12 Jul '18 08:16>3 edits
My father tried to get me interested in fishing when I was a kid. It normally took the form of getting up at some ungodly hour when I would rather be in bed, loading tackle boxes and rods in the car, driving to some godforsaken place I didn't want to be, hiking with loads stuff to the fishing area, getting yelled at because I used the wrong knot to tie the hook and sinker, getting yelled at because I hooked the bait the wrong way, trying to keep quiet while my father cursed violently whenever he would cast his bait and sinker too hard, only to watch the sinker go in one direction and the bait in the other. Occasionally jamming the hook into my finger because the herring bait was so slippery I couldn't grip it correctly, trying to remain calm as my father's anger mounted whenever I caught an occasional fish and he didn't. Smelling the stench of the unfortunate fish I caught as it sat in the sun after hours of fishing, trying to make small talk with my father after 2 hours of silence, only to have him bellow: ARE YOU GOING TO TALK, OR ARE YOU GOING TO FISH!!?? Carrying both tackle boxes back to car while my father while me father carried the rods, and driving back home in the afternoon to listen to my father tell the family his homespun tales of this solemn event, complete with colorful metaphors about the *!@%%!!** tourists that scared all the fish away, and praying to my personal GOD that my mother wouldn't actually attempt to cook the fish because just the thought of eating that stinking creature sent me running for the toilet to ralf up my breakfast. Upon completion of this fulfilling father - son ritual, my father felt compelled to tell me in no uncertain terms "if my FU*@^K*!$!!NG attitude didn't improve he wouldn't take me fishing again. (Wouldn't that be a pity!) After a dozen or so of these uplifting experiences I worked up the courage to tell my father I didn't like fishing, only to have him roll his eyes in disgust as if to say "where did I go wrong with this boy?!" So, I've always wondered. Why do people like fishing?