Fish or Cut Bait
by June Allen
October 10, 2004
I for one just have to say how
pleased I am that Bob Ciminel has joined our ranks as a columnist
for Sitnews. We Ketchikan folk too often tend to look askance
at folks who aren't "one of us." But what a mistake!
I first "met" Bob when we both wrote for Dave Lieben's
since-terminated kanoe.com. At first I, too, wondered what interest
we could have up here in things like Bob's stories about nuclear
power, railroads, for heaven's sake (in a town where children
grow up without ever hearing the lonesome whistle of a train
passing in the night), or in what's happening in forgawssake
Georgia! And now submarines - something I confess I've never
even thought about.
But through Bob's insights
I began to see that we're more alike than we are different. I
remember a story he wrote about an old railroad line and its
route, or whatever, down there in the Deep South. See? I can't
recall what the story was about, but I can't forget the emotions
it left me with. I wish he'd dig it out and re-print it here.
He's an all-around-guy with
professional knowledge of nuclear power plants, a railroad lover's
affection for that sadly outmoded method of travel, and a gut-level
interest in what's happening all over the world. Maybe we old
rainbirds need need to lift up our umbrella's and share our dry
space with a fellow traveler. We're all going to end up in the
same place, y'know. I hope.
I'm proud to be writing for
Sitnews, just like he is.
Palmer, AK - USA
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