It Should Come As No Surprise That Once I Acquired a Cane This Picture Would Become Inevitable

I’m going to use this picture now for so many things.

Photo by Athena Scalzi.

59 Comments on “It Should Come As No Surprise That Once I Acquired a Cane This Picture Would Become Inevitable”

  1. Love it

  2. Away wit’ yer laptopper computational machines and yer celluphones! Whippersnappers.

  3. Dave Crisp – Suffolk – Shy guy. Gay. Geek. Gymrat. Anarcho-socialist. May not be safe for sanity, let alone work. Life is a constant struggle between fitness and beer.
    Dave Crisp

    The point of course being that our gracious host has so much lawn that in order to get off it in less than the time it would take him to go into the house and swap the cane for a crossbow, you’d need to be Usain Bolt.

  4. I was about to say, wouldn’t this be more apropos to have you on a riding mower or an all-terrain Segway? By the time you run across the lawn to get withing visual cane-shaking range of those damn kids*, you’ll be out of breath and your knees will be complaining.

    *Since they’ll be listening to that noise they call ‘music’ on their eye-pods, it’s not like they can hear you shouting

  5. Actually, I have recently been ordered to have a cane with me at all times. This has fouled up my accessorisation bigtime; I long for the days when all I had to do was get the handbags and the shoes to work. Now I have to grapple with yet another dimension, and it’s a struggle.

    By the way, I really like the cane !

  6. Jay – New Bern, NC – INGREDIENTS: coffee, books, music, podcasts, NPR, cats, movies, the Oxford comma, and Netflix - - - WARNING: may contain nuts - - - MADE IN THE USA
    Jay E.

    I think you now have both the cover and title of the inevitable memoir of the Great Hugo Debacle of 2015.

  7. Nice-looking cane, sir. You’ll unquestionably scare off all the neighborhood whippersnappers with that. For full effect, of course, you need to be in a rocking chair on your porch, but the sight of a hobbling old codger shaking that handsome walking stick across the lawn ought to run off most of the young’uns.

    Just one observation would be that if you are going to be using it for any length of time, you may wish to get a second cane that is more cushioned and form-fitting to your hand for everyday use. I wound up with numb fingers after months of using a cane that was formed in such a way that most of the load was focused in a narrow band across my palm, as I figured out too late that I had spent all that time resting my weight on a nerve nexus in my hand. Numbness wore off eventually, but you may be able to avoid it altogether if you get a more ergonomically formed and cushioned cane.

    Best wishes for speedy healing in any case, and I hope you don’t have any recurrences or lingering effects. And have fun chasing those kids offa your lawn.

  8. Marcelo – Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil – I’m an 80’s kid, so videogame is Sega, RPG is HeroQuest and snickers ar Converse All Stars. I read speculative fiction anytime I can. My favourite authors are David & Leigh Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and John Scalzi, but I don’t dispense Ursula Le Guin, Michael Crichton, or Karen Traviss when I find them. I had lost the habit of watching TV, but Netflix and Hulu solved that. I prefer dogs and gats to people (who never?) and, despite my profession as a middle- and high school history teacher, it’s been years that my occupations actually are homemaker and video creator por the sundry social channels maintains.

    This made my weekend. Thank you!

  9. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.

    Agreed – I hope this is the Fast-Acting Mallet, to be mostly used on GamerGating DudeBros!

  10. So green…and mowed…and vast…Sorry, you were saying something about your cane?

    Once upon a time we had grass in central Texas…old-timers still tell tall tales of water just falling right out of the sky!

    Since you’re an Old Man(TM) now, is this a good time to ask for your Warren Ellis double neck axe when you…ahem…join the CDF?

  11. Where abouts did you find such a fine cane? I have been contemplating getting a cane for walking purposes and it would be grand if it could look nice as well as be practicably useable.

  12. As you’ve often pointed out, it’s an awfully big and a well tended lawn. I don’t know why you’re begrudging me the use of a bit of it for a while.

  13. John Samuel – Australia – An anime fan from the dim, dark, days of synopses and fifth generation VHS copies. I write a range of reviews at "Pirates of the Burley Griffin", check the blog for more.
    John Samuel

    Yes, I think that photo was as inevitable as radioactive decay, delayed only by the half life of travel time between acquisition of the cane and the return to the lawn.

  14. True story: a couple of decades ago I bought my older sister a can for her 40th birthday. We are talking hand crafted/stained natural wood. The handle looked like a duck’s head even. Wrapped it in ribbon after my mother told me that would be the final touch… then helped by picking out the right color ribbon and helping wrap it around the cane. Sigh.. I miss her and her sarcastic ways.

    As a gift, it went over very well, and maintained a place of honor by the door. I now have my own walking stick and I some day hope to be out on the lawn shaking it at the young whipper-snappers on my lawn, with much the same poise you have in the picture.

