Photo by D. Jensen
Jennie Logsdon Martin
Dec 4th, 2019
Wow. It just
feels weird, writing here!
It's been ages, and I don't even think I know how to do it, anymore!
The front page on ifish has broken images, and it's so frustrating
for me not to be able to fix anything. I can't write. I can't edit.
I can do nothing, there!
Bill and I have a new dog. Drake. It's been a difficult road, but
he's getting more manageable.
He was very shy at first. He still has shy issues, but every day it's
getting a bit better.
He acts like he is going to get hit for things. Like, coming in the
house. He refuses to come in the same door as we do. Sometimes, but
very rarely, he'll shoot through real fast, as if to escape our cruelty
We try to encourage him every day. The words we hear most often in
this house are "good dog!" It's becoming his name!
Drake adores Willie and they'll play on the floor for hours. This
is strange for Willie. He's never had a dog friend. I'm finding it
very nice to have a little time to myself! Willie has always been
extremely clingy to me, and more and more, he spends time with Drake,
growling, pawing, and chasing each other around the house.
Life is good. I'm off to fix a few things on the site, which is why
I am here, actually. The column here, just kind of pulled me in. I
mean... It's what I do! (Or used to do!)
Let me know
if you want me to write here. :)
If you don't have an email client open, it's
I have to do something new. I want to do something exciting!
As anyone can tell that is following along her on Nwangling, I'm not
keeping up on this.
I keep thinking something will come to me, but I haven't had any great
strokes of gen ious. Perhaps those leave you after a certain age?!?
That's one thing I'm thinking!
I don't know if it's true, but I always thought things I did in life
that I felt great about just fell in my lap. You know, cool things
to do, but that's not true. I remember long, arduous hours of studying
HTML, and likewise, hour after hour at the piano, hammering out long
runs and difficult passages of music. So, no. They don't just happen.
OMGosh. That's it! I have to study something! Learn
something new! But, first, (it's all coming back to me, now!) -you
have to have passion burning in you for something!
The recipe for success begins with passion!
You know, I liked music.... I don't know that I was passionate about
it, though. I always felt it was kind of pushed on me, due to the
fact that I had talent in music, or so my parents and teachers said.
So, either you have to have passion or natural born talent in something,
in order to do well at something.
With music, I had to study and practice and all of the sudden, someone
walked into my life that wanted to do something with it. I didn't
go searching for an opera singer. She came to me! LOL.
She heard me in a practice room before class at Clatsop College, and
she knocked on the door and said, "Hey Lady! Let's play music
together!" And so we did.
Off we went into the big world, to study and play together. That was
so fun! I would say, however, that Nancy, my opera singer, had more
passion than I did. She wore the pants in the project. I kind of went
along for the ride. She found the gigs. She picked me up in Tux (our
touring Cadillac) and drove me to destinations, far and wide. I had
totally forgotten about Tux!
So, that's what I'm doing, lately. I'm searching... There has got
to be something that I can do, now. Along with millions of other 55
ish people who have either retired out of their jobs, or otherwise
moved on, we are searching for our lives, again. I have so many friends
in this same situation. I'm not giving up! I'm not too old! Dangit!
I've been blessed with life past the age where I was supposed to expire,
so I'm not going to waste one minute of it!
If anyone has any great ideas... anything out there that is missing
that I could do on the web... let me know!
Do we need another fishing discussion board? I don't think so. There
is ifish.net, and it's not mine, any longer.
That much is very clear to me, these days!
Not only is fishing not as good as it was when I began the Ifish project,
but now there are so many opportunities for sharing information on
social media; Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, so, so many things- that
there has got to be something else... something new... something exciting
out there for me!
Let's put our brains together! Let me know if you have an idea, and
I have the tools that you need to complete it!
...and let's do something great!
July 30, 2018
There is so
much free space on this page to fill. I really can't wait! I have
so many plans!
