February 2000

 

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

Do we look like we just got off the boat? Well, we did. We’ve just returned from a week long cruise. We took our families with us on the Kerrville Folk Festival cruise that went to Cozumel Mexico, Roatan Honduras, and Belize (which was formerly called British Honduras). The festival booked Alisa Fineman, Sara Hickman, Susan Werner, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tom Kimmel and Trout to play on the ship. It was a mini Folk Festival at sea, complete with jam sessions. We baked in the sun, visited Mayan ruins, went snorkeling and fishing. Ezra cut his hair all off last month and wasn’t quite prepared for the effect the sun would have on his tender ears. Talk about sunburn! After about two hours on a fishing boat, he could hear his ears sizzling. The sunscreen had all the protective effect of barbecue sauce.
The last day of our trip took us to Key West, Florida. Keith (who had been suffering from newspaper withdrawal) picked up a copy of the New York Times and there on the front page was a picture of our hometown, Fayetteville, Arkansas! There was snow all over the ground. Trucks were off the highway. It looked like chaos. Ah yes, it’s always great to get back home. This was quite a contrast from the Caribbean vacation we had been enjoying. The kids were enthusiastic at the prospect of additional time off from school. The Idlet children had a great snow battle in the back yard. They built snow forts and hurled snowballs at each other. The forts are still standing, but are diminishing rapidly as the snow is finally melting. Keith’s son, Kevin, stayed online for 2 days.
One of the things cruise ships pride themselves on is extravagant food. Fine food. Gourmet meals. Midnight buffets. In our last letter, we reported our resolution and commitment to turning our bodies into “mean lean music machines.” It was rough sailing there for a week, but we’re happy to report that no significant Trout weight was gained and the quest goes on. Now it’s time for us to get back to work and play music. We’ll see you soon.

Ezra & Keith
Keith and Ezra

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