Ice fishing?

No, no ice fishing here, but the water temperature was down to a frigid 66 degrees, compared to the soupy 90 degrees from a couple of months ago.

Pam & I went out for a few hours on a gorgeous Sunday morning yesterday. The guy at the bait shop said the spotted sea trout were back in town, hanging out near piers and docks. We didn’t feel like being cooped up near any structures, so we headed to our favorite spot in a secluded channel.

We didn’t find any sea trout there, but we did find fish. Pam caught the first fish of the day, a small flounder. And the second fish of the day, another flounder. And the third fish of the day, yet another flounder! What’s up with that?

Final score:

Pam: 3 flounder, a bunch of ladyfish
Jim: a ton of ladyfish
Pam & Jim: 1 pompano (cast by Pam, expert landing by Jim)

The pompano came on our very last cast of the day. Down to our last shrimp, Pam made the cast then handed me the rod. She’s so sweet. The line gave a couple of gentle tugs, Pam & I conferred, and decided to take our time with it.

Then it hit. Nice and strong. The drag was still loose, so I let it run a bit – it was our last cast after all, and wanted to make the day last just a bit longer.

Without seeing it we could tell it wasn’t a ladyfish. It took a run deep and away instead of heading to the surface and putting on a jumping exhibition like the ladyfish do.

It put up a nice fight. And I took all the credit for landing the fish.

Gators, frogs, and fish

What do they have in common (besides they live in / near the water)?

They all ended up in my belly yesterday.

Healy and I stopped for a bite at a rustic place on the St. John’s river, on the way back from Melbourne.

The gator and catfish were great. The frog legs were earthy. I tried to pretend they were just funky looking chicken wings, but it didn’t work. They had a definitely swamp-thing taste to them. After we chowed down those goodies we each had a plate full of the best fried sea trout in the world. Yum.

Funny how this is what Florida used to look like all over. Yet only 30 miles east is mega-theme-park-world in Orlando.

Best news of the day, though?

You guessed it: I didn’t explode from gastric funkiness on the way home.


It took me a little while to get used to the new Office 2007 ribbons. Now I wouldn’t give them up.

But, (and there’s always a ‘but’ in there somewhere), there’s one drawback.

I’m trying to save my eyesight, so I’ve started running my monitor resolution at only 1280×800 (instead of the 1920×1200 microscopic resolution it was at).

And at that resolution, the ribbon takes up a huge amount of real estate.

If there were only a way to minimize them.

That’s what I’ve always thought, but now it’s become a real issue.

So, yesterday afternoon I took a shot and pressed the right mouse button while the cursor was over the words that identify the ribbon tabs. And there it was: “Minimize the Ribbon”.

I’ve had the ability all along.