The sun shone and the water was cool. However, the fish were not biting at Kenaston Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon. Chris Thompson was able to reel in the laughters despite this.
Thompson pulled a lure from the banks of the curb-lined barricaded pothole, casting it into the water. A platform constructed from leftover hubcaps was his makeshift tacklebox, which contained protein bars and a cooler.
A measuring tape attached to the utility vest of ensures that no one will accuse him delaying his catch.
” I try to see frustrations and annoyances in a way that is relatable, and then try to find the humor within them. Although I’m not a comedian or a writer, I enjoy experimental comedy and trying to make people smile.
Drivers rushing through rush hour traffic honked at Thompson. Many people rolled their windows down to inquire if Thompson had caught any fish or if they were still biting.
” The honking can be annoying, as I believe it’s scaring the fish,” Thompson stated
Thompson is a resident of the area and regularly drives past this hole. Thompson isn’t yet impacted by a pothole this spring but he gives his support to others who have.
” I know that the road crews don’t intend to stall. Thompson stated that they have tons, tons, and tons of potholes to fix. Thompson stated that the city had repaired one nearby pothole since Thompson was last there Tuesday.
” My plan was to just set up and take a picture, then upload it. But, I found that people started laughing, smiling, and honking as much as my plans.” Thompson said, after spending a few hours fishing on Tuesday.
Thompson was back Wednesday to add a “No Fishing” sign to one the pylons at the site. He was already there so he put on his gear and cast a few castings.
He hopes passersby will see him Tuesday and understand the message. Perhaps even more funny, people who didn’t catch the initial act of the joke will be puzzled as to why such signs are necessary.
” I was concerned that the water might dry up,” he stated. “I purchased a deeper water lure than Tuesday so that I could get the bottom feeders… The only reason I’m using this rod for comedy purposes is when I am fishing.”
There is no one type that Thompson believes the scene to be amusing. Thompson said he has had laughs with seniors, senior citizens, officers and semi-truck drivers as well as city workers.
Aubrey Margolis is the proprietor of Danali Clothing Store at Grant-Kenaston intersection. He said that Thompson’s skit resonated with him.
“Here is a person who looked at the situation from a different angle and was able have fun,” Margolis said Tuesday. Margolis dropped by Thompson’s fishing hole along with Jessie Margolis. “It was not politically motivated; it was simply from a sense humour… It’s amazing.”
More of Thompson’s humor can be found at his Instagram and Facebook pages @uncle_chrisser.
Katlyn Streilein is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She can be reached by phone at 204-697-7132 or by email at email@example.com