October – December 1997

Dear e-Fisherfolk,

OK, so {2,4,6,8,10…} is a sequence of even numbers and {1,3,5,7,9…} is a sequence of odd numbers. So what is the logical explanation for the sequence {0,2,3,6,7,1,9,4,5,8} ? That’s right! It’s Fall! Back to school for many and time for the rest of us to put our brains back in gear to survive the long, cold winter. “I always seem to come alive with the first chill in the air, ” says Keith. “It reminds me of my happiest days, fresh starts and beginnings of new school years”. Ezra says, “Keith has had way too much coffee!” Fall is great. The changing of the seasons brings out the frisky in most of us, but celebrating homework and getting up while it’s still dark might be taking it a little far. No, we won’t leave you dangling for the answer to our sequence question until the next newsletter, but we will make you wait. Don’t read the P.S.. if you want to figure it out for yourself. Ezra believes the answer is 6, but I don’t think he’s right this time.

The new van is a pleasure to drive and we’ve sure done a lot of driving. That warranty is already a thing of the past! Hours have been shaved off the time between cities. Ezra’s watch has been running fast these days and between that and the new van, we’ve been early to every show for the last 3 months. The van still hasn’t been named, but we’re not worried. Like so many modern machines, it operates beautifully, but a personality hasn’t emerged just yet. Give it time. On the other hand, here are a few lines from poet and philosopher, Robert redFord, who by the way has added less than two hundred miles to his 532,000+ total since coming to live at the Grimwood house.

I am a freestanding closet of memories,
More than mere molecules of construction.
My rust tells as much of a story as paint,
Intuition as valid as deduction.
Do skid marks tell of a stop or a start?
It depends on which way you’re going.
Well, I’m going nowhere fast these days,
But wondering’s as much fun as knowing.

Have you ever heard of metonymy? You might be guilty of metonymy and not even know it. When you ask for another cup of coffee by saying, “Please give me another cup”, the container symbolizes what it contains. That’s metonymy! Didn’t know it had a name, did you? The words hoozy, whatsit, thingy and that-there are not necessarily metonymy. Who thinks up this stuff?

On October 18th, we’ll be taping two concerts for a PBS special to be aired in ’98. We’ll be taping at KLRU in Austin TX at studio 6A. Tickets will be free, but are limited. In Austin, listen to KUT 90.5FM for details on tickets. Outside of Austin you should call the Troutline (501-761-3630). We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it to the concert, stay tuned to the newsletter. We’ll let you know how you can help us get it aired in your neighborhood.

For years our newsletter has been our closest link with you fisherfolk. It’s been a journal of our lives and a regular way to stay in touch. We currently have almost 27,000 names on our mailing list. This is a good thing, but it can also be expensive. It will be more practical from time to time to concentrate on the areas that we’re playing with a postcard rather than to send the newsletter out globaly. If you experience gaps in our calendar, this is probably what we’ve done. If we’re near you, you’ll know about it, but the best way to know more than you ever wanted to know about Trout is to “join Trout’s” e-mail list or visit our web site regularly at If you’re still computerless or not online yet, you can always call the Trout Line at 501-761-3630.

Troutfully Yours,
Ezra and Keith

P.S. The sequence is the numbers from 0-9 in reverse alphabetical order. As in zero, two, three, six, seven, one, nine, four, five, eight.

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