October 1999

Dear e-Fisherfolk,

This is the month we’ve all waited for! Finally, it’s here! We can’t believe it!! It’s time for the Baseball Playoffs and the World Series!!! Better yet, the Astros are still in the hunt!!!!! Oh, and by the way, our new CD will be arriving October 26th (Keith says “Happy Birthday, Dad”). This is Keith writing here, as Ezra is over there working on an updating of the Web site. Baseball and music have been my two favorite things since I was seven years old. I also love the Fall with the invigorating cool weather and the riotous color of the changing leaves. That we have one of the best CDs we’ve ever done and the Astros are still playing in October… Man, I may float away with joy.
Yesterday, Ezra and I did something that we had never done before. We sang the National Anthem at the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas at a professional soccer game between the Dallas Burn and the Los Angeles Galaxy. I was so impressed. During sound check, I had to go back to the van to get something so I ran downfield. “He’s at the 30, he’s at the 20, the 10, he’s slow as Christmas…” Wait, wait. Wrong sport. I know very little about soccer, but I enjoyed this game tremendously. I’d like to thank Paul Mott and all the staff for the royal treatment. The game was fast paced and the players were friendly. Dallas came back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3. I enjoyed it more than I ever thought possible and would recommend the experience to anyone.
I’m going to ask Ezra if he has anything to add.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, too. When I think of Fall, I think of going out into the woods with a chainsaw and cutting firewood for the winter. I think about fishing before dinner, watching the light fade from the sky. Walking outside in the morning and seeing hoarfrost, like spun sugar, forming on the stalks of weeds. Baseball for me, is mostly a conversation with Keith that never involves the Astros in October unless it’s lamenting their inability to be playing in this month.
One of the interesting things for me about the Burn soccer game is that some of the best athletes on the field were guys about Keith’s size. When Keith and I watch professional sports, there’s always an announcer that says something about an athlete that just did something tremendous and he’s really short, only about 5’10” tall. How incredible that such a short guy could be so athletic. We here at TFIA don’t consider 5’10” short. It might be average, but it’s not short!

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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