Triple whammy moose-moon, moose shenanigans, Tetherdog, and other moosefoolery

Of Moose and Men : A Skewed Look at Life in Alaska by A.E. Poynor

Chapter 2 – Moose Confusion

Ok, I am only into the first few paragraphs and I have to stop to giggle while reading Mr. Poynor’s explanation of the mysteries of the Alaskan Moose and the tourist’s never ending challenge of capturing an image. I fail to explain, in this post, why this is so amusing, because I lack the writing skills that Mr. Poynor possesses. You simply must read this book!

You really must read this book in order to learn what a Moose-moon is (actually, a “triple whammy moose moon!”), moose shenanigans and other moose games like shadowing. This is where my internal movie production company converts the text to an animated comic strip with Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson as the child in the scene. In this scene, the moose follows (or shadows) the child on his way to school, in order to amuse itself by frightening the child. See, I can’t make it funny. But Mr. Poynor does.

Of Moose and Men; A Skewed Look at Life in Alaska by A.E. Poynor

Writing a review reporting that this was a delightful book didn’t quite seem to do it justice.  So I decided that I should explain why I found it so delightful, by chapter.

First, I should explain that I have a tiny movie production company, inside my head, which projects a movie against the inside of my forehead, when I read.  They seem to have cast Earl Pickles (from Pickles by Brian Crane) as the male lead and Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson) to play the role of the boy.  I find both of these comic strips and their characters very endearing.

As there are 46 chapters in this book, I will follow up with posts on my favorite chapters.

“It is a compilation of humor columns I have written for the Alaskan paper “The Peninsula Clarion.” Most of the material appeared between 1991 and 1993, and pertains to the humorous side of living in Alaska.” A.E. Poynor

Of Moose and Men : A Skewed Look at Life in Alaska by A.E. Poynor

I thought that I would blog about this book a little differently from the others.  This book is so funny that I want to share the laughs as I experience them.  And, I have experienced a full range of laughter from a giggle and an out loud guffaw to a high-pitched whine.  My abdominal muscles ache and no one would want to be in the same room with me. My good dog escapes to another room.

I shall start by sharing some of the reviews from the back of the book:

Lori Evans, Executive Editor, The Peninsula Clarion:

“I eagerly look forward to Poynor joining the ranks of Clemens, Harte and Thurber; they are all deceased.”

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Author’s Mother:

“Oh, all right, you can quote me. Just don’t say anything stupid, like I read this sort of drivel.”

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Kathy Tarr, Executive Director, Kenai Visitors & Convention Bureau:

“If I was a tourist, and could buy only one book on my trip to Alaska, this would be it. That way, if my luggage was lost, I wouldn’t be nearly so pissed.”
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From the Author:”It is a compilation of humor columns I have written for the Alaskan paper ‘The Peninsula Clarion.’ Most of the material appeared between 1991 and 1993, and pertains to the humorous side of living in Alaska.”
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