Go fishing

On the magic of being in or near water with a long stick attached to some kind of cord

Fishermen.
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There is nothing worse than sitting at a desk all day. And there is nothing better than being in or near water with a long stick attached to some kind of cord.

All fishing persons say these sorts of things. The remarkable thing is that they are entirely true. Why this is the case is difficult to say. Izaak Walton, an Anglo-Catholic shopkeeper who left London to escape Cromwell after the English Civil War, spent decades of his life revising The Compleat Angler in attempt to answer this question. The fact that this humble treatise (originally written to amuse Walton's clergymen friends) was once the most widely printed book in English apart from the Bible tells you something about the good sense of our predecessors.

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