February 14th, 2016


February 14--The Ballet for Trout Fishing in America

I got up early this morning and started painting my office. It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun. It went well, and with some help from Malida, I was done by noon. I like the color. It is something like "parchment paper", but almost has a green feel to it, but not very green.


Since the carpet is coming out tomorrow, I didn't bother to cover it, and ended up not spilling a drop. For an amateur, it was a pretty neat job. I wouldn't mind doing it again in another 15 years.


I painted these words on one of the walls before I started. It is kind of an inside joke between me and my friends who I was stationed with in Germany back in the 70s. We had gotten into some trouble, and our subversive response was to start writing "Trout Fishing in America" on everything. It comes the title of a book written by Richard Brautigan that my friend Chuck gave me. We had issues with authority figures back then and our commander could never figure out what we were up to with all the Trout Fishing in America stuff. Haha--that was the whole objective.

It ended up being kind of a big thing for us, and we printed up bumper stickers and had a big trout dinner one night. To this day, mention Trout Fishing in America to any of them, and they will know.

“Excuse me, I said. I thought you were a trout stream.
I'm not, she said.”
― Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America

I still have the book that Chuck gave me. I put it in a box the other day when I was moving stuff out of here.
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