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July 02, 2017

Father's Day Concerns ~ Part II

by Bob Banfelder

No sooner than I had revised, updated, and copy/pasted yesterday's list from my website referencing the many topics that Donna and I cover on our Cablevision show, Scat called, informing me that his oldest son, Doug, United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Counterintelligence Specialist is once again being deployed to Afghanistan. That makes three (3) deployments to Iraq, and now three (3) to Afghanistan since 2002. Think about that; six (6) deployments to the Middle East over the past fifteen years. Both men and women like Doug, serving in our United States Armed Forces, comprised of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, serve to protect while our fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, friends and acquaintances, can eat, sleep, and breathe safely through the night then awake anew to enjoy our life-styles . . . safeguarded. Scat and Jeanie are, of course concerned for Doug's safety. In a Father's Day pronouncement, Doug mitigated those concerns to a degree in his text message to Scat:

"Don't stress, Pop, nor you, Jeanie. I'll make it back. They had several chances to get me, but I'm faster and smarter, so they were never successful. I have one more tour, and then I can retire for good. Don't worry about a thing."

Sound familiar? Father and son have one more tour left in them.

It has been my privilege to honor one of many of these fine folks who put themselves in harm's way by serving their country so that you and I [especially readers of outdoor magazines such as Nor'east Saltwater)] may enjoy the freedom to fish, clam, crab, boat, travel, eat, sleep, breathe, and, yes, hunt while harvesting the fruits of their perilous labor—our precious liberty.

Along the lines of fishing, Scat wants to seriously learn how to fish and asked me to teach him. A good distraction methinks from what is obviously on the man's mind concerning one son's safety (Doug's) and the other's career focus, (Dale).

"Bob, would you be so kind as to teach me the ropes?" Scat had asked me in a thick brogue the day after Father's Day. "I have a new fishing pole and need to wind on some string."
"You mean a fishing rod; you wind line, not string, around the spool of the reel."
"Oh, I know how to reel, all right."
"Really?"
"Truly I do. And I can cast pretty well, too."
"Well, that I know because I was watching you out there."
"Really?"
"Truly."
"Listen, Bob. I see that your boat is still wrapped, and it's getting late in the season. I have me boat here that sits two, so if you and Donna ever want to go fishing, the oar is in it; just undo the rope and—.
"You mean you have a tandem kayak, meaning for two people for paddling; not an oar for rowing, nor rope for tying off. It's called a line, not rope."
"But you just said that line was for a reel.
"I did. Same holds true with lines for tying off."
"But then that would be a very thin line to secure it to a rod. How would it even hold?
"You mean a pole or a piling; you secure a line to a pole or piling, or a cleat."
"But you said that me pole is the same as me rod."
"Not exactly."
"Then what exactly do you mean, Bob?"
"Well, nautically speaking, ropes are really lines. But then there are fishing lines such as monofilament line, braided line, fly line, and lines for tying off. You spool a reel with fishing line and fish with a rod, not a pole." A pole, a piling, or a cleat is something you wrap your watercraft line around."
"Well, with all that nautical understanding, Bob, do you even know your arse from ye elbow?"
"We'll deal with fore and aft, port and starboard after we get you some string for your new pole. How's that, Scat?"
"Much better, Bob. Much better."

Scat and I always have a good laugh.



Bob Banfelder
https://www.robertbanfelder.com

Award-Winning
Crime-Thriller Novelist & Outdoors Writer

Member: Outdoor Writers Association of America
New York State Outdoor Writers Association
Long Island Outdoor Communicators Network

Cablevision TV Host Special Interests with Robert Banfelder & Donna Derasmo

Bi-monthly contributor to Nor'east Saltwater ~ presented on the 1st & 2nd of every month.


Available on Amazon in paperback & e-book formats


Available on Amazon in paperback & e-book formats

July 01, 2017

Father's Day Concerns ~ Part I

by Bob Banfelder

I trust that all you guys had a very nice Father's Day. I certainly had. The bite was on, and many a backyard BBQ had been fired up and soon ready for hot dogs and hamburgers, chicken, fish, steaks, and assorted vegetables, not to mention a parade of cold beverages to help tame the heat. In a few days, we'll be repeating the act, celebrating the Fourth of July; Independence Day. We sometimes take these moments in time—Father's Day and the Fourth of July—with friends and family for granted. I'd like to introduce you to a man who also had a nice Father's Day, but at the same time has concerns referencing two text messages he received, the first one concerning business, the other of a more serious nature.

Bob [Scat] Hardman is affectionately monikered The Scatman, who once sang and played the guitar under The Scat Brothers headliner; hence, the name, Scat, stuck. Scat spent better than four decades in the entertainment field as part of a technical production support staff. No one I know calls him Bob. I'm Bob; he's Scat. Scat lives year-round with his significant other, Jeanie, on a houseboat/barge (more accurately and legally referred to as a floating home), which is situated at a marina but a long cast from our home along the Peconic River in Riverhead, Long Island, New York.



Now, semi-retired, Scat is being called back on the grid, having recently received several offers from entertainment agencies to work concerts as a tour coordinator and technical production support staff adviser—tutoring, mentoring, teaching, and keeping groups of young whippersnappers in line. On Father's Day, Scat received a text message from one of his three sons, Dale, the youngest. The following is Dale's communication.

"Hey, I'm very serious about what you were talking about the other day, Pop. I would love to work the concert tour with you overseas. You never knew this, but I cried after the CD 101.9 cruise gigs got shut down after 9/11. Working side by side with you was the most enjoyable moment from my childhood, and I don't have many. I loved coordinating and working the technical aspects of the live shows alongside you and all those guys. A huge part of me always felt like that's what I was meant to do. If you can make it happen where I can come along, you can teach me all of the behind-the-scenes technical stuff that you've been doing for the past forty years. I'd love to carry the torch, Pop. So let's try and do this."

