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Well this was certainly one of those weekends we need to take full advantage of and it’s the reason we put up with those harsh winter months.

It certainly was gorgeous this weekend and I was able to take full advantage of it. Saturday was full of outdoor pleasures like finally getting around to reading “Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row” and heading to Crooked Lake Park a few times for Siren’s unconventional graduation ceremony.

Then on Sunday I did something I wish I set aside more time for during the summer – kayaking and fishing.

But first let me go back to Bobby Braddock. You may not know his name but if you like country music you know his songs. Braddock has been called the ‘King of Tears’ in country music.

His first hit was “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” recorded by Tammy Wynette in 1968. Braddock went on to write songs for country legend George Jones including his most famous tune, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

However, it’s not all about tears for Braddock. In his more recent catalog Braddock wrote “People are Crazy” for Billy Currington in 2009. It’s a song about an old man and a younger guy meeting in a bar and the old man ends the meeting by saying “God is great, beer is good and people are crazy.”

The song ends with the old man dying and giving his inheritance of millions of dollars to this younger guy and not to his family.

So, Braddock is able to have a good time but can still end with a few happy tears. Some of the best stuff in the book is Braddock’s battle with losing his hair. He wore a toupee that he and his 4-year old daughter both called “a rug.”

That is something I SHOULD never have to worry about. My maternal grandfather had a full head of hair until the day he died so genetics are on my side with this one.

Sunday I went out on Big Doctor Lake in Siren. I caught one Northern Pike and got a few other bites sparingly throughout the morning and into the afternoon. That morning, I bought a frog lure that just skips on top of the water. On my second cast with the frog lure I got what looked like a Largemouth Bass, but we’ll never know.

My theory is the fish saw the frog was plastic and not the frog legs the fish was accustomed to, realized it was a scam and quickly fled the area to avoid the ridicule of being duped by a thermoplastic or thermosoftening plastic.

It didn’t matter, I don’t go on the lake for dinner. I go out there for the peace and silence that encompasses the lake.

You will also be glad to know that I did not tip over in the kayak. It was a pleasant surprise because last time I flipped the kayak over trying to get out of the water.

As much as I love being on the lake, I hate being in the lake, unless I am swimming.

I hope you are able to enjoy lake time this holiday weekend.