October 2000


Dear e-Fisherfolk:

All the leaves are brown and the sky is blue. If the Mommas and the Pappas had lived in Arkansas this summer, that’s how the song might have gone. It’s finally rained in the Ozarks! We had been enduring a drought that lasted almost two months. That may seem like whining when you compare it to the drought in Greece where they haven’t gotten rain for over 18 months, but it gets your attention.
Ezra just returned from a trout fishing trip to the fabled White River and the Norfork River. He went with Fred Holden and Drew Pierce. Drew Pierce is maybe the best fisherman Ezra has ever encountered. Fred Holden is a great guy. Drew has years of fly fishing experience and it shows in the graceful curve of his fully extended fly line. Fred gets the job done even if it means holding the fly line with his teeth. We caught a lot of fish and had a great time.
Keith had a birthday last month and immediately began falling apart. He spent a lot of time at the dentist’s office lately and doesn’t want to talk about it. Currently, he’s entertaining himself by doing his favorite crossword puzzles, the ones with clues and answers like: Clue: the free roof cleaning was…….. Ans: on the house. Clue: the bankrupt communist was……. Ans: in the red. Clue: anger therapy is…. Ans: all the rage. In further regression to a second or third childhood, he is reading Captain Underpants novels by Dav Pilkey. George and Harold rock!
Recent trips have taken us to upstate New York, which looks nothing like New York City. We’d like to thank Congressman Asa Hutchinson and his staff for nominating Trout to represent Arkansas at State Days in Washington, D.C. As a result, we played the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center which looks nothing like New York City. In fact, nothing quite looks like the home of the World Champion Yankees. Oh, it’s been a tough baseball year for Keith and his (World What?) Houston Astros. All Keith has to say about the Yankees is, “At least it’s not the Mets!”
Hope you’re all well and it’s raining at least occasionally in your neighborhood.

Troutfully Yours
Keith and Ezra

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