Big Catch

first_imgI am, quite possibly, the world’s worst fly fisherman. A lack of patience and complete technical incompetence have combined within me to create a sort of natural repellent to native and non-native trout species. I’m heavy-footed, loud and can tie only one knot: the kind that comes untied as soon as you tug on it. What’s that knot called again? Anyway, fish usually elude me, and yet, I love the practice of rejection. Standing ankle deep in cold water, the repetitive motion of the cast, the quiet of the creek…even my profanity has a rhythm to it, bursting forth every minute and a half when I get my line stuck in rhodo. Ah, fly fishing. I need all the help I can get. Thankfully, SweetWater Brewing Company has my back. They’ve created a new program centered around their limited edition fish/puzzle cans that helps stock local streams with trout. Because really, fishing is a numbers game. The more fish in that river, the better chance I’ll have at tricking one of them to come home with me for dinner.Show Sweetwater a picture of your stacked fish cans on one of those handy social media platforms and they’ll stock a trout into a local stream. It’s a cool program that has anglers from all over the Southeast posting pics of their sick cans. Even President Jimmy Carter has gotten in on the action, posting his own picture with a stack of fishy Sweetwater IPAs in his hands. Carter actually played a significant part in my development as a horrible fisherman. While he was president, he established the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Shortly after that designation, I learned to fish on that river. Back then, the ‘Hooch was over-crowded with tubers and over-polluted by assholes, but I vividly remember landing a massive rainbow on one of my first outings. I was using a cheap spin rod that my dad set up for me. He had a smallmouth bass that he caught before I was born mounted and hung on the wall of his office. As my father and I reeled the fish in together, my 8-year-old mind immediately starting clearing space in my own room for this new fish that would certainly be trophy size. It would be a glorious, great-white-hunter kind of trophy. I’d probably start wearing those safari-style khaki vests and carrying a knife. That’s what great fishermen do, after all. The fish crested the water as we pulled it close. My father knelt down, grabbing the massive trout with his left hand and wrestling the hook loose with his right. It was massive. I started to wonder how long it would take to mount a fish. Could we have it done today? So, I could take it to school on Monday? Of course, as soon as the fish was free from the hook, it slipped from my dad’s hands. Turns out, I come from a long line of really bad fishermen. If we had a family crest, it would be of a middle-aged man swearing at a fish as it swims away. Being such a poor angler stings. But these new cans from Sweetwater help. Would it be weird if I mounted them on the wall in my office? #fishforAFishlast_img read more

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SOUTHCOM Stages Relief Team at Grand Cayman in Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

first_imgBy U.S. Southcom Public Affairs Office October 04, 2016 On October 4th, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) directed a team of approximately 100 military personnel and nine helicopters to Grand Cayman Island, where they will be staged and ready to support U.S. disaster relief operations in the Caribbean if requested by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Members from Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B) and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) departed Honduras’ Soto Cano Air Base today aboard CH-53E Super Stallion, CH-47 Chinook, and UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters. If tasked, they will provide heavy lift support to U.S. disaster assistance missions. The mission of Joint Task Force-Bravo includes being prepared to support disaster relief operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, when directed by SOUTHCOM. SPMAGTF-SC deployed to Central America in June to serve as a rapid response force during the hurricane season. It was headquartered out of Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras and was postured to rapidly deploy in support of a disaster relief mission in the region. “Our country is a compassionate nation with a long history of helping countries impacted by natural disasters like this,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of SOUTHCOM. “We’re ready to support USAID, if needed, to save lives, alleviate human suffering and provide aid to those afflicted by this storm.” SOUTHCOM is one of the nation’s six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.last_img read more

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Mourinho: No rift with Eto’o

first_img “He has no reason to be upset because also, he told a few years ago, that Mourinho is the only manager in the world who I would never play for, and after one year he was playing with me at Inter and now here. “There is no story, there is no story. I repeat: it was a funny conversation between me and somebody who doesn’t belong to the football world. “We were laughing as everybody was saying. I really think it’s a disgrace that someone is taping and recording a private conversation when, obviously, we don’t know.” That was the second question Mourinho had fielded on the subject and he snapped when a third was asked about whether the relationship with his strikers have been damaged by the remarks. “If you want to speak about the game, I’m ready,” he said. “If you want to keep speaking about some non-ethical journalist, I’ve had enough.” With that, focus quickly turned to facing the Turkish champions and the various sub-plots surrounding the tie. The match sees Mourinho go up against Inter Milan predecessor Roberto Mancini, as well as Wesley Sneijder, a key part of his treble-winning side at the San Siro. However, the standout link is that between Chelsea and Didier Drogba. This will be the first time the Ivorian has faced the club he played for between 2004 and 2012, with his last kick for the Blues seeing them win the Champions League. “I look forward to every match,” Mourinho said. “I like to play. I’m happy to do it. I like to do it against the best, and Galatasaray is the Turkish champions. “To face Drogba, I know that is difficult and it’s a strange feeling, I have to admit that. “But we have to do our job. We know he wants to do his job. “Last year it happened the same. I want to do my job to help my team, and he tried to do his by scoring goals, which he did. “But I admit it’s a strange feeling we have to try and forget during the game.” Not knowing he was being filmed, the Blues manager was recorded saying: “The problem with Chelsea is I lack a striker. He is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?” Mourinho was apoplectic about the remarks being broadcast, telling journalists they “should be embarrassed” by what has happened when asked about the fallout in Tuesday’s press conference previewing the first leg with Galatasaray. “I’m not defending what I’m saying, I’m attacking something that is, I think, fundamental in your professional area,” he said, speaking at Kasimpasa’s training base on the outskirts of Istanbul. “That person showed exactly what he is, or what he doesn’t know about the job. “From my perspective, the comment is obviously not a good one, and obviously not something I would do in a serious way, something I would not do an official way in an interview. “First of all, because I don’t make fun. Secondly, because if there are managers in the world who really defend their players, I’m obviously one of them. “And third because Samuel Eto’o is Samuel Eto’o. He’s four times a Champions League winner: people think three times, but one in Real Madrid, two in Barcelona and one with Inter. “It was with him that I had the best ever season of my career. He’s one of the few players who is working with me at a second different club, and a manager never does that if he doesn’t like the player or the person. Preparations for the Champions League last-16 tie with Galatasaray have been somewhat overshadowed by Canal Plus broadcasting video of the Portuguese making inflammatory comments to a businessman at a recent sponsor’s event. The recording, aired on Monday, shows Mourinho commenting on Chelsea’s lack of depth up front and questioning the age of Cameroon forward Eto’o. Jose Mourinho insists his relationship with Samuel Eto’o has been unaffected by footage showing him questioning the Chelsea striker’s age. Press Associationlast_img read more

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