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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Have You Ever Thought About Hiking the Appalachian Trail?

Hike the AT this summer, vicarioulsly anyway, with good buddy Collin Chambers.
She's three weeks into her 2,175 mile hike from nearby Springer Mountain to Maine's Mt. Katahdin.
Click here or on the banner to the left under Related Links to read her almost-daily updates.
If you'd like to read Bill Bryson's hilarious account of his attempt to hike the AT, check out A Walk in the Woods.

AT Map

  Collin Chambers

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Something to Smile About
Sal Bruno
REPORT FROM JUSTIN WITT REGARDING SAL BRUNO'S BIG RAINBOW - It was a pretty rough day fishing Lago 3 yesterday (Sal's last day of fishing), and he kept hooking up and then losing fish, over, and over, and over again.  It was starting to look like he would have to go home fishless and frustrated on his last day.  Then he hooks this friggin enormous sexy beast and TWICE into the backing, twenty minutes later my nervous heart pounding self put the net under her and got her in the boat.  More than 30" long and god only knows what she weighed. 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Regulators Closes Appalachian Community Bank

Appalachian Community Bank, Ellijay, Georgia, was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, which appointed the FDIC as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Community & Southern Bank, Carrollton, Georgia, to assume all of the deposits of Appalachian Community Bank.
The 10 branches of Appalachian Community Bank were to reopen on Saturday as branches of Community & Southern Bank. This transaction also includes all of Appalachian Community Bank's branches that operated under the trade name of Gilmer County Bank.
The closure does not involve Appalachian Community Bank F.S.B., McCaysville, Georgia, or any of its branch locations. Appalachian Community Bank F.S.B., McCaysville will continue to operate as usual.
Depositors of Appalachian Community Bank will automatically become depositors of Community & Southern Bank.
As of December 31, 2009, Appalachian Community Bank had approximately $1.01 billion in total assets and $917.6 million in total deposits. Community & Southern Bank will pay the FDIC a premium of one percent to assume all of the deposits of Appalachian Community Bank.
The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $419.3 million.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

RIP Fess Parker

Fess Parker 1925-2010

If you've got to ask, you don't need to know.

Davy Mug

My very own Davy Crockett mug.


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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Great to Be On the River

Toccoa Tailwater
It was a good to be on the river with fishing buddies, Scott (Pitbull) McBride and Chris (Don't Call Me Weyman) Tilghman. The temperature and wind were tolerable, but the usually-cooperative trout were out to lunch.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


The Pill

When The Pill hit the US market in the mid 60s, it gave women the freedom to express their sexuality (and in a few cases, the bad judgement to have sex with a hippie from the hills of East Tennessee). But as study from the University of Aberdeen shows, it may have given them something else as well.

The study published this week in the British Medical Journal, followed more than 46,000 female patients from 1,400 medical practices throughout the U.K. for up to 39 years. They found that, women who had taken oral contraception at some point in their lives had a lower risk of death from any cause compared with those who had never taken the pill.

Women who had used oral contraception had lower rates of death due to all forms of cancer, including uterine, ovarian and bowel cancers. Additionally, those who had taken the pill had significantly lower rates of death due to heart disease or stroke.

So, in years to come, as you see the aged blue hairs clinging to their walkers in the aisles at WalMart, remember those are the long-haired, braless, beauties of the 60s and 70s.

  The Pill

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better

Because of all of the web traffic, Britain's Got Talent blocked my embedding of these videos, but please take a few momenst to view each on the links (left to right) on YouTube - they'll put joy in your day.

From 2009 Britain's Got Talent

  Stavros Stavros Stavros

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Scott McBride Inducted

Just in...
Ellijay's own, Scott McBride, has been inducted as the newest member of The Costa Rican Anglers' Club. Email Scott to learn about the activities leading up to his induction and initiation.


