Thursday, December 27, 2007

Lost in a Cyber-Wilderness

I had so much delightful medieval Christmas blogging planned -- a post on the relationship between X-mas and Chi-Rho, pictures of the wonderful Fisher-Price castle I got from Santa many decades ago (my parents still have it), the traditional re-run of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Old English, etc...

... then a big windstorm came through the Midwest and fried my parents' computer. No computer = no internet unless I drive into town to use the internet at the library. A library that doesn't permit use of the computers for e-mail and whatnot (so I'm a cyber criminal at the moment)>

So, blogging will generally be interrupted between now and when I get back home. Until then, a belated Merry Chi-Rho-Mas and a Happy New Year. If y'all see me at MLA, say Hwaet!


  1. Merry Christmas anyway. I guess that you had a white one.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  2. Ahhh, the best laid plans of mice and men ...

    Does anyone actually know the rest of that quote? I'll bet you do!

    Actually, I know the quote continues with "Often go astray". For some reason, however, I thought for years it was "Are those that might have been", which I actually like as a way to end the quote. Do you have any idea where I might have gotten that idea? Is there any such variation to this quote of which you know?

    Anyway, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. i look forward to reading your new posts when you return.

  3. Anonymous4:16 PM

    The quote of which you're thinking probably is from the conclusion of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, Maud Muller:

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: "It might have been!"

    The other quote is from the seventh stanza of To a Mouse by Robert Burns:

    But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
    In proving foresight may be vain:
    The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
    Gang aft a-gley,
    An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
    For promis'd joy!

  4. Ooh -- I had that Fisher Price castle, too! My dog, thinking she was a dragon, ate the Prince, so the Princess started seeing the coach driver, which did not please her parents at all. (Note: I had previously decided that the Princess was the King's and Queen's daughter, but the Prince was her husband, not her brother, and had been made heir to the castle and the kingdom, along with his own, far, far away.) They threatened to toss him down the chute to the alligators in the moat, so he and the Princess hopped into the carriage and eloped.

    Man, I loved that castle.

  5. Thank you Wayne,

    You are correct. I was mixing up the two.

  6. Dr. Virago,

    Yes, that castle was really cool. I took some pictures of it ... maybe I'll post them after I get home this week.