On the way to work, I stopped by a garage sale to look for that once in a lifetime brand new never used Watermaster for $150 like someone on this board found a couple of years ago. Alas...But, they had 4 Patrick McManus books, at least 1/2 of which I already own. I once almost got thrown off of an airliner because of Pat. It was probably about 10 years before 9-11 and I made the mistake of taking a Field and Stream to read. Naturally, I turned immediately to the last page where Pat's column resided. It was one of the classics. Pretty soon, I was, as they say now, lmao, and trying my best to contain myself. The result was tears and some rather horrid facial expressions. The lady next to me pretended not to notice, except to quietly whisper death threats (she did this even when we weren't flying), but the woman next to her mentioned what she considered my odd behavior to the stewardess (excuse me, cabin attendant), who came to check on me and make sure I wasn't drunk or drugged. I came damn close to getting tossed. After that, one more little rule--no McManus on airplanes. As I was paying for my garage sale find, the lady told me her husband's friends had bought them for him while he was in the hospital recovering from a laminectomy on his neck. Apparently, they were not just what the doctor ordered, but no permanent damage was done by his contortions. Anyway, Pat's a northwest treasure. If you haven't read him, especially his older stuff, well...you need to.