May 2001


Dear e-Fisherfolk,

We’d like to welcome all the survivors of the great Trout mailing list cleanup. This is the first letter we’ve sent to both regular and email people. Thanks for signing up again or shifting to email or doing whatever it is you did to get this letter. We know it required an effort and we appreciate your support.

We spent last week rehearsing with our producer, Fred Bogert. It was inspirational. Fred plays guitar, piano, mandolin, accordion and a variety of horns. This gives us a pretty wide range of colors to choose from. We’re going to be doing more performing with Fred this year. You can see the Trout, the trio, at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. We’ll also be performing the evening show at Symphony Square in Austin, TX and then on to Kerrville, TX for the 30th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival.

Ezra’s Tree House Report – “The tree house is coming closer and closer to reality. Last week, most of the framing was finished. The ridge plates and the rafters went up and the shape of the house is really apparent. The process of working on the house is as important as the actual realization of the dream. There’s a pleasure in working hard on something totally out of your everyday experience. In putting up the beams that span the house and support the roof, I had to overcome quite a case of nerves. Jody, my-brother-in-law, and I were up on a homemade 12″ wide scaffolding about 25 to 30 feet from the ground holding onto a very heavy 20′ laminated beam at opposite ends of the building and lifting it over our heads to set it into place. All my instincts screamed GET DOWN! For Jody, it was business as usual and his calm in the face of imminent death helped me through it. Facing a major fear and overcoming it does good things for your confidence if you survive what it was you were afraid of. Kids, don’t try this at home.”

Keith’s Fishing Report- “I actually went fishing and caught fish! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not much of an angler and have to be convinced by others to even try. Some clown (my friend Skip, AKA Harmless T. Jester) talked me into spending the better part of the day canoeing on the King’s River. We caught perch, goggle eye and small mouth bass. Thanks, Skip! It was a lot of fun. Then, a few days later, Beth talked me into going down to a little pond by our house and I surprised both of us by catching a catfish. Good idea, Beth! I don’t think Bill Dance will be calling for tips anytime soon, but it sure was enjoyable.”

Hope your spring is going well. Come say hey!

Troutfully yours,
Keith & Ezra

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