friday, April 27, 2012
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Maybe the Dingo Ate Your Baby

CALABASAS (CBS) — Former Miss USA and Playboy model Shanna Moakler says one of her dogs is missing and another is under veterinary care after the animals were attacked by a hawk at her Calabasas home.

“A eagle attacked my 2 chi’s today, my girl pup is at the vet, my boy is missing, between my cat and my pups, i’m about to f**n kill things,” she tweeted Monday, but later referred to the animal as a hawk.

“Not gonna lie, feel like hunting hawks today… don’t feel bad about it either,” she tweeted Wednesday.

“I live in a neighborhood where coyotes and hawks are prevalent,” Moakler told Hollyscoop. “We took the dogs outside to go to the bathroom and they were attacked by a hawk. My one puppy may have lost an eye, we won’t know for a couple weeks and the bird flew off with my other puppy. It was like out of a movie.”

“I just hope people with small dogs will start taking precautions with their pets outside and try to protect them from predators. I hope people just remember not to take things for granted as you never know when they can be gone, both people and fur babies,” she added.

  Moakler

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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If I Wanted America to Fail

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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The Fantasy and Reality of RVing

Seeing this vintage pic on Moldy Chum this morning, I wondered how many fellow fly fishers have fantasized about hitting the road with their home, tackle and tying room in tow.

Unfortunately, for most the reality is far from the fantasy (click on image).

How's Occupy WalMart for a fantasy.

Oh, by the way, I have a low mileage Dolphin motorhome for sale - video coming soon.

  Occupy WalMart

Monday, April 23, 2012
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Monday Movie - Vintage Joan Wulff

Fly fishing's favorite girl, Joan Salvato Wulff, pitches Garcia in this classic clip. Fifty + years later, Joan now pitches RL Winston Rod Company.

Joan Wulff

   

Thursday, April 19, 2012
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David Galusha on Being the Titanic's Textile Conservator

Friend, neighbor and the other Blackberry David talks to CNN about his role as textile conservatorr for the Titanic artifacts.

Click here if the video doesn't load.

Please excuse the lead-in commercial, CNN has to pay their bills.

The Titanic Artifact Exhibit is underway at Atlanta's Atlantic Station - check here for details.

For information about exhibits in other cities, click here.

Phenomenal work by a phenomenal guy!

   

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Jose Wejebe - "No Wonder You've Got Your Own TV Show"

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Casting for Jurassic Gold
Rajeff

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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Good News for Ol'Farts - If You Can Wait Five Years

A new treatment for prostate cancer can rid the disease from nine in ten men without debilitating side effects, a study has found, leading to new hope for tens of thousands of men.

It is hoped the new treatment, which involves heating only the tumors with a highly focused ultrasound, will mean men can be treated without an overnight stay in hospital and avoiding the distressing side effects associated with current therapies.

A study has found that focal HIFU, high-intensity focused ultrasound, provides the 'perfect' outcome of no major side effects and free of cancer 12 months after treatment, in nine out of ten cases.
Traditional surgery or radiotherapy can only provide the perfect outcome in half of cases currently.

Experts have said the results are 'very encouraging' and were a paradigm shift in treatment of the disease.

  Ultrasound

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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Old Fishermen Never Die ...

Five Lakes
They Just Sit on the Porch and Rock Away.
Left to Right: Ol'Fart with iPhone, John Simank, Donald Dunn and Ed Richmond. Kay Dunn photo.

Monday, April 16, 2012
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Double Rainbow Over Ellijay

Double Rainbow

Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Lepomis macrochirus

Whether you know them as bream or bluegills, these sunfish and their cousins the redears, pumpkinseeds and shellcrackers are some of the most plentiful fish in North American freshwaters.
The world record bluegill was caught in 1950 in Alabama's Ketona Lakes and weighed 4 lbs 12 oz. I caught this healthy specimen to the right this week in Arkansas where the state record is 3 lbs 4 oz.

Bream Illus

  Five Lakes Bullgill

Friday, April 6, 2012
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Jose Wejebe Dies Piloting His Kit Plane

Jose Wejebe, renowned Florida Keys guide in the 1980s and 90s who went on to become the popular host of the television series Spanish Fly, died Friday afternoon when his kit plane crashed in a field near the runway shortly after take-off from Everglades Airpark in Everglades City on the southwest coast of Florida.

Plane

 
Jose Wejebe
Jose was a skilled, respected and generous member of the fishing community, and he will be missed.


Friday, March 30, 2012
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South Carolina Sea Monster?

Sea Monster

Not really. What folks at South Carolina's Folly Beach thought was an unknown sea monster is actually an Atlantic Sturgeon. Atlantic Sturgeon usually grow to be as long as 15 feet, weigh as much as 800 pounds and have been swimming the seas for over a 100 million years.






Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Earliest Ice-Out on Record

Although it still looks like winter, ice-out came very early to Ely, Minnesota this year. 2010's April 3 record eclipsed previous ice-outs by over a week. Unseasonably warm days in January and February no doubt contributed to this year's official ice-out on Shagawa Lake on Wednesday, March 28.
Does this mean an early smallmouth spawn? We'll find out the first week in June.
Where did I store that mosquito spray?
  1966 - Mid-May
1991 - April 22
1995 - April 26
1996 - After May 6
1997 - April 29
1998 - April 13
1999 - April 24
2000 - April 17
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2010 - April 3
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2012 - March 28
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Friday, March 23, 2012
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Fantastic Opportunity to Fish Argentina's Lago Strobel (Jurassic Lake)

We have a cancellation for a one-week itinerary at Lago Strobel, leaving an opening for four anglers now available at very special pricing.  Dates are April 7th through 14th, and what would normally cost $5,200 is only $3,500 per angler!  This is really a heck of a deal, and a heck of a trip; anybody interested let me now immediately so we can get it set up for you and start booking flights!

