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losing track of time

spent the early afternoon on the lake michigan beach. a nice breeze alleviated the humidity that was almost visible in the distance. i don't remember the water ever being so warm. of course, i'm sure the lake has been that temperature in previous years, but its usual frigidity leaves a lasting impression.

on a weekday the beach moderately full, but it is not overwhelming. mostly families scattered at appropriate distances from each other. at one point, a group of children in neon innertubes resembled a group of ducklings.

after dinner, i find myself sitting by the lake reading instead of watching I am sam. Instead of a potentially weepy movie, I read and watch boats coming in and going out for the last hour of sunlight. The character of the outgoing boats distinctly different from the homeward bound. It's mostly lone guys taking an opportunity to fish before dark. i have no interest in fishing, and witnessing this phenomenon in others alleviates any guilt for letting my dad go out alone.

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Pete

The other day I was looking through old pictures and I found a couple from when we went up to Ludington in HS and I went fishing with Sarah and your dad. The best is the picture of me and your dad and Pete, the Pike I caught. I remember your dad was in it cause there was no way I was gonna hold onto a fish, but we wanted to document that I'd actually caught something before I let Pete go. I wonder what ever happened to Pete...and that also reminds me of my second Pete, the Japanese fighter fish you gave me after that who would always jump out of his bowl to piss me off!

Re: Pete

I'm sure Pete the Pike moved on and formed a happy family with his second chance at life. My uncle pointed out a young pike near his dock yesterday -- maybe a descendant?

As for the fighting fish -- he was probably just trying to show off his mad ninja skills. You can't keep a good ninja down.

Re: Pete

Yeah, that was probably Pete, Jr who you saw by the dock - at least that's what I'll pretend. And you're right, it's impossible to keep those ninjas down. I don't know what I was thinking, trying to keep a ninja in a little tiny bowl like that!