Above is my dear friend Zachary [i call him Z] Peregrine Falcon’s father, Spencer Falcon, as seen in Michael Moore’s latest film, Sicko, testifying during the Congressional hearing scene.
That is interesting in and of itself [especially the cross-eyed fella to his left – wtf?], however, there’s more to this most interesting story about Z, one of my closest and dearest friends who i met while living in Juneau, Alaska between 2000 and 2005:
Born in Kodiak, Alaska and raised between there and Juneau, with a stint in Japan, Z did his undergrad at Columbia University before attending law school at the University of Michigan and then taking up practice back in AK, along with Shakespearian acting, like any smart young pup pursuing the many quests and challenges of communication.
Welp, Z just up and quit his job as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska last year to move to Iowa City, Iowa with the lovely Kacey Cole, in order to pursue his writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop.
The Workshop is fully underway now and Z is studying under the tutelage of James Alan McPherson [for workshop] who won a Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his short story collection, Elbow Room, along with Anthony Swofford [for seminar] who was a marine sniper in the first gulf war, leading to his breakthrough memoir, Jarhead.
Quite a story, and that’s just the tip of it.
All that mumbo-jumbo aside, he might say [he’s also very self-deprecating in a Minnesotan way], Z is a hell of a ally to have beside you at parties, only due in part to his devilishly good looks — more-so for his exquisite and tireless intellect and wit.
one of my favorite Z-ism’s :
you can build a man a fire and keep him warm for the night.
you can teach a man to build a fire and keep him warm for life.
you can light a man on fire and keep him warm for eternity.
As for Kacey, she’s currently searching for the right fit in Iowa City somewhere between her experience working for the Forestry Service in Alaska and with At-Risk children in Winston-Salem, NC [Kacey was born and raised in Nag’s Head, NC, along with multiple generations of her family] and is as beautiful and sweet and compassionate a Southern belle as you could ever hope to meet. We know it’s only a matter of time before she finds just the right thing!
Meanwhile, she’s enjoying some time to refine her skills on the tennis court. Forty-love, love!
If you haven’t met these two, yet, you can see their illustrious selves here.
Welcome to the Heartland, Kacey and Z. Can we describe how great it feels to have some old pals nearby?
We’ve missed you somethin’ awful.