  Scott McBride

Monday, March 8, 2010

It's Elk Hair Caddis Time in North Georgia


Saturday, March 6, 2010


There - I Fixed It

A Happy Birthday phone call from Ol'Fart buddy, Todd Lewis, inspired me to post this little clip. You can take the boy out of Maryville, but...  

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Friday, March 5, 2010

22,646 Days and Still Counting

The Hop-A-Long Cassidy sweatshirt is long-gone and there are 57 more candles on the cake, but I'm still packing heat.

Thanks for all of the well wishes.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Floating the White - Retro Style

From seventy years ago, this promotional film for the Owens Boat Line chronicles a typical fishing/float trip from Branson, Missouri to Cotter, Arkansas.

At the time of this film, the White was a warmwater fishery - dams had not been constructed - and the fish were bass and bream.

The Owen boats in the film are the predecessors of the long, narrow jonboats still used on the river today.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

About Belize

While fishing buddies Scott McBride and Chris Tilghman are enjoying a week of fishing and SUPing in Belize, take a couple of minutes to learn about the impact that fly fishing tourism is having on some of the native Belizean families.    

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Check Out The New Mountain Sport

Pay a visit to the kahuna of the Blue Ridge Mountains - Chris Tilghman's new website.
Stand Up Paddling is sweeping the country as "the new thing" in watersports.
Chris offers lessons, tours, rentals and sales. If you're in downtown Blue Ridge, stop byt his retail store, Surf Blue Ridge, at 520 E Main Street.

SUP Blue Ridge


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Greg Fisher

As I prepare for Greg Fisher's memorial service, I find that listening to this Alison Krauss song seems quite appropriate.

My fondest memories of Greg will be those that we spent together - around, in and sometimes under the water.


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Monday, February 8, 2010

Greg Fisher

My dear friend and fishing buddy, Greg Fisher, passed away in his sleep this morning. In the words of his wife Sandi:

This ends Greg's long and hard battle with cancer. Some might say he lost that fight; but I would say that his fight was not in vain. He won the precious time to see his girls become women and begin to find their paths. He always wanted a house on the water and his fight gave him the time to build it. His battle gave me, and many others, a look at true courage and a hope that we can learn to be so strong.

I will update Greg's blog with more information later.

  Greg Fisher

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pork - The Other Aphrodisiac

"I didn't know that eating pork improved sexual activity," Argentina President Cristina Fernandez said in a meeting with representatives of the swine industry late Wednesday. "It is much more gratifying to eat some grilled pork than to take Viagra."

The president's half-joking speech in which she announced subsidies for the pork industry won prominent play on television and radio stations, prompting discussions on whether Argentines should add more pork to their diet.

Argentines are among the world's biggest consumers of red meat, and most people here stubbornly reject the idea of replacing beef with chicken, pork or other meats. Despite Argentina lying along rich South Atlantic fisheries, seafood is rarely seen on dinner tables. The head of the association of pork producers, Juan Luis Uccelli, supported Fernandez's speech by saying that Denmark and Japan have a much more "harmonious" sexual life then the Argentines because they eat a lot of pig meat.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Rule January Afternoon on the Toccoa Delayed Harvest

After a too long hiatus from the water, Scott McBride, Chris Tilghman and I floated the Toccoa River Delayed Harvest for a great afternoon of fishing. The sun was warm, the water was swift and the fish were a bit shy.

Toccoa River

Rainbow Rainbow

Friday, January 22, 2010 Rule Hell Hath No Fury...

When YaVaughnie Wilkins learned that her lover for 8.5 years had reconciled with his wife, she spent $250,000 to have this billboard posted in Manhattan's Time Square, Atlanta and San Francisco. In case you can't make it out, the caption at top says. "You are my soul mate forever."
Her lover, Oracle's Director of Technology and President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisor, Charles E. Philip, made the following statement through a spokesperson. "I had an 8-and-a-half-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins. The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended, and we both wish each other well," he said.
Tell it to the hand!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

This is Funny?

