Somewhere in all my wanderings I've lost the original of this I clipped from a Sunday comics section.
Man, Bill Watterson sure could draw.
Merry Christmas, y'all.
On window panes, the icy frost
Leaves feathered patterns, crissed & crossed,
But in our house the Christmas tree
Is decorated festively
With tiny dots of colored light
That cozy up this winter night.
Christmas songs, familiar, slow,
Play softly on the radio.
Pops and hisses from the fire
Whistle with the bells and choir.
My tiger is now fast asleep
On his back and dreaming deep.
When the fire makes him hot,
He turns to warm whatever's not.
Propped against him on the rug,
I give my friend a gentle hug.
Tomorrow's what I'm waiting for,
But I can wait a little more.
This was the afternoon that made a reader out of Grigg.
Soon he had learned:
From Arthur C. Clarke, that "art cannot be enjoyed unless it is approached with love."
From Theodore Sturgeon, that "sometimes the world's too much to
live with and a body sort of has to turn away from it to rest."
From Philip K. Dick, that "at least half the famous people in history never existed," and that "anything can be faked."
What Grigg liked best about science fiction was that it seemed to
be a place where he was neither alone nor surrounded by girls. He
wouldn't have continued to like it as he grew, if it really had been as
girl-free a world as he initially thought. His first favorite author
was Andrew North. Later he learned that Andrew North was a pen name for
Andre Norton. Later still he learned that Andre Norton was a girl.
For the convenience of those of my relatives who've started their annual round of phone calls and e-mails, one click access to my "amazon wish list™". Just twelve more days 'til my thirty-ninth birthday! And, y'know, whatever other gift giving occasions fall on that day.
If you didn't ask about this, just pretend this was one of those bicycling entries you usually skim over.
Don't know why I'm such a picture-taking mood this week. Just put up a bunch more on my Flickr, adding snaps of our redone study, living room, and guest room, and also a bunch of this guy and his many toes.