Paul Reubens v Jean Rochefort
Billy: Dad, when will the Visitors’ space ship take off?
Dad: The Visitors will let us know. I think it will be soon.
Billy: They promised to send another ship back to take us to their world. Do you believe them?
Dad: Yes. The first ship will take only Mommies and very small children. Then the men and boys will have their turn. You remember what they told us at the town meeting last month, right?
Billy: Are people in other towns leaving Earth too?
Dad: We don’t know what is happening in other towns.
Billy: Because the Visitors turned all the radios off?
Dad: That’s right.
Billy: Why can’t we go to another town and find out?
Dad: It makes the Visitors unhappy. They want us to stay here so we can be organized. They are just trying to help us stay together.
Billy: At the town meeting when I tried to ask about Aunt Susan in Springville I could only hear the Visitors’ thoughts in my ears, and my head hurt and I felt sick.
Dad: The Visitors want us to have nice thoughts. We should think about only nice things.
Billy: Can they hear us right now?
Dad: I can hear you, Billy. That’s what matters. And we will see Mommy and Carol again.
Billy: What about all the old people, and all the animals?
Dad: The Visitors will tell us what we need to know. They want us to be happy, remember? Let’s be happy.
Showing up after midnight to catch them will only strengthen their resolve. You can stand there until the sun comes up, but these mannequins won’t budge or blink until you are well out of earshot. They can outlast you. They always have.
photo: Samuel Gottscho source: Shorpy
Today’s Motivational Devotional: Winning and Losing
All the positive-thinking gurus agree that it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. That explains why they keep track of how many errors you make in baseball.
As I mentioned last December regarding the Pacific Telephone Magazine, those long-forgotten phone company publications now function as indicators of what we lost. Compare this with the bill you receive next month from your phone service provider, and then stop wondering why the connections drop out so often, or why you can’t reach a human being in customer service. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.
Women With the Top Down update: Wouldn’t you like to know what Suzy Parker, the legendary redhead from Texas, is shooting with that little camera as she scoots around Ceylon in a 1951 MG TD?
photo by Georges Dambier