Do you like to fish? I certainly do. But I am NOT a “fisherman”. Indeed, my skills end when the hook goes in the water; from that point I am at the mercy of the weather, the water, and the natural elements. I don’t know one breed of fish from the other, although I can tell the difference between big fish and little ones. Nor do I know what baits they like. My fishing consists of getting up early, going to the pier with my chair and packed lunch. I wear the Extreme ECO water-repellant jacket and fisherman’s cap my wife got me from Columbia as I settle back to enjoy the breeze and watch the sun rise over the ocean. I like to listen to the birds as they search for their morning food and hear the morning tide coming in.
Now you might wonder what a designer of high-tech software is doing parked on a fishing pier when he knows absolutely nothing about the fish or the sport. The fact is, that’s precisely why I’m there. I fish so I can escape the technicalities I encounter every minute of every day when I am at work. Fishing gives me the chance to return to nature and the elements. Tiny details are not so important. Give me an outdoor kit purchased with a Groupon promo code, some bait and a supply of snacks and drink and I’m set to unwind. I so enjoy the experience of doing nothing that I often resent it when a fish interrupts my reverie by pulling on my line.
Of course, I do occasionally catch a few fish. And I almost always throw them back. Once some guy on the pier begged me so much for a catch that I gave it to him; he wanted something to prove to his wife he hadn’t wasted an entire day. But I usually toss my catches back into the water; I’m not good at cleaning and filleting fish anyhow. Instead, I use a Groupon to buy new outdoor supplies from Columbia for my next trip. And at the end of my time I usually buy something from the pier fish market to bring home; they know me so well by now that they give me special customer status. That keeps all of us happy!