I wonder sometimes about the true motives of other human beings. Most of the time you can count on the innocence of just being, but sometimes folks are just not genuine.
This is a girl’s guide to fishsipping; gossip-fishing-phone-calls.
Have you ever gotten a phone call from one of your friends and they’re asking about another friend that they’re currently in a tiff with? There is nothing innocent about those nets being cast. They have an agenda.
The problem is some people like the thrill of gossip, the behind your back moments that make their life worth living, the fishing expeditions full of the lies about the one that got away. Then there’s the other half that like to repeat the fishsipping to everybody else in their version of verbatim.
Here’s some guidelines to keep your mouth hook-free:
1. When you get a fishing expedition phone call tell the fisher, in a polite way, that they will need to drop their line in the source of their concern’s pond and not in yours.
2. Don’t bait the fisher by musing about what you’ve caught lately or what you might know, because it’s all hearsay. Besides baiting this fisher could poison your other friend’s ponds.
3. Send out a distress wave and ripple the surface of your other friendly ponds if you feel they need to be aware that a fisher has set sail. The only way for this fisher to learn that fishing with illegal bait is unacceptable is for everyone to tell them the same thing. Here are some examples:
“I wouldn’t know what you’re talking about.”
“You should really take that up with them.”
“Did you lose their number?”
4. Always keep in mind that if one of your friend’s ponds has been littered with garbage then you should be on your guard when this fisher floats their boat on your waters. Littering is against the law.
Notice: All fishing expeditions have been cancelled due to foul weather. I’m keeping my pond scum-free.
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