If I still drank, I’d be pulling hard and fast from the Lemon Hart right about now. Three inches of the white stuff accumluated over the weekend. That’s enough to make a guy wish he had a problem. Wish he had an addiction to lean against and cuddle up to on those cold, blustery November nights. Little bit of latter-era Dylan on the stereo, white fuzz outside, Justine on the arm, hot toddys going down oh-so-right. Maybe poke a head out the front door and shudder back in, turn the furnace up, have a short nap on the couch wrapped in that fleece blanket that feels like Sunday heaven. If we’re brave, take the dog for a run and let her roll around in the beautiful white like we used to. Perhaps turn in a bit early and swaddle our asses in that down quilt, rub some legs together. Sounds downright bearable. Even noble.
Take care out there today, E-Towners. Give yerself some extra time to get to work or school. Try to enjoy this dump of white. It’s quite gorgeous, actually.
First Snow, Edmonton October 2006
StreetRag is an urban weblog and podcast about the city of Edmonton, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is authored by Edmonton-based writer, web advocate, and poet Michael Gravel and is updated frequently with written urban vignettes, amateurish photographs, deuteronomous audio material, barely coherent musings and rambling ecumenical treatises. StreetRag is a love letter to a lonely prairie burg struggling with its big city ambitions and small-town feel.
The city is Edmonton. It's a subject, not a passion. E-Town is almost universally derided by outsiders as an unlivable tundra wasteland populated by oil-hungry redneck conservatives who despise the arts. All of that is true. But it's not the whole story. There is beauty here. Dusty snowfalls. Brilliant summers. A stunning river valley. A diverse arts community that flourishes. It's a place that inspires a gray relationship - not all good, not all shitty. For that reason alone it is lovable, for what is life but a grayscale?