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  • Saturday, December 31, 2016

    The Slow Slide

    A BRISK EVE
    Cooler Tomorrow
    bitter by wednesday
    WALLPAPER:  MORNING BLAZE
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    .. Some of the kids neighbors dashed off early this morning to explore a rumored gathering of winter sex maniacs.
    .. The rumors were true and we've been given permission to let you in on the coming orgy.
    .. There are a couple of large pods of submarines cruising the estuary where the Madison River debauches into Quake Lake. They seem to be waiting for some primal signal to enter the river to spawn.
    .. The forecast for bitter cold is sliding in this week rather than bombing us with a brutal overnight surprise - as predicted.
    .. Today was an unexpected bit of gentility and the neighbors took advantage of the warmish twenty degree, (dead still,) mid day warm up.
    BLOND FEATHER DUSTER
    .. A couple of dozen fish were taken with a couple of this winter's experiments. A color variant of the feather duster was very successful. It is the standard recipe but with very light feathers. It was fished in the slow current by the boat ramp - in the film - very slow jerk-it retrieve. A sloppy figure eight if you please.
    CANDY CARROT SOFT HACKLE
    .. The other winner was a very sparse and bright soft hackle. They are calling it the 'Candy Carrot' in honor of the season.
    .. It too was drift fished in the slow current, (long cast out into the lake,) with a short leader, (4 feet,) and short tippet, (3 feet.) It must have been two or three feet below the surface when the exuberant takes were encountered.
    EGG SUCKING MATUKA
    .. Only one fish was taken in the river on the way to the open water.
    .. It was a violent surface attack on a quickly stripped, sparsely tied, Egg Sucking Matuka.
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    .. Our whole village is now covered in snow. No dark masses to help with heat absorption. This large white mass in the middle of the dark forest reflects the sun's rays and contributes to our persistent snow cover and coolness. We are pleased.
    GETTING DEEPER
    .. The sledheads and slednecks are happy with the snow but just a bit grumpy with the temperatures. We're looking to get some minus 20's, (or more,) during mid week.
    .. Light scattered snow will punctuate the cold and, we may get another eight inches by this time next week. It's slowing down and it's not being helped by the wayward jet stream.
    .. There's fireworks in town and on the lake this evening at midnight. We are going to pass this year and enjoy a traditional Italian celebration to ring in the new year.
    .. Lenticchie e salsiccia dolce is the main bit of food. It's just lentils and sweet Italian sausage but the combination is a surprise on the palate.
    .. Eat it hot or warm or cold. Follow it with some Chianti, some anise cookies, some chips and shrimp dip, and of course smoked salmon with cream cheese on focaccia bread.
    -- Then start all over again with different cookies and some real hot chocolate.
    .. It will prepare your constitution for some black eyed peas on New Year's Day.
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    WALLPAPER:   LENTICCHIE E SALSICCIA  DOLCE