On Sunday, 2/9, we semi-recreated the ascension scene.
Eric Kemperman atop Cobb’s Hill [Photo: David Kramer]
We began the afternoon at the easier slope fronting Tay House lodge. There, Eric informed me he had just returned from fighting wildfires in Australia, suffering from a few scratches and lacerations. For the time being, Eric’s physician advised avoiding strenuous activity. So Eric primarily served as staff photographer.
Eric Kemperman [Photo: David Kramer]
I found the Tay House slope too tame, instead venturing up the unsledded hill and its virgin snow. Mistake.
David Kramer descending [Photos: Eric Kemperman]
Time to brave the big slope.
David Kramer preparing with ZOOM Handy Recorder H4n [Photo: Eric Kemperman]
Eric said he would give me $5 if I could sled all the way to Monroe Avenue. [Photo: Eric Kemperman]
AUDIO OF THE DESCENT MADE WITH ZOOM HANDY RECORDER H4N. ZOOM RECORDED A FAINT YELL OF “HELP” COMING FROM SOMEONE IN A SLED TO MY LEFT
The end result was similar to that experienced at Tay House.
Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College.
I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones. So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join.
I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.”
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