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The following views are expressed with tongue firmly implanted in cheek.
Not sure if this is a Jewish-ism or a New Jersey-ism or just human nature - but I grew up hearing this saying: "Family is like fish, stinky after 3 days." It never really made much sense to me as a kid because from where I sat, the fish stank right from the get-go and I love my family. I still ate the fish, of course, especially the smoked sablefish and lox, in great quantities to give myself strength while I waited at the top of my grandma's stairs for the sound of the car doors slamming and my cousins spilling out from all sides. I'd shake with nervous excitement and three days with my family was never enough.
As I got older, the truism gained a bit more truth and no offense to my family (Hi Dad! Hi Brothers!) but there is a grain of salt on that stinky fish, even in my loving family. I've passed this wisdom on to my friends and some have repeated it like a mantra while discussing flight arrangements with their Aunt Edna or their estranged sister or even their dear mother who they genuinely enjoy in small titrated doses like homeopathic dilutions of familial bonding.
Others ignored this advice and woke up on the 4th day to their uncle's hardy back pats, their father's love of drink, or their cousin's taste in bad punk to a noxious smell - subtle at first, just enough to tilt their head into the wind to see where it was coming from - a smell that then builds quickly throughout the day crescendoing into a fetid cloud so bad you can almost hear it slap against your ear drums like some never filmed Monty Python skit where Michael Palin is beating John Cleese with a dead spawned-out salmon so smelly it could raise the dead.
Thing is, the fish get a bad rap here when really what we mean to suggest is that humans can really stink sometimes, especially when they wear out their welcome. Good fish doesn't smell at all when you get it. You really have to break all the rules to get it to smell that bad after 3 days.
I want to suggest an amendment to the truism. It's a little wordy.
"Good family is like good fish, eh, maybe a little stinky after 3 days? Bad family is like bad fish, stinky from across the room the minute you see them."
I'm going on a Good Fish Book Tour. I'm getting in and getting out and my greatest ambition involves not leaving a trail of stink in my wake. Check back to this page as I will be updating it frequently, adding new info and new dates, each event under 3 days.
March 14th: 1 advance copy arrives. The Capitol Hill Gazette reports that Mrs. Beatrice Bitty heard "HOLYSHIT HOLYSHIT HOLYSHIT!" through the thin walls of her 1914 apartment building and claims the ruckus came from Becky Selengut's unit. No charges were filed, but there was plenty of tsk-tsking in the halls.
April 21st: Good Fish hits the warehouse. Thousands of warehouse ants seek new housing.
May 1: Good Fish videos launch at www.goodfishbook.com
May 9: Tilikum Place Cafe Launch Event Seattle, WA - SOLD OUT
May 15: Elliott Bay Book Company Seattle, WA reading/signing 2 pm
May 16: PCC Good Fish class - West Seattle
May 17: PCC Good Fish class - Greenlake (Seattle) SOLD OUT
May 18: Microsoft cooking demo/signing Redmond, WA (internal event)
May 20: Seattle Bon Vivant cooking demo/signing Seattle, WA SOLD OUT
May 25: PCC Good Fish class - Redmond, WA book signing 4-6 pm
June 1: PCC Good Fish class - Issaquah, WA book signing 4-6 pm
June 4: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA demo/signing for World Ocean's Day
June 5: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA demo/signing for World Ocean's Day
June 7: Santa Monica Seafood - Santa Monica, CA demo/signing 4-6 pm / HAS BEEN MOVED TO JUNE 8TH
June 8: Santa Monica Seafood - Costa Mesa, CA demo/signing 5-6 pmCANCELLED
June 11: Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Plaza (CUESA), San Francisco, CA demo/signing
June 11: Omnivore Books, San Francisco, CA reading/signing 3-4 pm
June 12: 18 Reasons Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA - cooking demo/signing 1-3 pm
June 13: PCC Good Fish class - Edmonds, WA, book signing 5-6 pm
June 16: Metropolitan Market - Proctor, Tacoma, WA demo/signing 5-7 pm
June 17: Metropolitan Market - Admiral, Seattle, WA demo/signing 5-7 pm
June 18th: Metropolitan Market - Kirkland, WA 12-2 demo/signing and then Sand Point 3:30-5:30
June 21: Palace Ballroom, panel on sustainable seafood issues (details to come)
June 24-25: Wild Foods Weekend (and Good Fish class) at the North Cascades Basecamp, Methow Valley, WA - NOT TO BE MISSED EVENT - spots available
June 26: Trail's End Bookstore, Winthrop, WA reading and book signing 3-5 pm
July 17: Cornish College of the Arts: Good Fish field trip to Fisherman's Terminal and Mutual Fish, includes lunch and cooking class (details to come): spots available
July 28: Slow Food Seattle Good Fish Event (details to come)