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Archive for May, 2011|Monthly archive page

The Avenue 4:12 pm

In Place description, Poetic prose, Writing on 2011/05/31 at 18:30

I just high-fived a wild teenager! I was on my bike, passing one of the trucks full of dancing, shouting high-school graduates when one of them (I didn’t even see his face) stretched out his hand and I just couldn’t leave him hanging there so I put up my hand and let the forward speed of my bike make it a high-five. Yes, it is that time of the year again when the city is filled with white dresses, black suits and happy smiles under white hats. Somehow the graduation weeks happen to coincide with the pride festival so the trucks full of partying youngsters drive down streets decorated with rainbow flags. There is general revelry just about everywhere in the city, music from a small festival in a park intermingle with the heavy base beats from the trucks and there are shouts and screams coming from all directions as I bike down the street. Last year, I felt old and bitter, I felt that the celebrating kids didn’t deserve it and that they were celebrating in vain as they were about to enter a world of unemployment but today is different. Perhaps I’m a happier person, perhaps its the good weather,or maybe, just maybe, there is simply so much joy in the air that I just can’t help but join in.  I raise my fist in a gesture of encouragement and pedal past the next truck.

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VM8:an Åre, 11:06 am

In Place description, Writing on 2011/05/01 at 10:14

I’m right smack dab in the middle of the biggest lift queue I have ever seen. There are people all around me jostling for space; a massive onslaught of snowboards, ski poles, boots and helmets. The late april sun blazes overhead, slowly boiling the people in the queue. I’m hot, there is no space for my right foot and im being pushed and shoved from all sides. It is  uncomfortable in oh so many ways yet I bear with it for on the other side awaits one of life’s most worthwhile indulgences.