A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rainy Day and her Families of Choice

John Dalmas - a Manly Man (Photo by Jim Fiscus, used by permission of both Jim and John)

Rainy Day was an only child. Growing up, she had lots of friends, and the only ones she was truly jealous of (well, as jealous as she ever got, anyhow) were the friends who had siblings. When Rainy Day was a little girl, she asked her Grandma the inevitable question, "Where to babies come from?" Her Grandma told her they were the answers to prayers. So Rainy Day began to pray for a baby brother. She prayed, and she prayed, and she prayed but her prayers went unanswered.

So, Rainy Day did the next best thing. She went Sibling Shopping and now has a very large Family of Choice, known as Brothers of Choice, Sisters of Choice and the now and then Child of Choice. She even has a Mom of Choice. It makes for great fun at Winter Holiday time. (Now you know why Rainy Day makes her Winter Gifts rather than buys them;-)

She even has a Twin of Choice. Now,  her Twin was born on the same day as Rainy Day. The fact that three years and a continent separate their natal days is just a minor detail. Even Twin's Mom has welcomed Rainy Day into the family! Which is a super nice thing, because Rainy Day's Mom died several years ago, and she misses her very much, so now she has a Mom, and the missing isn't so bad.

Ah, but Rainy Day is not happy with just a family of choice. No, she has gone forth and found a few Lusts of Choice. (Have I told you that Rainy Day is a dirty old lady?)

She tells her friends that one of the primary reasons she moved to the Tri Cities was because John Dalmas lived just up the road in Spokane, and Rainy Day knew he was very happily married, but she figured that if there were a couple hours between.... Well, she moved to her new home, only to discover John had moved to Ohio! He's now two time zones away, not just two hours by car. Poor Rainy Day.

John is an ex logger, forest fire fighter, and I don't remember what all. You can read all about him, and the books he's written, at his website http://www.johndalmas.com/   John is a real man, by the way. He takes great delight in the fact that he has two women fighting over him (Rainy Day and her good friend, Ann), that we carry our fights through emails, making sure he is cc:ed. How does Rainy Day know he's a real man, a manly man, and not some girly man? Easy. How many men do you know who wears purple feather boas in public? (RadCon, the local SciFi Convention)

John has written several good scifi/fantasy novels, and offers much good advice to aspiring writers. You may download his e-books from The John Dalmas Free Book Emporium at http://www.johndalmas.com/area/Catalog/ Please check the site out, and read a good book. He's a hulluva damn good author! He's also a hulluva damn good friend! But, I'm blatantly biased;-)

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