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My father died in 1951. I was six years old. We buried him in the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in February of 2007. Freud said that no one could be a man until his father had died. Jung said “yes, but that death could take place symbolically,” but that is another story.

A year or two latter I told my first lie. To be clear, it was early in 1953. There was a quart bottle of root beer in the refrigerator. Someone had pried off the lid, drank a bit, then put the lid back on thinking no one would notice. There were three suspects. The other two were my sisters. One was three years older than me and one four years younger. Linda was barely four so she seemed an unlikely suspect. This was long before we had twist off soda bottles. Popping the top off one of those hard metal caps without bending it was not a trivial task. Putting that top back on was even more difficult. It took a sharp hit at just the right…

I'm actually seeing the odd new user here and there. Apparently they don't stick around for long. I'm also conjecturing that there's no indication of the slow pace of this site (slow compared with the e2 of yore, but also slow compared with, say, a regular Discord server).

I'd love to ask new users about their expectations for the pace of a site like this. But alas, they seem to be around for just a bit, and many times they don't see/write on the catbox. That, and the polls…

A novel by Théophile Gautier, which he claimed to have had the idea for as a child; it is set in the time of Louis XIII, his and every sane person's favorite period (although perhaps we can forgive those who prefer the Good King Henry). The plot concerns a comically impoverished young nobleman, who, after a chance meeting with a troupe of comedians, decides, in spite of the social degradation this entails, to join them; conveniently, all Commedia characters are stock…

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