Saturday, November 9, 2019

In The Warming House...

...children lace their skates...so wrote Gail Mazur in her lovely poem, "Ice"

But there'll be no skating on Lover's Lagoon, even though it is frozen over now as you can see.

Are we happy about being plunged into the deep freeze this early in November??
Can pigs fly?

Do bears relieve themselves in the men's room of the local Howard Johnson's?

Is there such a thing as an honest politician?


You get the idea.
Now that we've chased All Hallows E'en off the stage...
...we've less than 3 weeks until Thanksgiving...
...so we've at least made a start on decorating...
...focusing on an autumn motif...
...and including Ronson Rosewood candles, a cornucopia and of course Pilgrims and Native Americans...all in preparation for the guest of honor...
...and to paraphrase the great Joe Louis...
...they can run fly, but they can't hide...
I've been limping along at creative low tide lately...
...struggling to come up with my next story...but I think I might be turning the corner...kicking around some ideas for a new Papa's Model T book.

I'm trying not to be too formulaic, but after 7 books in the series I've settled into what I think is a format that works.
Ike usually has a conflict or challenge in his life, and Papa X helps him with it.  In the middle of that the two of them climb into Papa X's 1923 Model T and time travel back to the 1920's where they assist someone in need.  While there they witness an historical event of some kind...sports, music, etc...and when they return Ike resolves whatever his conflict or challenge is.

The 1920's are rich with significant historical events, but I think I'm on the verge of moving the time travel part of the story back a decade to the 1910s.

They were every bit as significant as the 1920's...
sinking of the Titanic, April 15, 1912



the 1914 Providence Grays at the start of Babe Ruth's career...


sinking of the Lusitania in May of 1915



the infamous Zimmerman telegram that finally pushed the United States into World War I


WWI two man tank built by Ford

Black Sox scandal of 1919

...and they fit perfectly with my Model T theme.

Henry built them from 1908 through 1927, so it might be a nice change of pace for Ike and Papa X.

Stay tuned...
As we hustle you toward the exit we leave you with these parting shots...
fear not...no cats were eaten by zombies nor electrocuted by downed power lines in the taking of this photograph


Aht: if you have to ask, I can't explain it to you.


Rodger posted this..."My Doctor told me I'm at that age now when I should put a bar in my shower, so..."


makes me wish I knew how to sail...
Karen bought me an early Christmas gift...it's called "The Trutherator"...

...and it automatically translates whatever you say into what people actually hear.

So...let's give it a try, shall we?

I'll just turn it on quick-a-minute...there...ok, here we go:

Blah blah blah blahbbity blah...blahbbity blahbbity blah blah blah...blahbbity blah blah blahbbity blah...

Turn it off turn it off turn it off!!

Well...that explains a lot of things in life, doesn't it?

later, mcm fans...



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