Returned to work Friday after a few days off to find some interesting, mysterious items on my desk.
One was a zucchini adorned with an angry face and paper wings and bearing the label, “rabid bat zucchini.” I had no idea who left it or why, but it was pretty amusing, and I learned later the gift-giver was graphic artist Don Boucher.
Don had been amused by a recent blog post in which I’d referred to zucchini as a scourge, a semi-edible garden weed, and that I would rather take home a rabid bat than a zucchini, and in turn thought I would be amused by his creation. I was.
Also on my desk were three nice, long, new-looking wooden pencils.
This was sort of exciting to me as those are my favorite writing implements. I will obviously use a ball-point or felt pen too, or a mechanical pencil, but all in all, an old-fashioned wooden pencil is my tool of choice.
Sharpened properly, it has a great feel on the paper, the lead doesn’t break (as always seems to happen to me with a mechanical), and you don’t get smeared ink on your hand or paper.
So whoever left me the pencils — accidentally, I am quite sure — thank you.
And now, today’s Catch of the Day, No. 17, a circa-1950 Wilson first baseman’s mitt that I got as part of last spring’s trade with the OSU PE department: