Archive for ‘Overheard’

A Fish Tale

While waiting for a beer at the Back Porch in Port Aransas the other evening I caught this conversation between the group of men standing next to me:

Guy 1: “Hey man, how ya doing? I haven’t seen you since our fishing trip!”

Guy 2: “Yeah, that was such a great trip!”

Guy 3: “Wait, wasn’t that the trip where you forgot the tackle?”

Guy 1: “Yep. We got all the way out there and set up the poles before we realized that we left the tackle and the bait in the truck.”

Guy 2: “We had the coolers though, so it all worked out.”

Chuckling ensued…


Sunny Afternoon, South Padre Island, Texas April 2019



Overheard: What Fer?

A gray-haired gent explained how his mom would tell him to mind his manners as a child. When told to do something, young Ross would ask, “What fer?” Exasperated, his mom would reply, “What fur? Why, cat fur! To make kitten britches!”

Clearly, there’s nothing else to say after an outburst like that! I hadn’t heard that phrase before so, of course, I Googled it. Apparently, it is a saying used in the South to remind children to use proper English and stop questioning their elders. Truly, it’s nonsensical and yet there’s something oddly compelling about the idea of kitten britches…


Wylie Ann Kitty, Tucson, Arizona 2017