Normally I wouldn’t cave on such a hare-braned story as this, but it was one that I hadn’t heard before. I fished a buck in coin out of my pants and gave it to the guy. “Thanks,” he said with great gratitude. “You’ve helped a man out.” Hope it all works out for you I said, actually meaning it. I washed my hands and shook his hand. Off, out into the night. Shivering a bit as I go.
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Podcast Episode #9 • November 1, 2007 • 04:50
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?