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Monday, June 20, 2011 12:33pm PDT

Father’s Day was special for a dad and son off Homer, Alaska. The dad got to watch as his son reeled in one of the heaviest Pacific halibut ever caught on rod and reel.

The halibut weighed 350.8 pounds and measured 96 inches, vaulting Chad Aldridge into first place in the popular season-long Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. It’s the sixth-heaviest halibut in the 25-year history of the annual competition.

Aldridge caught the fish on 80-pound-test line, after a 45-minute struggle, on a chunk of herring. The International Game Fish Assn. lists the 80-pound line class world record as a 413-pound specimen caught in 2002 off Unalaska.

The IGFA lists the all-tackle world record as a 459-pounder caught in 1996 off Dutch Harbor, Alaska. But in all classes the IGFA lists only those two specimens as weighing more than 400 pounds, and only four surpassing the 350-pound mark.

Aldridge, 32, an oil company worker, said he and Ronnie Aldridge (both are pictured) talked a lot about Father’s Day while he was reeling the fish to the surface, and during a marathon struggle to subdue the powerful behemoth and haul it aboard.

“It was great to have him there to watch me bring the fish up,” Chad Aldridge said. “He told me it was the biggest fish he had ever seen boated, and he has caught a lot of big halibut over the years.”

Besides Ronnie Aldridge, there were two family friends on Chad’s 24-foot boat. Chad hooked the fish during the morning’s first stop, while reeling in for a planned move to another location. “All of the sudden my line just stopped, then I felt the head shake so I lifted up fairly hard to set the hook,” he explained. “Then it took off and and I thought, ‘This is serious.’ I knew it was big but thought it could also be a skate, a shark or even a whale.”

Since the group had only a single gaff, and because giant halibut improperly subdued have been known to smash the insides of boats and injure anglers, a radio plea for assistance was made. Chad’s uncle, who had been fishing nearby, arrived with another gaff and a harpoon.

Ronnie Aldridge accepted harpoon honors. Still, another 45 tense and chaotic minutes transpired before the fish was calm enough to be dragged over the rail. “It had the mouth the size of a basketball,” Chad recalled. “It took three of us and it was all we could do to lift the fish up and in, and when we did it fell right on top of me.”

from:  http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/27877/father+and+son+bond+while+catching+a+monster+halibut+off+alaska/

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Chad Aldridge

3               7

 

what he must do/has to do = CG = 37 = Fishing with dad.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Ronnie Aldridge

9          1

his primary challenge = RA = 91 = Being in the right place at the right time.

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French Alain Robert climbs tower of Burj KhalifaBurj Khalifa Dubai’s Burj Khalifa: Grandiosity Built by Underpaid Migrant Workers

Monday 28 March 2011 20.16 BST

Just before sunset, a French skyscraper climber who calls himself “Spiderman” started to pull his way up the side of the world’s tallest tower in Dubai.

Before he began to scale the 2,717ft (828m) Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, Alain Robert said he expected it to take about six or seven hours. As night fell, a row of powerful spotlights shone on the side of the tower, so spectators could see Robert in action.

After just over six hours Robert was waving down from more than half a mile in the air having even navigated the tapered spire that extends beyond the top floors of the structure. “Spiderman” had done it again.

Unlike on many previous climbs, the 48-year-old daredevil used a rope and harness to comply with organisers’ requirements. An ambulance – with a stretcher at the ready – was parked alongside other emergency vehicles at the bottom of the tapering metal and glass tower. It proved an unnecessary precaution.

Robert has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building, Chicago’s Willis Tower and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. In 2004 he conquered Taiwan’s Taipei 101, which, before the Burj opened in January last year, was the world’s tallest building.

The tower, owned by Emaar Properties, has 160 habitable storeys. An observation deck is located on the 124th floor.

Strapped to a safety harness tethered more than 100 storeys up, Robert began his climb up the glass-covered Burj around 6pm on Monday. He hoisted himself up along a central column, mostly free of decorative rows of pipes that could slow his ascent.

Robert moved methodically and swiftly along the polished metal facade. He did not appear to use the rope to pull himself up, but instead gripped the glass and narrow metal ridges like a rock climber with his feet and bare hands.

Hundreds of spectators, their necks craned, crowded plazas outside shopping centres and restaurants at the tower’s base.

Robert stayed in a Dubai hotel before the climb, doing press-ups, pull-ups and stretches, and loading up on carbohydrates, in a room overlooking the target of his latest adventure.

from:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/28/french-spiderman-alain-robert-dubai

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Alain Robert was born on August 7th, 1962 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_Robert

August 7th, 1962

8 + 7 +1+9+6+2 = 33 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Courage.  Bravery.  France.  French.

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August 7th, 1962

August 7th

8 + 7 +2+0+1+0 = 18 = his personal year (from August 7th, 2010 to August 6th, 2011) = Surreal.

18 year + 3 (March) = 21 = his personal month (from March 7th, 2011 to April 6th, 2011) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 month + 28 (28th of the month on Monday March 28th, 2011) = 49 = his personal day = Wish fulfillment.  Smiling.  Happy.  Satisfied.

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Stefaan Engels crosses the finish line in Barcelona, 5 February
5 February 2011 Last updated at 23:02 ET

Stefaan Engels, dubbed “Marathon Man”, began his challenge in Belgium a year ago and has since run a marathon every day across seven countries.

He crossed the finish line in the Spanish city of Barcelona after running 15,000km (9,569 miles) in a year.

“I don’t regard my marathon year as torture. It is more like a regular job,” the 49-year-old said.

He averaged about four hours to complete a marathon. He said his best time was 2 hours and 56 minutes.

Engels suffered from asthma as a child and had been told by doctors to avoid sport.

Before Engels, the record marathon man was Akinori Kusuda of Japan – who ran 52 races in a row at the age of 65 in 2009.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12375646

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Stefaan Engels

1256115 557531        47

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 47 = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Stefaan Engels

1               7

 

how he appears to the world = SG = 17 = Inspired.  Inspirational.

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