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Easy Ice Fishing in the Greenhouse

One winter, thinking he might have sunlight affect deficiency Ernold goes “open-fishing” inside his wife’s greenhouse and discovers easy ice fishing.

| February/March 2000

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    How could I explain to a whole room full of flannel-shirted fishermen how I came to use my wife's catalog-ordered hothouse for my easy ice fishing shanty?
    ILLUSTRATION: DAVID BRION

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Last Laugh shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor with other readers. Ernold finds his wife's greenhouse becomes his easy ice fishing haven instead. 

Hey, Ernold, I noticed you hung curtains in your see-through shanty," my buddy Clutch called from the pool table.

They weren't curtains. They I were vertical blinds. But I was sure the distinction would escape all the Grotty's Tavern regulars. "Maybe you've got a La-Z-Boy in there, too," Clutch plowed on. "Some doilies on the end table -hmmm?"'

How could I explain to a whole room full of flannel-shirted fishermen how I came to use my wife's catalog-ordered hothouse for my easy ice fishing shanty?



It started one Saturday afternoon, my blue fingers trying to suck warmth and color from a bowl of steaming chili. The final score for a morning on the windswept ice in front of our home: Fish 0, Frostbite 20.

"Honeeey," my wife, Mudge (short for Magenta), called in her I've-got-a-project-for-you voice. "Where's the best place for my greenhouse to get the most sun?"



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