June 2006

Dear e-Fisherfolk:

It’s 6/6/06 and we’re driving through a torrential rainstorm. Lightning is striking around us and if we were superstitious, we might think it was an evil omen. As it is, we’re just being careful driving through this “frog strangler”. Our van, Stretch, has 290,000 miles under his belt and is handling the rough weather like the seasoned veteran that he is. We used to keep track of all the miles on our old truck, Robert redFord and when he was put out to pasture, he had accumulated over a half a million miles. Up until now, it’s been hard to get excited about the mileage that we’ve put on Stretch. Today, as he gracefully negotiates roads that have turned to rivers, it seems fitting to mention his faithful service.

6/1/06 marked the 14th anniversary of the Grimwoods moving to Arkansas. They celebrated the occasion with a dinner prepared from their garden. The menu included mashed potatoes, peas, beets, lettuce and radishes that looked suspiciously like carrots! Keith originally planted carrots, but they didn’t grow. He over planted radishes and because of their close proximity, they grew into carrot shapes as there was no room to grow into radish shapes. The Idlets made it to Arkansas a few days later back in 1992, but that date has been lost to the mists of time. We’re all still happy to be living in the “Natural State.”

We’re headed to the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas, this week. As best as we can remember through our misty memories, this makes 16 or 17 that we’ve participated in. We’ve watched our children and our friends’ children grow up at this festival. It is summer time and that’s festival time. A lot of you are going to be taking road trips. Check out our calendar. We’re going to be all over the country this summer. Maybe we’ll be where you’re going. Hope to see you there. If not, we hope to see you when you get back!

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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