Friday, March 4, 2011

Good Company

Time: 2:20 a.m.
Location: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Status: Whiskey bottle has a good dent in it. Down a couple of good cigars.
Animal House quote that comes most immediately to mind: "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
-Dean Vernon Wormer

OK... that might be a little harsh. It's just that the room is spinning, and in a scant six hours, I have a date with the Rapidan. Well, OK... seven hours. Maybe eight. Point is, I'm fishing the Rapidan, holy water for brook trout devotees, sometime in the very near future.

I've commandeered a room from my good friend Tom Sadler, the author of Dispatches From Middle River, and we're visiting the storied stream–at least once–over the next couple of days. But first, we had to tip back a few drinks, splay the world's problems out before us like a gutted trout and set about solving them.

Turns out, the world has a lot of problems. But I think we're game. If we can make progress on the State of the Sporting World, and put a respectable amount of space between the bottom of the cork and the top of the whiskey line in a good bottle of hooch, we should be all set.

Stay tuned to the blog over the next couple of days. We'll whittle away at all those problems, and, in the meantime, we'll work that whiskey bottle down to a respectable level.


  1. While I am going to read about your upcoming adventures, I am curious about the whiskey and cigar selection. I want to adventure beyond the world of blended scotch and am asking for advice from others. My choice for cigars is mild to medium but always like to know what others are smoking and what kind of "adult beverage" they pair it up with. Hope the weather is good for the trip and good luck fishing.

  2. I'm with Ed - at least on the whiskey choice. And a little on the cigar choice, too.

    GOOD whiskey cures what ails you - bad whiskey just kills you.

    (Even though I've only talked to Tom S. once, I have this sneaking suspicion it was GOOD whiskey)