Scat had worked in the entertainment production field administrating technical support for big-name entertainers such as Barbra Streisand, Yanni, Katell Keineg (Jet album), Peter White, Bruce Springsteen, Rachelle Ferrell, George Duke, Rahsaan Patterson, KISS, Boney James, Lizt Alfonzo Dance Cuba, to name but a few. Working behind the scenes, Scat and his crew had set the stage both figuratively and literally for ‘Sold Out' concert performances; other examples are Smooth Jazz Holiday Concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City, as well as CD 101.9's Valentine's Day Concert, also held at the Beacon Theater.

Lifting a line from The Godfather ~ Part III, shortly after Scat received several concert tour-job offerings, Scat recites Michael Corleone's memorable moment from that movie: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in," to which Scat may soon be singing several lines from Willie Nelson's On the Road Again. Scat has to weigh in on a big decision, for if he decides to go, he will be traveling widely and broadly—away from Jeanie and their floating home on the Peconic River. He'll be off to Brazil (a rallying point) before continuing the tour. I believe that Scat has already made up his mind because he emphatically declared to me, "Bob, I think I have one more tour left in me!" The Kills concert tour will be held in various cities in Scandinavia and Europe. From there, the rock band will be performing in South America, where Scat and his son, Dale, will likely meet up with the group. The tour will continue from South America to the United States and Canada.

Last month, Donna and I had set up a phone interview via our Channel 20 Cablevision Show (Special Interests with Bob Banfelder & Donna Derasmo) with Scat's oldest son, Doug, a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant Counterintelligence Specialist, having served several tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Doug expounded on his experiences. I had asked the man some hard-and-fast questions, to which I received candid responses. Donna's and my TV show airs for thirty-minute every Saturday at 4 P.M., coverage from Eastport to Montauk on Long Island's south shore, and Wading River to Orient on the north shore.

Special Interests with Bob & Donna is an eclectic show that we have been doing since 2012, covering a wide range of topics from criminal justice to hunting and fishing. As many of you know, I covered combination spinning and fly fishing travel cases and kits in a two-part piece here at Nor'east Saltwater last month for my bimonthly report (published on the 1st and 2nd of every month). On our Channel 20 Public Access Cablevision Show for July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and August 5, 12, 19, 26, Donna and I will be covering those combo travel cases, which I believe will be of special interest to many viewers, especially if you love to travel, fish, and hunt. Many viewers and readers have requested that Donna and I cover more fishing and hunting segments on our show. And so we shall.

Our viewing audience is growing considerably and, consequently, so is our range of topics. The following is a list of select programming as it appears on my website, http://www.robertbanfelder.com. At the top of the page, you can click the bottom middle-column box that reads Cablevision TV ~ Special Interests with Bob Banfelder & Donna Derasmo; you'll note the many topics we've covered to date:

COVERING AN ECLECTIC GROUP OF TOPICS AND ISSUES SUCH AS ART, MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, FISHING FRESH AND SALT WATER (SPIN CASTING, BAIT CASTING, FLY CASTING), CLAMMING, CRABBING, SMOKING FISH, CANOEING, KAYAKING, POWERBOATING, PHOTOGRAPHY, FALCONRY, HORTICULTURE, FARMING, FASHION, FORENSICS, FICTION AND NONFICTION WRITERS, WRITING PROCESS RE FICTION AND NONFICTION, TRADITIONAL AND SELF-PUBLISHING, A HIGH-QUALITY OUTDOORSY VEHICLE, GOURMET RECIPES, SERIAL KILLERS, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, CONSUMER ADVOCACY, QUALITY OUTDOOR PRODUCTS FOR FISHING & HUNTING, HUNTING SMALL AND BIG GAME (HANDGUN, RIFLE, SHOTGUN, SLUG GUN, MUZZLELOADER, COMPOUND BOW, CROSSBOW), EXTRAORDINARY ALBEIT ORDINARY PEOPLE & PLACES OF IMPORTANCE.

You can find all my current Nor'east Saltwater articles by going to their website at and clicking on Blogs, listed at the top of the page. My articles appear under North Fork/South Fork Bays . . . and Beyond with Bob Banfelder. Earlier in time, when Nor'east Saltwater was a print and online magazine, I wrote articles that appeared in both versions. You can click on Magazine at the top of the Nor'east Saltwater page and find my print/online magazine articles in their archives, dated in descending order from December 2013 back to January 1998. The print Magazines and Blogs listings run from 1998 to the present for a grand total of nineteen (19) years, covering all of my articles for Nor'east Saltwater. That ought to keep an angler busy reading for a while. Additionally, a comprehensive listing of my entire body of works can be viewed on https://www.robertbanfelder.com, under the Publications (Fiction, Nonfiction, TV, Articles, Interviews) box located at the top of the page in the top far right column.

Tomorrow we'll pick up with Scat's oldest son, Doug (United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Counterintelligence Specialist), and that son's Father's Day announcement to his dad, set in a rather disturbing light when reading between the lines. You'll then note the irony between a father and son's prophetic pronouncements. Stay tuned.


Bob Banfelder
https://www.robertbanfelder.com

Award-Winning
Crime-Thriller Novelist & Outdoors Writer

Member: Outdoor Writers Association of America
New York State Outdoor Writers Association
Long Island Outdoor Communicators Network

Cablevision TV Host Special Interests with Robert Banfelder & Donna Derasmo

Bi-monthly contributor to Nor'east Saltwater ~ presented on the 1st & 2nd of every month.


Available on Amazon in paperback & e-book formats


Available on Amazon in paperback & e-book formats



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