Pished On A Pendant, That’s What He Said. Eamon Holmes is back with another book of funny dialogue. This time, his dialogue is told in the third person. It’s not the sort of dry one liners you find in most books of this type. In fact, there is a great deal of humor in it and there are even some good jokes aimed at men. If you enjoy conversations about fashion, who hasn’t listened to the advice of a fashion guru?
“If I had a pound for every time he ( Holmes) mentioned his age, I’d be rich.” – Old Lineage
“You can’t spell wipe a toilet roll properly unless you’re a rocket scientist.” – Old Lineage, again. Actually, there are times when Mr. Holmes actually mispronounced something. I won’t give any of them away. Just keep your ears open and you’ll be fine.
“I am a terrible sport for catching fish with a pole and a line.” – Old Lineage. Apparently, catching fish with a pole and a line does involve a little finesse, but it’s one of those things where the best thing you can do is learn from experience, so that you don’t have to go through all that trouble again.
“If I’d have a pound for every time he ( Holmes) said: ‘Fishing was bad when I was a boy,’ I’d be very rich.” – Old Lineage. Actually, while he doesn’t say the word pound in the book, he does say “fishing was bad when I was a boy.” That might be a little more realistic than saying “fishing was terrible when I was a child,” though.
“My grandmother used to say: ‘fish don’t know who you are or where you’re from, but they sure know how much you want it.” – Edmond Holmes. Holmes’ family was well-known for being some of the finest anglers in the world. And it seems like the fishing experience is important to Holmes, because in the opening pages of his book he muses on why he wants to be an angler: “For better or worse, fishing has become an obsession in my life.”
“If fishing were a war, we would not lose.” – Eamon Holmes. One of the great joys of Northern California, and indeed all of Northern California, is that you never know when you’ll get to fish (and, you know, catch a big fish). Indeed, in many of the places you can fish, including at Holmesburg and in the townships along the coast, you never know when you’ll hook the big one.
“A fish knows where he is most comfortable. If he’s been waiting long enough, he doesn’t need food. If he finds his own food painful or messy, he will eat out. If he can see no reason to hang around, he won’t hesitate to go away. That is why it is so important to understand a fish’s habits.”
I’d say that Eamon Holmes has captured the essence of why people enjoy fishing so much in Northern California. People come here from all over the world to escape the stresses of urban life, to relax with the folks and to get back to nature. It’s very easy to do that in Northern California. There are some great parks, public beaches and wonderful public restrooms. These, and the relatively inexpensive cost of running a fishing business in the area have combined to make fishing a very popular pastime in this part of the country.
But, as is so often the case, there are also some less than desirable elements in any town or city. Holmes’ own backyard, where his Pished Here restaurant operates, provides an excellent example. In addition to being dirty and unkempt, it is also dirty and unkempt, as the local fish population has largely depleted and the few fish that remain are too sickly to survive.
On the plus side, Holmes has managed to turn his Pished Here establishment into a destination unto its own. There are fishing tournaments on a regular basis, and there are also a wide variety of fish to catch and enjoy. Many of the locals know him and have come to appreciate his fine fishing. On the other hand, the fish do not seem to be coming back.
Whether you want to sample the local flavor or the taste of the faraway, Holmes’ restaurant makes for a good stop between two places. And if you don’t want to stop there, you might just want to continue your exploration of Northern California, where, after all, it is a place where the spirit of the Deep South still lives. And for those who are looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, check out Holmes’ Pished Here blog for even more unspoiled gems. You will not regret it.