So after some begging and pleading and promising to paint the fence at my managers house I managed to get a week off and I headed back to Winnipeg to visit friends and family and see the old stomping grounds. A couple of local IT Pros, Jason Miller and Pasquale Pescatore figured it would be a good idea to take me fishing.
First thing wrong with fishing is the 5am wakeup call. The last time I was up at 5am was after Energize IT '06 and it was because I hadn't gone to bed yet. Strike one for fishing.
Second thing wrong with fishing is bait. You want me to stick my hand in a bucket of leeches/worms? Strike two for fishing. (I did protest enough to get Pasquale to buy minnows)
Third thing wrong with fishing is it is too much damn fun! We got out on the water at Pointe Du Bois just north of Winnipeg around 8am and next thing you know it is 4pm and we are heading in. We caught some fish, did some boating, had a LOT of laughs and way too much fun. We ended up catching almost 20 fish between the three of us and seven, count that seven, different species. Of course a camera was on hand to document this all!
And I caught a 40lb Spruce and a 25lb Popular 🙂
Pasquale figured I was snagged and wanted to cut my line both times, but after an intense battle I landed both those massive logs!
We also managed to answer that age old question, "How many IT Pros does it take to change a tire?" For those inquiring minds it takes three! One IT Pro to read the manual to find out how the spare tire comes out from under the back of a 2004 Trailblazer, one IT Pro to test all jacks available to see which one goes higher and then jack the truck up, and one more IT Pro to remove and replace the tire.
Oh and a little tip on changing tires, DO NOT leave the special adapter, used to remove/install the locking nut on wheels, on the nut when you drive off. Chances are yours won't stay stuck on the wheel until you realize 10KM down the highway and pull over.
Oh and in case John is reading this, I am kidding about painting your fence 🙂