Wednesday, January 31, 2007

COM: Blogarithmic #208

Deep sadness here over the loss of Molly Ivins. She was a gutsy, brilliant woman, and won't soon be replaced.

While i had occasion to meet her and speak briefly with her, my coolest memory of her is from one late, late night in an Austin bar in August 1997. I was competing in the National Poetry Slam and was onstage when they announced the judges for our bout. One was the mayor, but i was far more flabbergasted to find Ivins judging too. She was part of the highest score i received that week, and i always fancied that we were on some sort of frequency plane. She later autographed my notebook, after which how i placed made no more difference.

Back to the home court, ITM's One-Act Play entry, The Taming of the Shrew, is in wonderful shape this early in the season. I suspect it's going to be a dynamite piece of work. Starring Irec Hargrove and Cadi Hawkins as the leads, with superb turns by Taylor Danielson, Kanah Bradshaw, Chris McCrae, Wade Ivy, Hilary Bunker and Garrett Whitten, among many other fine talents. The first competition is at Wimberley's Lone Star Theatre the last weekend of February. More info to come.

There's been a flock of 9-10 Ring-necked Ducks bouncing from pond to pond here on the ranch since mid-December, but in the last couple of weeks they were joined by three hen Canvasbacks. Pretty bizarre to look out my window and see Cans! Here's a look at part of the group.

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