My wife, Joanne, thinks this is funny. She is not a blond.    

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This One "Cracks" Me Up

Thanks to Gillian Cooke of the UK Olympic Bobsleigh Team.    

Friday, January 15, 2010

Clinch River Trout Unlimited Follow-up

It was great to meet all of the folks at the Clinch River Trout Unlimited meeting in Norris, Tennessee last night. Also great to see Carol Moore, my co-worker and neighbor from over 30 years ago - when Carol was only three years old. Yes, time is better to some of us than others.   Carol and Dave

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Justin Witt on Moldy Chum

Justin Witt has made it to the Moldy Chum Slab of the Month competition once again. Click here to see his entry - scroll down to the January 14th entries.   Moldy Chum

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Patagonia Road Show Heading to Norris

If cabin fever has you down, take a drive to Norris, Tennessee on Friday afternoon get a taste of Patagonia. Stop by and take part in my presentation on fishing in Argentina's Patagonia to the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

7:00 pm
Thursday, January 14
St Francis Episcopal Church
Norris, Tennessee


Friday, January 8, 2010

Snow Day In Ellijay

With a few inches of snow and high temperatures in the mid-teens, it's definitely a winter day.   Snow Day

Monday, January 4, 2010

OFWLC New Year Get-Together

Sunday marked the annual OFWLC get-together, lunch, gift exchange and lie swap. All members, with the notable exception of the newest member, John Simank, and his bride Sandra were present and accounted for.
As they say in the local paper, "A good time was had by all."

Lto R: Bessie Stephenson, Jerry Stephenson, Joanne Waddey, Greg Fisher, the Ol'Fart, Sandi Fisher, Todd Lewis and Jeanie Lewis.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Get Your Own Appalachian Trail Georgia Tag

Appalachian Trail Conservancy and its team of volunteers in Georgia has received approval of its application for the creation of an Appalachian Trail license plate.

$25,000.00 to cover all manufacturing fees and all applications for the proposed license plate to the state. This will initiate production. 

Get the Application (PDF)

As of December 1, 2009, ATC has received 543 applications.

Once ATC has received 1,000 paid license plate applications, ATC will submit one check in the amount of $25,000.00 to cover all manufacturing fees and all applications for the proposed license plate to the state. This will initiate production.


Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year and Best Wishes on This Blue Moon Evening

One of my favorite songwriters and singers, Nanci Griffith and the Blue Moon Orchestra performing Patrick Alger and Eugene Levine's "Just Once in a Very Blue Moon" - with a little "More Than a Whisper" on the end.
See you next year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Join Me In Congratulating the Newlyweds

Ana Valeria and Justin Witt have wed in Argentina. Join me in wishing this beautiful couple the best and all happiness.

Salud, amor, y riqueza, y tiempo para disfrutarlos.

Justin and Ana

Email your congratulations to Ana and Justin.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dogs and Cats are Destroying the Planet

Dogs could be one of the environment's worst enemies, according to a new study which says the carbon pawprint of a pet dog is more than double that of a gas-guzzling suv.
"Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat," the author said.

Combine the land required to generate its food and a "medium" sized dog has an annual footprint of 0.84 hectares (2.07 acres) -- around twice the 0.41 hectares required by a 4x4 driving 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) a year, including energy to build the car.
Cats have an eco-footprint of about 0.15 hectares, slightly less than driving a Volkswagen Golf for a year, while two hamsters equates to a plasma television and even the humble goldfish burns energy equivalent to two mobile telephones.

Likewise, dogs decrease biodiversity in areas they are walked, while their faeces cause high bacterial levels in rivers and streams, making the water unsafe to drink, starving waterways of oxygen and killing aquatic life.

Cat shit can be even more toxic than dog shit -- owners who flush their litter down the toilet ultimately infect sea otters and other animals with toxoplasma gondii, which causes a killer brain disease.

