Frank Denton - The Rogue Raven
- Name: Frank Denton
- Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.
Monday, May 30, 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
It's Been a While
Friday, May 13, 2005
What's in a Name?
Blues bands seem to have names a little less inane. Nick Robinson and the Flip Flops, The Highway 99 All-Stars, The Midnight Movers, or simply the James Solberg Blues Band.
I was at a powwow at the University of Washington a few weeks ago. There were twenty-one drums. There were two host drums; one a northern drum and one a southern. The styles of drumming are slightly different and singing even more different. Each drum with its singers carries its own name. And those names are as different as the names of rock bands. Here’s a list of the twenty-one drums: Toppenish Creek, Spearfish, Big Bear, Red Bull, Young Bird, Small Town, Midnight Express, Wild Rose, 206, Pejuzda, Broken Rope, Windy Point, High Rock, Indian Nation, Dancing Eagle, Eagle Thunder, Sitting Horse, Medicine Wheel, Secret Coulee, Little Thunder, and Chute No. 8. Several names are places near where the singers live. 206, a local drum, is named after their telephone area code. Chute No. 8 must have a rodeo cowboy among their number. I was most attracted to Secret Coulee. Well, so goes some of the names on the Powwow Trail.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
I probably read the novel and many other Household novels sometime in the fifties. He wrote very exciting thriller and spy novels. I think that I read everything that he wrote. I probably should revisit them again. The film was supposed to be digitally remastered. Well, I don’t know about that. Parts of it were pretty clean and others not so sharp. Still I enjoyed seeing the film once more. Alastair Sims plays O’Toole’s uncle in two scenes both of which take place in the steam baths. He appears to have connections to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain originally and in the later scene, with Winston Churchill. He calls Sir Robert "Bobbity" and advises O’Toole to go see Neville or Winston, speaking familiarly of them. I had forgotten what a great voice he had. Another actor shows up surprisingly. We think of Harold Pinter as a playwright; The Birthday Party and The Boxer are a couple of his plays. He plays O’Toole’s solicitor, who happens to be Jewish and knows what Hitler’s dictatorship will bring to his people. If you like thrillers you might try this one on.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
So we went bookin’. Now Gobe had a list and was quite conservative in his selections. Mike was another person altogether. It seemed like he came out of every store with four or five books. Me? I guess I was in between. A lot of mine were paperbacks of mysteries by Margery Allingham. I must have picked up ten or eleven of those. We must have hit eight or nine stores in three days. And Lord knows how many stores the guys hit in Portland on the way up and between there and Seattle. It was great fun but they surely did wear me out. And when they here they vowed to hit at least two more stores that had been closed on Monday when they drove up from Oregon.
Monday, May 02, 2005
The Run for the Roses
By the way, I would not care to see the race in person. Having been there, seen the track, and knowing that thousands of people will attend, I can bet that persons attending won't see much of the race, practically none of the backstretch unless one is up in the stands (Got Big Bucks?). You're much better off to see the race on television. No doubt I'll have more to say after the race.