Dave Finklestein's letter

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Dave Finklestein's letter

Postby Van Canna » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:09 pm

Last night after the workout a bunch of us were reminiscing about Dave Finklestein, and I remembered this letter he had sent me...a real treasure.

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Dear Van:

Just a quick note to tell you how wonderful it was to see you again
after so many years, and how it brought back so many terrific memories
of the old days with you in Boston.

In my estimation you've always
represented the best of karate.

You're the paradox of karate that makes
it so appealing, for you were (and still are) the quintessential tough
guy, hard as steel, whose essential gentleness came through to his
students only in stages.

You had (and still have) a sense of humor
second to none, and a way of expressing things that people (like Jack
London and much later, Chris Ronzoni) would comically imitate because,
as the saying goes, that kind of imitation was the sincerest form of
flattery.

You made a huge impact on my life because it was you who
started me down the road of getting over my fear of fighting, of getting
in there and physically sorting things out, and though I never have
gotten over being revolted by acts of violence, as I know you are too,
that was a terribly important thing for me learn.

I'm forever indebted
to you for that, and even more so for your abiding friendship, which has
endured despite the (to me regrettable) fact that we haven't seen so
much of each other in the intervening years.

Just be it know that
you're much loved in these quarters.

Evelyn joins me in sending her love, too, for she's heard Van Canna
stories for years and feels she knows you almost as well as I do.

Affectionately,

Dave

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Re: Dave Finklestein's letter

Postby Van Canna » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:25 pm

Armed with a Toyota truck, insect repellent, and an esky full of beer, intrepid journalists Dave Finkelstein and Jack London set out for the Australian bush in pursuit of the deadly salty - a real man-eating crocodile.

Though the croc proves elusive, the authors find an entertaining cast of characters – imaginative entrepreneurs and hearty pioneers – who color the baked and barren landscape.

From one-horse shantytowns and desolate stretches to cosmopolitan Sydney, they experience a peculiar variety of uniquely Australian phenomena: a dwarf-throwing contest, cold spaghetti sandwiches, and a regional rash called "Karumba rot" – the inevitable souvenir of a visit to this sweltering port city.

Rich in the history and geography of a vast, fascinating continent, Greater Nowheres is also an exploration of solitude, mateship, contemplation, and adventure.


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Re: Dave Finklestein's letter

Postby Van Canna » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:28 pm

I was in between reading material waiting for my next order from Amazon, so I browsed my book shelves and came upon Greater Nowheres, its 1st edition. Dave Finkelstein was my husband's boyhood friend and the book was a gift back in 1988.

Though Jim had read it years ago, I had overlooked it. Since our travels haven't taken us to Australia, I reached for the book and said this is how I'll go. And what a journey it was, over thousands of miles of unforgiving land, sparsely inhabited by amazing and unforgettable people.

It's been at least six weeks since I finished "my" adventures with Dave and Jack London. Yet I still have this pull to pick up the book again to continue with them on their Australian odyssey.

It's a strange feeling, touching on the expression used in the book, "being sung to the land."

Despite its overwhelming desolation, the outback begins to become a part of you and you coexist together.

It's a feeling I'm still not ready to release. I was grateful to be with them on a trip of a lifetime, and only wish there was a Greater Nowheres Part ll.
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Re: Dave Finklestein's letter

Postby Van Canna » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:38 am

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RIP good friend.
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Re: Dave Finklestein's letter

Postby Van Canna » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:41 pm

David and Evelyn, Ashes were given to the Sea of the coast of Maine by David only living relative,

his Nephew, also named David. The Nephew is a Lawyer, as was David F.


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