I wonder, what's the carbon footprint of a child?

  Eat Your Dog

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Obama Mao Now!

From Sweden to Argentina folks are sporting the political and fashion statement of the season.

Stop by the Just Another Day In Ellijay Marketplace and grab this t-shirt or one or two or three of the other great items.

As we used to say in the 70s - be there or be square.

  Obama Tee

Monday, December 21, 2009

Living the Dream

No commentary necessary.  

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Eight Days Gone Forever

I don't know where I got it - but it was bad!

The brain central of my existence - my Dell XPS Workstation caught a virus last Friday - the Windows blue screen of death followed by a looping start-up that would not get beyond the Windows welcome screen.

All of the attempts to resurrect the system failed, resulting in the inevitable reloading of the operating system, followed by restoring all of the programs and applications and back-ups of files (yes, I do have back-ups).

So, here I am eight days later, eight days behind (my apologize to my clients) and no online shopping with Christmas less than a week away - maybe that's a good thing.

  Blue Screen of Death

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I Confess, I Slept With A Sixty Year Old Woman Last Night

I went to bed with a young woman in her 50s and woke up with a 60-year-old.

Happy birthday to Miss Joanne Waddey.

Birthday wishes may be sent here.

  Joanne and Dave

Thursday, November 26, 2009 Rule

Happy Thanksgiving.
Cranberries and decorative gourds for everyone.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Thanks a Pant Load Wanda

Just when my jonesin' for the Chik-fil-A's Peach Shake was coming to an end, Wanda Maloney just had to tell me about Chik-fil-A's Christmas season Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake. Thank goodness it's another limited-time flavor.

Chocolate Peppermint Shake


Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving

Gwynna, Spencer and Patty Thrift sent a wonderful Thanksgiving card featuring this photo taken in 1997 at Washington's National Cathedral.

A great photo of a beautiful family and a wonderful tribute to a beautiful man. Please take a moment to give thanks for the loved ones in your life.


  Thrift Family 1997

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Join the Oba Mao Revolution

Join our Chinese friends in celebrating the visit of President Obama. As reported in Beijing:

The Chinese have learned English from his speeches and celebrated the way he rolls up his sleeves. Now President Barack Obama is finally coming, and he's being greeted with "Oba Mao" T-shirts and a statue of him that bursts into flames.

Sunday's arrival of a U.S. president admired for his charisma is already a source of profit and brief fame for some Chinese.

It can also be a profit for yours truly - just make the jump to the Just Another Day In Ellijay marketplace and grab a t-shirt, tote, coffee mug - you name it, I got it!


Oba Mao Stuff

  Oba Mao

Friday, November 13, 2009

Will the Mayfly Save Appalachia's Mountaintops

MayflyNov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Mayflies may seal the fate of mountaintop mining in the Appalachian hills of the eastern U.S. Companies such as Massey Energy Co. that mine coal there by stripping mountain peaks and dumping debris in streams are being asked by the Environmental Protection Agency for the first time to safeguard the mayfly, one of the oldest winged insects and a bait favored by fly-fisherman.

Applicants for new mines will have to show they wouldn’t cause pollution deadly to the aquatic bug. That puts at risk about $3 billion a year in coal that operators led by Massey and International Coal Group Inc. extract in Appalachia, said Kevin Book, an analyst at ClearView Energy Partners LLC. Without fresh permits to dump debris, mines may shut by 2012 in states such as West Virginia, he said.

“The future of mountaintop mining looks bleak,” Book, who is based in Washington, said in an interview. “Ripping off mountaintops gets cheap clean coal, but there’s no way to do it without environmental impacts.”

