Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., La Riviera Drive - With the addition of six gold fish, the pond project is now nearly complete.
All that's left it to find a small toy sailboat to float above the heads of the fish and we will declare it a masterpiece.
Granddaughter Samantha and I went to a Petsmart store and shopped for fish, finding one tank where the fish were 12 cents each. That's correct, 12 cents! It seems these little critters are considered 'feed' for other fish, the ones that cost like, $5.99. So while I feel bad that some of these fish are quite likely to either not make the transition from the store to the pond, or be eaten by a neighborhood cat, at least this way they have a slim chance to survive.
A chance for what? Well, Samantha has already fed them twice, so they won't starve and now that the pond has fish, I'll keep the waterfall pump running so there's air.
Food and air. What else could they need, they already live in fresh water.
It will be interesting to see if they attract cats and possibly the raccoons we have heard about from neighbors. In the meantime, the rain falling right now makes nice sound accompanying the waterfall.