Been a while…
I can hear the cacophony now: “where the hell have you been“? Well, I feel really bad about a post-dry February and promise to make up for it now that son #2’s hockey season is over. Some of my readership hopefully can relate; travel hockey is a very time-consuming commitment. And there are parents I know who have not one, but THREE travel players to shuttle all over kingdom-come.
Hockey, familial duties, and work deserve most of the blame for the blogging drought, but starting a new website, focused more on local fly-fishing events and nuts and bolts “how-to” certainly didn’t help.
This weekend was going to be the first that I could dedicate to blogging and preparing for the 2010 fly fishing season. In fact, I had the green light from the madre to attend the 2010 Fly Tying Fishing Symposium in Utica on Saturday. But then travel hockey once again intruded: my son was nominated to be one of several players to represent the Binghamton Junior Senators in a Snowbelt League exhibition game to be held in nearby Clinton. So what was sure to be a day-long fly fishing extravaganza, with the possibility of a tour of the Matt brewing Company, turned into an abbreviated visit with my favorite (pronounced fay-voor-iiiite) kind of people in the whole wide world and only a whiff of the brewery as I drove past on the way to hockeyville.
I made it down to the Clinton Arena, an old-time hockey rink that had all the ambience of the hockey movie “Slapshot” and there the madre and I enjoyed 3 periods of “All-Star” hockey featuring the best players in the Bantam Snowbelt League. The play was fast and technical, much unlike the normal games that are more physical (i.e., hard checking and sometimes “chippy” play). My son even scored a goal with seconds remaining on the clock, a great end to a good but long season.
Driving home we just had to stop at a landmark old-time burger place – another throwback to the good old Utica Club days.
Gilligan’s Island has some great burgers, each one unique and named after the colorful characters of the epic TV series. My fave is the Mary-Anne – a culinary delight consisting of 1/2 pound ground sirloin, a slice of jalapeno cheese, bacon, and BBQ sauce – all served on a real Kaiser roll. Gilligan’s also features monster onion rings and the best home-made ice cream you’ll ever shove into your salivating yap. And better yet – a great little trout fishery called Handsome Brook is just up the road. More on that, getting ready for the upcoming season, and other ramblings, in a future post (sooner, rather than later, I promise).