I love developers but…

That is, I love *software* developers. Real estate developers are the devil incarnate. Actually I would put them one step *below* lawyers.

I have at least dealt with *one* good lawyer in my life. To all the rest of them, starting a hostile, passive-aggressive (and unnecessary) letter with “I hope this finds you well” and ending it with “Warm regards” is absolute total bullshit. This was all a long time ago but it rears its fugly head every once in a while if only in my memories.

What else? I finished a *sweet* book earlier in the week, Voyageurs by Margaret Elphinstone. I need to report the author’s name because there are probably a bazillion books, fiction or not, titled something like Voyageurs. In this book our traveler, a young Quaker man (that’s important to the book), came from England seeking his lost sister. I loved reading about his [mainly] canoe travels to and throughout the area I come from. Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinac Island, Bois Blanc (Boblo) Island (I’ve never been there), the northwest coast of the northern lower peninsula (I recognized the geography of Petoskey and Traverse City), and South Manitou Island (I’ve never been there either).

Except for the moominbeach, where we can go out to “meet” passing freighters in our putt-putt botes and kayaks if the water is flat, I mostly know our waterways from little road trips along them. Nowadays, there aren’t that many places you can get near the water via an automotive vee-hickle because so much property is privately owned. That includes the moominbeach and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why was the book “sweet”? Partly because I loved reading about the stomping grounds of my life. Partly because I loved the main character. A young man who, well, I don’t want to say too much here but I loved how he befriended people from other cultures and was accepted by them throughout his travels without leaving his long-held beliefs behind. He often questioned those beliefs but didn’t lose track of them. He also wasn’t shy about expressing his more negative feelings in general, hatred etc.

Oh yeah. Once upon a time, the GG and Lizard Breath and I took a trip up to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, leaving Mouse at the moomincabin with my parents. They took her into town (Sault Ste. Siberia) to a historical presentation about the voyageurs. One of the voyageur presenters noticed my Mouse because she looked a lot like his own young daughter. And yes, my kids have some French blood.

4 Responses to “I love developers but…”

  1. Isa Says:

    Glad you liked it Mooma – it is sweet, but not cloying, which is very important.

  2. kayak woman Says:

    Absolutely not cloying! Don’t have words to clarify that tonight.

  3. Isa Says:

    Just corroborating your review!! It is sweet in the best way.

  4. Margaret Says:

    I love sweet, but I hate cloying, so that’s an important distinction!