MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: IMPROVING FISHING IN THE POND OF LIFE

Monday, February 11, 2008

IMPROVING FISHING IN THE POND OF LIFE

It is a well known, and scientific, fact that fish love structure. They feel secure hanging out near something in the water besides other fish, but in the absence of anything else, they will swim around widely dispersed or travel in hard-to-locate groups known as schools. However, lake, pond, or river fish prefer to hang out in fairly shallow water, with quick access to deeper water, near a log, or big rock, off a point.

To prove a point, I offer our situation Sunday at the theater. We arrived with just moments to spare and sat down high (about 10 rows from the top) and toward the middle of the theater, and for about five minutes thought we were going to be the only “fish” in the pond! I took this shot, just after coming back with popcorn, of Judy sitting by her lonesome to show everyone we had the show to ourselves.

However, just as the last trailer ended about six or eight other couples wondered in and every one of them sat within 6 to 10 feet of us. It must have been my old spare tire (structure, if you will) that drew them in close and made them seem safe. If you analyze our position, we were the point that jutted out into the pond (theater) just off easy access to the stairs leading down to deeper water!

I appreciate the fact that they improved our chances of surviving a shark, barracuda, or some other predator attack, but come on! Why, with 300 to 400 hundred other seats to choose from did they have to sit that close?

Judy and I used to bass fish, and we often dropped in structure, tires, old Christmas trees, etc. and photographed them from the river back toward the bank. When the water rose in the spring we knew exactly where the structure, and therefore the fish, was. I suppose I improved the fishing in the pond of life today as well!

Do you do this…do you sit close to others just because you feel safer? Do you pick the middle or end seats?

What drives your choice of theater seats, beside there are only two left?

Oh, the movie was “No Country for Old Men” staring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald.

This movie has Oscar buzz attached to it, especially for the writing, directing, and the three main male leads. There is also some controversy over the ending, which I will not give away, but I can see why. I think the ending was one of the reasons Judy did not like it, but she said it was slow and boring. For me, I loved the writing and could see myself writing something similar, so I hung on every word spoken, especially by Tommy Lee. To me, his words were the key to enjoying the whole experience. His characters are always just that - an experience!

13 comments:

David Sullivan said...

I get there early sit directly in the middle of the row about twenty rows from the screen. No thought involved. Let the pilot fish mill about ;)

Mushy said...

Good response...part of the enjoyment is watching everyone come in and seeing their mental process!

Michele said...

Haven't seen that movie yet, but it's on my list! Guess I never really thought much about where I/we sit in a movie. I'll pay attention next time! *S*

~Fathairybastard~ said...

I always try to get as close to the middle as I can. Don't worry too much if it makes others uneasy. And I read that book. It was great, till the end. I want to see the movie to see if they changed the end any, but it hasn't come by here yet.

Mushy said...

Send me an email about the book ending and I'll let you know...if you want!

Jerry said...

Mushy,
I just saw that movie the other night. I thought the ending kinda fit in with the "villain as a ghost" theme. Still, I'd like to see it again, just to pay more attention as to what the hell happened there at the end.

Mushy said...

Yes, that could fit very well, but as you saw he was very scientific in the way he tracked people down.

In that line of work, as well as in law enforcement, you have to pay close attention to the details. The two sides are identical in technique really.

Not a Granny said...

Hubby and I try to sit not exactly middle, but not on the very ends either. We also try not to sit directly in front of someone because we are both very tall people (over 6' each of us).

But yes, we can be the only ones around and people will converge on us. Maybe it is the pack mentaility humans still maintain?

Suldog said...

I kind of prefer end of row, either side towards the middle or middle towards the side. I guess I like to be able to make a quick getaway if needed.

david mcmahon said...

I tend to sit in the middle, Mushy. What does that say about me?

Mushy said...

Same as me David...just another point of debris, I mean "structure"!

David Sullivan said...

He,he...

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

I always prefer an end of row seat, I put it down to my years of having had four young kids in tow (you try taking four young un's to see a movie without getting up at least three times an hour so one or the other of them can have yet another pee..) They are older now, but old habits still die hard. (shrug)