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September 22, 2016

How to Catch a Minnow (by Blackbird Christopher, age 8)

Bear Creek runs right behind the Blackbird Cafe and Tavern. While the adults have been cleaning, the kids have been spending their days (around school time) reading, doing arts and crafts, and playing in the river. One of their newest-found skills is minnow catching… we thought we would share with you their advice on how to catch a minnow: 

Blackbird Cafe and Tavern - kids running

Zoe and Christopher

..So sometimes I put traps – the traps are cups – then when I see a minnow in one of the traps, I pick up the trap really quickly! Sometimes I catch them, and sometimes I don’t.

Another way to catch them is…so you put your cup into the water close to them, and if they don’t notice it, they’ll stay…and if you’re quick enough, you can scoop from behind them, and then you get one!

One of the best ways that I do it – I use a scooping cup, and you really have to get an aim, and then you scoop up the minnow! I catch them about 7 times out of 10 this way.

Once I catch them, I keep count on my momma’s phone, and right now I am at 41! Once I got a golden minnow! It wasn’t like sparkly gold, but it was really bright and it wasn’t exactly the color of gold, but kinda close, like a pink/tan almost…usually they are grey with a bit of brown and lighter grey spots and lines.

And then I let them go. Back into the river.

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And I want to say something about the restaurant too. So, personally I like the nice, new, shiny hardwood floor. And we got these LED lights that have these really cool controls. The controls have these different colored buttons and if you press one of the color-buttons, it makes the LED lights shine that color. And I want to talk about the settings on the controls too. There’s strobe and fade, and I can’t remember the other two, but strobe is my favorite because of the pattern. When you hit strobe, it’s like there’s this color chasing another color. When you hit fade, the one color slowly moves into the other color. It’s cool.

Also, the new light covers are cool – they look like cages for the lights, and you can change the shape of the cage into a flower or you can squeeze it tight against the light. I think they will fit the new look of the restaurant.

2 Comments on “How to Catch a Minnow (by Blackbird Christopher, age 8)

Linda Byron
October 20, 2016 at 6:36 pm

I like your descriptive report on the lighting at the restaurant. You are a very good observer and talented writer too.
Blackbird Gram Lin

Pops
October 21, 2016 at 6:48 am

I think the strobes may come in very handy at closing time when certain patrons at the bar are not quite ready to leave.

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