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Enough happened while chasing them redfish down south that many noteworthy tidbits fell through the cracks. You simply can't report them all - for a variety of reasons. So, in true Letterman/Pink Panther style, I thought I'd end the series with the Top Ten Texas Outtakes. Here goes.
Warning: Those readers of tender constitution might wish to look away now.
#10. Self portrait: On the flats with my little friend. (above)
#9. On the plane: “In the unlikely event we have cabin pressure loss, four oxygen masks will drop down. Put the mask over your nose, stretch the tube to enable the flow of oxygen, and breath normally.” Are you f**king kidding me?
#8. Todd Quote #1: "I must be on vacation in Texas. At home I don’t even walk on carpet barefooted."
#7. Todd Quote #2: “Do you notice how everyone who slept within earshot of me last night is taking a nap right now?”
#6. First fish of the week: Brandon nabbing a schoolie spec in the spotlights. (left)
#5. Brandon and I agree: Loralie Gilmore. 'Nuff said.
#4. Gavit Quote As We Embrace Our Inner Texan: “You came out here to catch redfish and now you’re trying to foul-hook mullet from the dock. Welcome to Texas.”
#3. Scenes from a (Texan) Italian Restaurant: Feelings. Wo-o-o, Feelings… Hey, barkeep. Another piña colada here.
#2. Thoughts Upon Departure: There’s a different feel to early-morning starts, those heading out for an adventure and those returning. While the former is electric, the later exists muted and bittersweet. Subdued. For the journey – and every adventure is a journey complete - is coming to an end and the longing for the familiar, for the normal, exhibits an attraction stronger than that for the exotic. The tidal pull of home remains quietly relentless.
And the number one outake of the week:
#1. Moon over the Laguna Madre
If that doesn't put a proper "end" to these Texas posts, I don't know what does. Hope you enjoyed them.