Showing posts from June, 2011

B = Boring. Update Your Favicons Already!

Favicon?  That's one of the bad guy robots from Transformers 3 right?

Not quite, it's actually the little icon that shows up shows up in your browser tab, bookmark, or RSS code to represent your blog.

For example my favicon (the black & white T!) shows up in a browser tab like this...

or as a bookmark like this...

and even in many of your dynamic blogrolls like this...

Now all you WordPress folks have had custom favicons for quite a while, but Blogger unleashed them on us earlier this month through the "Blogger In Draft" interface.  Don't know what that is....yeesh...what am I gonna do with you...

Anyway, I was going to keep quiet on this, figuring you'd all eventually pick it up, but looking at my blogroll, the swarm of little Blogger "B"s unfortunately remain, and no fun little pictures have taken their place.

So the link to the tutorial is HERE.  Get to gettin' Blogger bloggers.

I want my browser tabs & blogroll to start looking lik…

New Boots...Finally

No Wednesday Nibbles today.  Sorry, just didn't have enough randomness flowing through the email and social media circuit that hasn't been touched on already by somebody else.  I mean I could write about that damn "The ONE" rod, but I mean that's already been overexposed by bloggers quite a bit.

I did (finally) get my new wading boots in the mail yesterday.  You may remember THIS POST when I originally posed the question of what to buy and got a ton of good feedback.  You may also remember THIS POST, where I decided on getting a pair of Korkers that my local shop didn't have.  I ended up ordering them online since the retailer said they had them "in stock"...and e-commerce usually means no sales tax and free shipping.

Well it turns out they didn't.  They were just taking backorders.  Korkers hadn't even shipped the retailer's pre-season order yet.  Sounds like things are awry over at Korkers.  So after waiting like 2 or 3 weeks with them…

Build It! Duct Tape Kayak

New fishing ride for under $50?  Badass.

Don't forget the paddles either.

For the full build details, check out hyroc346's Instructable HERE.

Following Doctor's Orders

So I'm getting out of my funk.  Yeah, the one I whined about yesterday.  Haven't gone fishing yet, but thanks to the family, I've found some mood swinging medication.

Yesterday, Lilly & I went to the Phillies game.  It was her first real Philadelphia Phillies game (we took her to one as a baby) and the Double A Reading Phillies don't count.  She had an awesome time even though she looked for the Phanatic all game instead of watching Roy Halladay continue pitching like a beast.  A dose of big smiles like this make you feel a lot better almost immediately.

The rest of the therapy actually took place the day prior, almost immediately after I got home from fishing.  All dejected and out of it...I took my shower, came downstairs, and Dr. K.C. made me take a strong dose of medication to clear my head....(no, not what you're thinking) the form of stupid 80s comedy, aka "Back To School" starring none other than Rodney Dangerfield.

A couple of armpit far…

Just Wasn't Feelin' It

Yesterday was an odd day.  Knowing a morning of fishing lie ahead, I was pretty excited while loading up my gear in the back of the Subaru, chomping down a granola bar on the drive to the creek, and didn't even mind the fact that when I got there, there were already two other cars in the small parking lot with fellow anglers pulling on waders.
See, I hadn't been trout fishing in a few weeks.  June 3rd to be exact.  Instead I've spent weekends traveling for work or away on vacation (which I'm certainly not complaining about.  I also know that I won't be going trout fishing next weekend either.  K.C. is going to visit a friend for 4th of July...actually, you all somewhat know this person, Das St. Louis.  So it'll be Dad & Lilly all long weekend.  Just like last year.  We might do some fishing...but definitely not trout fishing. 
So waders on, tenkara rod in hand, I headed down to the creek.  But when I got there a strange thing happened.  Someth…

Need Me Some (Gee)Crack

I'm a manpurse junkie.  I admit it.  I enjoy fishing with shoulder bags rather than fishing vests, chest packs, backpacks, or (gasp) fanny/hip packs.  One of the most popular posts on this blog right now (see list to right), is a review for a "$20 Tenkara Bag" I bought at Eddie Bauer a year or so ago.

Anyway, scouring the internet (as I do) I came across what would probably supplant the Eddie Bauer model, should I ever get my grubby hands on one.  It's the Geecrack Shoulder Bag Mini.  Geecrack?  Yeah, Geecrack.

This little bag appears to be pretty darn sweet...kinda like the Orvis Safe Passage sling...but much cooler.  I mean it comes in a rainbow of obnoxious colors such as orange, pink, neon green, purple, and what I'll call fashion camo in addition to the ho-hum standards like black, khaki, etc...

I've always appreciated how the Japanese aren't afraid to interject some fashion forward thinking into their fishing gear.  Here's another example differ…

Congratulations Are In Order

Occasional Troutrageous! guest poster "Spurky" dropped me a note yesterday to let me know he's been added to the YakDaddy Pro Staff.  You might remember (or not) that his first guest post was an informal review of the YakDaddy, so I guess in a way this is coming full circle.

You'll notice in the pic pulled from the YakDaddy website above, Spurky was selected because he was the first customer to use the product in an Emotion Fisherman Pro, and helped develop the compatible mounting hardware.  Pretty cool to see a manufacturer using actual everyday customers as testers.

