Dailies: April 11, 2013

I should create a “morning routine” format to start these posts, because every post seems to start in the morning. It’s like in film school, where they told us never to start a movie with an alarm clock and someone getting out of bed. Oldest trick in the book, they said. It’s been done to death. “Well, what’s wrong with getting out of bed?!” I ask. No one responds.

Well, if there was a form, it would go something like this:

Got out of bed: on time. Radio on?: yes, The Current on CBC St. John. Temperature: 19 degrees inside, 4 degrees outside. Propane ran out?: no. Kettle on?: yes. Coffee or tea?: coffee. Breakfast?: yes, oatmeal. With salt or with brown sugar?: Alexandra’s with salt, mine with brown sugar (and cinnamon). Got some work done before donning real pants?: yes, kind of. Kind of?: Alexandra worked, I advised. Morning routine completed: 11am.

Expect more of that (maybe).

In any case, today was more about working on the same grant we’ve been thinking of applying for for a couple of weeks. It is a very exciting program for which, for once, we meet all the stipulations. In any case, the next weeks will contain elements of that process on top of everything else (and by the way, if we’ve touched your life in some way and you would like to write us a glowing letter of reference, please hit us up at canadianframelines@gmail.com).

We wanted to get work done so we could go out and have a walk in the brilliant sunshine, a trek we embarked upon around noon. The wind was stiff but the light was so nice that we had to go down to the river. It looked very high in level, higher even than I had experienced while passing it on my way to the post office yesterday. We happened to run into Bob, the president of St. Stephen’s University, who was also on his lunch hour walk. He explained to us that twice a day, the Bay of Fundy actually visits St. Stephen via the St. Croix River. When the tide comes in, the bay rises and backs up the outward flow of the river–this process stops at the rapids just a few hundred metres upstream of where we were standing at that moment. The result is a complex interplay of currents and freshwater versus saltwater.

The patterns on the river created by the dynamic clash of forces (assisted by the rippling of the stiff northern breeze) reminded me of nothing so much as Viking Eggeling’s classic work of avant-garde cinema, Symphonie Diagonale:

The info session for St. Stephen was this evening, and although attendance was light, we were not short on ideas. This was the first time we’ve actually had a detailed discussion before we even get to the workshop! There are going to be some good projects coming out of here for sure.

We’re off to meet the mayor tomorrow (Mayor John Quartermain, perfect mayor name right?) and then it’s just buckling down to finish the Canadian Frame(lines) workshop presentation version 2.0.

Yours,

Ryder

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