April 23, 2004

Sometimes life's just good.

I just got back from visiting with my Mom and Dad, and I had a wonderful time. You see, the 'rents are living out my Dad's Dad's dream, which was to live on a houseboat. I always enjoy heading on down to the marina, and getting to "set a spell" with them and visit for awhile.

My sister and brother-in-law showed up just before I did, so we had (essentially) the whole Fam Damnly there. After supper (steak and au-gratin potatoes, mmmm-good) Dad, BIL, and I struck out in search of the elusive and wiley underwater denizens of Tellico Lake.

Our foe this day was the hated and feared (and also known to feel pain) crappie. For those of you out there who have never heard of this particular species, the correct pronunciation is craw-pee. More information is available at this site. So we hit the old fishin' boat at around 7:20 or so.

Meanwhile, 2 lost fishing lures, 3 trees caught, 1 two-pound bass, 3 non-keeper crappie, and 6 keepers later, I looked up and realized that I was having a great time, and was more at peace than I've been in weeks. It never fails to amaze me how much good spending a few hours with my family does for me. I know that I won't have them forever, so I'll just continue to make as many memories with them as I can.

When I was a teenager, I was always too embarrassed to tell them that I loved them, but now I've gotten over that. I always try to tell them how I feel, every time I say goodbye. It's incredible how your perspective changes once the age of thirty is behind you.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at April 23, 2004 10:42 PM

Awesome! A wonderful day, sounds like.


Posted by: maura at April 25, 2004 11:04 AM

hey, killer... how close to "Calhoun's at the Marina" were you?... we should hook up for a beer and a steak sometime..

Posted by: Eric at April 25, 2004 02:59 PM

Hey Maura,

It sure was! Sometimes I notice how much better things are when I'm around them, and sometimes I don't, but it's always way cooler when I do! I haven't had a chgance to check out your blog very much, but from what I've seen, you'll likely get a link.

Thanks for the comment, and come back often.

Posted by: Johnny - Oh at April 25, 2004 11:11 PM


As far as I know, they are still above the dam (Tellico), so I think it's still considered Tellico, but it might even be "Fort Lousy". Louisville Landing, if you know the spot.

I'd be happy to get together for a beer sometime, and dead animal parts are always on the menu. :)

Calhoun's West (the one next to Pellisippi) is like 7 minutes from the house, so meeting there might be more appropriate, but hey, I'm easy.

Let me know.

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