Wow. Ok. I'm in Lincoln. Not sure how that happened.
Aug 6-8. Glacier National Park. My eyes have never. My retinas have been spoiled. This is the most beautiful part of the country I have ever seen. Everything is so grand and untouched there. We boated on a glacier lake (Lake McDonald?) for an hour. I got to be the captain. We drove on Going to the Sun Road, which is a too-narrow swervy mountain road that winds upward (for us) with little or no railings on the side. The drops are 5000-10,000 ft straight down, sure death by heart-attack before collision. It was relaxing. I wanted to look at all the glaciers surrounding us across the valley, but I could only get glances, very quick glances. We also hiked up in there. Saw lots of mountain goats. Ran through an alpine meadow, singing like Julie Andrews.
Aug. 9-11. Calgary and Banff National Park. Calgary is much bigger than I had anticipated. A million Canadians live there. I learned remedial french by reading road signs and am now an expert on the metric system. Banff is gorgeous, though not like our own national parks. People live there, and they have houses there. There is a mall in the middle of it all--a Gap even. Money is being made everywhere inside the boundaries. And there was more trash off the trails. I saw a billy goat smoking a cigarette. But Lake Louise. Ho, man. I need to show you pictures. Very soon, I'll have pictures. I have to get internet set up at home to do that. I am in UNL's computer lab right now.
Aug. 12-present. Move to Lincoln. A real headache. We have too much crap. Too many books. But I have a disease: I can't give away any books, especially the ones I have read. So, I accumulate like nobody's business. But we are in, and the house is terrific. We got a good one. Fireplace, sunroom, booth in the kitchens. Again: wait for the pictures. You'll like it.
I'm at U Nebraska today, shaking a few hands, paying fees, etc. I'm so excited. I've learned about some pretty cool people, and met a few too. Can't wait to dive in. Learned about reading series' that are going on (might try to start up an Octopus sponsored one later--more on that soon).
Octopus submissions are through the roof. Brandon Shimoda has been a good little editor while I've been gone. He has sorted through all the submissions and put them in piles. A public thank you to B-Shimmy. But let me tell you, there is going to be some competition, boy.
So much to do and tell. But let me be for now. I have to find a job.