11.02.2006

We Went Fishing(lack of a better word) Today


Well, it got to the point where we either had to go fishing or set the night-crawlers that had been living in our fridge for the last 3 days, free. The corner grocery where we buy our bait is kinda on the outskirts of town. We planned a trip to the ole fishin' hole sometime this week, so when we passed by we picked up some worms in a lil styrofoam box. They keep 'em in the cooler (more on that later) in a kind of hibernation and they stay quite happy in your fridge for up to 5 days. Anyways, for the amount of bites we had, we could'a been sittin' out there without the @#$*%@%$(sailor term) worms. Not a nibble for 3 hours. We didn't complain though, cause the saying "It's hard to beat even a bad day fishing" is certainly true. We relaxed on this cool, breezy Fall day and really had fun; thas what 'joie de vie' is all about. On the way home we were treated to a sure sign of Fall in south-east Louisiana; the smell of burning sugar cane. They are beginning to harvest the cane and will continue harvesting and grinding through New Years. When they burn the leaves off the cane they pick a dry, windy day like today and the whole area smells of burning leaves, its a nice arouma. That made for a nice ending to a very pleasent (even though fishless) day.
Hi, Peggy adding my 2 cents. When I first moved to our town from western NY, Cappy warned me that during the harvest season, that the whole sky would be filled with smoke, so I was prepared. Cappy's sister, Maria, told me that when she first came to our little town during harvest one year, it scared her because she said it looked as though the whole world was on fire. In NY State when I was a child, people, as a matter of course in the Fall, would burn the leaves that fell in their yards. Now of, course, that's against the law. I was surprised that the sugar cane industry burned the leaves of their cane in the process of harvesting. The cane farmers are starting to use the newer equipment which is out-dating the burning way of collecting the sugar cane, but it's an expensive proposition. Now every year when I see what looks, as his sister said, as though the whole world is on fire, it's rather exciting. Fall is here, the farmers have the many, many fires under control, as they have had for generations, and just seeing tremendously huge clouds quickly filling the crystal blue sky is jaw-dropping and amazing when it takes you off-guard. As good as Cappy is at taking pictures, these just don't show how massive and fast-moving the billowing clouds of smoke is.
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