Friday, June 10, 2022
Benji and the Yin/Yang Man
This peculiar graffiti figure showed up on a wall along the so-called Potteries Path. Is he supposed to be the yin/yang symbol? Because that's what I'm seeing. I like the shadow effect from his legs.
And remember the house with the anti-Boris posters in the windows? Well, they're still up, and yesterday I noticed a new one: "Sack Boris Now." Unfortunately it looks like that's not going to happen, but he sure has been walking a thin line lately. (I still think this whole partygate scandal is rather overblown, but it has made him a pariah and almost cost him his job.)
And finally, we got several bags of book donations in recent days from families that are moving. We usually try not to accept donations because often it's stuff we can't use, but in this case they're mostly recent books for young people and they're in pretty good shape.
Among all the Robert Muchamore and Anthony Horowitz, though, I found this:
Yes, a vintage "Benji" novel, circa 1974! I hadn't thought of Benji in years. I loved those movies when I was a kid, especially "For the Love of Benji," and I had the book version of that one as a child. Funny because I hadn't thought of it in ages. Apparently there have been Benji sequels and remakes over the years, most recently in 2018 for Netflix, but none of them were on my radar. Anyway, I kept this book just for my own nostalgic enjoyment. Not that I will ever read it.
(We seem to be reminiscing a lot this week, don't we?)
I've been texting with my brother as I write this post. Apparently my mom is in the hospital in Jacksonville with fever and some infections. I'm not hopping on a plane yet -- she has dementia and is mostly sleeping, and I'm not sure either of us would gain much from me being there -- but this bears watching, given that she's 85. I told my brother I'd come and help him if he needs me. We'll see how this unfolds.