04 August 2008

Trout Week!

Ok so I bet you're asking yourself, what does Moxie have to do with trout? Well, I'll tell ya.

This week has been declared Trout Week by the lovely and also Canadian Cake, and she has delivered a very punny trout post today. So I thought of the only trout story I could think of.

With camping week still fresh in recent memory, I'll tell you a camp / fishing story.

There's this fishing hole some distance away from where we camp where one of The Girl's uncles takes the kids. All the kids are sworn to secrecy and I've never been there, so I can't tell you exactly where it is other than it's in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

It's on private property, I can tell you that. Uncle brings a whole gaggle of kids once or twice a year during the camping trip to this fishing hole. Uncle tells the kids there's just one price for admission to this coveted fishing hole.


Soda. Fizzy drinks. Non-alcoholic. This man loved his Moxie.

Now if you're not familiar with Moxie, let me tell you. Moxie is one of the most vile concoctions ever produced. It can only be found in New England shops. It's like liquid marmite in a can. I've tried it only once, and only once is all you need.

Uncle and kids give the gentleman his Moxie, and he shows them the way to the fishing hole. Uncle and kids come back with about THIRTY Brook Trout (affectionately called Brookies around here), all about between 8 to 12 inches in length. Evidently fishing here is like shooting fish in a barrel. Just drop in your baited line into this small stream, and a bite is just moments away. Unreal. These are quality fish too, not some farm raised fatty fish. I ate at least three of these little guys last time they brought fish back.

So moral of the story is:

Almost in Jesus-like miraculous fashion, you can turn 6 Moxies into 30 Brook Trout and feed the multitude.


Sparkle Plenty said...


Also: This is a very strong Trout Week entry--the Ted Williams ad is mighty. I think Clinky is the initiator of trout week, but I might be wrong...

*Moxie is vile. My uncle loved it.

Ted D said...

Redbeard, my brother gave me one of those Ted Williams metal signs for my birthday this year!

And that sounds like one more fishing hole.

Redbeard76 said...

Thanks Sparkle, I didn't change it up too much, just the header and the coloring, moved up the about me. Same template.

If Clinky started it, ah well, I'm not changing it. He never comes here or comments, so why should I show him any linkyluv? Anyway he's winning with all his hoity-toity China piccys. Another reason not to give him any linkyluv.


soup said...

i loved the jesus reference! not because i'm religious (because i'm not), but because it was so frickin' clever.

i am also enjoying the new design. kind of a salmony pink for trout week. so see? you actually got two fishy points in one post!

Redbeard76 said...

Thanks soup! (I am also in no way religious any longer - consider me a recovering Christian as you would a recovering alcoholic.)

I was going for more of a Caucasian flesh tone, not necessarily salmon, but whatever works. ;)

I Ain't No Oprah said...

Clinky started Trout Week.

I still won't participate in it.

Redbeard76 said...

The elusive IANO, ladies and gentleman. I'm shocked and suprised he commented over here on this dump. Oh, that Clinky.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Ummm...moxie & trout. Ummm....

I like the new layout too :) I'll pass on the moxie & trout, lol

Chica said...

I have no idea what you are talking about, but I like the word. Moxie. Has a nice zest to it.

cake said...

I just got around to making the blog tours this morning cuz they're very slow from home...and I see everyone else beat me to pointing out that Clinky owns the trademark to Trout Week, including IANO who clearly didn't read all the comments and missed the fact that Sparkle pointed it out first.

Anyways, I've never had Moxie and somehow I don't feel like I'm missing anything.


Redbeard76 said...

Oh but Cake, you do have to try it. Just once. Just to see the look on your face as you try to swallow its putridness. Or spit it out.

soup said...

i thought it was kick-ass that you were sporting a "pinkish" colour of any kind. boys should do that more often.

penn, from "penn & teller," named his daughter "moxie."

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