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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My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family. And Pat and his. And everyone else in harm's way. It too shall pass, sure, but may it also blow over.


Downed power lines and power outages, sometimes lasting days, are the likeliest fallout.

On your side of the state. I wouldn't want to be on the east coast next week. I remember some family friends who lost five out of six houses during Hurricane Andrew. < shudders > I think SE Florida is supposed to be even more overdeveloped now, but the building codes are better now. (And I can attest to that first hand - after Chaarlie went through Central Florida you could tell which houses had roofs that were put on pre-Andrew. They were the ones with the big blue tarps.)

RW Rogers

Here's hoping it is just a whimper by the time it gets to you.


Sorry, I was thinking of your parents house down in SW FLA. I've put Hanna out of mind completely, as she's giving us cloud cover, some wind, some rain and cooler temps. But she's not a concern for Fla anymore. Ike, on the other hand, will be worthy of some butt-clenching over the weekend as we see which path it ultimately settles on.

RW Rogers

(In a lighter mood since it is not really headed straight at it you)
Hey, it could be worse. You could be a cat on a bank-owned roof. Then again, they look like they're leading the life of Riley. (Does anyone say that any more?)


Outis, we had near misses from Charley (which turned inland about 30 miles north and flattened Punta Gorda) and Wilma (which went down to Naples and ripped the roof off my brother's senior affordable housing. I'm clenched.


Did you get nearly drowned by Fay? That was the slowest-moving hurricane in living memory. I rudely described her as taking the time to squat over Florida and thoroughly piss on it.

Charlie (Colorado)

Amba, when Hugo came through, it was a little west; all we had was the prettiest weather we'd had the whole month.

Of course, it got a little wet in Hickory.


Hope it continues to miss your area, Amba. Your work with Jacques is hard enough as it is in the best of conditions. Y'all are in my prayers from my dank, humid, partially-roofless house.

I'm doing fine, though. Many of my possessions were spared. Hope to have a contractor start work tomorrow. Will post more when I can get my laptop connected for a bit. Thanks to all for their thoughts and prayers.


Pat! Glad you are home and that it is more intact than not.

We're getting a lot of rain now, but no significant wind yet. It's the eastern part of the state that's going to take a beating, but it has seens much worse.


Hey, amba. Was Hanna a blowhard? I hope she was and that you, J and your kits are safe.

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