Lickity Split

Discussion in 'Mississippi River Basin' started by spinner, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. spinner

    spinner Staff Member

    I have lots of sisters. All are married. My oldest sister is the biggest character of all of them. Christina was a profession student for quite some time. She changed majors more than any person should allowed to. She did pick one good thing along the way. Her choice of husbands was A Number One. His name is Joe. He is my favorite brother in law. About 2 weeks ago I met up with Christina and Joe.

    Part of the reason I like Joe so much is he listened to all of my fishing stories. No matter if I have already told him the story 10 times already.. He still sets there and acts or is actually interested. We always end the conversations with the same thing. I always invite him to go trout fishing with me when he retires. He tells me he will take me up on the invitation as soon as he retires. He has worked the same job for 45 years.

    He tells the same old story about when he was a kid. The cane pole and nightcrawlers were his favorite weapon for trout. He says he lived in "Trout Heaven" As a young adult he ran the local tavern in Towerville for his mother. He would close the tavern for a couple hours when it was slow on the weekend and walk behind the tavern and dig a couple nightcrawlers and catch a limit of trout
    "Lickity Split" (Joe's favorite trout saying.)
    He would brag that his mother didn't even know he closed the tavern because he was so good with that cane pole.

    During our conversations I would tell him about all the new trends and flies and lures. He would always refer back to his cane pole. He said that it is all he ever needed and wanted. Joe always was amazed at all of the unwritten rules that went with trout fishing. He didn't think much of the catch and release (Craze) "Joe's words" He thought lunker structure and bank improvement was like trying to groom a golf green. What is the fun in fishing in a Petting Zoo he would always say.

    Two weeks ago something changed. After we yacked for a couple hours, Joe told me that where he worked in LaCrosse has been sold and he would be retiring the end of December. Joe said he was going to cash in on all of those invitations I gave through the years.

    Two days ago my mother called me. She told me that Joe is in the hospital. He went in with congested lungs. When they did a lung xray they discovered masses on each of his lungs. They did a bone marrow test and his white blood cells are at an extremely low level. He is staying for additional tests.

    I just got off the phone with him and told him that he needed to get better.

    "Lickity Split"

    So we can trout fish in March.

  2. lots of prayers...

    I hear about this sort of thing way too often. Lots of prayers and best wishes for Joe and your entire family...

    Btw, my best buddy had the same thing happen to him last fall...we were terrified. Turned out just to be some sort of virus that wouldn't let go that turned into a really tough pneumonia...hang in there. My buddy is fine, out hunting as we speak...

  3. Steve

    Steve Staff Member

    Definitely something to think about. Puts things in perspective.
  4. spinner

    spinner Staff Member


    they did another bone marrow test late today and biopsy on both growths.
    The results will be available tomorrow. They have his congested lungs under control.
    Just got a call from my nephew. Is amazing how a 300 pound 6'08" son can blubber on
    the phone when he talks about his dad.
  5. what's the news??

    Have been thinking about your brother in law...please keep us posted...
  6. spinner

    spinner Staff Member


    growths non-cancerous
    Another bone marrow test showed white count up.
    Still congested.
    Back to work on Monday.
  7. pneumonia, right??

    My buddy fought it for months, so tell your brother in law to take it real easy, and not push his luck too much. Pneumonia can kill you...

    but that is a very good alternative to what it could have been...and very good news!!
  8. wow, I hope he gets better lickity split. my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.