I also bumped into a really excellent podcast available from NPR’s Science Friday show. The podcast includes commentary by Michael Pollan and Marian Nestle, two authors I really enjoy. I haven’t been doing any reading for pleasure lately, but Pollan’s latest book is probably at the top of my “Must Read” list. As is the full text of the farm bill.
I don’t think about fried clams very often. They certainly aren’t part of my cooking repertoire. But oh how I love them! When I lived in Boston I spent many a late summer afternoon (having been at the beach all day) enjoying the fried clams at Woodman’s, The Clam Box , or Essex Seafood. These clam shacks, like many of the foods I enjoy most, are seasonal. Summer only. It was at Woodman’s where, in addition to fried clams, I enjoyed my first lobster roll and my first raw clams and oysters. I’m still not a fan of raw clams, but everything else has an honored place in my food psyche.
As the summer winds down, I’d like to think I’ll be eating some good fried clams soon. Unfortunately, I just don’t see how that’s going to happen.
I’m writing about Rory Litwin’s response to Mark Rosenzweig’s response (subscription required, although Litwin posts the full text) to Laura Cohen’s “Library 2.0 Manifesto.” I barely agree with Rosenzweig; I’m closer in agreement with Litwin. But what strikes me most is how “over the top” Rosenzweig’s response is. His fervor seems almost fanatical.
After spending the last few months researching “Library 2.0,” I’m conflicted about libraries’ “rush” to adopt it. Technology moves fast, and — quite simply — I’m not sure libraries have historically been early adopters or as fast moving as the technology sector. If libraries don’t work quickly today’s technology will be obsolete. But a rush to employ useless technology for the sake of Library 2.0 is a complete waste.
On a different subject, I see Joe Janes has written an article “The Library, Reinvented” which I haven’t yet read. I’ll be taking two classes with Janes this Autumn, and he was one of the people — unbeknownst to him — who inspired me to apply to grad school.
Christopher Beam has written an article for Slate entitled “FrankenGoogle: How to mash together the ultimate search engine” in which he asks, “What would the ultimate non-Google search engine look like?” He’s also probably previewing the next few companies Google might try to snatch up.
I woke up in Moab and headed home through landscape that looked not-of-this-world. I completed some kind of karmic circle by stopping for gasoline in Brigham City where I spent the first night of this trip. I continued driving until I could drive no more, but this time I stopped not because I was exhausted. I stopped because I could no longer see.
Throughout the trip I was concerned and alert about hitting an animal — a deer, a squirrel, an armadillo, a rabbit — all plausible hits. Unfortunately, I hit and killed no fewer than 2000 bugs.
Today I went on a stunningly gorgeous hike, and I purposefully didn’t bring my camera. I didn’t want to think about the scenery and views in terms of photographs. There’s no way I could have captured the expanse, and some things are just better left to memory.
The wildflowers were in full bloom, and the views were breathtaking. And I made it back to the trailhead before it started raining too hard!
Tomorrow I’m leaving Durango, but I’m sure I’ll be returning someday.
I got in touch with my friend Keith who’s lived in Durango for the past 30-years or so. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to hook up, but he was exceptionally generous with his time. I suggested we meet for dinner, and he one-upped me and suggested we go to his house and throw some steaks on the grill. He understands how nice a home cooked meal is when you’ve been traveling for awhile.
Keith worked with JanSport as a sales rep, and his knowledge of the outdoor industry is formidable. He’s been involved in the industry from all angles — as a designer, as a manufacturer, as a retailer, as a sales rep, and probably in other capacities which I’m forgetting. He was involved in the creation/invention of the first dome tent; he was instrumental in the success of many outdoor companies you’ve all heard of.
I met him at the store he bought a few years ago:
And then I followed him up the hill to his house. It’s a gorgeous, open house with spectacular views and full of amazing history.
He’s a great storyteller, and he talked about his climbs up Everest, Kangchenjunga, Mt. Rainier, etc. He knew Tenzing Norgay, and he knows Sir Edmund Hillary. He has survived a helicopter crash, and he’s an all-around fascinating (and lucky) man.
We ate salami, bread, and cheese (two kinds) to start. We shared red wine, a salad, and grilled jerk steak. He brought out some authentic Gruyere (who knew it wasn’t supposed to be brick hard!?!) and pears for dessert.
The meal was just great, and — even better — it was nice to catch up with an old friend.