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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • A first time for everything

  • Did you know you can still decide you like new things even when you are at that golden age?
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  • Did you know you can still decide you like new things even when you are at that golden age?
     
    I was invited to go ice fishing for the first time at Red Lake in northern Minnesota. While I wasn’t sure I would even like ice fishing and the drive was a bit daunting, I chalked up the idea as a new experience.
    At midnight on Thursday (Friday morning), we packed the truck and headed to Joey and Sue Helgets for the beginning of what could be the first and last ice fishing trip.
     
    Once out on the ice, I checked how deep it was after the holes were drilled and decided the 18” or so of ice would hold us.
     
    The fishing wasn’t so hot on Friday so Joey, Sue, Sputz and I started to play a board game called Carbles. It’s a cross between Chinese Checkers and marbles. I’d only played it one time during Christmas so we did our best to interpret the rules, even going so far as to make a call to my sister-in-law Tammy. I think it was about 2 a.m. when we finished and headed to bed.
     
    After hooking up with Dave Berdan, we re-located the fish house. The wind blew and the snow flew cold and strong around us. Finally about 2:30 Saturday afternoon the fish started biting and we just about had our limit before they went as cold as the weather.
     
    Another mean game of Carbles and in the wee hours of the morning, it was time to turn in, for when the sun rose, it would be a long drive home.
     
    I’m not sure if I passed the fishing partner test. I guess I’ll just have to see if an offer to go comes up again.
     
    Thought for the week: Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused. – Author unknown.

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