Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Took advantage of the nice weather yesterday evening by spending some quality time with Samantha. We had a rousing game of squeaky toy fetch.
Then we wrassled. ( I won).
Then had a lovely five mile walk along Bolsa Chica at Sunset.
Oh, and another book I've recently read, that I totally recommend, is When Skateboards Will Be Free - A Memoir of a Political Childhood by Said Sayrafiezadeh.

While images of athletic and Hollywood celebrity decorated the rooms of his classmates, the walls of Said's youth were adorned with fierce glares from heavily-bearded revolutionaries. As the son of an Iranian father and Jewish-American mother--two souls united by a commitment to an impending socialist revolution--young Said spent his childhood working to make the comrades proud. He hawked the movement's rag, embraced a moniker of "the little revolutionary," and even embarked on a confusing trip to Cuba to spark his political awareness. (He was appalled by the lack of sanitary bathrooms).

When Skateboards Will Be Free describes a politically-charged childhood with an innocence that forces smiles in unexpected places and reveals the heartache of a home soaked in idealism. They weren't poor because they had to be poor, they were poor by choice. Said's father deserted the family when he was young, but his mother continued to carry a torch for this man she never divorced. He, of course, enjoyed a string of idealistic young babes, while she awaited his rare communications. She was an educated woman, (her brother, Mark Harris, wrote Bang the Drum Slowly), who chose to live in dilapidated apartments with her son in Pittsburgh and NYC, while they waited for the revolution.

The arrival of a socialist state not only promised to bring skateboards in bubblegum-bright colors to the masses; it also pledged to repair the rifts within Said's own home.
It's a memoir worth reading, even though I found it on an Oprah book list.


Blogger Auburn Kat said...

I really, really need to start exercising and watching what I eat again...I've been soooo bad lately!

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Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

Yesterday's sunset was beautiful - a deep orange sky. It must have been spectacular at the beach.

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Blogger dirty knitter said...

Sounds like a great book...I'm adding it to my reading list.

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Blogger Tiffany Norris said...

How did you win? Fred always beats me when we wrassle! ;)

11:02 AM  
Blogger sage said...

Sounds like an interesting book.

I took Trisket out on a lake yesterday, with the hopes of doing a little fishing at dusk--but I'd just gotten my line in the water when the dog got agitated. A few minutes later I heard distant thunder and realized his problem. He was by this point going crazy and I paddled hard, not wanting that mutt to take us both swimming...

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Blogger EditThis said...

All my dogs love to wrestle, too. That's Wally's favorite time of day.

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