Let’s go fishing!

Brian Golden

Looks like we’ve got an absolutely gorgeous weekend coming our way, which is always nice. I don’t know why (maybe our recent family picnic to Bowman Lake is to blame), but I’ve been thinking an awful lot about fishing the past couple of days. I was an avid fisherman in my youth, although I can’t remember the last time I purchased a fishing license and I don’t even own a fishing pole. This, I’m thinking, is something that must be remedied … the lake is calling me.

As for me, I’m definitely looking forward to Saturday’s Earth Day Celebration at Beadle’s Lounge, now in its third year. The annual event, which features lots of live entertainment, door prizes and – of course – great barbecue, has raised just under $4,000 over the past two years for the City of Norwich Youth Bureau. This money is vital to the bureau’s many activities and programs, and Gary and Merrie Beadle (the volunteers, too!) deserve a pat on the back for all the hard work the put into the event. This year, I’ll be joining my guitar-slinging buddy, Bruce Beadle, my good friend Bill Beadle and an as-of-yet unknown drummer for a set of good ‘ol fashioned blues and rock-n-roll, the least I can do to help out. Add to that a gig with my fellow Master Thieves on Friday and it’s a weekend of guitar for this intrepid reporter, which is always fun.

Who let the dogs out? There’s been a lot of chatter concerning dogs on the loose and the responsibilities of dog owners on ‘30 Seconds’ lately, one of several recurring topics that pops up now and again. I must agree, however, that there is no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad dog owner. It’s really pretty simple: keep your dog on a leash when he or she is out and about, pick up and dispose of any “doggie doo,” train your dog not to jump on people and make sure your pup is licensed. Easy, right? You’d think so, but that doesn’t seem to be the case far too often these days.

Lastly, no Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds’ Post of the Day today, as there is nothing quite ridiculous enough for my tastes as of this posting. Maybe tomorrow. Instead, how about a Headline That Really Grabbed My Attention … err … of the Day: “NASA estimates 4,700 ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroids,” which I found on the CNN website. Now this, considering my status as Chenango County’s über-geek, is my kind of story. Nothing to worry about, though, according to NASA officials.

Not that they’d really tell us if there were (anything to worry about), anyway. Somebody call Bruce Willis and the rest of the “Armageddon” crew!