CREDITS: Lester Smith as Cthulhu, Jamie Chambers as Jamie Chambers, Karalyn Smith as Voice of Server, Filmed by Karalyn Smith, Edited by Ralph Faraday, Music by Kevin MacLeod
…is a debt unpaid.
—Robert W. Service
Last fall, for the Cthulhu Haiku II project, I promised to buy or make a Cthulhu ski mask, wear it to a sushi restaurant, order in Japanese, and have photos taken.
Yeah. I made that crazy promise.
I’ve located a good candidate for the restaurant. Time to call and make a reservation (he said, cringing).
Back in the ’60s, in grade school, in Central Illinois, none of my classmates were anything but Caucasian. Fortunately, our tiny town’s school principal was a forward-thinking woman devoted to exposing us to the larger world. Somehow she found enough money to erect a TV tower tall enough to capture the distant signal from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign station. Then she gave us an “option” on Thursday afternoons: either remedial spelling classes, or (if your spelling was okay) kids’ Spanish via TV.
Being a good speller, and having a low tolerance for the boredom of repetition, I chose Spanish. And I loved it! During middle school and high school, I took Spanish again every year. I carried a Spanish Bible to church to practice further. Much later, during my thirties, in college, I gained a Spanish minor (along with a semester of French). And I continue to practice Spanish today (via Duolingo.com), convinced of Charlemagne’s statement that “He who has a second language has a second soul.”