While watching Matt Cain's perfect game with the San Francisco Giants the other night, I wished my Dad was still here to watch it too...he would have eaten it up! I miss him, especially when it comes to our team, the San Francisco Giants.
Last year, my Father's Day Blast said it all:
Father's Day Blast
I'm not a father, I'm still a son, though my Dad's been gone for a few years now.
mid morning on Father's Day and I'm just now writing today's blog. On
the docket for today are some To-Do List items that totally are
I'm still working on Dad's Roses. Fighting
Rose Black Spot Fungus, and installing automated irrigation. Dad didn't
really grow his green thumb until I was out of the house and making my
own way. I always get a chuckle at how soon after I moved out Dad began
to eliminate the lawns around the Ancestral Digs. Back when my precious
"free time" was spent mowing those lawns, and I wasn't smart enough to
suggest that the lawns be downsized. Who knew teenagers didn't know
After lunch I have to call back to the Port
of Sonoma Bait Shop for some intel on the new boat ramp we want to
launch the FV SturgeUrge from Monday. The San Pablo Bay sturgeon are on
the chew, and we'd like to get in on that action. Then I'll put all the
pieces together on the extra fuel tank for the FV SturgeUrge. After
lunch, I'll watch game three of the Bay Bridge Series with my SF Giants
vs the Oakland A's
All these thing I owe to Dad...my
love of fishing and baseball, my handyman talents, green thumbs...all of
it. Though our paths through these passions were totally divergent, at
the times when I'm lucky enough to indulge these passions, I know it's
with my Dad's blessings and nurturing that I'm out there pursuing
happiness via these things he gave me.
SturgeUrge and I are a little slow on the uptake this season San
Francisco Bay Fishing-wise. When we do get on the Bay to chase the tasty
California Halibut, the waters we ply in search of our tasty quarry are
the very same waters that my Dad spent many afternoons deck-handing on a
commercial salmon fishing boat.
Back in the late 30's
Dad would ditch high school after lunch and crew for a salmon long liner
on San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. His job was to cut up big sardines
for bait, hook the chunks, and feed the baited hooks over the side as
the skipper slowly motored north from the Tiburon Peninsula up into San
Pablo Bay off China Camp. When the whole mile or so of long line was
set, the two of them would eat lunch and then motor back to the
beginning of the line and retrieve it with any salmon who fell for their
ruse. I guess they made two sets before they called it a day.
years later Dad's son is out fishing on the same waters, though I've
yet to hook a salmon in those waters! Commercial salmon fishing is
outlawed inside the Bay now, and has been my whole life. Halibut are
still fished commercially by a few die hard trollers on the Bay.
fishing is still alive and well on the Bay thankfully, and every time
I'm out there I marvel on how successful our cleanup of the Bay has
been. When I was a kid, fishing off the Berkeley Pier with my Dad and
SisterSweetly, the Bay was an open sewer...literally...we never kept a
fish for the table...today it's called "Catch and Release", back in the
day it was "Good Hygiene"
Today after 40+ years of
environmentally sound stewardship, San Francisco Bay is a lot more like a
Wildlife Reserve than a cesspool. I'm always amazed by the sweet smell
and the abundance of life. In the past few years, Harbor Porpoises have
been returning to the bay waters in numbers large enough to study.
his way my Dad helped clean up the Bay. Dad was a civil engineer. His
company designed many of the sewage treatment plants around San
Francisco Bay that cleaned up the sewage that used to flow untreated
into the Bay.
Thanks Dad! Happy Father's Day!