As I first started writing this I became stuck on the title. I knew this was not a good start but I also knew this was important and needed to be discussed. These are some of the titles that first came to mind: 1. How I Spent My Summer Vacation Not sure but seems like I had written on this previously, somewhere around the Third grade and was wonderful reading if I recall correctly. 2. The Luckiest Man In Town This seemed very fitting. You know the story, Its a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart as George Baily. He had a Guardian Angle named Clarence that taught George the true value of his life was his family and friends. 3. Or perhaps simply The Village Idiot. The title is really not that important, you can pick, all are correct. This story actually began around 6 weeks ago and I will try to keep it short. My grandson and I had just driven about 100 miles to the cabin when I felt a dull heavy tightening in my chest. It was not too bad but I did need to go inside to sit down for a bit and was relieved when it very suddenly went away. The rest of the weekend was spent building a storage shed and catfishing. The chest pain was all but forgotten for about two weeks and was dismissed as some kind of indigestion or muscle strain. Two weeks later the same dull ache returned in the early afternoon. I actually expected it to last the same amount of time, five or ten minutes and just go away, like it did before. This time it just wouldn't leave, didn't seem to get any worse but I could not do anything to get it to stop. Not feeling much better I finished my shift at work and went home. Around 7pm I had had enough and went to the hospital. I just knew the pain would stop as soon as I walked in. Long story short, I came out of intensive care 7 days later with a quadruple bypass. All arteries blocked except one that was 50 percent blocked. There is much more I could tell you about the hospital stay, some really funny, some really scary but I know listening to others hospital tales can get kind of old. Maybe some night when the bite is slow we can tell each other our stories. The purpose of this thread is not intended to brag that my scar is bigger than yours. The real intention of this is to make you aware of what a heart attack really feels like. Remember the part earlier that read: "I felt a dull heavy tightening in my chest. It was not too bad" This is the part that needs to be remembered. "It was not too bad" I had always believed if you are having a heart attack you would know it right away. I thought it would have been a sharper stabbing kind of pain that would drop you to your knees. It can be, but may also be much less. So here is the lesson, if you are having ANY chest pains reel up and head in to the nearest hospital. Don't even stop to wash off the stink bait. Time is not your friend here and this race is one that you may be betting your life on. If it turns out to be nothing, great! Since you are in town stop at the store and pick up some Circle Hooks that everyone either loves or hates and go back catfishing. Try new things, hug your kids and enjoy your life.