Declan's preschool Christmas Pageant was Monday night. And here, in a fit of unwonted alacrity, I already have pictures from the fiasco. I mean event.
The kids spend the weeks prior to the show preparing during their classes, and it all culminates in a spectacle that lasts no more than 15 minutes. What would you expect from a room full of 20 or so four and five year-olds? Herding kittens would be more productive.
Here are some pictures.
***** Sitting in the pews of the church, Tavish gets all excited about the impending festivities. And I realise there is leftover mustard still on his face. (What can I say? He likes mustard and ketchup with his celery.)
***** Amy with our fledgling Wise Man. He played the exact same role last year, so I'm thinking about writing a letter to the guild with my concerns about type-casting.
***** Tavish plays with his Granny's zipper on her festive Christmas vest.
***** Wielding the second "P" in HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS, Declan looks decidedly not. All the dang attention.
***** The kids didn't even really pretend to sing along. They just nodded their heads to the beat and we listened to their teacher sing. Just like last year.
***** Tav lost interest in the goings-on on the stage pretty quickly. Here, he spies the drum set out of the corner of his eye.
***** Thankfully, Papa distracts him with a dialogue on the perfect temperature at which to drink coffee.
***** I'm sorry, did I call him a "Wise Man" earlier? I meant to say Wise Guy.
***** We all really just come for the snacks out in the foyer after the gong show.
***** See? It's only the snacks that are in focus, even.
***** The Wise Man has mad ninja skilz! (And far too much sugar coursing through his veins.)
Kids in the bath right now and Tavish is calling me rather plaintively.
"Dad? Daaaa-deee? DAD!!"
Declan admonishes him: "Tavish, you have to call him 'Obi Wan Kenobi' because right now he wants to be Obi Wan Kenobi. Here, I'll show you. OBI WAN!!"
I answer obediently from the living room. "Yes, my young padawans?" (We finished watching one of the Clone Wars DVDs between dinner and bath time. I train them young, you see.)
Dex sits in the bathtub in what I can only assume (from experience) is a very smug position. "You see, Tav? You try it." Apparently, they're training me as well. Only fair I guess.
But what I really came here to talk to you about was comics. Specifically, webcomics. I gave up the funny papers years ago because, frankly, they suck. (Whither The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes?) Dilbert is pretty much the only decent syndication left, and I read that online now too. So, following are the webcomics to which I subscribe and why. Maybe you'll like them too. I don't know. Maybe they'll provide some further insight into the fabulous and unique persona that is me.
A four-panel comic that purports to offer instructions on how to handle typical every-day events. But with a rather outlandish element of flair. The outlandishness, all too often, is grounded in the author's real life experience. Like the time he was watching Iron Chef, and the day's secret ingredient was... piglets. You can't make that stuff up. The strip stars himself, his wife and various other real life and fictitious characters. It's currently one of my favourites. Anything that can slip in "ROFG" (rolling on floor grieving) and have me in stitches is gonna go far.
This website started offering the comic called Order of the Stick. A stereotypical Dungeons & Dragons adventure drawn as stick figures. It plays really well on making jokes about the gaming genre as well as poking fun at topical subjects less frequently. The writing is really top notch (especially if you're into gaming) and the continuous story arc helps keep me coming back.
The site also, more recently, added Erfworld, the Battle for Gobwin Knob. See, there's this fat tween gaming master who starts up a D&D session with his chums, and he suddenly gets sucked into the world he's created. He finds himself set up as a warlord for the ostensible bad guys in a world populated by gobwins, spidews, dwagons, Charlie's Archons, giant teddy bears that push siege engines, and various (even weirder) beings. Somehow, Elvis is going to play into it, but we haven't gotten there yet. Intriguing; not quite as good as Order of the Stick, but engaging.
The only thing regular about this is its posting frequency. Every single weekday, at the exact same time every day. It's composed of photo frames of mostly Lego sets with dialogue bubbles 'shopped in. Definitely one of the geekiest comics I read (he says after posting two consecutive D&D comics), but it's not always that funny. The author often writes great (and lengthy) annotations explaining some of the content of the comic (often very science-y). Those, and the random polls he posts, keep my interest.
By the same author as Irregular Webcomic, this is an ongoing project taking film frames from the Star Wars prequel movies and COMPLETELY re-writing the dialogue as if it were a gaming session being played by D&D geeks. (You see a theme here, don't you?) It's nearing the end of Phantom Menace right now, and the plan is to do the other two films as well.
Definitely the most tasteless comic I subscribe to. Resulting in (sometimes) the greatest hilarity. Occasionally it just makes me think how somebody could have come up with that crap. Not for the prudish.
This, my friends, is the sine qua non of webcomics. Self described as "A webcomic of Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language." It's the best out there, and the author, although a physics grad from MIT, actually makes his living selling stuff from the associated online store. Give it a shot.
I was also hoping to link the now defunct Perry Bible Fellowship, even though the author has stopped writing the comic, because the archive was chock full of comicky goodness. But alas, the page doesn't load for me.
If you have your own suggestions for any comics not mentioned that might be up my alley, I'd be happy to head over and take a look.