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January 20, 2012


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Dear JMH--

You don't know me, so you don't know how happy it makes me to see you show up. Morose is great. Lugubrious is great. When I went to my work-space yesterday, the pilot light had blown out & the room was so cold the pipes were in danger of freezing and you can't believe the contortions required to scrunch down and (looking in a mirror! like Perseus facing the Gorgon) read and turn the dials and get ready to blow everything up if I got the wrong combo of gas & matches, and then because it was so cold & my skin was dry I cut my finger on something & was bleah bleeding all over everything (that's how I know I'm one of your bleaders), very showy & unimportant and alas I couldn't light my little light. Locked up, went home. Called a handy friend. Later, got things re-lit, but the working day gone. Grr. Everything takes longer to light & is harder to warm through in the winter, but it certainly helps to know that's not one's own personal trial, but a general predicament. Hence: so happy to see you again here.

(Do you know when Alice is falling down the rabbit hole, wondering who she is, she says she hopes she's not Mabel--then she'd have to live in that pokey little house and do sums. At least it's not April. At least you're not Mabel.)

Yours in the common pursuit,

a devoted bleader

Great thanks for sharing this article. I enjoyed reading your post. :D

Me too! As always...

And me too. I'd listen to you read anytime, except I'm too far away. Keep on, JMH!

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