lured to aisle six

fish kite
lure * anything that attracts, entices, or allures.
a decoy; live or especially artificial bait used in fishing or trapping.

fishing rod * A rod of wood, steel, or fiberglass used with a line for catching fish. Also called fishing pole.

tater tot * a registered trademark for a commercial form of hash browns made by Ore-Ida, are a side-dish made from deep-fried, grated potatoes. Tater Tots are widely recognized by their crispiness, cylindrical shape and small size.

skitter pop
I spent the summer after graduating high school working in the the sporting goods department of the local K-mart. I had been working in the fast food (deep fried) industry prior to getting the job, but had grown tired of smelling like Crisco and tater tots. Not to mention my friends insisting I bring tots and ketchup to all our summer night bonfires. Yum, tot on stick. I don't remember how I ended up in sporting goods, where my primary task was to issue fishing licenses and direct the newly licensed to the fishing lures in aisle six.  Mind you, I had never actually fished. I had, however, been present while others waited days for a bite at the end of a fishing rod and talked endlessly about bait and lures. The hat, I like. The wait. Not so much. Anyway... back to aisle six.  I could issue a license with ease, all you need is a name and a date (I had, after-all just graduated HS) The lure part. A different story. SO many lures..... all with a different name, color, and purpose. The first time I was asked where one could find the "skitter pop" lure I tilted my head and squinted my eyes as though this action would somehow unlock some hidden knowledge I had of this "skitter pop". Yeah... that didn't happen. So, I just raised my arm and pointed to aisle six.  "We're gonna have fried catfish tonight" he exclaimed. With tater doubt.

Me and my fishin' hat are off to not sit and wait for a bite, but to go out and get a bite. Tots anyone?


  1. My buddy Jonelle and I once crafted a jewelry business that primarily sold earrings made of fish lures!

  2. Love the fishing hat! xoxo

  3. Looks like you have found all the new fashionable lures, and rods. Very colorful I might add...Not like the ole' days. Great fishing hat! Are they serving catfish where you're going?

  4. Your story about the "skitter pop" cracks me up! Love your hilarious narration. :)

    Good story, hope you have a fabulous weekend!



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