Area Man Hears Mechanical Chicken of Youth, Turns 5

If there was a sound who's contours have remained nearly perfectly etched into my adult brain despite over two decades of absence, it was the clucking of a giant, mechanical chicken that lived in a glass box in a local sporting goods store. In the two-floor emporium of guns (and even a shooting range), fishing gear,…Read more Area Man Hears Mechanical Chicken of Youth, Turns 5

Audio+Word: Majesty Descending

    (Birchlife: Doing Nothing>Keeping Smart Mammals Warm) The stately Birches have been swimming up to the sky since forever. Unflinchingly watching plagues, the rise and fall of empires, and all four Madagascar movies. All this to be hacked up in 2017 by a poorly-handled chainsaw and maul.   Their mangled majesty is stashed inside the nearby cabin…Read more Audio+Word: Majesty Descending

Innkeeper Diary: An Acoustic Witch Hunt

The Innkeeper's eyes are no longer rapidly moving, Just after last night's submersion in the think-tank of dreams, He sat letting fake firelight from a electronic fireplace wash him of sleep. Through quiet study, he saw the flames were well-programmed to appear random, But they, too, followed orders from above. As he consider the overwhelming task…Read more Innkeeper Diary: An Acoustic Witch Hunt

White Creature Flails: The Rise and Fall of Opulent Bingo Hall Dreams

The strange white things enters the bingo hall. He is a pale drop in the native sea. Approaching the counter, he mumbles something about wanting to play. He is easily overwhelmed by the complexity of bingo, a game which he thought was simply a matter of hearing numbers called and accordingly marking a card. The serious…Read more White Creature Flails: The Rise and Fall of Opulent Bingo Hall Dreams

Arctic Bowl + Secret Korea

Marksmen of the Lanes   In extreme cold, one of the first things you're taught to do is huddle together with other people to stay warm. It doesn't matter if they're white people, scorpios, Settlers of Catan nuts, or arsonists, you just do it to survive. Welcome to Fairbanks. Frozen Together Let's say it's Saturday.…Read more Arctic Bowl + Secret Korea

Audio+Word: Off To The Mercury Store

Additional Mercury Required Off To the Mercury Store The key will turn, The engine must be wrestled out of submission. These days, there's only enough mercury to fill the thermometer to -40.   So you go to the mercury store. "I need it hotter" you tell the clerk. "We don't carry Mercury, sir." He says…Read more Audio+Word: Off To The Mercury Store

Innkeeper Diary: One Man’s Transfer Station is Another Man’s Transfer Station

Keeping the Inn running smoothly is mostly an act of deception. Like most professions, it seems to me, we present the public with a carefully-manicured outward-facing sheen that distracts from the fire in the kitchen, the dogs shedding all over the floor, and the rotten part of the ceiling. It would be no exaggeration to…Read more Innkeeper Diary: One Man’s Transfer Station is Another Man’s Transfer Station