Friday, December 29, 2006

Pat Oliphant on President Ford - literally

The text is a little hard to read, but Pat Oliphant wrote/drew a nice cartoon in honor of President Ford. It's a great story, and a wonderful portrait.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

O Tannenbaum - Public enemy #1

It was our great pleasure to have Scott, Carlie, Lili, and Mama & Papa B here for Christmas. Lili sleeps by herself now, so the Holler was full; someone had to sleep on an inflatable mattress in the living room. We offered to do so, and even tried to be bossy about it, but Scott and Carlie insisted that they would sleep there. To their chagrin: at about one in the morning, our Christmas tree fell on them.

They were very gracious about it, righting the tree and going back to sleep - on the couches, away from the tree, thank you - without even waking anyone in the house. But the signs were clear when I came down in the morning: inflatable mattress cast aside, sheets on the sofa, and a tree-shaped stamp of pine needles on the floor.

By all accounts this was an unprovoked attack by a malicious tree. The Furryous Two were upstairs with us, Lili was asleep in her crib, and the thought of Scott and Carlie pulling the tree over onto themselves is just too weird to countenance. No, this was vicious, arboreal assault.

The moral of the story, faithful reader, is not to always secure a tree to the wall. Rather, the lesson is that, if Travis and Kerry say we should sleep on the living room floor, let us.

Friday, December 22, 2006

A chance for Travis, captain of Elkridge, to show his quality

For a motivating setting, there's nothing like being the only person in the office on the last day before Christmas holiday.

I demonstrate my dedication and discipline by posting to The Hollerer.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmastime is here

It's almost here, anyway. The tree is decorated; Kerry's parents arrive this evening, with Scott, Carlie, and Lili coming Saturday; the last big presents finally arrived last night (sort of).

I don't know why I haven't posted anything. Or, to get to the root of the matter, I don't know why I haven't had any thoughts I wanted to share. Nothing's changed in that respect; this is just a post to let the faithful readers know that I am still here and that we are OK.

Oh, but quite important, The Economist holiday double issue is at the newsstand. I've already read the article on country music. Delight.