2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake - Branson, MO, Apr 3 - 6, 2014

Old dog, new tricks

Don Barone
Mark Davis...

About the author

Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

“We lose our way…”

Dateline: Lost & Found

Tell me.

Do you coast?

You got yerself a neutral shift, huh.

A mind full of lazy.

Fess up, it’s okay, all of us at sometime or another in our careers, in our lives, take the easy way, we get so that we are good at what we do, and we reach over and flip on the auto-pilot.

And we get by.

We don’t get ahead.

We don’t fall back.

We stay afloat.

And life,

is colored,


We accept, good.

Good, becomes enough.

Good, becomes safe.

“How you doing?”

“I’m good.”

Really. Are you. Vanilla, is that you.

For a period of time in my life, I was Vanilla. Coasting. Had a six-figure contract, Saturdays on the Lawn Boy, a grocery store card on my key ring, three-year car leases, butt prints in a La-Z-Boy.

With little effort, I was good enough to maintain all that, even got my yearly 3.2% raise.

I was good at what I did,

and it,


Good, is bad.

“db, after 28 years, it just became a job…”

We are sitting on a log bench outside of the Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri; storm clouds are in the air, as are butterflies and hawks.

Behind us lying in a field, a bunch of ladies doing yoga, all around us a bunch of anglers lying to each other about their practice here on Table Rock Lake.

“…and I lost my drive, lost the drive I had when I was young.”

“How old are you.”

Then the bear of a man turns to look at me,

and as he talks, this is what I scribble down on my notepad,

50 years old,

Mark Davis.

“…we get back up again…”