I ended up with five “uninteresting” stories after talking to my parents over break. Dad’s favourite topics–canoeing and problem solving (math would be a close third)–were both covered, and mom revealed “top secret” plans for a birthday rendezvous next month (but since none of you are related to me, as far as I know, I think it’s safe to release her story to the Internet!) Anyway, I ended up narrating an anecdote about my father’s adventures on the Nepisiguit River back in 1977. I’ve added a second canoe story, “Devils Brook,” because I feel its narrative reiterates some points from my reflections in “Nepisiguit Narrative.”
Here’re some pictures from the actual “Lid” adventure. (You might recognize one of my Flickr images from the Nepisiguit reference page–it turns out my Uncle Ian’s been doing some Wikipedia editing!) Also, I incorrectly referred to my dad as a high school student in my narrative. I later realized he was a college freshman in 1977 (hence my mom’s role), but Vernon was actually one of his old high school teachers. Also, I forgot to include John in the crew; there were four boys and a teacher.
Here’s an archived copy of mom’s story (no narration by me):
The remaining stories kind of fall into Ira’s category where “it’s not even clear whether it’s humanly possible to make them into listenable stories on the radio.” I mean, I think they have potential in terms of reflection (i.e. why I should hone my problem solving skills in college), but, really, if you’re reading this post and are extremely busy, I’d suggest simply sticking with “Nepisiguit Narrative” for now.
Lid crew from left: Mom (Ann), Gail, Dad (Lyle), Vernon, and Ian.
freesound.org credits for “Nepisiguit Narrative”:
Satoration’s “bongo dry”: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=57297
Volivieria’s “small eddy on a river”: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=38388
UncleSigmunds’ “woohoo 2”: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=30997
reinsamba’s “waterfall”: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=24054
Kayyy’s “splash”: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=61015
dobroide’s “stormy shore”: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=78665