Friday, November 13, 2009


THIS CLIP is from the new DVD "RISE" (Confluence Films, 79 minutes), yet another dazzling cinematographic adventure for fly fishers from Chris Patterson and Jim Klug, the producers of "Drift." The new DVD travels to the Florida Keys, Argentina, Alaska, New Orleans, Idaho and Venezuela and profiles anglers, guides and icons in their home waters. This clip features René Harrop — known on the Henry's Fork as the "Trout Hunter" — describing his close connection to one of the most fabled trout streams in North America.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009


TIME's Best Travel Gadgets 2009

Thanks to Ed Peterson for the link to TIME's guide to their best travel gadgets for 2009. Click below to view

  1. Slingbox Pro-HD
  2. MiFi
  3. Targus 4-Port Smart USB Hub
  4. MacBook
  5. Beats Solo
  6. Optoma PK101 Pico Pocket Projector
  7. Kensington Power Inverter
  8. Pentax K-x
  9. Live Luggage Hybrid PA
  10. Energizer Xpal SP2000
  11. Zipcar App
  12. Lowepro Fastpack
  13. Motorola Droid
  14. Yelp App
  15. Barnes & Noble Nook
  16. iPod Touch
  17. LaCie Rugged Hard Disk
  18. Eye-Fi Pro
  19. iMinds
  20. Rosetta Stone TOTALe
  21. Nau Billfold
  22. Virgin America Gogo
  23. Sleeptracker
  24. Kingston MobileLiteG2
  25. Joby Gorillamobile
  Travel Gadgets

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Big Orange BB Gun Bandits

Marie Montmarquet, 22, and three 18-year-old University of Tennessee football players were arrested this morning after they allegedly tried to rob a gas station in Knoxville. Montmarquet, Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu’Keese Richardson are all being held on counts of attempted armed robbery in the Knox County Detention Center.
According to, police were called just before 2am this morning and were told that a man wearing a black hoodie rushed into the convenience store, holding a handgun, and said "Give me everything you have."
Another man is said to have approached a car and demanded wallets from the people inside the vehicle. Then a third man apparently walked up and told them they needed to leave.
The men reportedly left in a 2010 Prius, driven by Montmarquet. They were stopped by police down the road and taken into custody after authorities found a pellet gun, black hoodies, and pot inside the car. Montmarquet claimed the drugs and pot grinder were hers, so is additionally being held on drug charges.
Police also took the suspects back to the Pilot station, where the victims positively identified the men as the ones who accosted them.

  BB Gun Bandits

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"The mountain has came off" - Rock Slides Block US64 Near Ducktown

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A second rock slide has closed U.S. 64 in East Tennessee in both directions, and a state transportation spokeswoman says it could be three weeks before the scenic highway along the Ocoee River reopens.
The first slide happened about 6 a.m. EST Tuesday at mile marker 17 near Ducktown. The second rock slide about seven hours later, caught on videos shot by the Chattanooga Times Free Press and WDEF-TV, has further complicated the cleanup.
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Julie Oaks said Wednesday that geologists are helping determine how much work must be done to reopen the road. She said the department will use an emergency contract to remove an estimated 1,400 dump-truck loads of rock and dirt.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Visit the RT Henson Showcase This Weekend

Danny Tibbitts announces another open house to showcase the artwork, writings and ideas of his uncle, RT Henson, this Saturday and Sunday.
Parking will be available in the Courthouse parking lot for the shuttle van to RT's house.
Visit RT's website for more information.

  RT Henson
Friday, November 6, 2009

First Week of Argentina's Fishing Season

The 2009-2010 fishing season opened in Argentina this week. Justin says the fishing is hot - as this photo attests.
Drop me a line or give me a call to make your reservations now. Season runs through April. I'll be there March and April so plan now to join me for a week, week and a half or two week trip.

Destination Fishing

  Justin Witt
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Seventy-Six Gilmer Sex Offenders - Know Your Neighbors

Gilmer Sex Offenders
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Friday, October 30, 2009 Rule
Back In North Carolina

Just spent a great few days in Asheville, North Carolina with long-time friends, Ellen and Tom Mann. We highly recommend the Sweet Biscuit Inn, Tupelo Honey Cafe, The Admiral and 12 Bones Steakhouse.

