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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-26 21:17
Subject: [child] Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Music:"Fish Heads" by Barnes & Barnes
Tags:child, funny, photos, weird
The scene:

Your humble narrator, comfortably ensconced on the settee in the spacious living room at Nuevo Rancho Lake. He reads a legal thriller by Scott Turow. The grandfather clock marks the lugubrious moments of its second century of service at the altar of the hours. The ancestral piano sits, the memory of generations smudged into its keys.

In bursts the_child, triumphant glee writ large upon her face and a white plastic bag spinning in her hand. In an exultant tone, she bellows, "Hey dad, want to do something exciting on Saturday night with your daughter!?"

"Um, sure," your humble narrator replies. These questions are like frat boys on Friday night — always loaded.

"Let's dissect a fish head!!!"

the_child has a salmon head the size of a small chicken with her, wrapped in a garbage bag. A donation from the father of her friend D—, for which your humble narrator will seek suitable revenge later. We then spend about 45 minutes cutting into the head, examining gill structures, the muscles at the root of the pectoral fins, the spine, the eyes and so forth.

The denouement:


A fish head is boiling in a pot on the stove, being rendered down so we may later examine the skull. A bag of fish parts is rotting in trash. Various knives and miscellanea are in the dishwasher, which is on the "recycle nuclear waste" setting of most extreme cleansing.

All in all, another Saturday night at Nuevo Rancho Lake in the glamorous life of a working writer.

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User: msagara
Date: 2008-04-27 04:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think this is my favourite of all the glamor stories about writing I've heard yet :D.

(We want pictures of the skull.)
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jeffsoesbe: yeff yahoo avatar
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2008-04-27 05:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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And the other question is: How many stories will come out of this experience?

I'm betting many.

It actually sounds like great fun! I wish my daughter would bring home a fish head for us to dissect...

- yeff

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User: zellandyne
Date: 2008-04-27 05:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's awesome.
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User: jaborwhalky
Date: 2008-04-27 05:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know what that smells like and how much of a pain the head is to cut up...

you poor too nice daddy...
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The Green Knight
User: green_knight
Date: 2008-04-27 06:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
While my answer would have been a resounding 'NO!!!', you and the_child are restoring my faith in America. Family science projects are cool.
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User: maryrobinette
Date: 2008-04-27 07:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Count your blessings.

I came home with two dead cats.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2008-04-27 16:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Aw. <3
That makes me love your kid.
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jezebellydancer: 50s gals
User: jezebellydancer
Date: 2008-04-28 19:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:50s gals
A few years back, my_son found a deer skull at our church's annual Oestre Egg Hunt. Said skull was appropriately boiled in bleach on the backyard grill to remove any remaining squishy bits and now resides in a place of honor in my grandmother's antique oak china cabinet.

I sense dating potential for these two.

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