As it says: the best of the holiday to all of our List Members and, for that matter, to all others. Some of us are Christians, some are of other faiths and some, perhaps a majority, are agnostics. So be it. Have a fine day off from work, if nothing else. Spend the time studying brain surgery so that you can understand how to fix your Rolleiflex on your own. Me? I send mine out.
In any event, have a grand day tomorrow (today for some of you). We are a wonderful mix of folks, and our massed expertise astonishes the world. Well, it certainly astonishes me. You guys are great, and I really sit in shock that this List has lasted as long as it has with only one major glitch over the years. I have learned so much from the assemvbly that I can never thank you enough.
Many folks see the Yule as the turnover of the year. Well, my birthday was on (wait for it) 13 JAN 1950, in the City of Lost Angels, LA, California. St. Mary's Hospital in Los Angeles and I was born,, as the papers seem to show, at 8:54 PM. The doctor noted that this was a 'difficult delivery'. Gosh. If the fellow had followed my life, he'd have known the woes I have known. This was the era of Joe Friday and DRAGNET. And, to finish the tease, I was born on Friday the Thirteenth, and that has remained my lucky day. That is when my year changes.
On a side note, some of you are aware of the grand Canon camera scholar, Peter Dechert. I received a Christmas e-mail setting out that he was doing well in the ninth decade of his life. It has been thirty years since I published my Leica Thread-Mount Lens book, and Peter was very much a part of that project. He received the first of my author's copies of the book.
Have a grand day, whether you call it Christmas or something else. Thank you, Rollei People, for teaching me so much. Marc It is a good world for doing good deeds. -- Nathaniel the Faun --- Rollei List - Post to rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx- Subscribe at rollei_list-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'subscribe' in the subject field OR by logging into www.freelists.org
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