Ellen Mann and Joanne Waddey



At left - Ellen Mann and Joanne Waddey, best of friends for close to forty years.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Weekend with the Fishers

Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher waiting for the ferry to Southport.



Joanne and I just returned from a relaxing weekend with Sandi and Greg Fisher at their Wilmington, NC home.
Great friends, food and down time.
To read read Greg's journal, Living with Cancer, click here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce - Shame, Shame, Shame

Several years ago the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce staff asked me to develop a corporate brand and marketing campaign. I presented them with several concepts, but the board of directors didn't buy into any of them.
End of story? Not quite.
A few months later the corporate logo I developed was used on the cover of the Chamber's annual membership directory - no compensation to me.
In that same publication and now in recent ads and on its website, the Gilmer County - Georgia's Playground marketing slogan I created was used without my permission or any offer of compensation.
And not to mention the Georgia Three Rivers Festival concept that I developed that was ripped-off and used for another event without as much as a "go ef yourself."
Does the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce not understand copyright law, think the law doesn't apply to them or just doesn't care?


Thursday, October 15, 2009
Dancing Babies

The internet has certainly come a long way since the dancing baby animation of the mid 90's.

Dancing Baby


Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Michelle Is A Doll!

US toymakerJailbreak Toys will release its Michelle Obama Action Figure just in time for the holidays.
Dressed in three different outfits, including this purple dress she wore at the democratic presidential nomination, the Michelle doll is predicted to out-sell the Barack doll.
  Obama Dolls
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Now Is The Time!

It will be fall and the end of fishing season in Argentina before you know it.

Now is the time to make your reservation for a week or two fly fishing with me in Patagonia.

Email today for more information.

  Spring 2010

Friday, October 9, 2009
I Have Nothing to Say

Fellow blogger and buddy Ed Peterson preempted me today.
Check out his blog posting to which I responded - While He certainly hasn't the peacemaker accomplishments of that other Nobel Prize winner, Yasser Arafat, I'm sure He'll prove Himself worthy and make the folks in Stockholm proud.

  View From Inman Park
Thursday, October 8, 2009

When a blog dedicated to publishing suspected PhotoShop disasters commented on this ad featuring an emaciated Flippa Hamilton (before picture far right), it's staff received a terse copyright infringement complaint from Ralph Lauren.
Boing Boing's editor Cory Doctorow issued the following statement in response.

"Copyright law doesn't give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings. You should know better. And every time you threaten to sue us over stuff like this, we will:
a) Reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it, and;
b) Publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery, so that it becomes highly ranked in search engines where other people you threaten can find it and take heart; and
c) Offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models."

Friday, October 2, 2009
Ain't America Great? Or... Who Voted for Obama?

Thanks to daughter-in-law Christy for reminding me of this website.
Look carefully - you might be on Candid Camera.

Click on the image to visit the site.

Thursday, October 1, 2009
More From the Tail of the Dragon - For DJ

Thanks to SCOA Club's NCC1701, here's a video of this past weekend's smart car rally run of the Tail of the Dragon (US 129 from Deal's Gap to Fontana Dam.

388 curves in 11 miles and 7 minutes and .20 gallons of gas.

This is why we smart-asses enjoy our little cars.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Big Bear in Gilmer County

Bowhunter Shane Newberry brought down this 573 pound black bear near Roy Road. This is the largest bear ever reported killed in Gilmer County and only two pounds off the state record.

Times-Courier photo.

  573 pounds

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Gilmer High On TV?

Each week Atlanta's WSB-TV holds a contest allowing viewers to vote on which high school football game will be covered. This week, the Gilmer vs. Pickens matchup is on the list.

