It's a love affair that began nearly a quarter century ago, and is as strong today as it was in the beginning.

Oh sure, over the passage of time there have been numerous instances when I wanted to walk away in disgust and break up the union, but my love has endured. It speaks to a bond that cannot be broken.

I've now reached the point where I no longer doubt my devotion, no matter how I am taxed. I know the relationship will continue as long as I can put one foot in front of the other and sit in an uncomfortable position for hour after hour after hour after ...

I remember the day distinctly. It's etched in my memory for all time. It was around 9 a.m. and I was at work. Suddenly, my good friend burst into my office, threw a piece of paper on my desk and told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to fill it out and send it in.

"What is it?" I asked, rather puzzled.

"It's an application for a turkey-hunting license and you need to do it. I know you've never turkey hunted before, but as much as you like to chase pheasants around, I know you'll fall in love with the quest for Mr. Tom."

Turns out, he was absolutely right ... and then some.



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