Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Landfills & Reservoirs

Took the son to the landfill to say goodbye to some assorted waste on Saturday. Took him to San Pablo reservoir to break in his new fishing pole on Monday. Looking at it through his eyes, both events were solid fun, neither better than the other, and I feel it that way too, in retrospect.

The thrill of riding in the front seat together, which we only get to do in the ancient pick-up, would make any fool smile. For $22/cubic yard the West Contra Costa County Landfill sports stunning bay views, seagull watching (he kept calling them eagles, easy mistake to make), mild offroading fun, and people/vehicle watching as good as any in San Francisco. Unlike my childhood dump, where I recall my first prize scored for braving the jolly roger bulldozer was a globe with only a minor amount of animal feces on it, children are remanded to the vehicle. I cleaned that globe up and had it for years.

The reservoir might have stood out more if we'd caught any fish, besides, three may be a bit young for true fishing, a sport of patience, sharp barbed hooks, live worm impalation, mud, and lead weights. All the same, we did it, and it brings a tear to my eye to picture us out there on the edge of the water, eyes on bobbers, eating the picnic lunch packed by Mama Bear. As I write of it now I realize that it was the first time since I was a kid that I went fishing with someone less experienced than myself. While the experience did not leave me aching for more, I have not stopped scheming about how I could catch fish since then. Different baits, hooks, times of day, fishing spots, use of chum, yes I'm glad we went.

5 comments:

The O said...

use the colored hook, Luke... hee, hee. i'd have to say the dump was piles more fun for me at 3. might still be. my uncle used to drive us--really fast--in his tricked out El Camino over hill and dale of landfill. still my fav uncle.

mammasan said...

I'll donate the $ for the chum. I think that if Rocket actually caught a fish, he would be less sad about the "broken" [i.e. dead] worms. As it stands, the worms, especially the larger ones, are good friends of his. Once discovered, he only puts them down when he needs to come inside the house- and will spend hours carrying them 'round the yard until they look like black threads. Same story w/ the slugs.

Fourth Musketeer said...

when it's wet at the dump the stinky mud splashes up throught the floor, gets all over the emergency brake pedal, and then, when I release the brake with a jolting metallic bang, it splatters all over me. i love it.

Zahrala said...

I'm a big fan of the dump, we used to go with my Dad. Lots of treasures there. Jennie used to come back from the Santa Cruz landfill with more stuff than when she left :)

Fourth Musketeer said...

Rocket mentioned the possibility of driving the red truck to the dump today with full glee in his voice.