We set out on foot, just beyond the tracks. The sun was fullbore afternoon heat on our necks and our faces. The hair on my wife’s arms was up and beautiful, the pines were standing and the mountains were silent. The trail started in gravel, the sound heavy and harsh to our ears. Five days of mountain living and already we had shrugged off the smog, noise, and crunch of the city.
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Podcast Episode #6 • October 11, 2007 • 06:31
StreetRag ::: An Urban Podcast
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?