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Thursday, April 11, 2019
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. The saying is misery loves company. According to my research, the saying refers to fellow sufferers make unhappiness easier to bear, as in He secretly hoped his friend would fail, too—misery loves company . Words to this effect appeared in the work of Sophocles (c. 408 b.c.) and other ancient writers; the earliest recorded use in English was about 1349. The reason I bring it up is because, according to my doctor, I'm not the only one afflicted with this dang chest cold that won't go away. I've heard anecdotes from some that it's hung around for up to three months! So forgive me for the raspiness in my voice. But I guess I'm not alone. I find the saying also comes to mind when I'm out fishing and not catching anything. I'm sure we all do it. I'll crane my neck around and look at other boats fishing in the neighborhood and say, "well, I don't see anyone else catching anything either." Misery loves company. The worst, however, is when you're in the company of others catching fish like crazy and you can't even get a bite. Then the misery is yours alone. Until next time, Good Fishing!