One of my favorite things about winter is when it snows during the night. There is something magical about waking up on a weekend morning, drawing up the blinds, and looking out at a white world. This morning the trees and rooftops were covered with snow and the white gray sky was folded down like a curtain. This calls for staying in your pajamas and pouring a mug of hot coffee.
Last night we went to see the Logger with friends. First we had an elaborate meal at our place consisting of ribs described by Steve as “wee, not so wee and frickin HUGE!” The ribs, of course, were courtesy of Cedar and Jen’s Hardscrabble Farm. We polished those off and braved the weather to see the show. I had never seen the Logger perform in person before, even though he has the ability to be seen in all kinds of places when not performing. Steve and I have seen him eating at a restaurant in Montpelier, hanging out at a bar in Stowe, and walking the grounds at the Champlain Valley Fair.
The Logger is a native Vermonter who dresses distinctively like a citizen the Northeast Kingdom. He is a hilarious comedian and talented musician, and what I appreciated most about him is how he takes his humor and talents to create a community wherever he goes. He cracks jokes about flatlanders and natives alike, and places and products unique to Vermont. Then he brings little kids on stage who are dressed similar and they do their own rendition of Logger material, which was absolutely hilarious. Then teenage violinists come on stage and he plays music with them, meanwhile having very humorous, naturally improvised dialogue with each one. By the end I felt a strong sense of being part of a community, even though I didn’t recognize anyone else in the audience. He is full of inside jokes that only Vermonters would understand and he reminds us of the uniqueness, cohesiveness and character of this state. I can’t think of any other state who could have their own comedian, almost like a mascot, who is recognizable wherever he goes and whose humor can be applicable to every town.
Today I continue to work on Secret Christmas Projects. All schoolwork is done. That is a good feeling.
Dec 12th 2004Uncategorized