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.

Looking like a Real Alaskan

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

Chapter 1 – Looking like a Real Alaskan

A Real Alaskan, the author defines that term colorfully in Chapter 1.

I was so delighted to read this chapter because it reminded me of where I grew up. It is a small town in a western state, where the main industry was mining and ranching.  There was a very distinct sub-culture that was born there. The men had a specific dress code that they adhered to, much like Mr. Poynor’s Real Alaskans. Very similar, in fact. But, in addition to bedecking themselves with knives, the men in my home town also chose to wear pistols. Sometimes two of them. And, one of  their main sources of pride was the rifle filled gun racks in the truck cab windows. Most of the men donned a favorite hat that was worn to tatters. They may very well have been riveted on.  One clue that they did come off occasionally was that they grew dirtier with age, leaving me to conclude that they were not worn in the bath. Over the last 15 years or so, they have even created their own dialect. It is difficult to understand until you spend a few hours listening to stories. Then some sort of magic happens and you find yourself understanding every word.

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