Lago Strobel (aka Jurassic Lake) has become famous the world over in recent years for its incredible rainbow fishery, sporting perhaps the greatest abundance of trout over ten pounds per acre of water anywhere on Earth. Patagonia Unlimited offers both week and half-week itineraries to fish this incredible system including the Rio Barrancoso, Lago Strobel‟s only tributary and a beautiful river-fishery in and of itself, as well as fifteen smaller but equally productive inner estancia lakes open every year from November 1st through May 1st.

Sight fishing with dry flies is a commonly adopted and effective approach to these waters, and guests choose daily between wading and fishing from a driftboat or raft. Lodging for our Lago Strobel itineraries is provided in an extremely comfortable shoreline estancia, complete with 24 hour windgenerated electricity and hot water, satellite internet and telephone , a full bar, and executive chef prepared meals, allowing for an exceptional level of comfort in this remote region of Santa Cruz. Flights for this itinerary arrive in and depart from Calafate daily (4 hours drive from the estancia), and the rates are all inclusive from the time of your pickup at the airport to the time of your drop off for the flight home.
  Lago Strobel



Lago Strobel



Monday, March 5, 2012
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When I'm Sixty-Four

In 1967, my parents were still in their 40s, my only grandparent was an ancient 67, and I was 19. That spring, the Beatles released Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. After hearing the second cut on side two, I clearly remember thinking that I was certain I would never make it to 64.
Well, in spite of that prediction, my best efforts otherwise and all odds, here I am!

   

Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Ellijay's Buffoon Laureate on the Daily Show

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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Nancy Pelosi's Damaging Secret About Gingrich Revealed!

After extensive networking and research, I have discovered Nancy Pelosi's secret that she says will deny Newt Gingrich the White House.

Click on the image to the right.

  Pelosi

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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We Survived Another One

OFWLC
OFWLC members, Dave Teffeteller, Todd Lewis, John Simank and Jerry Stephenson survived their first outing of 2012. High winds and low temperatures made for some tough fishing on Arkansas's White and Norfork rivers; but we, our tackle and boats all made it - no worse for the wear. Thanks to the newest OFWLC inductee, Mr. Simank, for going above and beyond as host.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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One Thousand Days and Counting

What is so special about April 29, 2009? It’s the last time Congress passed a budget. 1000 days later, we are operating without any plan.

  • The last time the Senate passed a budget was on April 29, 2009.
  • Since that date, the federal government has spent $9.4 trillion, adding $4.1 trillion in debt.
  • As of January 20, the outstanding public debt stands at $15,240,174,635,409.
  • Interest payments on the debt are now more than $200 billion per year.
  • President Obama proposed a FY2012 budget last year, and the Senate voted it down 97–0. (And that budget was no prize—according to the Congressional Budget Office, that proposal never had an annual deficit of less than $748 billion, would double the national debt in 10 years and would see annual interest payments approach $1 trillion per year.)
  • The Senate rejected House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget by 57–40 in May 2011, with no Democrats voting for it.
  • In FY2011, Washington spent $3.6 trillion. Compare that to the last time the budget was balanced in 2001, when Washington spent $1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion when you adjust for inflation).
  • Entitlement spending will more than double by 2050. That includes spending on Medicare, Medicaid and the Obamacare subsidy program, and Social Security. Total spending on federal health care programs will triple.
  • By 2050, the national debt is set to hit 344 percent of Gross Domestic Product.
  • Taxes paid per household have risen dramatically, hitting $18,400 in 2010 (compared with $11,295 in 1965). If the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and more middle-class Americans are required to pay the alternative minimum tax (AMT), taxes will reach unprecedented levels.
  • Federal spending per household is skyrocketing. Since 1965, spending per household has grown by nearly 162 percent, from $11,431 in 1965 to $29,401 in 2010. From 2010 to 2021, it is projected to rise to $35,773, a 22 percent increase.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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The Eastern Sierra

Check out Keaton and Grey McCalla's video from a recent drive to California's Mono Lake. This is the first January in 25 years that Rte 120 has open due to lack of snow.

On the Road Again from keaton mccalla on Vimeo

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Plato Would Be Proud
Necessity is certainly the mother of invention...
Plato
Monday, January 9, 2012
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Just Big Enough To Save My Life

While some might say it is under-powered, my personal favorite daily carry is a Beretta Jetfire 25.

A while back. a buddy and I were fishing on Alaska's Raspberry Island near Kodiak, and out of nowhere came this very angry and large brown bear. Apparently we were threatening her cubs.

Anyway, if I had not had my little Jetfire I'd sure not be here today. Just one shot to my buddy's knee cap and I was able to escape by just briskly walking away.

It's not always the size that matters.

  Beretta
Monday, January 9, 2012
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Monday Morning Movie
From Wayne Jenkins, Cook Inletkeeper Homer, Alaska - just another day at the beach.

     

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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It's Not Always About the Money
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