Poor Ricky is always being mistaken for someone else.
Drag queens flirt with their beloved Grizzly Adams, and Deadheads
demand to see his hands so they can check for Jerry Garcia's
Ricky, being the easy-going sort, treats this all with equanimity.
Who knew Grizzly Adams was so beloved by drag queens? Wonder
He's taken to responding to the Deadheads by holding up his
hands with one fingertip bent down. Sometimes he even gets the
right fingertip <g>.
Once, in a local Portuguese restaurant, the waiter brought
us a bottle of champagne "for Jerry Garcia, compliments
of that table over there." I blurted out to that table over
there, "But he's not!" They assured me they knew that,
"But it's Tom's birthday and we're all Deadheads and we
have to do it." So Ricky toasted the birthday boy, tucking
the proper fingertip, and made his evening.
Those are the easy ones to be mistaken for. But, oh, poor
Ricky once the Christmas season kicks in---
Just after Thanksgiving, we were eating at one of our favorite
Chinese restaurants. We were well tucked into sizzling eel and
Peking porkchops when, behind me, I heard a small voice say,
"San-ta," in a way that let me know the kid
was using a brand new word. She was sure she'd gotten it right,
too, by golly.
Ricky smiled and waved to the small child behind me, eliciting
both small child and momma giggles.
Throughout the rest of our dinner, every so often, the small
child said again and again, oh so happily, "San-ta."
Ricky smiled and waved back to her every time.
That was the official start of our Christmas season. Oh, yes,
I'm "Mrs. Claus" and everybody who sees the two of
us together knows that. So both of us are expected to set a good
example. This time of year, Ricky and I both worry about our
Christmas starts earlier every year now. Damn, but it's tough
to be on your best behavior any time there's a munchkin in sight!
One of these days, I've got to remember Santarchy and SantaCon
in time to take Ricky along. For once a Christmas season, he
wouldn't have to be on his best behavior.
Offsite Oddments: Santa Stuff
- Santarchy (Not Safe
bad Santas: Teresa Nielsen Hayden gives us some of the long
tradition behind Santas on their worst behavior. (NSFK)
- Norad Santa Tracking---This
just tickles me. Yes, this one is kid-safe, so you have
something to show a munchkin who wondered why you were cracking
up over the Santarchy photos.
Onsite Repostings [Edited 12/29/04, so you can see San-ta
"San-ta" photos (of Ricky, of course):
- Hohoho---The place was a dive.
The hour was late. There were no munchkins. Consider this Ricky's
one contribution to the Santarchy clause---ooops, cause.