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Salmon Chanted "Even": Swimming Upstream

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It never fails. You make travel plans, buy your ticket, and
pack your bags. Then your flight's cancelled.

With Spring in full swing, the current's up, and so is the flow
of junk washing downstream. If you've ever tried to navigate
through moving obstacles in a polluted river on a log with
poor steering, then you know my predicament. So, regretfully,
I may be postponing my trip to the Big Easy. At least for the
time being...

The other day I was playing Rock/Scissors/Paper with the Lizard
and a critter new to the river. (Rock/Scissors/Paper, you ask?
With a LIZARD?!? Don't ask...) The new guy seemed to be
going against the current, and briefly stopped for a, er, "breather".
(Odd, since he rarely peeked above the surface, except for an
occasional leap. But I digress...) To pass the time, we three were
discussing weather and sports (despite my lovely shade, I'm a REDS
fan!), and decided upon a game of R/S/P for dibs on the big flies.
My postponed travel plans came up, and the new guy volunteered,
"Why not go UPSTREAM, with ME?!? I could use the company..."
How about a game of Even/Odd, to decide it?"

Upstream? North? Cold? Mountains?? I dunno...I was thinking more
along the lines of Cajun style...But the water DOES get cleaner, and
cooler...and the current DOES tend to calm a bit. I'll have a travel
companion, too.

"Okay," says I. "Let's shoot for it."

"Even!" Yells the new guy. Even it is. Damn.

"Best two out of three," I say.

Again, "Even!" says the newcomer. Even, again. Looks like upstream.

So, I guess I'm headed toward the Land of Squonk, where two become one
(Rivers, that is. Get your mind out of the gutter! Besides, I don't LIKE
salmon!). Unless these guys decide to go double-or-nothing, it's time
to pack my things and prepare for a trip.

I should've known better than to bet against a new guy. The way my brackets
turned out this year, I'll NEVER get out of debt. Maybe the Lizard can
hang onto that glass boot of mine, for awhile.

Rrribbitt!!

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