If there's anyone who is more deserving of this honor, I don't know 'em.  Spurky is a genuine good guy and I'm sure will be a great ambassador for YakDaddy.  Who knows...maybe he might even have time to drop in here every now and then...

Congrats & good luck Spurky!

Wednesday Nibbles - Cleaning Out The Cameras Edition

So not a real edition of Wednesday Nibbles this week.  Since I just got home from a weeklong vacation, I chose to clean out the family's collection of cameras instead.  That said, there's a few photos/videos that haven't been posted yet...but also probably aren't worthy of their own maybe it is Wednesday Nibbles after all...anyway, here they are...(make sure at minimum you scroll to the end).

I caught a lot of bluegill in the canal behind the in-laws' house.  I did get my bass before I left...even though it was panfish sized...
Sanibel Island is littered with shells.  I think there's more shells on the beach than sand.  Here's K.C. with her score.
Sanibel is also very pet friendly.  Was glad Bil, the Spanish Water Dog could tag along.  Also glad the in-laws don't have a cat.
Another picture of Lilly & I in the surf at sunset.
We ate a lot of food.  Not a single calorie do I regret.
Lilly.  I love this kid.
And then there was this dude at the airp…

Who's The Idiot That Brought the Knife to the Gun Fight?

...that (of course) would be yours truly.

Before I get into this story, let me set the stage.  It's Father's Day 2011...about 9ish in the morning.  I'm on vacation with the fam in Boca Raton visiting the in-laws.  The plan had been to shoot down to Dania Beach and get some Dad's Day lunch & ice cream at Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor.  Seriously...if you haven't been, go there...and if you're in Florida...make that immediately!

I'm sitting outside, watching Lilly swim in the swimming pool, and K.C. busts out of the sliding door and says, "we're going to spend the night in Sanibel, grab your rod."  Sanibel...huh...I wanted ice cream...what...???

Anyway, about an hour and a half of drying Lilly off and packing, we're in the car headed west to Sanibel Island.  It's like two hours through "Alligator Alley" listening to my mother-in-law identify every stick, twig, and branch in the water as a gator.  Okay...that might be a bit …

Go Fly A Kite - Literally!

As you may have noticed by my lack of posting, commenting, etc... I'm on vacation.  Now I'm not in some remote corner of the world without internet access, but not having access to my computer and sketchy cell service in these bombproof South Florida hurricane shelters houses hasn't made my typical routine all that typical.  But then again, I'm on vacation, so normal blogging and whatnot can probably wait for a few days, right?

Yesterday was the first full day of the getaway (nobody really counts the wasted travel day, do they?) and we spent the morning at the beach.  It was beautiful, albeit a bit windy, but when given must make the most of it.

After that, we headed home and took some showers and naps.  Or at least I did.  Napping is probably my favorite thing to do on vacation.  Reminds me of when I was in college...mid afternoon naps and no cares in the world.

Come late afternoon, I broke out my travel rod and tossed some bugs in the canal behind the hous…

Wednesday Nibbles - I Think You Can Figure It Out Edition

Who needs a cat...

That's it for today.  Sorry.  The exterminator is coming this morning and either taking care of business or leaving the hoard be to uncontrollably reproduce for a week, because K.C., Lilly, & I are going on vacation.

I know what  you're, it's not a rodent induced vacation, we've actually been planning this for a month or two.  Ben just happened to get in the way.

Vacation means either I'll have the spare time to get back on a regular blogging & blog reading cycle...or the posts will get even more sporadic than this week's to date.  Guess it depends on the wireless situation.  Either way, I plan on getting some fishing in, which should be good.

So in my absence, here's some blog love for another site you may or may not have read yet...Ichthyographia.  It's good...just don't ask me to pronounce it.

So go visit, follow, and all that good stuff.  Deal?  Cool.

Holy Crap...An Infestation

I came home from my business trip tonight...and was greeted with a houseful of chaos.

As you might be able to tell from my wonderful wife's post, I spent the last 4+ hours wrangling mice.
3 so far.  Tiny little field mice.  The kind brown trout eat in that movie.  Who knows how many else lurk.

They don't care much, but K.C. is freaking out.  She spent over an hour outside in our front yard while the chasing, cornering, and subsequent skull crushing took place. Sorry PETA.

I think they are living under our refrigerator.  Not on the floor but up in the sheet metal.

Calling in the professionals tomorrow...or buying a cat.

What Happens When Mike Goes Away On A Business Trip.....

Hi- It's K.C. again, hijacking Troutrageous!

Mike had to fly out of town for an overnight business trip yesterday. Usually Lilly and I have a relaxed time when he's know - a trip to the McDonalds Playland, playing Mario Cart on wii and stuff like that. Well, things didn't go according to plan this time.

Around 10:15pm I was watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey and I saw something small and black-ish scurry across the floor of our kitchen. I stood up and saw - A MOUSE! Panic set in and I immediately ran to the closet to grab a broom. Then I ran outside to see if my next door neighbors light was on. No luck. So I called my friend Danielle and asked her husband if he could PLEASE drive over and assist me. So Dave came over and together we cornered (literally) the vermin and created a "barricade" in attempts to get it out the back slider. We used our kitchen newspaper recycle bin, Lilly's art desk and a board game box. All in all it was kinda e…