Frank Denton - The Rogue Raven

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.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Time Flies

I don't seem to be blogging more often. The spirit is willing... I spent most of last week at the cabin near Mt. Rainier with some fellows who have been gathering since 1971. At first it was at Christmas time but for the last several years there seems to be a need to meet sometime in July as well. Much eating, much conversation, a few movies and quite honestly, quite a bit of napping. We all seem to be getting older which should be enough of an excuse.

One of the surprises was the appearance of an old friend from Portland, OR. He had attended once some years ago but most of us had lost track of him. He could only stay for one night but it was nice to see him, to have some new topics of conversation, and for me, to take a close look at his Nikon digital SLR camera. I am in the market for same and have been thinking about the Nikon and the Canon. Later in the week the nephew of one of the regulars came to stay for one day. He's recently retired from the Navy after twenty years and is frantically searching for a job. Two of the regulars had to leave early; one for a business meeting that he could not miss and the other to prepare for a trip to Alaska. He is a ham radio operator and is taking part in an event in which radio amateurs try to contact other stations on islands. Over a hundred islands are involved and he and a friend will be working from Prince of Wales Island. Sounds pretty fascinating.

All in all we had a good time. The film fest wasn't quite as exciting as it has been in times past. Hopscotch with Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson, Rogue Male with Peter O'Toole, Fast and Furious with John Ireland and Dorothy Malone, two episodes of Foyle's War and two episodes of Roy Rogers tv show. Fun just the same.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Just Checking In

I figure I should check in once in awhile since I’ve been way too lax in posting lately. Maybe I haven’t been doing enough lately to have anything exciting to say. We’ve been attending the horse races every Friday night but you don’t need to hear about my losses every week. Although some exciting things have happened at the track. Maybe I should write about a new book about another track far far away. Suffolk Downs in Boston, to be exact. I suppose I could talk about books read or movies seen. Those things happen in my life more often than anything that’s more exciting. I’ll be spending six days at the cabin with a bunch of guys starting Saturday so I thought I’d better check in now. Maybe they'll have something interesting that I can report on. Anyway, this is short and sweet but I’m still alive.