Steel crossbars serve as stylish walls between the cafe and the adjoining hotel, shielding the morning-afters from the caffeine punch. The gates are open and there’s some cheeserock on the speakers, Pat Bentar – something about best shots and hitting, and I thought we outgrew this shit 20 years ago. Two bookshelves in the cafe, each one carefully stacked with mugs and other gifts. Not too expensive and the coffee sipping crowd goes for it. Guy over there at the high table, must be 275 plus. When he sat down, I noticed his fly was open. He pulled his shirt down in some embarrassment and took a drink of his black. Sits there looking into the falling sunrays, sometimes looks into the hotel lobby.
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Podcast Episode #11 • March 11, 2008 • 06:50
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?