Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hockey 10/30 - Thursday League

1 goal, 1 assist
played with John the goalie and the kids
played D - only 3 defensemen, so played a lot (10pm game which sucked ass)
won 8-7

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hockey 10/23 - Thursday League

2 assists
played with John the Goalie
won 8-5
down 5-2 at the beginning of the third - scored 6 unanswered as the other team tired out.


I just paid $2.79 a gallon for gas, that is amazing. Less than $40 to fill my tank. I can't wait to fill up the 4Runner and see how much that costs - imagine a tank of gas for under $70!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - High Mtn Fishing

I took the day off from work to do some fishing while the bosses were in SF doing the Quarterly Business Review - my job was done, so what better time to get away from work.

I'll be honest, after hearing the wind whip up all night and that it was snowing like crazy in the high country, I wasn't interested in spending my day at a lake around 10,700'. But I went anyways. I was hoping to kayak this lake and try to get into some big Macks. I tied up some huge size 4 streamers on Tuesday night - in black, tan, white and chartuese - and was ready for some pigs.

The ride up got sketchy even before I hit South Park - it was a slick road and the temps were below freezing. This is about the coldest day we've had so far. The mountains were beautiful with a fresh coating of the white stuff. South Park wasn't as windy as normal and the sun was in and out in stretches - so it looked like a good day.

I saw this beautiful horse on the way in - he was with another pack of 3 or 4 hiding in the bushes.


As I increased elevation, winding through dirt roads and beaver ponds, the snow started getting deeper and the road got harder to see. When I got to the last road that headed up to the lake, I was the first set of tire tracks on it at 9:30 am - I took the road slow and at the top parking lot the snow was about 8 inches deep and there were some rather large drifts on the far sides of road where the wind slowed and the snow collected.


This un-named lake is a haven for bait chuckers and fish keepers - and there are many posts and pics on the internet of rednecks with stringers full of macks from this lake. I guess I shouldn't be bitter about people actually keeping fish legally, but I am bitter about all of the beer cans, egg containers, powerbait jars, cigarette butts and other garbage that seem to follow bait fishermen to far off places like this. Coincidence? I think not.

The parking lot was empty and the wind was kicking up to 40 mph, so I decided not to take out the kayak. Which sucks because I brought the sinking line and wanted to troll the big streamers along the bottom. I hiked my way about half way around the lake and nestled myself just around a small corner to avoid most of the wind. I pitched the streamers for about an hour and a half - with little luck. I did have one hit right in front of me about 8 feet out as I was about to pull the streamers our of the water. It hit late and kind of surprised me - I saw a huge flash of an under belly that was about 18 inches long (or so). That would have been a nice fish.


I nymphed a bit and had a few wacks as my indicator dropped below the surface briefly and when I gave it a pull there wasn't anything there. The fish actually kept attacking my balloon indicator - which was kind of funny. I switched to a big dry fly, but they weren't interested any more. The weather was hazardous to say the least - I dressed in (I'm not lying here), a turlteneck, long sleeve t-shirt, turtleneck sweatshirt, 2 hooded sweatshirts and then my thin waterproof LL Bean fishing jacket - I had a face guard and a hat on as well - with fleece pants, thin fishing pants and waders as well. I wasn't cold except my hands once in a while, and the wind in my face was annoying. I called it a day at around 2:30pm and then the sun popped out and felt nice. The wind however, never let up.

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I got skunked, but I'm not upset. It was better than working and I enjoyed this new lake - next time I will get a better opportunity on a much better weather day!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Red Sox Lose!

Yeah, that's right, I'm blogging about the Red Sox losing. Why? I ain't hanging my head, I ain't ashamed of thos team, and I'm certainly not impressed by the Devil Rays. I think it is laughable. Laughable that the Sox could beat the best team in the AL, the Angels, and then fall behind a team that has the worst bullpen in the history of the psot season and then lose. But hey the Rays won the series - and the Sox are going home - but why shouldn't they? This team has so many injuries and so many holes that they shouldn't have even gotten this far in the first place. I mean, come on - no one was supposed to go to game 7 after getting killed in games 2-4. But we did, we faught down to the wire and we almost did it. This team was missing a few pieces - and Ortiz bat, a Lowell bat, Ellsbury pulling an 0-fer, a hurt Beckett, a mediocre Lester, a sucky Wakefield, (dare I say it) no Man-Ram bat behind Ortiz, and no production out of the bottom of the order - but hey, imagine getting to game 7 of the ALCS with a dump of a team we had in the last 3 weeks! Amazing. I'm happ the season is over - time to patch some holes and continue our dynasty.

The sad part is that MLB is headed into the worst rated World Series ever, and no one will watch any of the games. The Rays will get spanked in Philly when they have to bat a pitcher, and can't move guys over. They will get killed at home when Howard, Burrell, Rollins and Utley bat around inning after inning in that tiny ballpark. And the sadest thing? When Tampa Bay and Baltimore are battling it out for 4th place in the AL East in 2009 again and no one remembers who the loser of the 2008 World Series was. But hey, good luck Rays!

Pedroia - I love ya, and see you next year, you are the MVP this year and I can't wait to see them give you the trophy!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

11/16 Hockey - Thursday League

playes with the kids and John the goalie
won 13-3, I left with 6 mins left to see the rest of the Red Sox game.

Sox down 7-0 in the 7th, come back to win 8-7. Absolutely amazing.

Then Avi was up all night every 40 minutes or so puking her guts out - 1 hour sleep and a full day of work today. Fun Fun.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Woke up this morning and the deck had a layer of sheer ice on it - poor Cabo was slipping and sliding all over it! The rain last night really wreaked havoc on the cars and surfaces that couldn't absorb it. I had to actually scarpe my windows off this morning.

Winter is on the way!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

October 11, 2008 - Cheesman Canyon

I got a chance to get out and fish with Chad this weekend - hit Cheesman at 6am. It was slow going this morning because the fog was as thick as pea soup. The morning was slow fishing for me - but the late morning heated up. Caught 6 fish or so on a grey size 22 RS2. 3 of the browns were nice size - about 16 inches. It was a strange weather day today - the weather was actually better in the canyon than at home here. The wind was cold, but it did not start sprinkling in the canyon until just before I left. Rainy and crappy here in Denver though. The browns are really fiesty and active.




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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Hockey 10/2 - Thursday League

New season

1 goal
played D
played with the kids
played against Brian, Dean and Chris the goalie
won 11-6