Thursday, December 14, 2006

Fish and other metaphors

With all the rain we’ve had lately, water and fish come to mind.
Humans have quite a relationship with fish. Mostly dietary, although some, like Koi, tropical fish, and Goldfish swim peacefully in aquariums and backyard ponds.

Then there are metaphors: what are we fishing for—besides fish? Compliments? Suggestions? Clues? Information? We "troll the waters" of a situation to "see what comes up." We "cast a net" for new opportunities. We try to "catch the big one."

My father used to love to fish when he was a young man. However later, when he moved away, he left all the fishing rods and a large tackle box behind. I guess he’d "fished out" that pond.

Now, I fish the neighborhood with my camera, hoping for a good catch.

Here are a few other thoughts about fish:

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain - Mark Twain

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after - Henry David Thoreau

One man's fish is another man's "poisson" - Unknown

No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise - Lewis Carroll

Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish - Ovid

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