Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living – Nick Offerman
recently said to me “You’re like Ron Swanson, but without the
mustache.” I had to plead ignorance on who this Ron Swanson guy was.
After some investigation I learned that he’s a character on a comedic
television program called “Parks and Recreation”. Since I haven’t got a
TV, I had only the vaguest knowledge of the show. I watched a few
best of clips on the YouTube, and laughed myself silly. I could see how
my acquaintance thought we shared a few characteristics.
further learned that Mr. Offerman is a wood worker of some talent who
enjoys building wooden boats. Well. I like the character he plays, and
he seems pretty cool as his usual self too.
autobiography, and I am now unabashedly a fan of Mr. Offerman. He just
seems like a really cool, down to earth guy. Genuinely likeable. He
praises and expresses gratitude to his family for a great upbringing. He praises and expresses gratitude to his teachers for a solid education. He praises and expresses gratitude to his co-stars for their fine work. He praises and expresses gratitude to his pals for their unwavering friendship. He praises and expresses gratitude to his wife, the foxy Megan Mullaly, for her love and support.
was a high school jock who also liked theatre, and decided to pursue
it. He did it for love of the craft, not for fame and fortune. Along the
way he did other things to facilitate that love, things like the behind
the scenes tasks. He seems like he would have been genuinely content
building sets and doing odd carpentry jobs to survive. But that humility
and decency got him a lucky break, and he rose to a level of relative
renown and financial comfort. But all along he never lost sight of where
he came from and who facilitated that opportunity.
many points where I laughed out loud, and I smiled the whole way
through. His take on religion alone is fantastic. I’m sure the salty language here and there will offend some, but hey. An enjoyable read by
an authentic, genial man.
If Mr. Offerman ever finds himself in my neck of
the woods, a few imbibements of his choice are on me. And if I ever find myself in
his neck of the woods, I hope we can go for a paddle or make a pile of shavings.