Saturday morning, three inches of white out there, but it’s still a cool thing to hit the Farmer’s Market. With my three year old cousin in tow we hit it early. It’s around 9am – early but not too early, the place has started to stir and there’s a little time before the stroller crowd starts to roll in. Looks like the snow and snap of cold has scared a few people off, though. Not too insane in the aisles. Little cousin walks around with wide eyes and has already mentioned the play dough table. She remembers it from the last time we were here. We’ll get there, I assure her. As we walk through the place, the little girl attracts a lot of attention. Her wild curly mop of dirty blonde gets a bunch of awwws and she’s so cutes. She straight-arm points at things she likes and plays shy with certain people. She is curious and beautiful.
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Podcast Episode #12 • March 19, 2008 • 07:59
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?