NONE OF THAT P.C. GARBAGE FOR ME! I still say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kindly Kwanzaa, or Far-Out Festivus! I am such a rebel! Hey, do you think elves listen to “wrap music” when they’re mailing gifts? I used to think that Santa was Polish, because I kept hearing about the North Pole. I love the holiday season, but I have one bad memory. I was an ugly child. My parents used to hang me up and kiss the mistletoe! The best present I ever got was a subscription to National Geographic Magazine. (You guys know where I’m coming from!)
Speaking of presents….. I received a lovely compliment from Mr. Larry Wood, a prominent land development and construction consultant here in Austin. Larry lived next door to the great mystery writer, Mickey Spillane, and they spent a lot of time together back in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Spillane wrote the “Mike Hammer Series.”) After reading DEVIL’S COVE, my third mystery, Larry told me that I was just as good a writer as Mickey Spillane, if not better! Wow, what a nice thing to say! (I just hope I sell as many books!)
My second “present” of the week came from Max and Barbara Talbott, my dear friends who hosted a spectacular holiday dinner at the Austin Club. The food, company, and conversation were top notch. The club is housed in the old Millett Opera House, which was built in 1878, and is still a beauty. Many famous people have performed there, including John L. Sullivan, John Phillip Sousa, Lily Langtry, and the most famous of all, me! (My comedy routine was cut short by a slice of coconut cake.)
And since we’re on the subject of great evenings….. Our birthday dinner honoring the Princess of Portugal (last Sunday) was a huge success. Nobody got in a fight and nobody got arrested. There was only one argument about “Duck Dynasty.” Which reminds me, I never order duck in a restaurant. (I always get stuck with “the bill!”)
Well, believe it or not, I’m off to play Santa Claus. I will be making the rounds in my neighborhood, delivering free copies of THE GRACELAND GANG and THE PIRATE PATH. (The books are free, but I charge twenty dollars for an autograph!) Just kidding. In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and I truly hope that you and yours have a wonderful day. As Tiny Tim said, “God Bless Us All!” Amen.
Ho-Ho-Ho and love to all…..