Sidewalks and Wilderness: A Naturalists's Notes

Alan Moore, Watchmen and Swamp Thing
October 13, 2008, 5:57 am
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I’m currently re-reading The Watchmen graphic novel in anticipation of the upcoming movie. In reading the sequence on the blue Dr. Manhattan’s sojourn on Mars, fabricating a place for himself, I couldn’t help but notice the parallels with Moore’s earlier Swamp Thing episode, My Blue Heaven, in which a blue Swamp Thing fabricates and populates a blue world to keep himself occupied. Has anyone else noted the similarity and has Moore ever referred to this theme in interviews or essays?


October 11, 2008, 5:02 pm
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My friends T & K had a housewarming last night, finally, after two years. Got to see a bunch of old friends. Lots of good memories. Lots of laughing over past incidents, like the time I took a group of friends to a “free dinner” I “won”, sat through a fire safety spiel and switched name tags to mess with the presenter. Drank Paisano wine with Jeff and Polly to commemorate our appreciation of Steinbeck’s novel TORTILLA FLATS. Christina reprised her famous crying baby imitation (milk curdlingly realistic) and joked in her hilariously sick and wrong (and totally loving) way about her child, the fruit of her loins. Was up too late and watched the latest installment of Sarah Connor before bed at 2.

I realize sometimes that there are people that I am always so excited and happy to see and I rarely see them. Maybe the rarity is what makes them so special.



October 10, 2008, 4:47 pm
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I was watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles when I chose the name. Thus, Natural-lator. Oh, well… : )

Good Morning
October 10, 2008, 4:45 pm
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Where does the time go. Compooter make me late for work. Yipes!

Emerging Into The Digital
October 10, 2008, 3:54 am
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On the High Divide

Well, I’ve had internet in my home for 1 day now and just getting the hang of this. I’ve been blogging infrequently on (which seems to be going down the tubes) and am ready for a more frequent correspondence with the world. My biggest impediment is my meager typing ability. Perhaps that will improve with practice.

The header photo is from Boulevarde Park in my adopted hometown of Bellingham. All of my best photos are on film. One day I will scan more of them but for now I will post a few.

Today was an ordinary day: gluten and dairy free waffles for brekky, work selling and moving recycled construction goods and furniture, scored the mirror-less medicine cabinet I needed, leftover chantrelle pasta for lunch (homemade), bought non-dairy ice cream for the crew with a tip from a customer, deep-cleaned the bathroom because it smells better that way. Tacos for dinner with fresh cherry tomato salsa, cabbage and garlic from my garden, peppers unbelievably good from the frosty garden. I like my foods fresh, organic, homegrown or wild when possible.

Now, waiting for a phonecall from an old friend who is visiting California from Ireland so it is not as long-distance as it might otherwise be.

One more tidbit: Love Obama, disgusted by Palin.

Bye for now.

natchrl8r (Just Rich if you know me)