"A Good Life Wasted is a vicarious pleasure for anyone who has ever wondered, even once, what it would be like not to have a 'real job'."--Missoulian
"Although Ames calls himself a fishing guide, it is his capacity as a guru that keeps his lines taut, his stories untangled. It is his ability to see the humor as well as the intent of nature that charms and beguiles. ... Because if we can't spend 20 years as a fishing guide, we can at least spend a few days in [his] competent hands, like a trout he's handled and let slip back into current."--Big Sky Journal
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[copy] By the author of the cult classic True Love and the Woolly Bugger, A GOOD LIFE WASTED offers a unique perspective on an implausible period in the recent history of human civilization. When Dave Ames started guiding, Rocky Mountain locals rode horses and dug camas roots-now they're trading stock options on cell phones. The collision of stone and computer ages was short-lived, but the deep-rooted themes of this book remain.
A chronicle and celebration of the fishing-guide life, A GOOD LIFE WASTED is a vicarious pleasure for anyone who has ever wondered, even once, what it would be like not to have a "real job." The book is poignant and spiritual; it's Blackfoot Indians and copper miners' daughters; it's fiddles and guitars and the fabric of space; it's about what happens to wild people when the wilderness is gone. From the first chapter-in which Ames recalls bluffing his way into a job as a fishing guide to the rich and famous (after barely managing to suppress the overwhelming urge to go postal at the federal agency where he suffered his first, and only, "real" job in a cubicle farm)-we're hooked. We gladly follow Ames as he describes the rite of tasting clouds of mating midges to better match the hatch, tells the story of a fabled Blackfoot fishing guide, and shares his further adventures as a guy with no job, no office, and no stress-well, maybe some stress. A GOOD LIFE WASTED spins a fascinating, compelling web-a web that entices the deskbound to make a break for it and head west to big sky and fast, cold water, ASAP.