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When an Austrailian widower’s fishing buddy recently passed away, he did what many do in their time of need—he turned to the internet.
Ray Johnstone of Lewiston placed an ad on Gumtree, an Australian classified service much like Craigslist, looking for a new fishing partner.
“I’m a widowed pensioner who is looking for a fishing mate,” he wrote, including photos of where he likes to fish. “My previous fishing mate is now deceased. I am a land-based fisherman. I have all the gear for all types of fish that is required for land-based fishing.”
Photo via Gumtree/Ray Johnstone
According to Nine.com.au, Johnstone’s straightforward, heart-tugging ad was viewed 13,000 times in a single week. “Gumtree called me and said the ad went viral,” he said.
And all those views brought his quest a happy ending: He found a fishing buddy “who’s reasonably local.” Even if this guy doesn’t work out, there’s an entire internet who will accompany him in spirit.
Jessica Machado is the IRL editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she was an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Elle, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Bitch, Bust, the Cut, the Awl, the Toast, among others.