My girlfriend Emily, fierce competitor and endurance athlete, celebrated her first “Whole Iron Woman” blog anniversary over the weekend — you can count that among one of many proud boyfriend moments!
While it’s a bit late for Valentine’s Day, gushing over one’s significant other is never out of style. Emily and I met several years ago when I was on hiatus from college and working as a bartender at a small, independent restaurant in Nashville. Unbeknownst to me, I waited on her and her family a time or two before we actually met. After being introduced by mutual friends, we went out a couple times (and by “went out” I mean I dragged her to my favorite dive bar, and then to my bi-weekly all-night poker game), and we eventually lost touch after she moved to New Jersey to work on statewide races.
Cross-posted from The Dangerous Servant.
Late last month the Tennessean ominously warned that those big mean Republicans in Washington slashing the federal budget would deprive Tennessee sportsmen of their annual trout stock by reducing hatchery programs:
The trout supply for fishermen in Tennessee could face a substantial shortfall because of federal budget cuts that impact fish hatcheries. Federal fish hatcheries are responsible for raising 60 percent of all trout in Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stated. The Dale Hollow and Erwin hatcheries are both are operated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and supply trout for fishing at dozens of locations in the state. The proposed cuts would eliminate a majority of the funding for Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery and Erwin National Fish Hatchery, according to the TWRA. Federal cuts are scheduled to be effective in October 2011. The TWRA claims its fish hatcheries cannot make up the shortfall and opportunities for the estimated 150,000 trout fishermen, as well as revenues, will be severely reduced.
Here’s my question: so what?