A draft made the window blind slam the window with such a clatter, I had awakened to see what was the matter. I had slept on the couch, fully-clothed and with cap, as if I had not taken a long winters nap.
I opened the window and shouted out into the streets, "What day is this?"
An old woman walking her toy dog replied, "huh?"
Never mind, I thought, returning to my couch. I found the remote, turned on the tv, searched the program guide, and what did I see?
I had not missed it! Well, actually, I missed the 21st, which was the day the new books arrived at the comic shop, but that means I had not missed the 28th! There was time! Time to check for holiday sales and new comics, if any! And I will be looking forward to it this time! For this time, I know the spirits will have a surprise in store for me...
You see, that night I spent was not a mere fool's errand - I had made the universe of comics and the comic book marketplace a BETTER place. The spirits took stock of the error in their ways and change would trickle down from within.
And then they will come back. Not today right away, but in the days, months and years ahead, a new joy will be found in the now-happy medium, one built on solid entertainment, honesty, and care.
And Big Boobs, of course.
And as I joined the grinning old man wearing enormous sunglasses in riding with him in his Ferrari to enjoy the fine Burbank sunset that day, we shouted,
"Merry Christmas to all! Excelsior everyone!"