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SA4QE 2021 - Ra McGuire - White Rock, Canada

Today, Russ's naming day, was grey, wet and downcast in White Rock, BC Canada. Last year's SA4QE took place mere seconds before the plague struck the world. This year, I wore a mask. I chose a quote about fragility and unpredictability. I hope all my co-conspirators are well, and safe at home ... reading.

SA4QE 2020 - Ra McGuire - White Rock, Canada

This year on Russ’s naming day, a morning snowstorm transformed my SA4QE plans. My yellow paper was left at a local mall - very busy today with White Rockers (my neighbors here in White Rock, BC) hastily doing their shopping before the snow gets any deeper. I did the same - and taped Russ’s words to a semi-sheltered mail box. Best regards to my fellow SA4QE conspirators from the west coast of Canada!

SA4QE 2018 - Ra McGuire - White Rock, Canada

A blustery but beautiful morning has turned grey, then black, as I watch from my home on the hill. By now the yellow paper I left overlooking the pier will have disintegrated. Appropriate, I say. Part of the bigger picture. Part of the moment beneath the moment. An ephemeral celebration of Russ’s naming day.

SA4QE 2016 - Ra McGuire - White Rock BC, Canada

The weather here on the west coast of Canada was once again inclement on Russell Hoban's naming day. I arrived at a grey and windy White Rock Beach with my yellow paper, some tape and a pocket full of tacks. I had a location planned - at a tourist lookout above the beach and pier - but when I arrived at the beach, the first thing I saw was a silent and still man with a briefcase, standing in front of the old train station, contemplating the bay in front of him.

SA4QE 2015 - Ra McGuire - White Rock, Canada

Russell Hoban's naming day was cold and rainy here in White Rock BC, Canada. The pier was mostly deserted. I walked to the very end and attached this year's quote to the railing that looks out to the American San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands.

As I walked back, a small smile of a rare kind took over my cold and wet face.

Happy Birthday Russ, and thank you.

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SA4QE 2015 - Heather Uhl - Calgary, Canada

There are really only two ways out of our neighbourhood, unless you want to swim. Most often we choose the one that carries us through a path of middle-class homes with middle-class families working middle-class jobs, until they can afford to retire or sell and move to a somewhat higher-middle-class area.

SA4QE 2014 - Ra McGuire - White Rock BC, Canada

Usually many walking men, and women, frequent this end of the beach (they call it East Beach, not to be confused with the other end - West Beach) but Russ's naming day was bitter cold, with a wind that necessitated three stones rather than the usual one. When I left the scene there was only a vigilant bear in attendance.

No lions in sight.

Happy Birthday Russ.

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