As is the custom around the North End of Boise, Idaho, I spent a good portion of the day with friends in a locale that offered spirits (well, beer, at least), with the group growing louder and more boisterous as the evening progressed. (To those of you outside the area who may find this a tad foreign, just try it … there are no hard-and-fast rules, and you may soon find it a practice that need not be limited to the anniversary of your birth, nor to that of your friends. Go on - try it!)
There was even (at my advanced years!) a bit of the traditional “gift-giving,” and this year, I was especially touched at the thought behind a particular bouquet that a couple of very good friends presented to me. One’s first reaction might well be “isn’t it a bit odd for a man to receive flowers?” and if so, one would properly be chastised for maintaining outdated and sexist stereotypes. Why do you hate progress in the realm of social equality?
Anyway, this was no ordinary bouquet, as you can see:
For those who are unfamiliar with the fact that I reside with a demon dog: I reside with a demon dog. One of her demonic characteristics is an unbridled lust for spatulas, and the transport outside thereof, and I awake each morn and immediately concern myself with whether I will have a spatula with which to stir my daily hash browns or not. “Has she made off with yet another in the dead of night?” I ask aloud. “I heard not the tell-tale tapping of toenails, yet her secretive stealth should not surprise …”
And so you see the reason for my somewhat emotional reaction to the gift. No longer was I to be a victim of her ravenous habit. Let her steal a spatula! I would care not, for I now possessed a plethora of these magnificent utensils! It … it … it was the gift of rest, of serenity, of mornings of awakening to calmness, free of trepidation. (Also, the Necco wafers as baby's breath? Brilliant!)
At least for a week or two.
[UPDATE:] Oh sweet jeebus … I was looking at some of the other photos I had taken of the bouquet, and saw this:
Here’s an enlarged version of the section at the top, above and to the right of the black spatula:
The absence of a camera to my eye discounts the explanation of it simply being my reflection in the plate glass window. No, the only possibility is that I’ve caught the very image of whatever minion of C’thulu is possessing poor Indy. O sweet puppy, I shall try to understand your torment and swear to rid you of it …
I’ve yet to hear back from St. Mary’s on scheduling a priest.