Hey Brian,

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this question, but you aren't in love with this woman you? (Not so soon after the Giant Feminist you gave all your knives to to be sharpened. You ever get those back ?)

You know long distance relationships don't work, right?

If you are in love. That sucks, man. I can imagine that whole thing is pretty touch and go, her being in Virginia, you in Oregon, never seeing each other... her being a convict; apparently a deceptive one. 

My suggestion: you might just stop writing to her. If not, try to be objective and keep emotion out of it as much as possible; a good approach to life in general, not just for crazy prison pen pals. She might just be screwing around with you. You never know with suspect women, jailed or otherwise, at least in my experience. Other than that,

just be careful with all that, let me know what happens. 

As for your question about the linguistics concerning 'hunting' versus 'fishing,' I couldn't tell you why all sea creatures minus whales are grouped together, and why their grouping noun is also a verb for the act of their being caught versus how verbiage with similar ends on land doesn't also follow suit.

Just thinking on it, though when you go out 'hunting'- back before all the official tags and the like-when you just went out for unbiased meat-it's easy to assume you might not even know what kind of animals you were going to pull out of the woods there. That is to say, hunter-gatherers couldn't exactly declare 'I'm going out 'Deering,'' if they had no idea there was even such a thing called a deer, but that's what they ended

up coming back with. “Hunting” is like a catch all.

Specifically though, it seems like some hybrid form of homonym semantics... or maybe it all came to be before such rules were established. Don't quote me, though, my doctorate isn't in linguistics.

Consider this though: You can use a spear instead of a rod and reel and still be fishing. You could even reel in a tire from the deep; with or without intention, and you are still 'fishing' for that tire. It's almost universal. 

I can't explain whaling at this point it time as it would seem to be the exception to the rule. Perhaps its unique on account of the fact once a whale was caught days were spent aboard ship also rendering the animal's body for its oil. But before I go consider this: You can

fish for a whale, but can't whale for a fish. 

Shoot, I have to go and we didn't even... troll out very far in getting into things about the prison lady.

Well, keep your eyes open and don't let her dupe you too hard, she might be angling you with some most convincing bait.

-Brian

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Hey Brian,

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this question, but you aren't in love with this woman you? (Not so soon after the Giant Feminist you gave all your knives to to be sharpened. You ever get those back ?)

You know long distance relationships don't work, right?

If you are in love. That sucks, man. I can imagine that whole thing is pretty touch and go, her being in Virginia, you in Oregon, never seeing each other... her being a convict; apparently a deceptive one. 

My suggestion: you might just stop writing to her. If not, try to be objective and keep emotion out of it as much as possible; a good approach to life in general, not just f...

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