Just this morning my wife declared that I am a “Plugger” as she pointed to Gary Brookins’ daily comic by the same name in our local paper.
For those of you not familiar with this comic let me enlighten you. “Pluggers” is a comic that each day illustrates guys (and gals) who are best described as stuck in somewhat of a time-warp. That would be older citizens who (justifiably in my opinion) cling to things and habits developed over many, many years of experience. This would admittedly be me.
Today’s example was “you know you’re a “Plugger” if you have 2 different keys for your car – one for the ignition and a different one for the glove box”. Get the idea?
As you might expect this got me to thinking about my status as a “Plugger” and how that might relate to my fishing and hunting habits and gear. Sorta’ like Jeff Foxworthy’s “you might be a redneck” routine.
So with this sort of theme in mind I’ve come up with a list that all of you can use to determine if you, like me, “might be a “Plugger'”.
You might be a “Plugger” if you favorite hunting jacket was bought at Sears, Roebuck & Company and says so on the inside label. For you younger folks that’s what Sears was called about 40 years ago. Now it’s just Sears, but back then it was….well, you know.
You might be a “Plugger” if you still have a rod and reel outfit that doesn’t have a “Mag Drag” or other such device but instead uses your thumb on the reel spool to avoid backlashes.
You might be a “Plugger” if your hunting boots have a Vibram sole but no yellow Vibram trade mark imbedded in the sole (pre 1969).
You might be a “Plugger” if you insist that monofilament line is still “the best” and you have several 3,000 yard spools stored in the garage deep freeze. And you actually still call the freezer a “deep freeze”.
You might be a “Plugger” if you have over a dozen tackle boxes that all weigh a minimum of 10 lbs. each and have brand names like Umco, Old Pal, Wolverine, Little Buddy, Sturdibilt, and the like.
You might be a “Plugger” if most of your friends keep trying to buy your duck and other game calls because they have a “huge antique collection that they would really be a perfect fit for”.
You might be a “Plugger” if your favorite shotgun has a blued barrel that has more gray then blue finish and was passed down to you from your grandfather and then father.
You might be a “Plugger” if you talk about great fishing gear using brand references such as Shakespeare, Heddon, Mitchell, DAM Quick, Ocean City, Pflueger, Bronson, Meisselbach, Montgomery Ward, and so on.
You might be a “Plugger” if you have more than one mounted game head on the (inside) walls of your house that is “shedding” to the point your wife is constantly complaining about them.
You might be a “Plugger” if you still have a paper graph or electronic flasher fish finder that is still mounted in your boat – and still works if you can just find the graph paper.
You might be a “Plugger” if your canvas hunting jacket’s game pockets have brittle, yellow vinyl inside that keeps flaking off when you remove rabbits, birds, or squirrels from them.
You might be a “Plugger” if you have had to replace and tighten the aluminum rivets in your boat’s hull in the last 3 or 4 years. Or if you still have that boat in the first place!
You might be a “Plugger” if all of your wool hunting socks have more than one sewn up hole in each pair and they all have red toes.
You might be a “Plugger” if you’ve never filleted a fish using an electric knife and have no intention of ever doing so.
You might be a “Plugger” if you still try to buy your fishing and hunting licenses at the hardware store, gas station, or bait shop.
Finally, you might be a “Plugger” if any of these brought a smile to your face or caused you to reflect back to “when I was a boy…..”.
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