Last April

Songs, facts, making fun of a girl’s name, fighting with a friend who would later become my enemy, insulting a person of a different race in self-defense, my last memory of Alex Lemons, a boy who got brain cancer and died when we were twelve, the “Pocahontas” incident at the talent show, not getting the […]

Death of a Rollerdrome

The Black Hawk Rollerdrome finally came down the other day. Read the Courier article here: Black Hawk Rollerdrome comes tumblin’ down. These photos were taken last fall. Here is their Facebook page if you’re interested in sharing your story of this place or any other closed skating rink. You can also post a comment here […]

A Trip to the Rod Library: Thinking of Places I’ve Worked

Tonight on BLASTEDGOAT we will join our post already in progress from the library I used to work at on the campus of the university I used to attend once I leave my house and drive there! ::travel music:: Well here I am at the library and someone has just dropped a book. We had […]

Things I’ve Lost

I have probably thrown away those “standing for Obama” stickers,  I know the blue painters tape is looong gone. Zach may have even ripped that exact DEX telephone directory in two. We gave the kitchen table to Kasey and Emily who don’t use it very much either. I tucked the worn purple collar Emily bought […]

A Few Loose Ends

I frequently leave little bits of things written in margins or in random text documents. Every once in a while I like to go back through and find things that have potential. This is the beginning of a poem (it still doesn’t seem finished to me) but what do you think? “I didn’t see you […]

Moving Day

I grew up in a medium sized town in Iowa on what is called the “East Side” which has a reputation for being slightly more run down than other areas of town. I always thought my neighborhood was great. I wasn’t afraid of walking nearly a mile to either my elementary or middle school and […]

Lost & Found Letter

We found this letter when we were walking around downtown Cedar Falls… It was left with several bags of food/provisions… Hello Sir or Ma’am, I was walking my dog here today & noticed items that appeared to belong to someone who may currently be without a home. As someone who has been given much & […]