Saturday, November 15, 2008

City Mouse Country Mouse

I realize that I am living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not many places can compare to Alaska with it's beautiful mountains,forests, and Aurora Borealis. People move here from all over the world. They come to hike. They hike the mountains, they scale the rocks, they hike the glaciers, they eat cliff bars and shop at REI, they join cross country skiing clubs,they do not wear makeup, they drive jeeps or Subarus with racks on top. They live for the outdoors and tell stories of hiking McKinley or windsurfing in frigid waters, or of bear encounters while camping, they bag their own feces and pack it out. Get the picture?

I work at the Center for the performing Arts in ticketing and get paid squat, but I see the shows for free. Sometimes I stand backstage and watch from behind the curtain while a jazz musician plays the trumpet to a full house and I can feel my soul. I'll watch just about any show that rolls into town. We don't get much, Alaska seems to be the last stop as a shows popularity winds down around other parts of the country. I don't care. I watch operas, modern dance, ballet, jazz, symphonies, pianists, Irish folk music, and just about anything else.

Give me New York with all of it's noise and bustle and people everywhere who look different and speak different. Give me a place where I am at the top of the food chain and have no worries of being trampled by a moose or devoured by a bear who according to experts doesn't WANT to eat people. Throw a boa around my neck, take me out to a show and let's laugh all night.


Jillee Brown said...

i too was born a city mouse in a country mouse city. Funny how that works out huh?

ray said...

haha, Ambie. So did you enjoy Riverdance and Cats? City mouse? I will believe it when I see it. Put your money where your metropolis is - and I shall meet you there.

Ambie said...

Don't get me wrong I do love animals ... I just don't want to milk them

cats wouldn't even come here
jk they came a few years back ...with their walkers and wheelchairs

The Duckworth Family said...

I think Klamath Falls 'falls'to the bottom of the list. I don't think I have seen one good show come to this town since I have moved here! I don't even think there will be a nutcracker! Whah