What if I told you that I have something in a bottle that can bring you happiness? One bottle of this, and you will feel joy inside like you never knew you could. More than pride, more than just plain giddiness, but pure unadulterated joy. No angry boss, no barking dog, nor inconsiderate driver cutting you off on the road could take the good feeling away. Not the feeling you’ll get from this bottle anyway. How much would you pay? Before you answer, please note; this bottle contains all natural ingredients, no alcohol, no controlled substance, nor any negative side effects. Now how much would you pay? How about if I told you it was free? How about if I told you it doesn’t come in a bottle? What if I told you it involves fishing?
In 2008 I was invited to join a group of fifty boaters to embark on Vail Lake Temecula, CA for a day of bass fishing like none other. Us fifty boaters were each taking service folks either currently stationed in our area, and/or recuperating their wounds in our local military hospitals. These are fine young men and women who gave up (or at least put on hold) their plans for college, career, and family, to serve our country so that we can continue on our paths of college, career, and family. They had lost time, freedom, and some even sacrificed parts of their bodies, to ensure our freedom, and our way of life. It was an honor for us to show them a good time. We couldn’t put time in a bottle, nor good feelings in a bottle for them. and if we did, that would have been a cop out. We had to stop what we were doing, hold all calls, while we took them out to show them we appreciated what they had done for us. Some guys backed out of other tournaments, held off family plans, used up a sick day, or (in my case) even denied clients, to make sure these fine young men and women had a day to forget about their pains, their worries, and their struggles. A day that we shared with them a bottle of time, and a bottle of joy.
Little did any of us know that we were the ones receiving the joy. That great feeling stayed with me well into the next year when we were able to do it again. Pretty much the same fifty boaters, at least forty of the same with ten replacements, anyway. We had a new batch of warriors, and another great day to be had. Better than anything that comes in a bottle.
We did it again this past May 2010. During that event, I mentioned to Sandy Lehmkuhler, the director of the Warrior Foundation (the lady that assembles these fine folks for us), about having a similar event on the fertile waters of San Diego Bay. She thought it was a great idea. Since then, I have been putting feelers out among the boating and bay bass community, and have gotten plenty of, “I’m in, just tell me when” type of responses. Since finding out when, and letting people know, as of this entry, we now have ten, count ’em, 10 boaters for our October 2, 2010 event. That includes me. We need fifty.
Here’s what’s gonna happen on October 2, 2010: 100 servicemen, and women, just like the ones I mentioned above – the ones that put their lives on hold, college, career, family, lost time, memories, freedom, joy, and body parts, for us to enjoy our lives in this free country – they will show up that morning hoping to be taken out on San Diego Bay and fish in a bass derby, eat good food, meet good people, and have a good time. And I will be damned if I don’t make sure that this is what is going to happen on that day.
Now I know I am no Ron Popeil, and as anybody who has ever heard me sing can attest, I am no Jim Croce either. However, I have something in a bottle that can bring you happiness. One bottle of this and you will feel joy inside like you never knew you could. More than pride, more than just plain giddiness, but pure unadulterated joy. No angry boss, no barking dog, nor inconsiderate driver cutting you off on the road could take this good feeling away. Not the feeling you’ll get from this bottle anyway. This bottle contains all natural ingredients, no alcohol, no controlled substance, nor any negative side effects. It’s free and it involves fishing. Now, how much will you pay?
James (ya doesn’t hasta call me Captain) Nelson
For more information on the Warrior Foundation Bay Bass Tournament, please go to http://www.thefishicon.com/, or call me. 619-395-0799 James