Greetings from what Australians call "Silly Season," made sillier by the need to roll out all the winter-based imagery of European Christmas at the height of summer.
Over the holiday I will be beavering (as they say in this beaverless country) on the book project, with the help of a great illustration staff.
Expect new content here on January 2. Meanwhile, if you've only recently started reading Human Transit, there's plenty of older but timely stuff to enjoy. Browse for your favorite catgory in the column at right.
And no, this is not my house. Happy holidays.
And the same to you, Jarrett.
I remember an Aussie friend saying something like this: it’s the middle of summer and the freshest of fruits and vegetables are available not to mention all the wonderful seafood. So what do eat on Christmas day? What the English ate in the middle of winter 150 years ago!
Another memory: our office Christmas party was held on Belmont Beach.
And one more: the attire for a Christmas party on the terrace in Wooloomooloo was shirts and t-shirts. When shown a picture of a Chicago Christmas party one guest’s comment was “all woolies and jumpers.”
Silly Season, indeed!
That should be Balmoral Beach not Belmont Beach.
I thought winter imagery was silly enough in California, but you Aussies have us beat.
Beavering? In “Oz” “hopping” might fit in with the local fauna.
Regarding lack of Northern Hemisphere winter conditions in Dec.: A family from New England had moved to south Texas, and the mother was telling her neighbor how much she missed “white Christmas” back home. The neighbor had to remind her, “Just remember, Jesus wasn’t born in a snowstorm.”