Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Irish, Caney Fork Rainbows, and ConocoPhilips

The Irish answer the phone:

After having dug to a depth of 10 meters last year, Scottish scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.
Not to be outdone by the Scots, in the weeks that followed, English scientists dug to a depth of 20 meters, and shortly after, headlines in the English newspapers read: "English archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the Scots."
One week later, "the Kerryman" a southwest Irish newspaper, reported the following "After digging as deep as 30 meters in a peat bog near Tralee, self taught archaeologist Parry O'Droll reported that he found absolutely nothing, Paddy has therefore concluded that 300 years ago Ireland had already gone wireless."
(thanks art).


the caney fork was magical last week as the TVA shut down center hill dam from midnight to 1pm. i was out at dawn to fish the low water. the birds were singing, the squirrels were romancing, flocks of huge yellow butterflies were darting too & fro and the rainbows were jumpin out of the water! what a great spring day. i had taken my trusty 4wt winston fly-rod and just busted the shit out of the rainbows on a #18 zebra midge. i also caught two nice browns (17" and 16"). downstream, i noticed some vicious top water action. while heading that way, i looked down and saw a pod of real big shad...grey, with black stripes, about 6 inches long. i was thinking, man, that is some big shad! then, i noticed a group of 10 or 12 rainbows that were stalking them. one of the bows looked like a submarine! he was in about 14 inches of water! it was huge, and had shoulders like a georgia tech linebacker. i looked for a grey clouser, but wouldn't you know i left them at home. but, i did have an olive wooly bugger with me (the same one i caught a big bow on at spring creek, ARK last fall), tied it on, and boom! 3rd cast i had a very agressive strike and the fish took off downstream. there was nothing i could do buy raise the rod tip high and let him take out line, reel screaming! he finally went down in a big hole to rest, and i began bringin him in. he tried to wrap my line around some boulders, then an old tree stump, but i had spotted these obstacles earlier and defty (may i say with great experience) manuevered him away from these impediments. after about 8 minutes or so, i netted the beast! nice 17 or 18 inch rainbow and FAT. best of all, when i cleaned him for mom's birthday, i discovered that he had that nice orange salmon-like meat that is sooo, soo tasty! what a great day on the river! spring has sprung!!


COP beats street estimates by $0.20, net income per share up 17%. full release is here:

how does this stock not trade over $100/share this year??
has to.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happy B-day to the fitzman... Enjoy your big day... have an extra cold one for me.

-Minnesota phats