First of all, I'd like to wish all of our OGF family a safe and happy Holiday season. Thanks for your support. Over the last few months, pretty much after Hawgfest, my post count here went down quite a bit. There are a lot of frustrating things to deal with outside of the site itself. Worries at work with layoffs, pay cuts... Home repair issues, vehicle issues, and some newly discovered health problems. It has all led to a less active roll here on the site. Some may look at that as a blessing. I haven't posted any outdoor show info or ice fishing seminar schedules, or done the ice dance because I really didn't know what the future held. Well, now I have a clearer idea. It looks like my ice fishing season will be sorely limited. I've got gall stones and I need to have surgery. I go in January 15 and they're talking 4 to 6 weeks to recover. Hopefully, I can salvage a couple weeks at the end of February and get out there with you guys. If we get fishable ice before then, I'll be out there for sure. Just wanted to let you know what was going on. It's been a great 2008, and though 2009 is starting out badly for me, I'm hoping the rest of the year will turn around.