December 22, 2000—Santa
Will Be on Time; Get a Big Rest
Waiting for three extra hours at LaGuardia yesterday, I felt
overjoyed that Santa does not have to pay heed to the air-traffic control
system. Ten years of infrastructure neglect throughout the Federal domain
has left us citizens in a pickle, whether we are airline passengers,
gridlock victims in busy urban areas unwillingly parked in our cars, or
disease victims in some new epidemic categories. But Santa will get through
just like the Pony Express.
Hope you caught our Poet Laureate's celebration of wayward smokers this week
(Poetry and Business #24), especially if you are from California.
Californians, now banned from smoking practically everywhere and soon to be
without electric power--both due to the excesses of wayward
government--should especially enjoy it. Our lives are being micro-managed
by governors who do not follow the rules of common sense. But we will fight
them with laughter, seasonal cheer and, as recommended below, just a little
Since I know you are tired, I wish you holidays filled with sloth. May you
relish days of apathy and heavenly peace. As my New York cabdriver
recommends, "Try a little Being and Nothingness."
We are certainly going to goof off. Our next letter will be coming your way
on January 2.
One question. What's your best present? Naturally we have only opened a
few. But we got a great book on golfers from Mr. P in Dallas, and yet
another old-fashioned glass Pyrex to make our tea water in the morning. The
latter is a collector's item ever since our friends at Corning got out of
the housewares business to become ultratech.
If anything humdrum comes your way, follow the good old tradition of
wrapping a ribbon around it and giving it to some other friend on Boxing
Day. Thanks for your good cheer and active wit.
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