August 2005

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

It’s dry here in Arkansas. There’s a burn ban in Washington county and the gravel road is powdering our van with a lovely undercoating of Arkansas dirt. There’s been a good watermelon crop in the stores recently and they’ve been instrumental in cooling us off at night. Keith’s garden resembles the Oklahoma dust bowl. His water bill has doubled in a nearly futile effort to keep something alive.

We’re traveling to Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ontario, New Jersey and Ohio these next few weeks in search of cooler and wetter weather. Sometimes this works. Sometimes it doesn’t. One year we headed to Ontario in August. We were chirping to our friends about how cool and comfortable we were going to be. When we arrived it was almost 100 degrees and almost 100 percent humidity. We could have gone to the beach at Galveston, Texas for that kind of experience.

Keith finally wrestled the new Harry Potter Book away from his wife and has started reading it. She’s tearful about the ending but won’t discuss it with him till he’s finished with it. Ezra’s son finished the book in about two days. Ezra’s waiting for a nice long road trip to start the book. As promised, Keith finished Alexander Hamilton’s biography and Ezra finished Bob Dylan’s autobiography. Both of those books were good reads. The Hamilton book required greater persistance and stamina to finish.

Since this is an email newsletter, it makes sense that many of you reading this would be familiar with the concept of downloading mp3 files. All of our music is now available on our website, troutmusic.com, in mp3 format and we encourage you to try it out. You can get individual songs and compile your own best of Trout or you can get entire CDs.

Stay cool and use lots of sunscreen. Drink water if you can find it.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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