Monday, February 23, 2009

Off-Topic Journal Entry

I know this is my hunting journal, but I'm gonna veer off-topic for a change. After all, we are kinda in the hunting off-season anyway.

I noticed there was a special on PBS this evening called "Faded Glory: The Von Erich Story". I've never been a huge wrestling fan but have always been intrigued by its popularity and by the athleticism of some of the wrestlers. When I think of wrestling, I immediately think of the Von Erich's. They are probably the most athletic of all professional wrestlers. And, they grew up here in the local area so I was even more interested to learn about their lives. I had seen portions of this show before so I thought I would tune in and see if I could catch the rest of it. I tuned in late so I didn't get to watch the whole thing but I did find it interesting.

First of all, I learned that the funeral for David Von Erich was held at our church, First Baptist Denton, which I did not know before.

I also learned that Fritz Von Erich (the Daddy) held the Conference record for throwing the discus at SMU. Kerry Von Erich was also a world-class discus thrower and competed for the University of Houston. He was scheduled to compete in the Olympics, but that was the year that Jimmy Carter boycotted the Olympics due to political reasons and the USA didn't compete. Kevin Von Erich spoke about this in the TV show and I really liked his comment. He said, "I don't know if Jimmy Carter has ever worn a jock in his life, but he really messed up some people's lives when he boycotted the Olympics."

Another interesting fact that I already knew (but that a lot of people don't realize) was that Kerry Von Erich had a motorcycle accident northwest of Lake Dallas and injured his foot so bad that he had to have about half of it amputated. He spent the last several years of his career wrestling on a prosthetic foot and nobody knew about it. Just goes to show how athletic he actually was.

I have a coworker who has worked at our office at Lewisville Lake since the early '80's and he has told me several stories about the Von Erich boys and how they used to hang out around the lake. One day he showed me the house they grew up in and the location where they found Mike Von Erich's car when he committed suicide near the lake.

Oh, and there last name was actually Adkisson.

Like I said, I've never been a big wrestling fan, but I thought this was interesting. I do remember going to watch one of the Von Erich's wrestle in person when I was about 5 years old at the Van Alstyne High School football stadium. I don't remember which of the brothers it was - all I remember is one of the "bad guys" spitting into the audience when people were trying to get autographs.

Here is a youtube video recap of the show I watched.

I can tie this to hunting after all. I will leave you with this picture. This is from the bunkhouse at the deer lease this past season. This was Friday Night Smack Down featuring "The Irish Assassin", "Mad Dog Magee", and an unidentified masked man thought to be "The Mysterious, Crazy Ernest T. Bass."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More Ducks and Lessons in Taxidermy

I haven't had much to post on my blog since hunting season ended. Here are a couple more pictures from our last duck hunt that Lee took.

This was a picture of a Mallard pair that I took with Steph's new camera at the park in Sherman when we went to visit my parents a few weeks ago. Makes me wish I had a telephoto lens. Click on it to open it up full size.

Two weekends ago I attended a free taxidermy seminar that was being given at the Layland Museum in Cleburne, Texas. It was an all day event hosted by Jonathan Stanley of Harlequin Taxidermy. He went through the step-by-step process of mounting a bird, from skinning to finishing. He mounted this Cinnamon Teal as the example. These pictures I took don't do it justice - it looked really good. Check out some of his work at I learned a lot and have ordered some supplies to try to give this a shot myself.
Last Saturday, my Dad, Katy and I drove out to the lease to fill the free-choice protein feeder. It was completely empty. I refilled it and hopefully will have some game camera pictures to post in the next few months. I checked my trail camera and it had a few pictures on it but nothing too interesting to look at. Katy had a blast and she got to see four tiny piglets while we were there. We were walking down the trail to my Dad's stand, Katy was on Paw-Paw's shoulders and I decided to veer off the trail to explore a little bit (with the hopes of finding a recently dropped antler) and I noticed something moving about 10 feet in front of me. At first I thought it was a rabbit, but then I noticed it was a piglet. Then I noticed three more and they were all scurrying in the direction of my Dad and Katy. The piglets couldn't have weighed more than 7 or 8 pounds each. There were a couple brown ones and a couple black and white spotted ones. They ended up running by my Dad and Katy at about 15 yards away so Katy got a good look at them. As soon as I saw that first one I figured the sow would be nearby but I never saw her. My Dad and I were wishing we would have been carrying a shotgun so we could have gotten one to cook whole. Yeah, that's right, I said it, I wanted to eat one of 'em. They looked mighty tasty! If you don't like it, get off my blog page you big dope!