So last Friday my mom calls about twenty minutes before she and my father arrive to tell me to get the fish tank ready for some aquatic interlopers. I vaguely recall her telling me that she had been unsuccessful in trying to give away the fish that have resided in her elementary school library for several years and whose tank is being decommissioned. I may have told her I'd take the fish if she was just going to flush them otherwise but didn't think she'd actually want to bother hauling them three and a half hours north.
I was wrong. After gently breaking the news to Fishy, a guppy who has had our large tank to himself for over a year and a half and telling him to enjoy his last moments of peace and quiet, my parents showed up with a bucket full of filthy water and four fish that hadn't been fed in weeks. Despite the stress, they all survived the introduction to their new home. Fishy wasn't happy about it, but I believe he shared those details with you earlier in the week. By the way, my thanks to him for providing some content here in my laziness. His contempt for me has been noted and will be returned in spades. Ingrate.
We had a wonderful Knoxville weekend with the 'rents, enjoying some hiking, a little picnicking and much eating out. Oh, and we made the drive of shame out to see the minor league baseball team that Knoxville allowed to move to the next county over. Shame, Knoxville, shame. Courtney wrote up the weekend in a more timely fashion here, so I'll save those of you who read her a repeat narrative. I'll just give you some pictures, my specialty of late.
Courtney and my pops surveying the verdant mountains of North Carolina.
The only problem with the treeless summit of Max Patch: freakin' flowers everywhere.
The feet of my family gathered 'round the summit marker.
Chicken salad and Sun Chips by the French Broad River.
In case you were wondering, I have now switched to my left foot in the bucket.
Teaser: For those of you looking for the perfect way to commemorate your "southern pride," tune in tomorrow for information regarding a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.