It’s 2013! Happy New Year! (Imagine Barry Manilow singing “Looks like we made it…”) This promises to be an exciting year for Trout. We already have dates booked in 15 states and 1 Canadian province and it’s only the first week of January! Our new van, “Whitey Ford”, is almost ready. We dropped by Presidential Conversions the other day to have a look at the progress and make some final decisions on the interior. Keith and Ezra in new van New features for us include a Sirius/XM installation with Bluetooth connectivity, a back-up camera, a new mattress for the 7-foot bed, custom LED interior lighting, and a really good alarm system! You might remember that our old van, Stretch, was stolen last January. We got it back (sans musical equipment), but don’t want a repeat performance. Stretch will be retiring with around 495,000 miles on the odometer.
2013 brings other changes for Trout. We’d like to wish farewell and good luck to Patty Doyal, our longtime office employee. She doesn’t have nearly as many miles on her odometer!Patty has been with us for the past 14 years, only a year less than Stretch. Now she has taken a new, full-time position at the University of Arkansas. Thanks Patty! Great job!
After our extreme encounter with sub-zero temperatures in Calgary Alberta, we have often stressed that travel plans should be made according to weather. It’s good advice. Florida or the Caribbean would be an optimal place to visit in January and February. Eastern Europe, Hungary specifically, doesn’t seem like a winter destination. However, Paks, Hungary is where Steven Idlet is currently playing professional basketball. Steven’s been over there since August. After Trout’s winter appearance with the Billings Montana Symphony, Ezra and Karen are going to be visiting Steven. Steven’s Dunk Their Hungarian trip will include a couple of basketball games as well as a visit to Budapest! A couple of things we never knew about Hungary
1- Ernő Rubik invented the Rubik’s Cube! 2- László Bíró invented the ballpoint pen! It’s hard to imagine our world without those two creative uses of plastic.
Keith and Ezra