At the quiet 501 club to see Retribution Gospel Choir and enjoy some beers with friends. # 501 Club is packed now. Glad to see that Minneapolis still loves rock 'n' roll. # "She laughed. I guess it was a silvery tinkle where she was. It sounded like somebody putting away saucepans where I was." -Raymond Chandler # Have been at retail stores twice in two days when news crews were there to film holiday rush. Not good. Today was a 45 min line @ Candyland. # But beer and burger lunch at the Lowertown Bulldog took the edge off! # Final cleaning, cooking and preparations for hosting Christmas Eve. It's snowing and who really knows what's going to happen tomorrow? # It's
Track from New Retribution Gospel Choir (featuring 2/3 of Duluth band Low) record available for listening and download: http://bit.ly/8BGmc9 #
Swell Season covered Low for their MN song. Sublime. Truly amazing concert. # last geese on the lake / thin film of ice by the shore / bright december noon #haiku #
In DC, at the hotel, by some miracle with a few moments to spare before appt. w/ Rep. Ellison's staff. # Breakfast on the Nat'l Mall http://twitpic.com/ryuzf #
One of my greatest regrets about leaving the University of Minnesota–Morris after my freshman year was walking away from Professor Jim Gremmels. I had my reasons for leaving, but you don’t find a guy like Gremmels every day. He was original faculty at Morris, having been hired when the U of M campus opened there in 1960.
I took a couple of his literature courses that year, including one in which we read the famous love of his life: Moby Dick.*
A few brief memories:
Gremmels interrupting his own lecture to defend Jim Beam whiskey against some sneering, ignorant undergrad. One of those “blue book” booklets used for the essay portion of mid-terms and finals stapled to his office door. On the cover, in