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June 13, 2020

Occasional Fishing Thread, What Could Possibly Go Wrong Edition

Welcome Piscators and Piscatrixes, Nimrods and Nimrettes, and Rough Riders of all genders to the current installment of the occasional fishing and hunting and other wholesome outdoorsness thread, alexthechick Edition...


Let’s talk about critters. There are reports that critters are increasingly seizing suburban territory while we’re all locked inside. There are the critters you see on a regular basis. There are exotic critters that you see on vacation, or that inexplicably show up where you’re not used to them.


This is Phred, my groundhog. He’s not terribly exotic as critters go, but he’s wild and lives in my back yard. He seems to resent my presence and think that I am the intruder here. The other day I saw him with his girlfriend, Boopsie. They leapt off the porch and dove in their hole. I think I heard a tiny underground 8-track playing Muskrat Love.

If I stop seeing Boopsie and Phred turns up with a bunch of newborn woodchucklets it will mean I’ve got something wrong about who is who.

So, what do you see on the regular? I have deer, fox, raccoons, Phred, chipmunks and squirrels (cute, bushy tailed, bright shiny lovely SQUIRRELS!), various waterfowl, resident osprey, and an occasional fly-by eagle. There are bear about but I haven’t seen any here yet.

Here are some examples of animals emboldened by our retreat to our basement lairs. (I will not show any pictures of the monkeys taking over India because I do not work in the horror genre. Monkeys are savage little Satan squirrels and if India doesn’t bother to shoot them they can live with the madness)


This is a family of wild boar which has found Haifa, Israel accommodating.


Santiago, Chile has had a good number of cougars show up to explore the empty city. They’ve all been trapped and relocated.


And Wales has been taken over by mountain goats. It is not yet clear whether the goats are harder to understand than the Welsh.

So, what’s going on in critter world where you live? Have you noticed any changes under the Wuhans? What about exotics? What’s the wildest critter you’ve seen? Or the cutest or the most horrifying? You know, please tell us your critter stories.

In the Mailbag, the ever vivacious nurse ratched checked in with an on the ground report from Seattle, and closed with this:


Ps, I took this photo 100 steps from my front door last night. The sun sets in the west and rises in the east. Commies can never change that, at least.

Indeed. Let’s talk about sunsets and not commies, though, please.

And with that we move on to the raison d’etre of this here HQ, the comments section. Brickbats, praise, and fish brag pics are welcome at aoshqfish at sign gmail thing

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