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A bit of nostalgia for all of you.

This upcoming Friday, the 18th of November, marks the 31st anniversary of the debut of the famed Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip.

One of my and my sibling’s favorite things to do on weekends was read through Calvin and Hobbes collections. Books like “The Days Are Just Packed” and “There’s Treasure Everywhere” topped the list as our top 2 favorite books out of the collection of a dozen or so that we had lining our bookshelves.

Since we would never stop reading through them over and over, our parents limited us to only reading them on Saturday mornings. So it was always a treat to sit down with a comic book and laugh at all the silly adventures the two rambunctious youths participated in.

As we got older we started to understand more of the obscure adult and political jokes….. reading through a book we had read through a hundred times started to yield fresh humor.

It wasn’t till many years later that I started to understand one particular comic.

“It’s A Magical World” Collection is the eleventh and last printed collection, released in October 1996 and contained comics dating from March 20, 1995 to December 31, 1995, including the comic in question; the “It’s a magical world” comic. (from It’s a Magical World Wikia)

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This comic is widely accepted at the last comic ever written by Comic Strip Artist and Author of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson.

It provides a fitting end to all of Calvin’s shenanigans in the best way possible…. with the knowledge that he will always be out there exploring…..

But I recently found a story that might provide a more fitting end for all of you who felt there should be more to the story…..

(The original post can be found at (http://www.tickld.com/x/af/this-guy-just-changed-the-way-we-see-calvin-and-hobbes) all credit goes to the original author.)

In The Final Minutes Of His Life, Calvin Has One Last Talk With Hobbes.

“Calvin? Calvin, sweetheart?”

In the darkness Calvin heard the sound of Susie, his wife of fifty-three years. Calvin struggled to open his eyes. God, he was so tired and it took so much strength. Slowly, light replaced the darkness, and soon vision followed. At the foot of his bed stood his wife.

Calvin wet his dry lips and spoke hoarsely, “Did… did you…. find him?”

“Yes dear,” Susie said smiling sadly, “He was in the attic.”

Susie reached into her big purse and brought out a soft, old, orange tiger doll. Calvin could not help but laugh. It had been so long. Too long.

“I washed him for you,” Susie said, her voice cracking a little as she laid the stuffed tiger next to her husband.

“Thank you, Susie.” Calvin said.

A few moments passed as Calvin just laid on his hospital bed, his head turned to the side, staring at the old toy with nostalgia.

“Dear,” Calvin said finally. “Would you mind leaving me alone with Hobbes for a while? I would like to catch up with him.”

“All right,” Susie said. “I’ll get something to eat in the cafeteria. I’ll be back soon.”

Susie kissed her husband on the forehead and turned to leave. With sudden but gentle strength Calvin stopped her. Lovingly he pulled his wife in and gave her a passionate kiss on the lips.

“I love you,” he said.

“And I love you,” said Susie. Susie turned and left.

Calvin saw tears streaming from her face as she went out the door. Calvin then turned to face his oldest and dearest friend.

“Hello Hobbes. It’s been a long time hasn’t it old pal?”

Hobbes was no longer a stuffed doll but the big furry old tiger Calvin had always remembered.

“It sure has, Calvin.” said Hobbes.

“You… haven’t changed a bit.” Calvin smiled.

“You’ve changed a lot.” Hobbes said sadly.

Calvin laughed, “Really? I haven’t noticed at all.”

There was a long pause.

The sound of a clock ticking away the seconds rang throughout the sterile hospital room.

“So… you married Susie Derkins.” Hobbes said, finally smiling. “I knew you always like her.”

“Shut up!” Calvin said, his smile bigger than ever.

“Tell me everything I missed. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!” Hobbes said, excited. And so Calvin told him everything.

He told him about how he and Susie fell in love in high school and had married after graduating from college, about his three kids and four grandkids, how he turned Spaceman Spiff into one of the most popular sci-fi novels of the decade, and so on.

After he told Hobbes all this there was another pregnant pause.

“You know… I visited you in the attic a bunch of times.” Calvin said.

“I know.”

“But I couldn’t see you. All I saw was a stuffed animal.” Calvin voice was breaking and tears of regret started welling up in his eyes.

“You grew up old buddy.” said Hobbes.

Calvin broke down and sobbed, hugging his best friend. “I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry I broke my promise! I promised I wouldn’t grow up and that we’d be together forever!!”

Hobbes stroke the Calvin’s hair, or what little was left of it.

“But you didn’t.”

“What do you mean?”

“We were always together… in our dreams.”

“We were?”

“We were.”

“Hobbes?”

