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4EThe Daily Tar HeelMonday, August 23, 1982
Grandpa MmmeF f iskiia
By AL STEELE
The warm days of August remind me
of days spent fishing with my grand
father. The long drive, the heat and the
fishing itself were time well spent.
We always got an early start, leaving
the house with a cup of worms and a pic
nic lunch which Grandma had prepared
before dawn. She waved goodbye to us
knowing that we would return in six
hours, hungry and smelling of fish.
The ride to Grandaddy's favorite fish
ing place was a long one even though
Grandaddy drove 75 mph. I feared for
my life. When we finally arrived at a
friend's farm, we would plop down in
lawn chairs conveniently placed in the
shade. The conversation ranged from
corn crops to where the bream were biting
best. After a half hour of rambling, we
Grandaddy's favorite fishing holes
consisted of ponds located on farms in
northwestern South Carolina. The ponds
were used to water cattle and were stocked
with some of the finest bream in the
The drive was the most interesting part
of the trip. Grandaddy owned a 1969
Pontiac Catalina which he thought could
go anywhere a Jeep CJ-5 could go.
Fence posts, ditches and cows were no
obstacles for that car. As we skidded to a
halt, Grandaddy always reminded me to
set up his umbrella and chair before going
off on my own.
The fish never cooperated with me. For
some odd reason, the worms kept crawl
ing off my hook. Sure, I could hook a
fish but landing one was a different story.
My antics often brought Grandaddy's
laughter rolling across the pond.
I stumbled around the pond's edge
occasionally falling in trying to find
that certain spot where I could catch a
fish to top any of Qrandaddy's.
One year Grandaddy reeled in a record
sized bream. However, before it could be
certified, he gave it to a poor family along
with the rest of his catch.
If Grandaddy's line got snagged, I was
the one who waded out and freed it. That
practice ended the time one snag turned
out to be a large snapping turtle, who
didn't like being disturbed.
I never learned Grandaddy's secret for
pulling in the big ones. Maybe 1 never sat
still long enough to learn. It didn't really
matter, because as we bounced out of the
field he'd always say, "They weren't bit
ing much today, but we'll get 'em next
Several years ago Grandaddy died and
the fishing trips ended. After the funeral,
one of his friends came up to me. "You
not only lost your grandfather, but your
best fishing buddy as well," he said.
Now I drive a 1969 Pontiac Catalina
and everytime I hit a bump or drive by a
rural pond I think of my Grandaddy and
those warm August days spent fishing.
Al Steele, a junior journalism major from
Delray Beach, Fla., is photography editor
for The Daily Tar Heel.
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By RACHEL PERRY
Never again will I be able to listen to
"We've Got the Beat," that classic get-wild-and-pogo
song, without doing
jumping jacks. Fifteen, to be exact. And
counting out loud.
That's what exercise does to your
But let me explain. I happen to be your
basic lazy person. I get winded just walk
ing to the fridge to get my Tab. Drinking
a diet soft drink is in itself a commen
dable act I should have to exercise too?
My exercise-oriented friends inform me
that I should be at my physical peak at
21. 1 am, I quickly assure them. Do I not
recover from a bout with a keg or a liqour
bottle amazingly well? Do I not bounce
back from the ropes of a decadent Friday
night with agility and grace, light on my
feet Saturday morning? Not good
enough, they say. Exercise keeps the
mind and body pure.
OK. To please those unrelenting fana
tics, I visited an aerobics class this sum
mer. You've seen the ads all these
Cheryl Tiegs clones leaping about like
gazelles and having a good old time.
"Y'all come on in!" the head clone says
with flashing teeth and flat tummy.
Since I can pogo with the best of them,
I naturally assumed ttfat mass dancing for
an hour would be fun. Exhilarating. No
First of all, nobody told me about the
dress code an aerobics class demands. I
entered this haven of health and fitness
with gym shorts (not Calvin Kleins, but
1 the standard- kind -with the name of my
: old high school peeling-off the leg) and an
' old Rolling Stones T-shirt. What a faux
. pas. The woman next to me, the one with
the long blond Shirley Temple curls and
the flawless makeup mask, was garbed in
a lavender leotard and tights one shade
lighter lavender, with an adorable pink
and lavender sweatband and little purple
shoes. My other classmates were similarly
attired in the other colors of the rainbow.
With a medley of raucous music rang
ing from "Fame" and Donna Summer to
the Stones and J. Geils, we began to exer-
cise. Fifty leg lifts, then 30 with the arm
bent, then 30 more with the arm extend
ed, then 30 slow and 30 fast. And that's
just one leg. They should call this Leg
Lifts Unlimited instead of Aerobics
Unlimited, I muttered to myself as I at
tempted (in vain) to throw my flabby leg
into the air one last time.
Don't stop completely, never stop
the instructor yells brightly.
"If your leg feels like it's going to fall off,
just do little leg lifts instead of big ones."
I don't know about anyone else, but if
my leg says stop, I obligingly stop.
As we complete 50 "doggies" (an exer
cise too painful to describe but let "horri
ble" suffice), I sneak glances into the mir
ror that covers the entire wall across from
us (full-length mirrors are despicable in
ventions) to see how the others are faring.
Not only am I the only one sweating, I'm
the only one who isn't smiling.
After 30 minutes of wrenching unused
limbs into kinky positions, the never
tiring, ever-smiling instructor (she must
be a former cheerleader) tells us it's time
for aerobics. You mean there's more?
That past half-hour of grueling muscle
strains were mere warm-ups? I'm too
young to have a heart attack, I moan to
myself as the GoGos begin screeching out
of the tape player.
Not to bore you with my grunts and
groans, I somehow managed to survive
the next 30 minutes of leaping around
(non-gazelle-like, to say the least),
although the barked commands of Jog!
Pogo! Twist from side to side! Jog! are
forever imprinted into my brain.
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face throbbed tomato-red and my knees
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Rachel Perry, a senior journalism and
political science major from Fayetteville,
is University editor for The Daily Tar
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