If ever there’s a throw-back element to the Trail-verse, it is Bill Ellis… count among them the fact that he is always dressed in a suit and tie, that the Magazine offices are ensconced in a Manhattan skyscraper (read Time-Life Building…) and that the Magazine appears to be thriving are things that we just don’t see anymore in Magazine-dom… But today we see Editor Bill Ellis really dressed down… In fact I don’t know whether we have ever seen his neck like this- kind of creepy- unless of course we go way back to a time when he and mark were on a fishing trip aboard the rich publisher’s yacht down in Florida and were mistaken for two rich, ransom-worthy fellows… and were subsequently kidnapped. But that predates my efforts here on these pages, so I might be a little hard-pressed to link us there… but here it is! Thanks Josh at Comics Curmudgeon!
But when exactly did Mark have time to write his 20,000 word expose on white nose syndrome? No sooner did he make it from the Rio Grande to Lost Forest and they were jetting to Hawaii! Oh well, we shouldn’t dwell on such timeline inconsistencies… we have to maintain appearances…
In an unrelated vein, I sent the following to my local newspaper opinion page… I know that there are more needlesome issues at play in the word, but since they are not likely to print it, I wanted to share:
I v. me
I’ve been told that it’s a heavy burden I carry. Proper usage of the English language- and bristling and recoiling when I hear or read passages that are not properly constructed. The sad thing is that I see it everywhere, perpetrated by people who ought to know better, people who are paid a salary to write and speak properly. No greater offense exists than when the first person singular pronoun ‘I’ is used in place of ‘me.’ A subjective pronoun acts as the subject of a sentence—it performs the action of the verb. The subjective pronouns are he, I, it, she, they, we, and you. An object pronoun is a personal pronoun that is used typically as a grammatical object: the direct or indirect object of a verb, or the object of a preposition. Object pronouns contrast with subject pronouns. The object pronouns are me, you, him, her, it, us and them. ‘Jimmy and I are going to the store.’ ‘She is going to the store with Jimmy and me.’ Would we ever say ‘She is going to the store with I?’ I think not. Think about it, people.