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52 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2021 If I can pull you away from your latest layout for just a moment, I would like to tell you a fish story. We have heard tales about the "big one that got away," but here's one about the "big one that got away that I never saw." Does that sound intriguing? Well, here's what happened: Many years ago, a friend and I went out of our way to try the fishing at an obscure lake some- where in southern Oregon. ere weren't many people there, locals mostly, and they were all fishing from a tall platform that extended into the lake. I don't know what the platform was used for, but we joined them on it anyway. e folks there were pulling in fish aer fish, but we weren't having any luck at all. Aer a couple of hours, we finally decided to throw in the towel and call it a day. As I was pulling my line in, I was furthered annoyed to discover that it had snagged, so I started pulling harder to free it up. Imagine my surprise when the line started pulling back. I wasn't snagged; instead, I had hooked into a really large fish. Trying to be as gentle as possible, I started reeling in my line while slowly backing away from the railing. All this commotion caught the attention of the other people on the platform, and they quickly gathered around our spot for a better view. As the fish came within reach, my friend could see that the hook was precariously set, so he grabbed the line to swing it in over the rail. is proved to be too much stress on the line unfortunately, and the fish tore loose from the hook and plunged 25 feet back down toward the water. With my view completely blocked by all the people gathered around the railing, I didn't get to see any of this—includ- DDR Routing—and Other Big Fish in the Lake of Technology Tim's Takeaways by Tim Haag, FIRST PAGE SAGE

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