Monday, December 27, 2004

My Lesser Account of Christmas: Miscellaneous

Maddy Explores Her Primeval Self in the Elliot Household:
I confess I was surprised to see Jacob and Autumn’s cat spending Christmas with my parents. The Elliot’s Tsugaru stronghold is no place for a city-kitty with a nervous disposition.

I decided it would be a good idea to commemorate the five-kitty mark with a group photo—not as easy as one might suppose! Will it be an older, wiser kitty that Autumn and Jacob come home to?

The Elliot’s (namely, my immediate family) have proven innovative over the years in coping with life in northern, rural Japan. These disposable Japanese work gloves have been altered to aid survival in a technologically advanced world without central heating.

This is another Elliot innovation in computing: the Catshield 500 (cats possessed of ordinary feline passions find it extremely difficult to resist the warm surface of a laptop when naptime roles around). Earlier models were built entirely of used disposable chopsticks—or so they say.

Off-Roading on the Way Home from the Airport
I accepted this turn of events as an opportunity to test my JAF (Japanese Automobile Federation) membership. The service was free, but the tow-truck driver got lost, leaving me to stand in the snow for two-and-a-half hours. When I finally rolled into Kazamaura at 1:00 a.m. I was so excited to be home that I ran Thumper up onto the curb in front of my house and bent his front axel. I am now waiting for an estimate on the pecuniary toll this will take on me. The prospects are not good. It will probably cost at least a thousand dollars to get Thumper back on the road.

Stand by for My Greater Account of Christmas