The true value of happy pursuits has nothing to do with the price of equipment.-Justin Odle, Alvarado, Texas I've always heard my father say, "If you keep kids in the woods, you don't have to worry about not knowing where they are."-Michaella Williams, Bixby, Oklahoma I have developed a phobia of lotion, makeup, and hairspray. I am increasingly bored by materialism, pointless dating, andd the preoccupation with appearance of most girls my age. So I fish. It gets me away and lets me relax. They can all go ahead and have a blast waxing their legs, while I sit in a canoe and scratch my bug bites. They can spend hours online, e-mailing their boyfriends, while I delight in fiddling with my depthfinder. And while they spend hours being fussy and disappointed in front of the mirror, I have only the quiet comforting lake to dip my toes in. Call me odd. I'm not ashamed.