Cornfield Meet

Things collide here.

A hundred awesome things arrived in the mail today.

100 Stories for Haiti

290 pages from around the world.

Yes, I’ve written about 100 Stories for Haiti a lot over the last month-and-a-half, from hearing about the project in late January to teasers from the first 34 stories last week.  (I was going to link to all the entries individually, but you know what? Here – I’ve made it easy to catch up by doing the blog search for you.) But I’m humbled and amazed and proud to be a part of it, and if Ive babbled and badgered even one person in to buying a copy – electronic or paperback – choose your own! – then the Red Cross relief effort wins.

So even though I’ve been reading my e-version, I was thrilled to find the actual paperback in my mailbox this afternoon.

And it turns out there are way more than a hundred awesome things in here.

You figure the stories for starters, even though I’m not counting my own  – not because I’m not proud of it but because I don’t want to go around saying it’s “awesome,” especially in light of the stunning work I’ve encountered so far, and I’m only on page 135. Then there’s the introduction, which is easily worth a point on its own, and the dedication, and the special thanks page, which again reminds me that I’m in the company of many incredibly talented and generous people. And again, there’s the reminder of why all this was done in the first place, right there on the cover: “All proceeds go to helping the victims of the Haiti earthquake.”

That is a lot of good stuff packed into a little package from Liverpool.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Books, Current Affairs, Fiction, Web/Tech, writing | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Airplane!, Mission: Impossible, George Bush and High School Slacking

The passing of Peter Graves brings two things to mind:

One is the deep love of Airplane! that my wife and I have shared since we met and which we’re proud to have passed along to our daughter.

“Clearance, Clarence?”

“Roger, roger. What’s our Vector, Victor?”

The second is the late 1980s television revival of Mission: Impossible, which came along when I was a huge James Bond fan. I filled a VHS tape with most of the first season, but I seem to think I lost interest after they killed off IMF agent Casey Randall. I remember Mom & Dad recognizing cast members of the original series making guest appearances on the show, and I know a few years later when I got into Star Trek: The Next Generation, my reaction to seeing Q was – “Hey – it’s the assassin from that one Mission: Impossible episode!” (Spoiler alert: They caught him.)

Weird thing is, my strongest memory of Mission: Impossible really has nothing to do with Peter Graves or the IMF team or the show itself. It’s tied to a bitter cold fall day when Adam and I – being the >ahem!< yearbook and newspaper editors at Lake High – had received Holy-Crap-Can’t-Believe-They’re-Real press credentials to cover a George Bush campaign stop at the Akron-Canton Airport.

It was in the middle of the school day, so we left before lunch, drove over in Adam’s car (having convinced the school principal that my dad’s “expensive” 35mm camera wouldn’t be safe if we rode the bus with the marching band, as the principal had proposed) and made our way through security to the press platform, standing next to the freaking CNN crew and feeling like the biggest scam artists ever.

The event was in a hangar, but it was open at both ends to accommodate the crowd, and it was effing COLD. An hour, maybe 90 minutes later, we’re just frozen to the core, and so we decide to go back to my house, which is about 5 minutes from the airport.

My mom’s there, and she’s got a huge batch of beef stroganoff left over from the night before, and soon, there we are, sitting in my family room on the floor warming up with a hearty home-cooked meal, a fire crackling, and watching themost recent Mission: Impossible from that videocassette.

A mission we accepted most enthusiastically.

I think we got back to school about 20 minutes before the final bell.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, Current Affairs, eighties, Film, geek, Television | , , | 2 Comments


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