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Who Knew?

I made an amazing discovery the other day.  I discovered that they actually have coloring books for adults!  I thought I had outgrown coloring books years ago, but apparently not.  Maybe the rest of you knew about adult coloring books all along, but I just found it.  My daughter again rolled her eyes at me when I marveled at this discovery.  Honestly, I did not know.

Not that I am going to be coloring in a coloring book again.  No, in spite of what you might think, I was always OK with coloring between the lines; I just seldom had coloring books that interested me.  I do have an old one someplace from when I was a kid, it was a coloring/sticker book on fish.  There were color stickers of different fish to place on the various pages.  There were also pictures to color.  I can remember starting to color one of those pictures, one of a northern pike as I recall, but I gave up because the colors were not just right–they were not THE exact colors of any pike I had ever seen.  I was a somewhat “anal” pointy-headed student of fish even back then.  In the 5,441 crayon colors made by Crayola, have you ever seen a “northern pike green”?  A “brown trout brown”?  A “redhorse red”?  A “bluegill blue”?  No, I think not.

If you are into the whole coloring book scene, let me offer a picture you can color.  Often when sitting in one of the boring meetings I have to attend, my mind wanders and I start doodling.  My doodles usually include fish and fishing.  Here is a walleye I sketched out, feel free to copy and color.  (Maybe send me a copy of your finished product?)

WalleyeColoringPicHere is what it is supposed to look like:


Backwards reindeer?

There is one other thing that has been puzzling me this holiday season. . . . I keep seeing vehicles driving around town with what I guess are supposed to be antlers rolled up in their windows.  They are supposed to look like giant reindeer on wheels?  I get that, and I suppose it is a clever idea, but in most cases the antlers look like little tree branches stuck in car windows instead of a respectable reindeer rack.

The other thing that really confuses me is that the nose goes on front:


But the antlers are always pointing backwards?????


That reindeer does not know if it is coming our going.

Must be a “non-typical”.

Or I am being too much of a somewhat “anal” biologist?????


Wikipedia photo.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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