Saturday, August 06, 2005

The End of a Vey Long Week

Well, my three week CPE marathon finally ended yesterday. I was on call for 2 weekends straight, so I have essentially had 1 day off in the last 18 days. I am beginning to think CPE is a church sponsored sweat shop for seminarians, but be that as it may.

In any event, I went fishing today because there is but a fine line between fishing and napping on the lakeshore. As I was sitting there between catches, I had a notepad and wrote down some ruminations about fishing:

1. The root name of "trout" goes back to an ancient Germanic root 'trauz,' which means to bite.

2. "Some people dwelling near the sea affirm that of all the creatures living, the fish is the quickest of hearing..." -Aristotle

3. "Someone just back of you while fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl..." -Ernest Hemingway

4. That having been said, Pan fried fish should be crispy and golden on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. If you must make a mistake on cooking time, make it in favor of slightly undercooking. Most people overcook fish by about double the time it actually requires, and the difference in taste indeed breaks the heart.

5. "What an idiot is man to believe that abstaining from flesh, and eating fish, which is so much more delicate and delicious, constitutes fasting..." -Napoleon Bonaparte

6. Noted fly fisherman Lefty Kreh was once asked by a nonfisherman what the point was of catching a fish just to let it go. He responded, "Do you burn your golf balls after a game?"

7. In the days before Ceylon became Sri Lanka, the official currency was the Hook Silver, which were symbolic fish hooks made from silver.

8. The best fish swim near the bottom.

9. Parmis' epitaph from the 3rd century says he had a fish in his mouth while changing his lure. The fish apparently thrashed about, which carried it down his throat and Parmis choked to death.

10. When jet skis come out, you have to stop fishing and pack up, because the motor sound scares the fish. @#$% Jet Ski's.

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