Ollie the cat, snoozing on the desk next to the laptop yesterday morning, woke suddenly – and grumpy about it, too - when I burst into laughter at this image that arrived in an email message:
Clearly a Christmas tree costume but with a star of David on the top rather than the usual five-pointed Christian star.
It was sent, in response to my Hanukkah greeting, by TGB reader, John Baeder. John doesn't know what the provenance of the photo is – just something he had tucked away for amusement value sometime in the past. Whatever do you suppose it could be about.
John's name seemed familiar to me and when I poked around the web, I found that he is an artist associated with the photo-realist movement well-known for his paintings of roadside diners and I must have recognized his name because I have his 1980's book, Gas, Food and Lodging.
This is one of John's paintings of the Empire Diner where I ate lunch fairly frequently over the years in New York City and now, sadly, gone.
Television, this week, is devoid of nearly everything except Christmas movies so I checked out montages of them at YouTube. Most aren't very good and they all include clips of Will Ferrell as Elf and that creepy Home Alone kid. Am the only person in the U.S. who can't stand either one of them?
Anyway, here is one that is tolerable.
Having nothing to do with Christmas, this is way too good to pass up - Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman playing keyboards - Johnny B Goode with the Letterman show band Wednesday night. And he's pretty good, too. Take a look:
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Barbara Sloan: Christmas Tradition Survival