April 2002 Archives

First Ride of the....Season?

Well it's not quite spring, but damn close enough when you've been skiing in sub-zero weather. Most of the streets are clear, but the sidewalks are still a bit frozen in places. If you go through standing water on your bike you get water on your derailer. That water freezes and then you can't shift. It's a bitch, but I'll be in shape when it gets nice. Right? Right. I fell (not on ice) on dusty asphault and bit a lil' chunk from but and elbow. Wally has got some serious outfits sometimes. His mom got him the pants and I'm sure he picked the shirt. Angel wouldn't go out in public with him unless he changed....pics

Dinner At Davina's

Davina owed me an Italian dinner. I don't remember why but I don't complain either. She cooked for what I remember as 12 people. She made a tasty marinara with carrots in it (who'd have thought?). She HAND made the pasta for ravioli with spinach and cheese stuffed in it. I'm tellin' you it was the bomb. Kati was originally slated to come, but had to cancel. Rayme and Anya were gracious enough to show at the come on last minute notice. Sasha, the hip CullArts student from Juneau, came as well (Juneau Mafia). It was an evening I'll not soon forget....pics

Book Review: Dance Real Slow

Dance Real Slow by Micael Grant Jaffe is a touching and insightful novel about a single father. Gordon is an attorney who is raising his 4 year old son Calvin after the wife/mother ran away. It's a story chalk full of anectdotes about manhood, life, and fatherhood. Each adding depth to the struggle between an individual's selfishness and a father's love.

Jaffe is incredible. His ability to hone in on little tiny nuances of human nature and behavior make his style really interesting. As a man who loves kids, I find the story of a single professional man raising his son alone appealing. It really reaches out to my tender side. I really credit Jaffe's ability to nail a character, insecurities and all. I think this is a bold book to put the love of father and child over the classical love between man and woman. BRAVO! paucity caroms cathartic

Book Review: Heart Songs

Heart Songs by Annie Proulx is a collection of short stories. The stories thread their way in and around the conflict between rural and urban. All the pieces are set in the North East of North America; both US and Canada. Proulx's most renowned work, The Shipping News, winner of the Pulitzer, was also set in this region of the continent.

Proulx stories are rich in description and character, but the tone of the situations is almost always a bit dismal. Most of the stories are about some form of struggle between locals of the rural north east and encroaching urbanites. Whether it's trendy doctors moving into old farms and research local geneology or swarms of hunters encroaching on local hunting spots. Sometimes the urban influence is a remote business decision with strong ramifications for the local community. Many of the stories reminded me of my own childhood in New Mexico; woodstoves piping on winter days, hunting with dad, beat up pickup trucks, and a sense of separation between the locals and the townies as we called them as a kid. One of the stories titled broken arrow has a scene describing how a farmer purchases a washing machine for his wife's birthday. In past gender-role days where a woman toiled over a wash board and bucket, this was probably an apt gift. But I remember my father doing it for my mother and it didn't go well at all ;) Remember guys Diamonds are a girls best friend. Reach for this book on a snow day when your stuck at home in your PJs. Take with tea.