The sudden appearance of the blue seats reminded me of the rarity of blue in nature; how the cosmos cannot easily conjure blue, yet we do it with no effort. Red seats were war, riders knocked each other to get a parking spot, they toothed and nailed their way to empties and chucked aside those who stood there. Red seats were difficult and fraught, little more than prickly crimson flaps coddling the backside of the citizenry. In front of my very nose the red has been replaced with a calm blue.
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Podcast Episode #8 • October 25, 2007 • 04:03
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?