Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Richard Lawrence Cohen

Squat helps those who help themselves. Back in my Brownstone Brooklyn days (1981-84) I was one of those arrogant car owners who used to switch my parking place from one side of the street to the other in accord with the alternate-side parking regulations. It was heaven.

BTW, in Texas we smile, wave, and allow the person who was waiting first to enter the available spot.

More seriously, it seems to me that driving is nothing like blogging, but that driving is very much like meditation, for the alpha-wave reason you mention. The analogy between parking and blogging is very apt.

I wish you hadn't mentioned that you like "Horse with No Name." Now if you'd said Brewer and Shipley's "Wichi Tai Tai" (sp?), that would have been outasight. America (the band, not the hemisphere) did make a positive contribution to humanity by supplying the soundtrack to the movie "The Last Unicorn."


after a slow start, I've learned to play the alternate-side parking game. I've even gotten a little flicker of sadistic joy from being the one sitting serenely in my car on Sullivan Street waiting for 6 P.M. and shaking my head when someone pulls up alongside me and honks with that doggy expression of forlorn hope that I've felt on my own face. But there are those times when your scheduled activities just won't allow you to be in the right place at the right time, and then you're thrown back out into the Hobbesian war of all against all. I rent a garage in Teaneck, NJ, at the intersection of two bus lines to the city, so I don't have to deal with this all the time.

texas sounds nice. Driving seems to bring out the worst in people, especially in new york and Miami.

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