“Yeah, old buddy?”

“I’m so glad I got to see you like this… one last time…”

“Me too, Calvin. Me too.”

“Sweetheart?” Susie voice came from outside the door.

“Yes dear?” Calvin replied.

“Can I come in?” Susie asked.

“Just a minute.” Calvin turned to face Hobbes one last time. “Goodbye Hobbes. Thanks… for everything…”

“No, thank you Calvin.” Hobbes said.

Calvin turned back to the door and said, “You can come in now.”

Susie came in and said, “Look who’s come to visit you.” Calvin’s children and grandchildren followed Susie into Calvin’s room.

The youngest grandchild ran past the rest of them and hugged Calvin in a hard, excited hug. “Grandpa!!” screamed the child in delight.

“Francis!” cried Calvin’s daughter, “Be gentle with your grandfather.”

Calvin’s daughter turned to her dad. “I’m sorry, Daddy. Francis never seems to behave these days. He just runs around making a mess and coming up with strange stories.”

Calvin laughed and said, “Well now! That sound just like me when I was his age.”

Calvin and his family chatted some more until a nurse said, “Sorry, but visiting hours are almost up.”

Calvin’s beloved family said good bye and promised to visit tomorrow.

As they turned to leave Calvin said, “Francis. Come here for a second.”

Francis came over to his grandfather’s side, “What is it Gramps?”

Calvin reached over to the stuffed tiger on his bedside and held him out shakily to his grandson, who looked exactly as he did so many years ago.

“This is Hobbes. He was my best friend when I was your age. I want you to have him.”

“He’s just a stuffed tiger.” Francis said, eyebrows raised.

Calvin laughed, “Well, let me tell you a secret.”

Francis leaned closer to Calvin.

Calvin whispered, “If you catch him in a tiger trap using a tuna sandwich as bait he will turn into a real tiger.”

Francis gasped in delighted awe.

Calvin continued, “Not only that he will be your best friend forever.”

“Wow! Thanks grandpa!” Francis said, hugging his grandpa tightly again.

“Francis! We need to go now!” Calvin’s daughter called.

“Okay!” Francis shouted back.

“Take good care of him.” Calvin said.

“I will.” Francis said before running off after the rest of the family.

Calvin laid on his back and stared at the ceiling. The time to go was close. He could feel it in his soul.

Calvin tried to remember a quote he read in a book once. It said something about death being the next great adventure or something like that. His eyelids grew heavy and his breathing slowed. As he went deeper into his final sleep he heard Hobbes, as if he was right next to him at his bedside.

“I’ll take care of him, Calvin…” Calvin took his first step toward one more adventure and breathed his last with a grin on his face.

The End

 

And there you have it…..

Hope that made you all smile as we start a new week and prepare for the stresses and headaches this holiday season will no doubt bring.

May God bless you all and have a wonderful day.

Benramz

 

The Number 1

Welcome to the Numbers! We start with One.

1_for_PostOne one for sorrow; two for mirth; three for a wedding, four for a birth proverbial saying, mid 19th century, referring to the number of magpies seen at the same time.
one for the mouse, one for the crow, one to rot, one to grow proverbial saying, mid 19th century, traditionally used when sowing seed, and enumerating the ways in which some of the crop will be lost leaving a proportion to germinate.
one nail drives out another proverbial saying, mid 13th century, meaning like will counter like (compare fight fire with fire). The same idea is found in ancient Greek in Aristotle‘s Politics, ‘one nail knocks out another, according to the proverb.’
One Nation a nation not divided by social inequality; in Britain in the 1990s, especially regarded as the objective of a branch of or movement within the Conservative Party, seen as originating in the paternalistic form of Toryism advocated by Benjamin Disraeli.

In 1950 a group of Conservative MPs, then in opposition, published under the title One Nation a pamphlet asserting their view of the necessity of greater commitment by their party to the social services; these ideas had great influence when the party returned to government in the following year.

