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Just finished reading Paul Melnyk's book, "Montauk Confidential". I really enjoyed the first hand account of Montauk life, the surf fishing rivalry, the controversies, etc. I'm just curious if he is still around. Someone told me he moved out west and rides motorcycles for fun. The book was fun, my family has been camping at Hither Hills for over 35 years. I'd love to live out there but the cost of property is ridiculous and the traffic and access to get out there even worse. I can't believe all these Citiots pass the Hamptons to go to Montauk. I got the book on inter-library loan. I'm returning it now so if anyone else wants to read it....
ya know God is soooo cool! People got God pegged as this old angry man with the white beard on a throne frying people who don't follow his rules but my life has shown me that nothing could be more wrong than that mistaken conception... For me God has always been "ultra cool, friendly, loving, warm cuddly and cute" almost as if God had a childlike spirit who enjoyed seeing his children smile"... Well here I am a surfcaster living in "Turkey = no striped bass" pretty much spiritual chinese torture for a Montauk free spirit who lives to make his pilgrimage to the surfcaster Mecca to hang out with his beloved friends and chase those beloved magical striped critters we all love... Well I've been stuck here for a while now in Turkey, (long story ) but sometimes when I can save up some cash I make the long journey halfway around the world to Gods playground and hang with my bothers and sisters in Montauk... and I do really miss them so much, the friendships and comradery is such a huge part of our wonderful sport... So the summer concert season is now under full swing I am performing 6 nights a week and I'm pretty much burned out already even before the summer heat waves have arrived... I sit in my fishing room at home and look at my lure collections, lube my reels, once in a while steal some time out of the day to go out and cast... but my soul is firmly planted in Montauk even though I am here working like a dog on the resort circuit on the Aegean sea So here I am feeling lonely and missing my dear friends in Montauk and I guess God heard my heart because "out of the blue" guess who shows at my doorstep in Turkey? Your not gonna believe this!!!! I am still freaking out over it ... Yes skishing legend, Montauk legend, Surf caster master "the man without fear" Paul Melnyk!... I mean how cool is that???? a miracle? I'm telling ya guys, that whole old vengeful angry white bearded old man image that they like to imprint on God is totally wrong.... I'm telling ya God has a life time plan of beautiful surprises in store for all of us cause God is totally kidlike cute and adorable contrary to the jealous angry dude picture thats painted of him.. So here we are two old buddy Montauk surfcasters hanging out in Turkey together! I still cant get over it! Who would have thought that this could happen... Paul said he wanted to step out side the US and just see the world a bit and was very interested in the history and natural beauty of this cradle of civilization part of the world where I live.... so he pops up out of the blue!! God is so cool.... we are hanging out steady.. Paul is a blast! Sending a warm smile to all our fellow surfcasters back home.. see you guys in Montauk this fall!!!