Gentle Readers! It is Solstice! Today is less than one second shorter than yesterday was, and tomorrow is going to be a whopping four seconds longer than today! (in the City of Roses. Adjust appropriately for your locality. This site might help.
So, in celebration of the inevitable turn of the seasons, it's time for the L&TM5K to put its feet up for a week. Hell, maybe even two. We'll see how I feel.
Castle5000 is decked out in holiday style for Christmas, the seasonal celebration of our people, and there are lights, a festooned tree, and little bulbs on the fichus plant in the dining room. The good crèche is on the mantle, and the emergency backup crèche, a cheap plastic dealie that was my late grandfather’s, is up in the guestroom. The latter has proven alarmingly inviting from attack by Caliban, our living cat. He has swatted a camel and sent the Virgin Mary flying with his tail, but so far we have managed to keep the Baby Jesus from harm. It seems like that would be bad Christmas karma.
So happy holidays to you, whichever ones you subscribe to! No Quizzes this week! Instead, I leave you with this Holiday vignette!
The Holiday Vignette
In the office. Michael5000 happens on some people who are talking about Santa Claus. A coworker who grew up in equatorial Africa asks him a question.
Coworker (joking): Do you believe in Santa Claus?
michael5000: No, I never did believe in Santa Claus. I thought the whole idea was crazy.
Coworker: There was a guy in my high school who believed that Santa Claus was killed in the Second World War.
m5k: OK, that’s weird.
Coworker: We thought so too.
Coworker: It’s always weird seeing Santa Claus in Africa.
Coworker: Because he always wears the same, the same….
m5k: He’s overdressed!
m5k: Unless maybe he was on the peak of Kilamanjaro.
Coworker: Yes, that’s true.