The Hidden Almanac for
Monday March 30th, 2015
Episode 242
Previous episode: 2015-03-27
Next episode: 2015-04-01


Today marks the meeting of the creative duo Gill & Harold. It is also the day a goldfish surfaced. It is the Feast Day of Dragons, and in the garden, there is no extra power.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is March 30th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1969 that the writer Harold Androvich and the artist known simply as “Gill” met by accident in a coffee shop when Gill picked up Androvich’s umbrella by mistake. “We talked for hours,” Androvich reported. “Then days. Then Gill begged to illustrate one of my books. Within the year, we wrote a graphic novel together, and then another.” Their collaboration continued for over forty years, ending only when Gill passed away in 2002. The Gill & Harold books include the graphic novel “Owning Nothing,” which won the Royal Literary Award of Merit, and “One Thousand Ways To Blow Up A Dead Whale,” which did not. Actually, nothing after their first book was believed to have any artistic worth at all, and they both had to take second jobs. “Full of self-referential in-jokes,” said one critic. “One can be happy for their relationship while still being completely unimpressed with their output.” A documentary about their life, “Gill & Me” was a mild success at the box office.

And it was on this day that the Immortal Goldfish rose briefly from beneath the ice in the Pond of Eternity, startling the monks, and then sank again to the depths.

It is the Feast Day of Dragons, which we remind you are fictional, or at least extinct. However, in the interests of keeping them fictional—or at least keeping them wherever they currently are, and not descending on the city and bathing it in flame—it is considered fortuitous to pour out a few drops of kerosene mixed with rum on the doorstep today.

In the garden, it appears that the generator that was helping to run the CharmX power tools has stopped working. They have been completely defaced and the wires cut. It is probably packrats. Packrats are a menace where wiring in concerned. I have often commented on it. The usual methods involve scattering predator urine around the areas you wish to protect, to frighten away the packrats. Strangely, the foreman of the operation did not seem to appreciate this information when I provided it to him, which would have been of interest to any true gardener.

It is truly a shame that we have no power outlets to provide to the CharmX company employees. But our outlets are all currently engaged in vital tasks, such as running the small recirculating water pump that keeps the birdbath trickling, and of course, lighting the strings of lights that make the garden so charming in the evening. One would think that employees of something called CharmX would be more enthusiastic about charm.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to you by the Ancient Order of Linguists. There are umlauts about. Be on your guard. If you see one, do not panic. The umlaut is harmless, except in rut, but contact us at once for instructions.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for March 30th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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