I have trout on the brain these days. Perhaps it’s because like many of you, I am in the dead center of the winter trout-fishing black hole. The furthest point on the calendar from when I will be on a trout stream in Montana.
Of course I am surrounded by Texas Hill Country trout and bass fishing so there’s hope and we’re gearing up. The Professor was fixing up his gear and contacted SIMMS to get the band on his waders fixed, it lost its elastic. Actually mine has too, the strap just falls and lives as far off my shoulder as a cut-up sweatshirt in Flashdance.
The Professor’s tip to prevent this problem: Don’t hang your waders by the straps. Instead, hook the short buckle ends together and hang them from that new little loop that won’t stretch out.
But I digress. With my rose, rainbow and brown-trout colored glasses on, I have apparently lost the ability to read. And spell.
We were walking down the street this weekend, past a dive bar called Trophy’s. I doubt the name has anything to do with trophy trout. And despite the blue ribbon on the sign, I don’t think they discuss blue ribbon trout streams.
But their door is stickered up like a guide’s Yeti cooler so when I saw what I believed to be a SIMMS sticker I shouted out, “Look! They’re fisherman!”
Except of course the sticker was missing a second “M”.
Reminds me of the time in high school I bought a Chanel tshirt off the street in Europe. It took me weeks to notice there was an extra “N” on my shirt. Yeah, the real thing is spelled with only one N.
Anyhow, this one-m’d SIMS is the Services Invested in Musician Support, a worthwhile non-profit that helps Austin musicians with mental health and addiction recovery.
Clearly an admirable organization, I’m with the band 100%! Am happy these SIMS people are out there helping the people that bring us good live music. But of course one could argue that the guys at SIMMS who fix the leaks in waders are providing invaluable mental health recovery as well.
Either way, both good groups that deserve sticker space on bar doors and cooler lids alike.