He’ll Catch it, But He Won’t Eat It

He loves the thrill of the chase and can outmaneuver even the most slippery among them. He can find them in the deepest depths of the ocean. And, he’ll help you reel them in over many long hours of give and take.

But, he will not, I repeat, he will not eat them.

My brother, the Boat Captain.

Who doesn’t eat fish.

You want to take a fishing excursion to catch some delectable white flesh King Fish?  He’s your man.

You want someone to cook it up to artistically cubed perfection? He’s your man.

You want someone to pull up a chair at the table and enjoy it with you?

He’s not your man for that.

One of the things I most admired about this kid, who slept in the bedroom next to mine, was his ability to hear adventure calling so easily. He’d climb right on out of that bedroom window, without a backward glance, and go find it!

And as The Captain of many a boat over this past decade and a half, he’s had lots of adventures.  I love to hear about every one.

I raise my fish-laden fork to my brother, who turns the big 4 – 0 today.

May forty bring a renewed Spirit of Adventure.

And wrinkles.

May it bring you a ton more wrinkles than me.

Yes indeedy.

I love you, Kid.

Happy Birthday!


Reindeer in July?

As it turns out, yes and no.  Clear as mud?  Let me untangle the yes from the no.  Captain Ahab is a Fisherman.  Shocking, I know.  He is also a hunter. The house I grew up in is filled with the remnants of his glory days hunting rascally wabbits.  Or deer.  Or Antelope.  Or Marlin.  Or Wahoo.  Oh boy – this list could go on and on. Sadly…

Anywho, we landed today in the state of my formative years. And just to be clear, my hair is already fully cooperating in Operation Frizz Out.

I needed Sweetman for something or other, so I asked Sweetgirl if she’d seen her daddy lately.  Here’s what she said:

Sweetgirl: “Daddy is over there. In the reindeer room.”

And here’s what she meant:  (If you are squeamish about taxidermy of any sort, please avert your eyes.)

The Official Reindeer Room

There are no reindeer in this room.  It is, however, filled with plenty of other animals. That, to a four-year old, look very much like reindeer.  So, yes and no.

More thrilling pictures to come.  Yes, indeedy!  Hopefully, more entertaining than a Reindeer Room.