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January is named after the Roman god Janus, a two-faced god who looked backward and forward at the same time. This is appropriate for the start of a new year, and brings to mind a time for reflection and resolutions.
With the ending of one and the beginning of another, I have come to the conclusion that keeping a resolution is about as easy as trying to baptize a cat.
Hopefully gaining ground in 2013 will be my goal of fishing 100 days or more. I plan to concentrate more on fly fishing and completing my tying desk. I haven't exactly checked with my more organized other half, but she more than likely will encourage my absence and appreciate the time I spend in the workshop.
Being married 45 years -- and with me recently retired -- my wife considers this to be our period of growth. I take this to mean I will soon graduate from belts to suspenders. I hope my pants still fit in 2013 and I am still able to find the remote.
For now, life is good.
Grouper Season Closed
A seasonal prohibition on the harvest of shallow-water snapper/grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic is in effect through April 30. This applies to both recreational and commercial harvest.
Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron is offering an eight-week basic boating course. The emphasis is on safety, boat handling and local waters.
Classes meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 15 through March 12 at Port Royal Town Hall on Parris Ave. Cost is $75 per person or $115 for two family members (no one under 13).
To preregister, send a check payable to BSPS to Tom Mobley, 139 Sunset Blvd., Beaufort, SC 29907. Registration also will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 and from 5-6 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Port Royal Town Hall.
For more information, call Tom Mobley at 843-812-6457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 33rd annual Charleston Boat show will be held Jan. 25-27 at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The event is the Lowcountry's largest boat show and sale.
Show Hours -- Jan. 25, 12-6 p.m.; Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets -- $9 Adults ($5 on Friday), $5 Military, $4 Children ages 4-12, Children 3 and under free. Parking is free.
For more information, go to www.TheCharlestonBoatShow.com.