Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 116: Back To School

Waiting for a runoff on Milton Lake.
When: Monday, September 5th (Labor Day), from 1pm to 2:30pm
Where: Milton Lake in Rahway
What: Carp fishing
Weather: Overcast, 84 degrees, 12mph SW winds gusting to 20
Barometric Pressure: 29.79 and steady
Moon: Waxing. Day after the first Quarter
Water Conditions: Lake level normal, water stained

It's been an exhausting weekend.

I had a lot of fun this weekend, but it's been exhausting.

Although I am neither teacher nor student, tomorrow is the first day of school. This fact bears no immediate impact on my life, however, I feel as though I learned a few lessons this weekend and I slept until noon like I was back in college. The late-night fishing trip last Thursday and the long weekend seem to have zombified my brain. I am excited to get back to my job and my routine tomorrow just as I imagine some teachers look forward to going back to work after a long summer.

I'm feeling a little fried, and I also have a headache.

After sleeping until noon today, I immediately got up to go fishing. It was the last thing that I wanted to do, but once again the weather channels were predicting "flood watches" for the evening, so I wanted to get my fishing in as early as possible.

Note: In the two days of severe weather warnings, we have not had a drop of rain. Given the events the last month, however, I'm sure that if I would have been on a boat or a beach, all hell would have broken loose.

I headed to Milton Lake in hopes of catching carp on back-to-back to days, but it wasn't in the cards. Despite the chum, delicately placed baits and patience, I came up empty.

Upon leaving Milton Lake, the rest of the sleep-shortened day was at my disposal. I was meeting some friends in the evening, but I had five solid hours to clean my car, the house and even get a little work done for the coming week.

Much like a student needs to have his pack filled with pens, pencils and notebooks, I needed to take the extra time to prepare. Preparation is part of having a successful plan. And of course, failing to plan is planning to fail.

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