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This is Becky, and her story is a little embarrassing, because…well…her dad has always been a loser, for like, as long as she’s known him.
Becky always knew that there was something unbalanced about her family. Her mom was the “man of the house.” She was in charge of everything, and her dad would never argue with her. Her mom was also the main breadwinner. Her dad, on the other hand, never had a normal full-time job. Instead, he would do odd jobs, mostly involving car repairs. Apparently, it didn’t pay all that much and her mom argued with him a lot about that. Over time her mom’s constant criticism became unbearable even for Becky. It might sound like her mom was some kind of monster, but she didn’t blame her, because she knew she was burning the candle at both ends trying to pay the bills. But she still couldn’t stand it when she scolded her dad, so usually she just left the house and went to hang out with her friends when it happened. Becky looked different back then: purple hair, dark clothes, piercings. She can now say for sure that she was in bad company. The problem was about their mind set. Her friends didn’t care much about anything, some of them even dropped out of school. And the worst thing was that she was becoming just like them. She started skipping classes and having problems with other students.
One day, when her mom was nagging her dad as usual, he just flipped, grabbed his belongings (not a whole lot, really) and walked out of the house. At first, both Becky and her mom assumed he would come back eventually. But time passed, and her dad didn’t come back. She felt really sorry for him because she knew he wouldn’t make it on his own. But the thing was that he didn’t even try! He filed for unemployment benefits and rented a tiny apartment next to her school. After that, she felt miserable, especially when she saw her neighbors’ and classmates’ fathers with their careers, hobbies, aspirations. Whereas her was sitting on his couch watching TV all day and night. It seemed like he was totally apathetic, and something needed to be done. But what?
Her mom also had a hard time, since she had to support their small family all by herself. Becky decided that she had to help, and started searching for a part-time job. But it turned out that no one wanted to hire a sort of goth-looking high school girl. She applied to a whole load of places, but time after time she wouldn't get the job. She had almost lost hope when she noticed a busy coffee place not far from home. Surprisingly, the owner didn’t look down on her. He just said that she would have to dress more appropriately if she wanted the job. So, she changed her hair back to black and swapped her eccentric clothes for a more classy look. She was so happy that she would be able to help her mom!
She actually took her work uniform with her to school, because right after classes she had to go quickly to the coffee shop to work. She started off as a dishwasher/kitchen helper. It was boring, but she was kind of ready for it to be that way. But in less than a month, she was promoted and became a waitress. Things have gotten more fun since then. There were always customers in the coffee shop, which meant there was always some work for her to do. And it was great because she liked the atmosphere there. Also, her boss was an incredibly kind, calm person, and smart, too.
Because of her tight schedule, she didn't really have time left for her friends. She felt bad about it, and texted them a few times asking them to forgive her and telling them to come in and have some coffee. But they didn’t even reply. None of them! She realized they were not really her friends. At about the same time she started doing much better in school. Her boss even encouraged her to save half her paycheck for college.
But the most significant event in the past few months happened yesterday, when she was over at her dad’s place. They were watching a show on TV, and the show host asked a little girl: “Who do you want your future husband to be like?” and the girl replied, “Like my daddy.” When her dad turned to her and asked the same question, smiling, she hesitated. He clearly expected her to say something similar to what that little girl had said. But she just couldn’t. At that moment her dad sank into deep thought. She didn’t mean to hurt him, but at the same time she couldn’t lie to him. But just when she was about to stand up her dad raised his head, looked at her and said: “I get it now.” For some reason, for the first time, she believe him. Becky loves her dad no matter what, and hopes his life will improve like hers has.
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My own father is a loser , He's the most reason I have depression actually . He thought I had some mental issues and I went to the doctors . No I didn't even have these issues . He does care but he doesn't show it well. My mom even has depression because of him . I keep trying to tell my mother to please go to family therapy but she says that your father won't do it . Its awful really
I think your dad is depressed. Me and my dad are aswell and I always find it hard and tiring to do anything. Your mom shouting doesn't really make it better either, my mom also shouts a lot at me and my dad for being like this
Actually, you're the loser (for shaming your Dad) and your mother's the loser (for scolding him, the man she's supposed to love and support), not your Dad. You're a rude, clueless person. I hope life will turn a monster against you in the future, all doors closing on your face, and you losing your that bitch mom in a terrible accident. I hope you'll get frustrated by always trying your best but failing notwithstanding. Then you'll come to appreciate your Dad more. But I hope he'll have stopped loving you by then.
F or 25 years we have provided deluxe wilderness outpost fishing trips from our Armstrong location into beautiful Wabakimi Provincial Park and surrounding lakes.
Yes, we take you where the fishing is extraordinary , but there is more than fishing. Yearly family gatherings sharing a wilderness experience in comfort. Father - son (or daughter) bonding trips or Husband and wife celebrating a second honeymoon with the added spectacular outpost fishing or `the buddy trips where the tall tales get taller.
Its a big time stress reliever! . how do you think about anything else when you are fighting a fish?
Greg and I had a great week. we caught over 1000 walleye. There were well over 200 in the slot size (>18"). This is the most large walleye that have ever been caught on a trip to whiteclay for me. The slot size protection is working. It seems that each trip has more large fish being caught. Our largest northern was 43". It was caught on a jig while walleye fishing.
Greg and I sent see what you missed letters to about a dozen folks. Hope that translates into a large group for next June. . Fran and I are looking forward to the August fishing trip .
G. Ostrander, Green Bay, WI.
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Received your card. Congratulations on 25 Years! We speak often about the great times we had at Ogoki! A Tribute to you both!
Best Regards, Rich Craddock.
What a nice surprise to find your post card in my mail yesterday. Twenty-five years is a long time to do anything; much less a business like yours with all the uncertainties of weather, exchange-rates, two-country economies, etc. There is a reason why your business has survived and (hopefully) thrived. you do the wilderness fishing experience better than anyone in the outdoor sport vacation business.
Dear Judy and Paul,
Congratulations on 25 years. I have many fond memories of my time with Jack at Ogoki. Hope all is well with you.
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This website will take you every step of the way for a worry free fishing vacation!
Let us introduce ourselves; Judy & Paul Boucher and family. Weve been doing this for 25 years and have learned a thing or two on how to take the worry out of the wilderness experience. Our staff will help you with anything you may not understand or solve any mechanical glitch right away. In short: we treat you like family!
Just a note to let you know our recent fishing junket to your Mojikit South Outpost.
Ive been coming to Armstrong area since 1972 and have probably flown in with 6-7 different outfitters over the years to numerous outposts. Your Mojikit South camp is clearly the nicest camp I have been to. The cabin is beautiful and roomy. Great kitchen and dining area. Beautiful screened in deck and outside porch overlooking the channel. Large chest freezer and a frig that actually keeps things cold. Screened in fishing cleaning house with running water. Bedrooms that are roomy. Vaulted ceiling the the cabin is a plus. The cabin is centrally located to both the lake and the Ogoki Reservoir.
The boats are the best that Ive ever experienced at an outpost. The inside bottoms consist of flat carpeted panels. easy to get in and out of. 1st time Ive fished an outpost with "dry" feet. The boats had comfortable swivel seats and 15 & 20 hp 4-stroke engines that worked great.
We will definitely be back. Everything about Ogoki Frontier was quality. My two grandchildren had the time of their lives, as did the other 2 members of our party. Thanks for the memories.