To cast your ballot, click on the image and view the video clip.
  Gilmer vs Pickens

Saturday, September 26, 2009 Rule
Outsmarting The Wet Dragon

Joanne, I and our smart cars joined one hundred other smart cars and their owners from all over North America to drive the US 129 Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway in the Smart Car of America Outsmarting The Dragon Rally.

Thanks to Tom and Carolyn Sewell for joining us as passengers for the wet ride to Robbinsville, NC, Deals Gap and Tellico Plains, TN.

Top - Some of the 100 smarts gathered for a group photo at Fontana Dam.
Bottom left - Joanne and Carolyn in the 2008 Cabriolet.
Bottom right - Tom and Dave in the 2009 Passion.


Thursday, September 24, 2009
High and Muddy Water

My busman's holiday to Arkansas's White and Norfork rivers proved to be mostly a non-fishing trip. The weather in north Arkansas was similar to the weather I thought I was leaving behind in north Georgia. High, muddy water kept John Simank and me shore-bound except for a couple of productive hours on the Norfork River.

John Simank

  John Simank

At left, John Simank laments a high and muddy White River. Above, young Mr. Simank fishing below the Norfork dam.

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Mary Travers November 9, 1936 - September 16, 2009

A rare solo perfomance by Mary Travers.

Mary Travers


Thursday, September 17, 2009
An Eye for An Eye, A Tooth for An Eye

A sixty-year-old Mississippi woman, blind for nearly a decade has become the first person in the US to have her eye-sight restored by implanting her tooth in her eye. For patients whose bodies reject a transplanted or artificial cornea, this procedure "implants the patient's tooth in the eye to anchor a prosthetic lens and restore vision," said Thornton's surgeon Victor Perez of University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
The tooth and the lens were implanted under the patient's skin in the cheek or shoulder for two months so they could bond, then they were carefully implanted in the center of the eye after a series of procedures to prepare the socket. "A hole is made in the mucosa for the prosthetic lens, which protrudes slightly from the eye and enables light to re-enter the eye allowing the patient to see once again," read an Eye Institute statement.
Following a series of operations, medical personnel removed the bandages from Thornton's eyes two weeks ago. She was able to recognize objects and faces a few hours later, and two weeks later she was able to read newspapers, the Eye Institute said.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Hey, Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, Try This!

The Danish tourism folks thought this video might lure American males to Denmark with the promise that its women are easy.
The ad uses an actress and the kid isn't actually hers.
If this ad were duplicated in our fair county, we wouldn't have to rely on actresses. The cattle call would fill the Walmart parking lot.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
A Roily Cartecay

With close to 4" inches of rain since last night, the Cartecay reached peak flow at around 6pm and had dropped by a couple of feet when I took these photos at sunset.
EMS volunteers were called to rescue at least one paddler, and several homes downstream and on the Ellijay River were evacuated.
While these are certainly serious flows for the Coosawattee watershed, the high water is still several feet below the flows created by the 2004 hurricane Ivan


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Monday, September 14, 2009
I Ain't Afraid of None of You Bastards

Things you can find on the internet!

May I present TV clips of Cas Walker, East Tennessee grocer, politician, publisher. impasario and my employer.

Mr. Walker, The WBIR-TV Farm and Home Hour and the Cas Walker Fine Family of Entertainers - all indelible parts of this young man's past.

I know - that explains a lot.


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Sunday, September 13, 2009
She's Back
Susan Boyle arrived in LA today to a beatle-mania-like reception. She is slated to perform on this week's America's Got Talent singing "Wild Horses." It sure isn't Mick Jagger.


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Friday, September 11, 2009
Blue Ridge Dam Rehab Project Slatted for 2010-2011

TVA will finally be completing the dam rehabilitation that's been on the drawing board for several years. TVA will repair the penstock, repair and stabilize the upstream face of the dam, stabilize the intake tower base, and stabilize the downstream face of the dam.

