President's
Mess.
by Karyl Miller,prez, SCCS
Karyl@MillerReport.com
Paul Gringle, Paul Norris, Jim Whiting, Karyl Miller under
SCCS Gallery at Grandma's Hilltop Hideaway in Oceanside
Show and Tell: Advanced Edition



Everybody was friendly but after I sat down it got quiet.  Everyone was smiling, really smiling.  
“So …We’ve never had a woman come to breakfast,” said Gringle.  The others agreed.  “You’re
the first one, ever.”  
Ohmygosh was I inhibiting their private macho-talk where men hatched their
secret schemes to get us in bed and also make more money than us?  I wondered.

cartoon that featured a Betty Grable-ish pin-up.  Paul Gringle passed out a stack of his oldest
cartoon that featured a Betty Grable-ish pin-up.  Paul Gringle passed out a stack of his oldest
original cartoons.  They were wonderfully drawn and inked of and featured references to the
1940’s.  Not to be outdone, Jim Whiting whipped out his piece were all impressed and emitted an
a collective “Ohhhh!”
an a collective “Ohhhh!”

of nostalgia – an ancient comic book, “Tarzan” from 1939.  There was no holding back.  We
were all impressed and emitted an a collective “Ohhhh!”

As Jim proudly waved his memorabilia in the air, it released an unmistakable pungent eau ‘de
mildew, which is mildew, but GOOD mildew.  Comic book mildew.  Mmmmmm.  Then as if to prove
this was not just some recent Comic-Con purchase, he carefully turned to the inside cover and
showed us a child’s best fountain pen scrawl “Jimmy Whiting.”
As the men reminisced about the old days and chuckled about the ads in the back of the comic it
became obvious that it’s not the thing you saved as much as the story about the thing that’s
most interesting.

I thought about my old cool stuff – of which I have lots.  In fact Jack and I have one entire garage
stuffed with our respective old cool stuffs.  What are we saving it for?

And I realized when you take a walk down memory lane you want it to be with somebody who
“gets it,” somebody who’s old enough to appreciate this thing that you’ve saved all these years.  
Had I known this breakfast included Advanced Show and Tell I most certainly would have worn
my Shmoo.

Our November meeting will be dinner at Grandma’s.  Please bring your cartoon collectables for
Show and Tell, Advanced.  I’ll bring my Shmoo.
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