A couple of incidents this week pointed out to me that the total lack of respect for small service businesses like mine is unchanged in thirty plus years. My prices went up this year for the first time in a long while which means changing prices on the web, in my software and of course my brochures that are displayed where visitors might find them.
I am asked all the time by clients about the times I had a fish hook in me. Honestly it happens less than you might expect but is always memorable and makes for a good story. It happens most frequently when someone catches a very small fish on a lure with treble hooks. The fish is small and there is no time wasted getting it to the boat and the small size means no net. So it is hoisted into the air for me to unhook and is very lively.
As you know part of my life is spent working as the Executive Director of the Maine Professional Guides Association and one of my duties is being the associations lobbyist at the Maine Legislature. It is not all bad and I have come to admire those who give their time to represent us. Not that I agree with them all of the time or them me for that matter.
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