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Freezer fog veils the accusing glare of itsí icy eyes, a frosty beard encrusts the fishís screaming frozen face.
My friend Paul had stopped by a couple of months back, acting weird and not wanting to have a beer with me. Didnít he put something in the freezer? I remember him pulling a bunch of stuff out first. What did he say? And it wasnít this big anyway. I havenít seen him since, but I heard heís at sea again.
I remember talking with my ex-neighbor Tony back in late summer- it was Labor Day. We hadnít said much but hello until then, I had asked him to come over a couple of times before and he said maybe later but never did. Tony was talking about his boat and deep-sea fishing. A few weeks later I realized I hadnít seen Tony lately, and I still havenít. Just last month some new people finally moved in, but they had no information on the previous occupant.
No, it was Sunday. Labor Day was tomorrow so I wasnít worried about having a few more beers on top of the more than ample quantity I had already consumed. Tony apparently felt the same way, and I have increasingly vague memories of his increasingly wild tales of island-hopping involving such varied contraband as exotic wild animals, high-class call girls, and jewels. When I asked him what he does for a living, he said he was an entrepreneur and started talking about giant squids and killer fish that walk on land and I made some crack about land sharks and I think he got quiet after that, like he realized it was getting pretty deep.
But did he give me a fish? I donít remember! Somewhere between the trained smuggling dolphins swallowing drug-filled condoms and the land sharks I stopped paying attention- and then there was all that beerÖ Maybe there was something to what he said, but I doubt it. Still, Iím going to thaw this ugly sucker, mystery fish recipe or no.
Maybe Tony gave me a stuffed fish.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."
- Ralph 'Where's Waldo' Emerson
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like. And I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
- Bilbo Baggins