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    You may recall that I am on ski patrol at Beech Mountain, NC and have volunteered there as a patroller for pushing 20 years. I'm not bad on a pair of skis. About 6 months ago, I elected to have both of my hips resurfaced because of arthritis and my desire to remain active. Heck, the primary reason I scheduled the timing was for ski season this year. We opened the Friday after thanksgiving. I was a little out of kilter, because of the drastic change in geometry in my stance resulting from the hip surgery. Basically my feet now point forward as opposed to outward like a duck as they have been for about the last 10 years or so. Anyway, on my second run, things were starting to work well. Was on a flat part of the hill and I was making a turn to the left at relatively slow speed to pull along side a group of fellow patrollers. Had a ski edge run up under me, and I toppled over. Landed squarely on the point of my femur and heard the pop. Sled ride by my crew to the bottom, ambulance ride to the hospital, and a helicopter ride back to the hospital in South Carolina. The femur popped near, but did not involve the resurfacing implant. Surgery on Sunday morning by a great team. Out on Tuesday, and homebound for 6-8 weeks. No weight bearing on the left leg. Bumbling around in a wheelchair and have graduated to crutches. Staples out today. Both the orthopedic trauma surgeon and my personal doc said the implant had nothing to do with the break. I just had an unlucky fall on exactly the wrong spot. Get to ski next season. Recon I'll be the dispatcher for the crew after Christmas when I get to start weight bearing. Oh yeah, my fishing buddy and I were going to fish the Striper Challenge January 5-6 on Lake Hartwell. Fortunately they were nice enough to refund my entry fee. Oh well, next year. Ken
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    TNKen, Things COULD be worse. Right after retirement from the FD & teaching Ladder safety for 20+ years, I had a STEP ladder crumble while working on my siding. Broke my arm in THREE places, Doc said not to never try to play a banjo ,etc., then 2 heart attacks & 2 rounds of cancer later, I should play a tune for the doc! LOL. I am still catching crappie (sometimes!) & playing music 3 times a week & getting bye. Things can always get worse but springtime is just around the corner & the crappie are going to jump in the boat! dada 12-12-17 8:06 AM
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    Winter time is fish catching time. By far my favorite
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    ecox- I been spying them shad where they were and caught me a striper. I ain't fishing below a dam neither. dloveday - That f&f stuff is a TN thing? I love finesse tactics. My bread and butter in fact. Gonna have to set me up some of those bobbers. dada - I used to love playing guitar. Haven't for a while on account I can't sing. Tried playing on a banjo and it is a whole different world. I set my instrument down and leave it to the good guys. I love a good string band. Y'all got a fiddle? Tubejig - What are you doing? Making custom lures and fishing tournaments?
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    Nailed it!!! I was off on Douglas though, them boys are getting mid 40s readings last week! Water doesn't get that cold pretty much ever on the main channel of the Tennessee river where I live. I guess that Douglas water must be crazy cold, although I do remember seeing the whole damn thing frozen a few times
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    Picture from Knox County of the new kayak/canoe launch built in Concord Park by the fishing pier across from the RR track bridge. Not sure how it works. I guess they ended up clearing that whole spot out.
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