September 4th, 2006


the_child pops another corker

Yesterday in the car the_child and I were having a wide-ranging discussion of the themes behind the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which she won't be allowed to see for some time to come. In order to illustrate the movie's conception of Davey Jones, I told her the story of Johnnie and the Golden Fiddle (mostly known to my generation through the Charlie Daniels Band song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", though I told it my own way, not quoting the song). After I finished the story we talked about the devil as a metaphor for excessive pride.

the_child:"So how come Johnnie had to be the best?"
jaylake:"Some people are like that. A lot of people are like that."
the_child:"I don't see why. I don't need to be better than anyone else. I just need to be the best I can be."
jaylake::: boggle ::

UKanian request

Can any of my friends across the pond tell me if it's possible to find Wrath of the Tartars by Ronald Deen at a reasonable price? This was apparently published by a Scottish small press a few years ago, and seems to have been printed on Unobtanium paper.