A Kinder, More Gentle Professor?


Feedback from readers of this blog have caused me to rethink my basic nature. A few comments really shook me up, these in particular:  Tom said, “Why do you always have to make fun of others?” Janine said, “Would it hurt you to be more respectful of  the lodge owners?”  Alice said, “I’m getting very tired of this constant verbal jousting.” Drog said, “Mind your own business when it comes to my drinking habits and underwear!”

Frankly, I’m now feeling dazed and confused. But, I’m going to try to turn around what seems to be misguided behavior into something good. So, here goes.


 Pictured above is bounty from Clearwater Lake. These were caught by the missus and I along with our friends , Carla and Dale (on the right). This outing took on a bit of an expedition feel because of low water causing wet feet and lots of pulling and pushing the boats to secure them on shore. It took the four of us to manage the grunt work, but everyone did this with a smile on their face.  Carla provided real encouragement by promising us fresh cheesecake, which helped our team gel.

The lakers and whitefish were mesmerized by our jigging techniques and the pike, bless them, felt compelled to eat deep-diving Rapalas that we trolled. Dale got a nice smallie to boot. We enjoyed a perfectly wonderful lunch together and then got back to fishing. The comradary was a joy to behold as we finished our day on Clearwater with a short, but stirring  acknowledgment made to the fish gods, thanking them for their support and blessings. Dale did this on behalf of the group. It was so beautiful that we all shed a tear or two. Then we began our return to the friendly confines of VBL.

The missus and I also chased after those walleyes that frequent the very close to home waters of VBL. All we had to do was get out into about 33-38 feet of water and then find them on our sonar unit. Nightcrawler spinner harnesses on a bottom-bouncer were irresistible to these fish. We caught many dozens, keeping six to take home for some very tasty fish sammys or tacos.

Ah, life was good at VBL. We met up with other guest we knew and met some new folks. I felt like I was among the “beautiful people”. Together, we enjoyed some fine meals, scintillating conversation, and friendship while surrounded by the beauty of NW Ontario.

Let me close by acknowledging the owners of VBL, Gord and Susanne. These folks are positively charming and delightful. I would be surprised if in all of Canada there is a couple nicer than these two. Well, there you have it– my first attempt at presenting a kinder, more gentle presence on the blog. In all honesty, I can’t say that I feel better about this, but at least I’m trying to be the kind of  blogger that you would trust with your kids. As always, your feedback is deeply appreciated.

Several Reasons the Missus and I Come to VBL

8 thoughts on “A Kinder, More Gentle Professor?

  1. Good to see the Professor switch back to his alter-ego “Good Professor”, rather than the “Mr. Hyde Professor” that has been posting lately. Hopefully his daily doses of tincture of mercury and lack of full moon will keep him in good spirits!

    Just an observation from the fun outing to Clearwater Lake (only achieved in dry years by accessing the ONLY camp boats allowed in there…….just a blatent plug for VBL), but I do believe that in the first picture Carla is checking to see if the Professor is wearing underwear! She seems impressed, so I gather he was going “comando”………

    1. Hi Gord (or should I say Drog)…The “silent majority” have spoken loud and clear about what they want from me, and it is most certainly not the “Good Professor” that you speak of. Frankly, I don’t blame them. I will not pander to the masses the way Mitt Romney has in pretending to be someting he is not. No, I simply cannot, and will not, insult their intellegence by portraying myself disingenuously. Therefore, I’m back to the real me–the “Mr. Hyde Professor”. And incidentally, I don’t use a a daily dose of tincture of mercury. However, a healthy dose of what Andy calls “the sleepy medicine”, works wonders for me. It comes in several flavors; Crown Royal is especially nice.

  2. The professor is showing his feminine side and I suspect it is a function of the sleepy medicine. If you’re a man and you want to lower your testosterone levels, grow manboobs, big belly and get more feminine – continue to drink beer. Beer is known as a manly drink, but in actuality beer is perhaps one of the most powerful estrogenic drinks on the Earth (Hops being the trigger).

    Now Gord is another story. He must have switched to a more manly hard liquor?

    1. Andy, when you live in the wilderness, you naturally have more “man-juice”…….beer has no feminine effect on me. Unlike the Professor who has sported man-boobs and a trout waist in the past, I maintain my rugged profile on a diet of O.V. and V.O……….

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

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