In the 1990s, One Nation returned to prominence in the debate between the right and left wings of the Conservative Party on the effect of the Thatcherite policies of the 1980s.
one size does not fit all an assertion of individual requirements; the saying is recorded from the early 17th century. Earlier versions of it exist, and are based on the metaphor of different size shoes for different feet, e.g. from J. Bridges Defence of the Government of the Church of England (1587), ‘Diverse feet have diverse lastes. The shooe that will serve one, may wring another.’
the one that got away traditional angler’s description of a large fish that just eluded capture, from the comment ‘you should have seen the one that got away.’
one year’s seeding makes seven years’ weeding proverbial saying, late 19th century; the allusion is to the danger of allowing weeds to grow and seed themselves.
when one door shuts, another opens proverbial saying, late 16th century, meaning that as one possible course of action is closed off, another opportunity offers. (Encyclopedia.com)

Table of basic calculations

Multiplication 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 50 100 1000
1 \times x 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 50 100 1000
Division 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1 \div x 1 0.5 0.3 0.25 0.2 0.16 0.142857 0.125 0.1 0.1 0.09 0.083 0.076923 0.0714285 0.06
x \div 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Exponentiation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1 ^ x\, 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
x ^ 1\, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

The Letter Y

The Next Letter is Y.

scan0004Y 25th letter of the English alphabet and a letter included in the alphabets of several w European languages. It was derived (as were f, u, v and w) from the Semitic letter vaw, a name meaning hook. It was adopted by the Greeks as upsilon. The Romans made two letters out of upsilon – Y and V (see V; W). They only employed Y when writing words derived from Greek but using Roman characters. Thus it did not really enter the Roman alphabet until the 2nd century ad. In modern English y may represent a consonant or a vowel sound. It functions as a consonant in such words as yell or young and is what phoneticians technically call a palatal semivowel without lip-rounding. As a vowel letter, it duplicates some of the sounds of the letter i and is found in such words as hymn, hype, and day. It was a Latin importation of the eastern Greek upsilon (see U), which was pronounced like ü; the Romans used it for Greek words. In English y mainly represents the semivowel occurring in words such as yet; the same semivowel is the second member of the diphthongs ā, ē, ī, and oi. The modern ignorant use of y in ye for the (as in “Ye Olde Shoppe” ) is based on a misreading of an old sign for th. In chemistry Y is the symbol for the element yttrium. (Encyclopedia.com)

NATO phonetic Morse code
Yankee –·––
ICS Yankee.svg Semaphore Yankee.svg ⠽
Signal flag Flag semaphore Braille
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The Letter X

The next letter is X.

scan0005X The twenty-fourth letter of the modern English alphabet and the twenty-first of the ancient Roman one, in the latter an adoption of Greek khi.

X is traditionally used to signify an unknown person or thing, or to note the location of a particular place, as in X marks the spot.
X chromosome in humans and other mammals, a sex chromosome, two of which are normally present in female cells (designated XX) and only one in male cells (designated XY).X files a cult American television series (1993– , created by Chris Carter) in which two special agents, Fox Mulder and the more sceptical Dana Scully, repeatedly investigate cases which appear to involve the paranormal; final proof of extra-terrestrial activity, however, is always lacking, although it is indicated that this may be deliberately suppressed by government agency. The slogan of the series, ‘The truth is out there’, has become a catchphrase.

The letter used by the CCITT to categorize standards relating to data communications over digital circuits; the number following the letter identifies a particular standard. Some of the more important standards in the X-series are listed.

X3 PAD control;

X25 data signaling between the equipment associated with the PTT and the user;

X28 communication between a PAD and an ASCII device;

X29 communication between two PADs;

X75 communication between networks using X25;

X121 standards for addressing in an X25 network;

X400 message handling services: all standards in the range X400 to X499 relate to various aspects of message handling;

X500 directory services: all standards in the range X500 to X599 relate to various aspects of directory services. (Encyclopedia.com)

NATO phonetic Morse code
X-ray –··–
ICS X-ray.svg Semaphore X-ray.svg ⠭
Signal flag Flag semaphore Braille
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The Letter V

The next letter is V.

scan0002V the twenty-second letter of the modern English alphabet and the twentieth of the ancient Roman one, of which U is a differentiated form.
V-1 a small flying bomb powered by a simple jet engine, used by the Germans in the Second World War. Also called doodlebug.
V-2 a rocket-powered flying bomb, which was the first ballistic missile, used by the Germans in the Second World War.
V-sign a sign resembling the letter V made with the first two fingers pointing up and the palm of the hand facing outwards, used as a symbol or gesture of victory; a similar sign made with the back of the hand facing outwards, used as a gesture of abuse or contempt. It was identical to u in the Greek and Roman alphabets, the Romans using it both as a vowel (u) and a consonant (v), and was not differentiated from u in English until the Middle Ages. In modern English v has only the one consonant sound, as in vole and wove. It is a usual symbol for a voiced labiodental spirant, as in the English vat. In Roman numerals it corresponds to Arabic 5. In chemistry V is the symbol of the element vanadium. (Encyclopedia.com)

NATO phonetic Morse code
Victor ···–
ICS Victor.svg Semaphore Victor.svg ⠧
Signal flag Flag semaphore Braille
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