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January 13, 2006
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So what's the word today, you ask? Well, water — though maybe not quite as viewed, "thereunto," in Better Than It Ever Gets. That needs even some fine grain "brewing" in the sun to take. So I've thought to offer my own unlegal boilerplate on death and taxes — those in light of a theme I thought to mark in terms of a question, "How have stylish literary artists used water 'symbolically'?"
That Redskin who goes down in Moby-Dick at last — Tashtego is his name — is not quite taking another Seahawk with him. Care to bet on that? For win or lose, there's always-already, folks, another game, or year, or life to look forward to.Permalink
When it rains, it pours — Seahawks 20 - Redskins 10.
Lovely, just lovely, despite the chavinistic NFL touch. But do tell us, Styles — To what were you signing your name on that rainy day? A will? A won't? A what?
A will, naturally.
My boilerplate, though, is more stylish.
Meanwhile, and on Seattle's gridiron Sunday, Go Seahawks!
Here in Styleland on our 36th day of rain — Seahawks 34 - Panthers 14.
Now, Super Bowl Forty!
My father passed away last Wednesday of lung cancer. Today I found among his things, locked up in his little metal box in the closet which held everything from passports to his will to slides from his 1958 exchange summer to Finland, a cut-out Peanuts comic strip — the same one you quoted. I googled the phrase, "We had fun, didn't we Marcie?" and found this web page. I don't know why my father had clipped out this comic — it wasn't like him to ever do things like that. All I can figure is my mother was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension right around that time, and maybe it struck him for that reason. Maybe it expressed his fear that time had run too short for them — she died not long afterwards in August 2001. I only know that today, I, too, wish I'd had the chance to shake his hand and say, "Good game," while he still could hear me.
I don't know why I felt compelled to send this to you . . . I just liked your musings, I guess, and thought I'd send a little bit of my father out into cyberspace . . .
What a fitting tribute to your father and mother.
I hope my entry lent some added poignancy to Schulz's theme.
My double thanks today for your comment.
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