Monday, December 18, 2006

My darkest secrets

Mike, a curry loving Scotsman from Asia and the author of Tamanawis blog, pointed his finger towards me in form of a challenge to reveal my darkest secrets. Or at least I should tell you five things that a handful of people around the world (=my blog’s regular readers) don’t know about me.

1. I think that you have already figured this one out: I am really not sure when I should put word ‘the’ or ‘a/an’ in front of other words when I write in English. I also have problems with other words like ‘on’, ‘in’ and ‘at’. It has been over ten years since I studied English last time and frankly I don’t remember much about these things anymore. I rely on how it feels, sounds, or looks – i.e. just plain luck.

2. My wife is a cyborg. When she was a child, a neighbor’s dog attacked my future wife and damaged her lacrimal duct which was later replaced by artificial implant. The scary thing is that there is no way to know this simply by looking at her - but deep down inside, she is a machine.

3. When I was 20 years old, my homeland required me to attend 11 month military service, which changed my life in an unexpected way: I learned to play and game master role playing games. That was what I did for better part of decade that followed and only in last 5 years or so I have not played any more. But still the friendships that I gained in that period remain.

4. I’m a psychologist by profession/education. I have never done a single day that work; instead I hang around at an Information Technology Company and do some consulting that is hard to describe as a job.

5. I have no idea what to do when I grow up. I hope that my family is involved and it includes some fly fishing.

The only thing left is to name five other persons to reveal their secrets:
- Jay / Fly Fishing and More
- Dave B / Fishing for Native Trout
- Fly Fisherman / Fly Fishing Journal
- The Mad Fishicist
- BCM / Musings of a Mad Fisherman


Jay said...

Man, this sounds scary....
Are you sure you want to know this all?

opax said...

Am I sure? No, but I'm willing to give it a try. :-)

Jay said...

Okay, here goes:

* I started fly fishing when I was 14 (now 38).

* I am a Construction Engineer by edcuation and work in the Real Estate business.

* My very first glass fly rod was as thick as a carp rod and heavy as a pig. I swapped it it the shop for a Shakespear grahite rod. What a difference!

* I love Italian suits & shoes!

* I'm an uncle since 2.5 years!

opax said...


Did you start with a glass rod? My first fly rod was a fiberglass rod and I haven't get over it enough to buy another one just yet.

A Fly Fisherman said...

This sure is scary.....
I'll give it a miss.

opax said...

Ok. :-)

BCM said...

Opax, let me add that your English grammar is far superior to many folks in my neck of the woods - and it's the only language they speak/write!

Your entries are well written and thoroughly enjoyed. Keep it up!

opax said...

Thank you bcm!

The Mad Fishicist said...

back to the net after a week away:

in no particular order:

i went to argentina for a month and didn't fish (there was a gin clear river where the indians there caught giant rainbows with their hands).

i spent the summer in a tent on the banks of the kenai river and i never fished it.

my biggest trout ever was a 24 inch rainbow. i didn't have a camera.

i spent one summer on a halibut charter boat. i caught a thousand fish and not one on a flyrod.

my life has been one long series of regrets and disappointments.


opax said...


Thank You.