Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Blackfly Song

Hi honey, I'm home!

We rolled back into Toronto tonight, from our paddle down Northern Ontario's Sand River. I've just taken some time to read all the stuff posted here in my absence. Thanks so much to Zydecofish and Great White Bear for filling in. I really appreciate your effort to keep misteranchovy alive and cookin while I've been in the woods! I haven't had a chance yet to catch up on all those blogs I normally follow, but I'll do that over the next few days.

Canoe trip details coming soon in a series of posts.

Also, I want to thank t_man sam for a book recommendation. Some time ago, t_man recommended I read Keith Maillard's The Clarinet Polka. It has been on my pile of books to read soon for a while - I started it a number of times, but life got in the way, so I brought it along to the Sand. What a fabulous novel! Some of the Polish-American traditions talked about in the book remind me so much of festive events in my own childhood. The story is a rollercoaster, taking the reader from WWII Poland to Vietnam to an all-girl Polka band to the steeltowns of West Virginia to the narrator's alcoholism and troubled (but spicy) love-life. It also taught me a lot about the Polish-American polka tradition. Great book t_man. Thanks for the tip!


greatwhitebear said...

Glad you made it back. hope it was a good time, and sure glad you missed most of the damp weather!

zydeco fish said...

Welcome back. I hope the trip was great.

T-man-Sam_former Visigoth and musical Goddess said...

Man I want to take that Algomna railway!
I enjoyed the link you posted of the RR and the Algoma pics!
Welcome back!

GWB and ZyFish were terrific coorepondents with great posts!

I think yerr onto something Mr.A WITH guest contributors!

Folks I believe The Clarinet Polka should have won the Gov Gens award... or win one after the fact!

It IS that good!