¡Rábanos Radiactivos! #2230

Written by Fred Patten, and intended for Apa L, 2230th Distribution, LASFS Meeting No. 3678, February 7, 2008.
Golden State Colonial Convalescent Hospital, 10830 Oxnard Street, North Hollywood, California 91606-5098.
Telephone: hospital(818) 763-8247; personal (818) 506-3159 * eMail:fredpatten@earthlink.net

Denvention 3 in 2008! Anticipation in 2009! Salamander Press #2713


Last Wednesday, my hospital moved me to the other side of the building for a couple of weeks while tearing up my regular room to repair the plumbing. (The bathroom has only ice water.) At the moment, my temporary room does not have Internet access, so I am visiting my sister Sherrill almost daily to use my computer there. The hospital has promised to make my temporary room Internet-accessible any moment, but we shall see. I got in the mail a review copy of a book that I had requested last August, which I had long ago given up hope for.

Last Thursday, Roz Gibson visited Sherry to deliver four review books from Further Confusion the previous weekend. Sherry brought me to the LASFS meeting, where I was given another book by Kay Shapero, The Vondish Ambassador by Lawrence Watt-Evans. I will have a surfeit of reading for the next few weeks. Kythera of Anevern announced a gallery reception of her fantasy art that Saturday evening at the nearby Enchanted Deva's Last Wish Revenge & Treasures, which is right on the way to Sherry's apartment; so I may be able to attend. Nobody was sure until the meeting ended whether there was a program or not; there was not.

On Friday, I visited Sherry's apartment to send lots of e.mails announcing that I would be mostly incommunicado until I was connected to the Internet at the hospital again. In the evening, we stopped outside Enchanted Deva's Last Wish Revenge & Treasures on our way back to the hospital. Unfortunately, it did not look wheelchair-friendly inside.

As of Monday afternoon, I am still not reconnected to the Internet at the hospital. I am submitting ˇRR! this week from Sherry's apartment.

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-- Comments on Last Week's Distribution:

De Jueves #1568 - (Moffatts) So Mississippi is a foreign country? That's what they said in 1861 (the Sovereign Republic of Mississippi, January 9 to March 27, 1861 when Mississippi joined the Confederacy), but it didn't take. Accidental Ambassador Gordo is a good enough sampler, but I agree there ought to be a collection of the entire strip.

A Few Comments - (Cantor) If Gordo, Calif. is just a petrol station, I wonder if it is an official city or if someone just posted a sign as a tribute to Gus Arriola? The Internet shows a lot of entries for Cerro Gordo, Calif., but none for a plain Gordo.

Vanamonde #766 - (Hertz) So you would approve Oliver Cromwell's "warts and all" philosophy of realistic portraiture of the subject at the moment of his/her greatest prominence? ## If R. Corliss did not recognize Br'er Fox, then presumably he failed to recognize Br'er Bear either, although since he did not mention the bear in his essay, that has to remain an assumption.

Godzilla Verses #176 - (DeChancie) The rationale for three-fingered white gloves is two-fold. (1) Three fingers are easier to animate than four. (2) White gloves make the hands, which are where the action usually is or is launched from, stand out better against a black body. Also, white gloves save ink.

I Flagitate* Wyrd - (Gold) Yes, Sherry would prefer that you continue writing the cheques on my behalf. But we both feel that, as my sister, she ought to be able to do so if necessary, rather than continuing to impose on John Hertz. ## Goofy is bipedal; Pluto is quadrupedal.

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What I have read lately:

The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
South Fur Lands issue 47
The Dog Said Bow Wow, by Michael Swanwick
Tai Pan issue 44

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