The Mighty Deem has turned 30 in style.
On Friday, we took off for the Poconos around noon and we made a pit stop at the Big Brown Fish Trout Hatchery. Big Brown Fish Hatchery is the perfect place to take a kid fishing, or a guy who just turned 30 and really wanted to easily catch some trout. They stock the lake and absolutely pack it with trout, there’s so many trout that it’s impossible not to see them, every square yard of the lake probably has 2 or 3 trout swimming in it. We spent about 30 minutes walking around and checking out the fish, then I tied on a lure and cast it into the lake. The first fish was a nice brown trout and the second was a smaller rainbow trout. We had enough for dinner and the dude working there filleted them for me. Admission, the fish, and the cleaning of the fish came to less than $20, not bad for a dinner for two and some fun fishing.
Here’s a picture of me with the brown trout, I pretended to bite him before Jaclyn took the picture. He shook out of my hands, the lure came out of his mouth and went deep into my finger. I really had to yank the lure pretty hard to get it out of my finger, it was the first time in 30 years that this happened to me, it was a mistake that I hope takes at least 30 more years to happen again.
We took the trout to our house in the Poconos and put them on the grill while the Phils put a beating on the LA Dodgers, as my friend Lou Reed would say, “What a perfect day”.
On Saturday, we explored Jim Thorpe and the nearby park called Glen Onoko. Apparently, there’s huge waterfalls at Glen Onoko, but they required a 2 mile hike that wasn’t suitable for a woman almost 9 months pregnant. Jim Thorpe is a picture perfect town. The chamber of commerce said it used to be the #2 honeymoon destination on the east coast, right behind Niagara Falls. It was referred to as America’s Little Switzerland because of similar geologic traits with the mountains, gorges and the town nestled in the valley. Jim Thorpe never lived there, in fact, he never set foot in Jim Thorpe (while alive), but when he died, the town purchased his remains and buried him there to boost tourism. If some town wants to name themselves after me, I give Jaclyn the okay to sell my remains/ashes to Deemtown or should we just call it Rob Deem?
I asked Jaclyn how Jim Thorpe died, she said it was a “death that came too soon, it was tragic, I’m pretty sure alcoholism had a part in it too”. I said, you’re crazy – you’re confusing him with Ira Hayes or some other Native American, Jim Thorpe was a sports hero, he couldn’t have died in such a depressing fashion. We asked the old lady working at the Chamber of Commerce, I asked, “How did Jim Thorpe die?” she said, “His heart stopped”. I felt vindicated, see Jaclyn, he died because of a heart attack. But then the old woman continued, “it is actually quite depressing, he became a terrible alcoholic and that had a lot to do with his downfall.” Shucks, chalk another point up for Jaclyn, she must prove me wrong at least once a day.
By the way, Jim Thorpe was a pretty good athlete, he won gold medals at the Olympics for the pentathlon and decathlon and he played professional football, baseball and basketball.
One last bit of Jim Thorpe history. America’s coal minors in the 1800’s unionized to fight for better wages. A secret detective sniffed out the leaders of this secret union (who were called the Molly Maguires) and ratted them out to the coal bosses. The coal bosses had them sent to prison and 20 of them were hung to death. 7 of them were hung at the prison in Jim Thorpe which is still there, including the gallows. One of the people who was hung stuck his hand on the wall in his jail cell and said his hand print would remain there forever to prove his innocence. We saw the handprint and had a good time strolling around prison on our vacation.
I want to thank the great friends for coming and showing me a wonderful time. It really made this monumental birthday one hell of a celebration.
Now for some pictures:
Here’s a weird tunnel we found at the Glen Onoko Park, I pretended to be a mythical creature walking in the cave.
Jay was sad that the Bulldogs had to forfeit the next day.
Jack and I chillin’ in the hot tub
Laurie and Lev or Abercrombie Models?
Lauren’s famous taco dip was an official highlight of the party
Ed & Rose and a Miller Lite that came up to celebrate.
Scariest picture of birthday cake ever.