Well, folks, as of the time of this writing (which may not be of its posting) I’ve realized that it is Walpurgisnacht. You know, you let the days get away from you, time flies, and then suddenly: Boom! it’s Witches’ Night.
It’s the day George Washington took the oath of office to become the first President of the United States.
Richard Nixon announced that White House Counsel John Dean has been fired, and aides including H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman had resigned. (sort of sealing Nixon’s fate, as it were)
The discovery of the electron was announced at the Royal Institution in London.
Bugs Bunny debuted in the cartoon “Porky’s Hare Hunt.”
And Hitler allegedly committed suicide.
Walpurgisnacht, ladies and gentlemen.
A fellow Facebooker also reminded me that it’s the day Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan. That was in 1966, by the way—the same year the Batman TV show debuted.
When I was a child…I was literally obsessed by that Sixties Batman series! And after they stopped running it in syndication on my local channel, I tuned in every day, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, in the hopes that it would come back. I did this for weeks.
Finally, I had to accept the horrible truth: Batman wasn’t coming back.
But many many years later, it did come back. Decades later, it came back. and I could now watch it any damn time I wanted to. When I was younger, however, I just didn’t have that perspective.
I’m currently at a big crisis point in my life. I’m running out of personal resources. The network of friends & peers I thought I had several years ago has really collapsed. Some really cruel things have happened within that network that sort of set me back, even just within the last few months; things that I don’t even have the energy to go over right now.
I will say this, though: I’m very proud of the writing I’ve done over the past couple of years. I don’t feel that to the wider world, this writing would really be seen as a worthwhile enterprise at all. But I’m really happy with the work I’ve done. Having this site was like a “prompt” that kept my writing going, even when I felt depressed.
And I don’t think I could have done it without knowing that there were people on the other end of it, reading.
So: thank you for reading! I hope you’ve gotten something out of it.