Random musings on a writer's life & times, with occasional input from acquaintances


Sunday, December 07, 2003

It's seven on the seventh. How about that? The Sunday Seven questions, that is, on the seventh of December. Sixty-two years ago today -- Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 -- my father, a Coast Guard sailor, survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Probably slept through it after staying up all Saturday night losing at poker and swilling jungle juice. That was his approach to life, pretty much.

1) What are you wearing?

Purple sweatshirt with Kansas State Wildcats written in white across the front (actually, I'm wearing it still, after donning it yesterday in honor of K-State playing number one-ranked Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship football game. Did you SEE what the Cats did to the Sooners? Stomped 'em 35-7, in case you missed it on TV. Folks got to be dancing in the streets of Manhattan, that sleepy village far out on the Kansas plains. K-State had a history of futility in football until about ten years ago. In fact, it's claim to fame was holding the national record for most losses in a row, 28, since broken by some other lame-oid.); blue jeans, white Nike sox, sweatboots, etc., etc. (It's the sweatshirt that counts. Purple Pride!)

2) What are you reading?

"Old School," a novel by Tobias Wolff.

3) What's for dinner?

Probably carrot cake. My wife is stalking the world's best carrot cake, so she intends to bake several of them from different recipes. Yesterday's candidate was a non-winner, she decided, but two-thirds of it continues to lurk in the kitchen demanding consumption. Meanwhile, she's gearing up for today's candidate number two. She has the largest bag of carrots known to mankind stashed in the fridge.

4) What's the best thing that happened this week?

I took my 15-year-old son, Andy, who thinks he might like to be a writer, to hear Tobias Wolff (see question #2) speak as part of the Portland Arts & Lectures series. Wolff's memoir "This Boy's Life," about his youth in Concrete, Washington, is a classic, and everyone in my family -- me, my three boys and even one girl (Mom) -- has read it. Wolff's talk was engaging and interesting. He stressed that writing is about pursuing your personal best, as a track and field athlete does, not about competition for money or prestige. I should try to remember that.

5) What's bugging you?

I don't like carrot cake. (See question #3.) I don't like zucchini bread, either, for that matter. To my way of thinking, vegetables belong in the garden, not in the baked goods.

6) Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

Rupert, Idaho

7) What's it all about, Dave?

Every Man A Wildcat!

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