Tenkara Fishing Challenge - wheelchair fishing

The Challenge - Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
Be thankful for your; blessings, problems, aches & pains, other worries, and your ability to get out and enjoy going fishing.

Playing around with the search phrase - テンカラ釣りにチャレンジ (Tenkara Fishing Challenge) - I discovered the following video.


You might have noticed the video references **the website low-the-eyes. **
It appears to be the website for Masahiro Hori-san, a tetraplegic or quadriplegic, who finds a way to do various types of fishing, and do other types of fishing, and other activities, along with others in the same situation.


Ever now and again we get several reminders in a short period to be thankful for things. The good things we take for granted. And even the not so good things. Such as the pain in our knee when we go for a walk to the river to fish. At least we can.

Just yesterday was a link on Drudge about a man who with a brain implant is now able to move his arms. Or rather make his arm move. He still can’t just move his arms. The implant is a brain to computer interface that can direct what I would call a servo arm to move his arms.


Two days ago I received an email to register to attend the 2017 W.V. Mushroom Club Foray. Except this year it is called the Shelley Conrad 2017 Foray. Shelly was the main organizer of the annual event but unfortunately she passed away last Oct. If I go this year it will be the 4th one. Several good speakers are scheduled to attend.

The first time I attended in 2014 I arrived just as people were coming back from the morning foray. Among them was a guy who when I saw him - I thought - what’s up with this guy? He must be here to find the magic hallucination causing mushrooms.

He had bits of green and blue hair, big ear rings, wild tattoos on his arms, a big pot belly that he rested his forearm on as he stood and smiled at everyone entering the room. I thought he must have found and consumed some already.

It was only later in the day that I learned he is Dr. Tom Volk, professor of mycology at U. Wis. LaCrosse. And he is scheduled to attend again this year. He is talented at making complex topics understandable.

It was months later when I discovered the rest of the Professor Tom story, as presented in a CNN report a few years ago, “The Professor with Two Hearts” , is quite remarkable, and he reminds us Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.


Not catching a fish or a lot of fish on a day out is not a problem. It was still an easy good day.

Another video that turned up in the search results for - テンカラ釣りにチャレンジ (Tenkara Fishing Challenge). No physical limitations in this one. I just thought it a fun video.


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@dwalker thanks for sharing this. It’s good to have reminders of people who see the good through their struggles. My wife and I had a similar reminder this past weekend.

There’s a couple we are very close friends with and are a bit younger than we are. This past Sunday, we were meant to have brunch with them. Early Sunday morning we got a text message saying they couldn’t make it because she had been up all night in excruciating pain and vomiting. By late morning Sunday, her husband had convinced her to go to the emergency room.

After about five hours, they discovered she had appendicitis. In the process (part of what took so long) they discovered she had a 6" (30cm) cancerous tumor on one of her ovaries. She’s only 36 and from outward appearances was healthy and well. The doctor said without the appendicitis, they wouldn’t have found the tumor.

They rushed her to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for
emergency surgery. She’s coming home today. She’ll never be able to have kids now, but they believe they fully removed the tumor.

She and her husband have been truly amazing throughout this ordeal and in amazing spirits. They’re just happy she’s alive and coming home. They’re looking forward to spring and having a bonfire and barbeque.

People’s capacity to either fight or give up amazes me. If any of these things ever happened to me, I hope I’d have it in me to fight.

Thanks for the reminder David.

Sometimes one bad health event leads to early detection of a pending event that would be worse. About ten years ago my wife’s cousin had a motorcycle crash on an interstate highway during a heavy rain. No serious injury from the crash, just bruised up, but while being checked out they discovered he had cancer in one kidney. They said most often it is only discovered after both kidneys are cancerous. The crash, which btw he says was caused by a car clipping his saddlebag, ended up saving his life, he only had to have one kidney removed.

Glad your friend will live though they had an unexpected fork in life’s road. Don’t know what kind of fighter I would be. I tend to think I’d rather be gone, than paralyzed from the chest down. But maybe if it happened I’d change my opinion.

I had a chance of it happening 22 years ago in a head on collision with another motorcycle south of Hot Springs, N.C. The guy going the other way went way wide of his line in a curve and hit me wheel to wheel. And I was where I should have been, tracking right next to the fog line. The thoughts before the actual collision were; uh oh the collision won’t be avoided, will he hit me in the side and tear my leg off, or will I flip over onto the guard rail and break my back. We both walked away, I had the most serious injury a slight fracture in one wrist. However, my motorcycle journeying life has never fully recovered. It’s only a shadow of what it once was. A sad tale for someone with three motorcycles in the garage. Two road bikes and a Trials bike.