Small World.... by Ed George
It is indeed a small world.
We had a block party in my neighborhood in which about 75 of my neighbors attended. It was a great chance to get to know each other. After the festivities were over, I found myself hanging out having a few cocktails with a couple of my neighbors. One of my neighbors has a Bass boat in his driveway so naturally the conversation turned to talking about fishing.
I mentioned that I only get out one weekend a year fishing as family and work keep me busy the other 51 weekends. I told him that I go to Otis Reservoir for an annual tournament with a bunch of guys. I waited for the usual response when I made that statement, "You mean Otis Air Force base?", but it didn't come. Instead he made a statement that shocked me "Otis, that's one of my favorite places!!". After I got up from falling out of my chair in shock that there was another person in this world that heard of Otis, I told him more about the tournament. I was really floored when he jumped to his feet and yelled out "The ABC, I fish in that!!!!!" Followed by "Ed George....bygeorge.net, I've been to your website, You have pictures of my partner, Mark out there!!"
It turns out that I moved two doors down from Chuck Hayden, a name many of you may recognize from seeing on the leader board. With an estimated 6 billion people in the world and only about 130 Fishermen going to the Bassmasters, what are the odds that I move next door to a fellow ABC'er? It looks like I may have to steal more than one weekend away from work and family this year to hit the water now that I have a fishing partner next door.