October 2004

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

We are some lucky guys! We’ve managed to play in Florida between hurricanes. We had power for our show and the building we were playing in wasn’t damaged. During the same trip, we traveled to St. Johns, Arizona for a couple of days. At the end of the trip, we drove through the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert on our way back to the Albuquerque airport. What a lovely driving trip. The Petrified Forest isn’t a standing forest. It kind of looks like the remnants of a clear-cut logging site. Some of the downed trees even look like they’ve been sectioned off for firewood. We stopped at the Agate Bridge and saw where water had tunneled under an ancient petrified tree turning it into a bridge. Keith probably enjoyed the Painted Desert more than Ezra because Ezra is partially color blind. There was a place in the Painted Desert where we could see a mountain range that was 120 miles away from where we stood. We’ve been traveling together for 28 years and there are still plenty of surprises and wonders left to see. We are lucky guys.

September 7th was the o-fish-al release date for our new Holiday/Christmas CD. It’s called Merry Fishes to All and Keith has been listening to it practically nonstop all summer. He has enjoyed mowing the lawn and singing Christmas songs. Ezra has noticed Keith buying presents already. He’s expecting a large haul from Keith this year. There are 12 songs on the CD, one for each day of Christmas. One for each month of the year. One for each egg in the carton. One for each of your friends. We think you’ll enjoy it.

Some of our newsletter fans have been asking for new low-cal recipes. Keith has come up with a winner. Take a yellow cake mix and blend in a 12 ounce can of Diet Sprite. Put the mixture in a 9″ by 13″ cake pan and bake on whatever temperature it says on the box for however long you’re supposed to. Please note, this mixture has no eggs, butter, oil, or milk. Only Diet Sprite. Take a pack of sugar free, fat free Jell-O (I used strawberry) and mix it up in a bowl. When the cake is done, let it cool a bit and then poke holes in it. Little holes, not the big holes I poked. Drizzle the Jell-O mixture all over and it’ll soak through the holes. Put the cake in the fridge. Remove the large soy sauce container from the back of the fridge before you try to put the cake in. I didn’t and managed to drop the soy sauce bottle into the middle of the cake creating a giant crater. Top with fat free Cool whip when serving. This was the ugliest desert I have ever served but it completely disappeared in no time. Tasty!!

Back in 1976, Keith joined a band that Ezra was in called St. Elmo’s Fire. Before St. Elmo’s Fire that band was known as Wheatfield. Music from some old 8 track master tapes and Wheatfield’s appearance on the first season of Austin City Limits have been found, re-mastered and turned into an album. There are plans for a Wheatfield reunion sometime in January. Ezra played banjo back then and is currently relearning the instrument. While practicing recently Ezra noticed that he was drooling. Does that have to do with the instrument itself or perhaps Ezra’s age? We don’t know and are frightened to speculate. To find out more about Wheatfield and to see pictures of Ezra when he was really young, go to www.wheatfieldband.com…

Troutfully Yours,
Keith and Ezra

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