I went to school with a writer and guitarist named Noel Hudson years ago in Nelson, B.C., near the Salmo-Creston highway. I think it was Noel who named one of his characters Salmo Creston. Likewise, someone named a woman Emma Lake, many years later, and I borrowed my mailing address for a character named Spence Street.
Here in the Spanish city of Vigo, the body of water lying right now in the bright sun is called Ria de Vigo, or Vigo Bay. ¨Hey, that´s not a bad name for a super-hero,¨ I remarked to my friend Belen a while ago. Nothing in her reply suggested otherwise.
Subsequent developments have diminished the super-hero notion. Yesterday, for instance, Vigo Bay banged his knee against a scooter parked on the sidewalk of lingerie shop near Praza de España, which he thus translates as Plaza of Pain.