life rattle show no. 1239

Presented on THURSDAY, january 17, 2013


Hosted by laurie kallis


"Shit Tire: Fenelon Falls"

by Andrew Ihamaki

tonight's Show

Tonight, on Life Rattle Program Number 1239, we feature two new stories by Life Rattle writer Andrew Ihamaki.

Andrew Ihamaki was born in Peterborough in 1989, the youngest of three children. At age twelve, he moved from a city of more than 72,000 to the small farming village of Cambray, just north of Lindsay. It was a culture shock for him, trading sidewalks and parks for expanding fields of hay and soy. Andrew Ihamaki grew up an avid sports fan, playing all types of sport, with a penchant for hockey. Along the way, he also developed a love for the visual arts and finds inspiration in the contrast between the rules and organized structure of competitive sport and the inventiveness and open-ended creativity of visual art.

Andrew Ihamaki’s storytelling is subtle. His sharp observations, almost understated, build a framework with enough psychic space to draw the listener right into the experience. What Andrew leaves unspoken is often just as, or more powerful than what is said.

Tonight’s first story is that of an adolescent at a school dance who wears his awkwardness and intense emotions on his sleeve.

Our second story brings us to work at a Canadian Tire store. Our narrator’s tale is one that many young people will identify with.