About a year ago, I asked my then girlfriend, Kerry Mulholland, to marry me. Astonishingly, she said yes. In less than three weeks, the knot will be tied and we’ll be husband and wife. I’m excited as all hell about the whole thing. Ker’s a helluva woman and I’m lucky to be marrying her. We’re also forming a family as I step into a very challenging role – that of stepfather to her daughter. It’s a job that I welcome. The kid is also a helluva young woman. I say all of this as background. I have to take a bit of a break from this site. StreetRag is officially on hiatus until late September 2007. If you’re looking for something cool to read, check out these links. Tons of great work being done there.
So I’ll catch you later. Take care, my friends. We’ll talk again soon.
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?