Yesterday I finally caved and wrote on this domain. It wasn't easy
after over 20 years on ifish, but I did it!
There is nothing I want more than to write on ifish, but I guess it's
just not possible.
July 29, 2018
I'm back at
the coast, after a week in the heat of the city. It was kind of nice,
actually. I worked in the morning, then packed up my float toy and
Willie in my car, and headed for the Willamette.
I have this place I go, where hardly anyone else goes. That's hard
to find on the river on a sunny day! In fact, one day I went and no
one was around at all! I was wondering if there was some kind of sewer-swimming
But, no. People were skiing and that awful jet boat thing that they
talk people into riding delighted in trying to run me off the beach.
I was three feet or so from the water, lazily consuming rays and reading
a book, when they did a run really close to me. The waves washed my
I wasn't happy, and I glared at them in a way to portray this very
I could hear laughter from the boat. Dangit.
I moved up the beach a bit, and they did it again, except yet closer
to the shore. I knew then, that I was a game for the tourists. I could
almost hear the driver saying to the crowd, "Let's see if we
can get this woman to move again!"
Yes. They got me to move.
Oh, what fun it is to be 13 years old, I thought to myself.
Why is this fun for people?
OK. Do I sound like an old lady? Yes! LOL
On the other hand, Willie had a blast in the waves, and thought it
was great fun!
So, here I sit in Tillamook, freezing! I'm now acclimated to 100 degree
temperatures, and I woke to a chilly 60 degrees or so. I grabbed my
fuzzy bathrobe and padded down to get coffee.
Home, sweet (chilly) home.
I actually smelled Fall in the air, when I got here! I also saw one
leaf fall from a tree, to remind me that it was coming!
The dogs danced around my feet, as I made it down the stairs. They
know full well what is next. I can imagine that Revvie misses our
morning traditions when I'm gone.
Poor thing. She's getting older, and she is so skinny! We keep trying
to feed her something with a lot of calories, but when we do, her
little tummy can't handle rich people food, and in the middle of the
night, leaves messes on the floor for us to clean. My carpet shampooer
is getting quite the use. (YUCK) No more gravy, Rev!
I guess the ocean is finally in good spirits, and is calm enough for
small crafts to cross the bar, and venture out for whatever you desire.
Although the weather has been beautiful in the past weeks, the ocean
has been pretty nasty, until this week.
I read somewhere that this week is the nicest week of the year, so
far, to be out on the ocean. That spoke to me!
Some are going out quite a ways because the word "tuna!"
is being tossed around.
Some of the commercial boats are coming in, fully loaded with them!
It's always an exciting time of year! I really want to go! Can you
even believe I have NEVER fished for tuna!?
The "Shake and Bake" boat invited me, last year. I'm waiting
for it to get a little further into tuna! season, before I mention
it, again. :) I can't wait!
If anyone wonders, the exclamation point behind every time I mention
"Tuna!" is fully intended.
Several years ago, when Tuna! first caught on, on ifish, it was a
"thing" to add the exclamation point after it. I like that.
Tuna! Tuna! I love Tuna!
Enough Tuna! Talk, except that I'm tired of being left behind, and
I'm putting a stop to that. It's time for Jennie to go Tuna! fishing!
What a great name for a domain for me. "Left Behind".
No more "Left Behind" for Jennie. I'm going fishing!
July 16, 2018
absolutely killing me not to be able to write, so there is now Northwest
Angling! I keep accidentally saying anglers.com,
but that's Jack Glass.
I was so excited when I came across this domain for sale, as I'd been
searching for one for quite a while. When I finally hit purchase,
I got to thinking what else could be close that is already developed.
Thank God, so far, no one that has anything close cares. I wrote to
any that I could find, offering to change this. But, so far, so good!
guy that sold me the domain at godaddy referred to my site as "N-wangling.com"
Let's all go wangling, today!
Anyway, so yay! I get to write!
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