These repairs will require a deep drawdown similar to the drawdowns for dam safety inspection that have been regularly scheduled approximately every five years. TVA will begin slowly drawing down the reservoir between mid-July and early September 2010. The reservoir will be held under elevation 1,630 for approximately six months while upgrades and repairs are conducted. Assuming adequate rainfall, the reservoir would be refilled in late spring to early summer 2011. Veterans Memorial Highway (Old U.S. Highway 76) would be closed throughout the entire project.

  Lake Blue Ridge

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Move Over Rip - There's A New World Record

It looks like the White River Rip Collins' record brown trout (40 lb 4 oz) has been displaced by the 41 lb 7.25 oz brown landed this week by Michigan angler Tom Healy. Heally was steelhead fishing on the Manistee with guideTim Roller when he landed this guy on a Black and Chrome #7 Rapala Shad Rap.

The fish has been weighed and certified by the Michigan DNR. Scales were removed and will be tested to verify that it is indeed a brown and not an Atlantic.


Angler Tom Healy above and guide Tim Roller right.

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Bass: The Movie

Director Jamie Howard's multi-year project to capture the excitement of trophy bass fishing on film has finally been completed, and "Bass: The Movie" will premiere at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, California on October 17th, 2009. The movie "pits fly rod fisherman and conventional rod fisherman on the same boat to share approaches and cultures side by side."

Click on the image to see the trailer.

  Bass Movie
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Rule

Employees of the Month?

A woman in eastern China was allegedly beaten to death by five employees of a Wal-Mart store who accused her of shoplifting, a police report and state media said Tuesday. Police have arrested two employees from the store in Jiangxi province, while three others are being investigated, Jingdezhen city police said in a report on their website. According to the report, the woman was beaten outside her home near the Wal-Mart on August 30 and died in a city hospital on Wednesday last week from injuries suffered during the beating.
Police said the five Wal-Mart employees had stopped the woman in the street and demanded to see her receipt, but she refused because she could not verify their identities, it said.
Following an argument, the five Wal-Mart employees began beating her, it said. In a statement, Wal-Mart said it was "fully cooperating with the relevant authorities and will release further details as it is appropriate". "We extend our condolences to the family of the deceased... The incident and cause of death is the subject of an investigation."


Friday, September 4, 2009
Another Good Afternoon in Ellijay

Diane Minick of the Upper Etowah River Alliance visited Ellijay today to share her expertise in our plans for the Gilmer County network of canoe launches.
While she was here Scott McBride and I dragged to a trout stream for a little fishing before a late lunch at Walkers' BBQ.

  Diane Minick
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Can Fly Fishing Stand the New Exposure?
With Barack Obama and Martha Stewart both throwing flies in recent days, are our trout streams getting ready for another assault?

The President spent a few hours - tailing loops and all - on the East Gallatin near Belgrade, Montana. While Martha spent her time with Ted Turner on his Montana Ruby River.
Obama   Stewart

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wednesday Afternoon on the Toccoa

A great afternoon of fishing and comraderie on the Toccoa this afternoon.
Colleagues in attendance: Don Roberts, Chris Tilghman, Scott McBride and the Ol'Fart.
The blue winged olives were welcomed treat for the trout and fishermen alike.

  Toccoa Rainbow
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Join Me In Argentina This Spring

It's time for you to make your reservations to join me for a March or April fly fishing trip to Argentina's Patagonia. You can book a one week trip (departing the states on a Friday evening and returning on Sunday morning - you'll only miss 5 days of work), a 10 day trip or a full two week trip.

As trite as it might sound, words and photos are not adequate to describe the magnificence of the people, the culture, the mountains, rivers, lakes and, yes, the trout! Trust me, this is a trip of a lifetime -  and quite affordable. Email me or give me a call (800 959-4843) to discuss the details.

For a taste of Argentina, watch Anthony Bourdain's rather theatrical eating tour of Buenos Aires, Bariloche, El Calafate and points south.

I may not be able to wait until the spring to return.

  Bourdain Argentina