Weather: Continued Silly

Kage Baker had an attention span of roughly eternity. For things that personally interested her, anyway. She would conscientiously complete research on topics that were assignments – for instance, if she felt she had to research, say, piano key felting – but she’d eventually stop.

If such a topic were something she really needed but simply could not get her brain around, she would ask an expert. Or give the task to me. I am interested in all sorts of things she was not (another aspect of that sharing a brain syndrome), and would happily spend days reading up on what cephalopods really have on their tentacles (lots more than suckers, I assure you) and then report to Kage.

We were both famous for our book reports in grade school. Once, when Kage’s report did not agree with someone’s Cliff Notes version, it was found that the Cliff Notes were the one who was wrong.

Anyway – if Kage liked a topic, then school was never out. She would continue to collect information about it as the Universe wafted it randomly her way. She kept files, some decades old, on topics that fascinated her; I probably found enough notebooks to insulate an average home when I packed out the garage – all full of notes and newspaper clippings.

These days, I continue to hunt up references to many of the things that interested Kage; also, I just have a fondness for weirdness. (And thank you all who send them to me.) Kage kept collecting examples of the Silly Season: so do I. It’s one of the joys of summer. And I found a few more today …

Some gentleman in Florida is driving round shooting people with a bow in arrow. He says he’s one of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse. I don’t recall which one drives a blue Ford pickup, but it’s evidently this one.

An inflatable tropical island about 40 feet across has drifted away from a concert in England. The Isle of Glass goes modern? Study of prevailing weather patterns indicate it’s probably somewhere over Czechoslovakia by now, but no one says if the coast off Cornwall has been checked.

Nearby, Bosnia has opened its first McDonald’s. That’s odd enough, but it’s being reported on Yahoo Financial News. Wow.

Not to be outdone, Time magazine reports that Earth may have once had two moons. There;s no proof and no way of getting any, but some astronomer thinks the far side of the moon looks like something fell on it, and it may have been a second, smaller satellite. The theory itself is not as silly as it’s being reported in Time

UFOs have recently been reported over Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, and Washington DC. Oddly enough, Bigfeet have also been reported in those areas lately. (Florida too, but it always has them) . Only Siberia has chupacabras right now, though.

Guy in Louisiana has pled guilty to murder. He himself has been officially dead for 17 years, declared so on a joint petition by his parents, brother, and wife. Zombie crime? No indication of how he was implicated or caught, although one cannot resist envisioning a really, really slow motion chase …

No reports of men biting dogs. However, I did find a photo of a mariachi band serenading a beluga whale:


There. Having subjected you all to a Kage-style obsessive activity on this hot, hot day, I am off to hunt for a Fudgesickle. The screams from the kitchen  of “Bad ice cream! Bad! Get away from that, corgi!” lead me to believe my search may bear fruit …

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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2 Responses to Weather: Continued Silly

  1. Tom says:

    What? Did no one mention the latest amazement? A sunken object, saucer-shaped, said to resemble the Millenium Falcon?

    Yes, fudgesicles are a more serious subject.

    • Kate says:

      Holey moley, Tom, I didn’t see this article! It bears further research. You know, the whole area of the North Sea was above water not so many millenia ago – and when Doggerland was above water, I think the Baltic area was also a n elevated plain. More research!

      Though, yes, fudgesickles are more serious business.

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