My special guest this week is Aral Peppermint Patty Pez (Picture at right.) She has offered the following definitions for Hockey.
Hockey, n. 1: A good skate ruined.
2: A game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of 6 skaters with 12 teeth between them.
3: Football for Canadians.
About Aral: Aral Peppermint Patty Pez manages an astonishing balance of privacy and access. Here's are some things she's shared: Her first battle with acid reflux, that she has a wife and used to have a husband, that she thinks she's fat, that she used to be like Valerie Plame only scarier and her lagophilia. Here are some things she's kept hidden: Her name, her face (but for the outing by her mother, Tan Lucy Pez,) and what she does for a living (some kind of ministry something.) Whatever she shares or hides, she writes and photoshops thoughtfully, humorously and like she's making a postcard for her best friend. As a consequence, many of us who read her have come to think of her as a best friend. The timing of her appearance here requires a comment on her recent posts about her brother who died by suicide. Aral, all of your online friends have shared your pain and your resilience and are better for it.
(Left) The love that dares not speak its name
About the Pezes: Where one Pez is, all the Pezes are so here's part I regarding her family. Aral was (as I understand) the first of her family to start a weblog. The explanation of the names is Here. Aral's sisters, Actonbell and Dddragon have signed up to write definitions for future weeks and I'm still hoping that her mom, Tan Lucy and her nieces Goa'uld and Bookworm will join them. For now I should just say that the Pezes started on the West Coast wound up on the East Coast and somehow picked up the warmth of the Midwest, the hospitality of the South and some all-American saracasm. I think all Pez readers read all Pez blogs and imagine themselves Pez. I call "Robert Morley Pez."
How to be a Wednesday guest: Just leave a comment here or send me an email (dougpas @ pacbell.net.) At present, the list is about 8 weeks ahead so be patient with me. I'm slow and its not my fault.