June 13th

Kage Baker was a firm devotee of Walt Kelly and his merry  Okefenokee Crew – Pogo Possum, Albert Alligator, Howland Owl, Churchy La Femme the turtle, et al.

One of their trademarks was a (quite warranted) dread of Friday the 13th. Churchy was especially unnerved by the phenomenon, though he was a trifle uncertain about the details of the event. Whenever the 13th of a month rolled around, he would exclaim in horror, “Friday the 13th come on a (fill in the day of the week) this month!” And he’d panic and head for safety and seclusion.

Kage thought this made sense, and greeted at least half the 13ths in the year this way. She didn’t always retreat to her hermitage safe room, but it was a great excuse if you were so inclined … “Friady the 13th come on a Thursday this month,” she would declare. “We need to drive to Cambria.” And we would.

Well, Dear Readers, this month Friday the 13th come on a Monday. And I quit. Besides, it’s already 6:17 and the Top Gear lads are driving hilariously through Bolivia. Or trying to. I’m gonna go enjoy the predicaments of people whose problems are worse than mine – I am not, after all, stuck on a raft in the middle of the Amazon River in a Toyota with a flat tire.

Later, dudes and dudettes. Must go now. As Albert always was wont to say, “The Cherokees is escaped from Fort Mudge!”

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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6 Responses to June 13th

  1. Margaret says:

    Yes, I too observed Friday the Thirteenth coming on a Monday – and indeed, it’s mostly been that kind of day. Wasn’t there some other traditional utterance along the lines of “Aarrgh! The dam at the booby hatch is bust! Run for the hills!”?


    • Kate says:

      “Head for the hills! The dam is busted! The Cherokees is escaped from Fort Mudge!”

      And Albert would lead the charge for safety, usually with Churchy under one arm and Pogo under the other, with a cloud of hysterical grackles around his head and everyone else swarming around after him. They’d all end up in a tree wondering what the heck was going on, while Pogo turned out to sensibly have packed a bag lunch and Howland Owl saw visions and channeled Joe of Ark …

      Kathleen kbco.wordpress.com


  2. Tom says:

    Monday The Thirteenth, in my experience, is far worse than Friday The Thirteenth.


  3. Laura says:

    The Bolivia episode of Top Gear convinced me that the show’s producers really are trying to kill those boys. (Insurance policy maybe?)


  4. Kate says:

    Wasn’t that episode a corker? Kage adored that show, by the way. She watched every episode, over and over; I think the off-Road in Africa one was her favourite. Jeremy’s car slowly becoming more and more festooned with cow skulls. All their doors coming off as they crossed the desert. It was amazing.
    The one where the lads came closest to dying, though, was driving cross country across America. In a death defying challenge, they had to cross Georgia with rude political and cultural statements painted on their cars – and almost didn’t make it. I swear, you could hear the banjo music getting louder and louder. We were amazed when they survived it.


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