Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Shortest Day

Kage Baker always said you might as well sleep through the Solstice Day. We were usually up late the night before, it was the middle of winter and often inclement weather; Los Angeles is apparently expending its entire annual rain … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice, Merry Lunar Eclipse

Kage Baker loved astronomical phenomena. Eclipses, comets, near object passages – they all fascinated and intrigued her. She loved anything odd in the sky, as a matter of fact, and was always thrilled to see the blimps slowly traversing the … Continue reading

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Last Day of Fair – Haul Down, Lads

Kage Baker was as fond as anyone else of Last Day pranks. As long as they were in character and period and did not mess up anyone’s gig, she was all for a bit of last day mania. She pulled … Continue reading

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Portents, Omens and Angels

Kage Baker was a big believer in Fate. She took signs seriously. She could even find them retroactively, noting after an event that some specific oddity or revelation had clearly been a contributing factor. She always said fortune-telling backwards was … Continue reading

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Last Weekend of Dickens

Kage Baker loved the last weekend of Dickens. Partly because it was ending – one gets awfully tired, doing Extreme Christmas – but mostly because she felt it was usually the best one. All the parts have settled in and … Continue reading

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Let Us Praise Clothes With Backs

Kage Baker was maybe the most modest person I have ever known. Despite 30-odd years spent in live theatre, she never, ever got used to changing clothes in public. To most of the rest of us raving exhibitionists, any area … Continue reading

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December 13, 14, 15

Kage Baker bade me write every day once she was gone, and up until this last Sunday, I have fulfilled that contract. Even on the days when I was ill, tired or just plain lazy, I managed a few lines … Continue reading

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Sunday Deco: Fine-tuning

Kage Baker had evolved an infallible way to get through the holidays, feel involved and not go crazy. She had a quite arbitrary but functional event calendar that covered the entire last third of the year. Such and such a … Continue reading

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Saturday, 12/11/10

Kage Baker liked the peculiar rhythms of dates like this. She loved the advent of digital clocks, too – she had always had trouble reading classical analogue faces – and happily watched all ours for the consecutive moments – 12:34. … Continue reading

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Third Weekend of Dickens, Mark II

Kage Baker was always acutely aware that only one of us could drive. She was also always worried that I insisted on a stick shift, which most of our friends and all our family could not drive. She felt it … Continue reading

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