Setting down the paint roller long enough to say…

…Merry Dies Natalis Solis Invicti!

For those new readers, that’s the Mithraic holiday that hits around this time–I long ago came to the realization that there’s no fighting the season, so, like everybody else, you must simply slap your own name on it and reach for the liquor. And having somehow come to picture Mithras* as Ricardo Montalban circa 1970s, this gives me a warm fuzzy feeling in my…heart. Yes. Let’s go with heart, shall we?

I hope you all have a lovely holiday, either full of family and friends or largely devoid of them if that will make you happier, which given some people’s families is not without precedent. Now, I must get back to painting the Stoffice, or it will never be done and I will be gazing at the little edge on the top and bottom which will be just slightly darker than the rest and eventually I will go mad and not in a constructive way.


*Yes, I am aware that Mithraism was an extremely fraternal faith that wouldn’t have had much use for me. I took that class in college too. On the other hand, they’re all dead and I’m not, so I can afford to be magnanimous. Fine. Corinthian. Leather.

  • reply Douglas Henke ,

    Having almost — almost! — spat out a precious mouthful of Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Brewer’s Reserve at the mental picture of Mithras as Ricardo Montalban, I wish you a lovely holiday as well.

    On the off chance you haven’t seen it, I commend to your attention the following video of Nick Cave and Shane MacGowan (of the Pogues) singing “What a Wonderful World”:

    • reply Bee ,

      Happy Holidays as well 🙂 If you’re half as stuffed as I am with food then I’m sure you’ve had a good one.

      • reply Frances Quinn ,

        Now I have a mental image of Mithras using his cloak to ‘play’ the Bull like a Toreador,with the Torchbearers and Raven shoutin ‘Ole!’

        • reply Peregrin ,

          Apropos of nothing…

          If there is supposed to be a link to purchase volume 1 of “Digger,” I can’t find it.

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