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Archival Skate Punks

A recent article in the Times about middle aged skaters prompted me to dig out archival evidence of my own short lived career as a skate punk. In the mid 1980s there was a boom in half pipe construction in my hometown of Richland, Washington. My favorite ramp, located a block from my house, was …

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Archival Field Trip: Seattle (July 2010)

Mr. United States of Americana U-District farmers market The Field House revisited Paseos (Ballard) Elliot Bay Bicycles Ballard Nautical Supplies Japanese magazines at Uwajimaya Sara, Bruce and I took a quick trip up to Seattle. Our primary mission was to visit friend Eliz and select buttons for our shawl collar sweater project. Unfortunately, a highway …

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From the Archives: Yakima Climbing Youth

OK, we know that the Life archive has been endlessly passed around the circle, but it doesn’t mean that the images aren’t brilliant. Having grown up rock climbing, I’m stuck on these kids from Yakima, Washington, right now. You cannot fail with khakis, Chucks, and poplin anoraks. Sign me up. LL adds: one hopes these …

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Saudade: Spudnut Donuts

In her show “Andrea sings Astaire,” cabaret diva Andrea Marcovicci first introduced me to the Portugese word “saudade” which, to quote web resource http://www.answer.com, is a “vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist.” Marcovicci uses the term to characterize her encounters with the film story world of Ginger Rogers …

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