  15. Canes are like umbrellas or bags, it is soooo tempting to get this one, and this one, and ooh this one looks so good too. (My fanciest one has kitty faces all over it.)

    Echoing Colonel Snuggledorf here: if you are going to be using one for a while, get one with a padded grip and adjustable height. You don’t need to hurt your arm while helping your leg!

  16. My friend did something wrong to his foot yesterday. I made him the mistake of showing him this. I think I know what he’ll be getting into tomorrow…

  17. So what gadgets does your stick contain? A pen for impromptu writing? A sword? Sword *and* pen? Two swords (handy for dueling)? Airgun firing poisoned pellets? Flamethrower? Cellular antenna for better internet access on the move? Folding seat? Puppy repellent gas spray? Some flasks of your favourite restorative? Emergency kit for alien kidnapping?

    Enquiring minds want to know…

  18. This is looks more like some amazingly powerful wizard’s staff than an old man’s walking cane, which changes the way I see the picture completely. Either way though, I would certainly stay the heck off your lawn!

  19. ( a croquet mallet with the hammer bit being the handle – maybe stamped ‘property of The Overlook Hotel)

  20. longeyesamurai – I have transferred here from Vox (where I was known as Caprandom and La Canneberge Masquée) when it went all Atlantis on us. My unofficial title at work is Corporate Troubleshooter at BigMediaCo cable tv outfit, trying to stay one step ahead of my mouth ... Aside from being probably the world expert on divination through Magic: the Gathering cards, here's a (partial) list of my varied interests: 2 Frères, Alan Moore, Alicia Keys, anime, archaeology, Ariana Grande, art, Bachman Turner Overdrive, baseball, beaches, Bebe Rexha, Bernie Krause, Beyoncé, biking, Billy Idol, Billy Joel, biology, Bob Marley, books, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Bryan Adams, Buffy, cars, cats, Celine Dion, cheese, Chicago, Coeur de Pirate, Coldplay, computer, computers, concerts, cthulhu, Dan Gibson, David Bowie, David Usher, Dire Straits, Disturbed, Don Henley, Douglas Quin, dpchallenge, dragons, Drake, Duran Duran, Eagles, economics, Eddie Money, Ed Sheeran, Electric Light Orchestra, Ellie Goulding, Elton John, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Eric Lapointe, fantasy, Fiona Apple, Fleetwood Mac, Flo Rida, Foo Fighters, food, football, Foreigner, Frank Sinatra, Ghostbusters, Halsey, Heart, history, hockey, Huey Lewis and the News, ice cream, illustration, Ima, Imagine Dragons, intelligence, Japan, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jerome Couture, Johnny Depp, Joseph Edgar, Journey, jrock, Judas Priest, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, King Melrose, Kiss, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, landscapes, learning, Led Zeppelin, Les Soeurs Boulay, Life, Linkin Park, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna, Magic!, Mariah Carey, Marie-Mai, Maroon 5, Mary J Blige, Matchbox Twenty, Meghan Trainor, Mika, Mother Goose Club, movies, music, Natasha St-Pier, nature, Neil Gaiman, Nirvana, No Doubt, Norah Jones, Oasis, One Direction, Pat Benatar, Patricia Kaas, people, Phil Collins, photography, Pierre Lapointe, Pink, Pink Floyd, poetry, pop, Prince, Queen, Radiohead, reading, remodelling, Richard Anthony, Rod Stewart, roleplaying, Roxette, Rush, Sam Smith, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan, Selena Gomez, Serge Gainsbourg, Shaggy, Shakira, Shawn Mendes, Sheryl Crow, Shinedown, Sia, Simple Plan, sleep, sleeping, Slipknot, soccer, Steely Dan, Steve Winwood, Sting, Stray Cats, Styx, sushi, theater, The Chainsmokers, The Cure, The Rolling Stones, The Weeknd, Tori Amos, travel, travelling, Tricot Machine, TV, U2, Usher, video, Vulgaires Machins, words, writing, Yann Perreau, Zayn

    Cane touch this???

  21. Dan – Dan Hartensveld, CDIA is President of The EDI Project, a solution provider specializing in healthcare informatics. He has been working with large health insurers, providers and healthcare technology companies since 1996 involving complex data integration, claims automation, risk adjustment, The Affordable Care Act, HIE, HIX, to name a few. Lately, the company has been successful in developing and putting into production massively scaleable, analytics projects for use in processing "Big Data" sets.

    Feel better man. Look on the bright side: at least you are in the new Star Wars Trailer

  22. Nice photo! Your neck tendons are very impressive! (I hope you didn’t hold that pose too long; I imagine your jaw muscles would get sore.)

    It’s a pleasure to have you back, sir. The continent wasn’t the same without you.

  23. I am impressed that Athena was able to not laugh long enough to take the photo.

    Gulliver: I’ve heard those stories about water falling from the sky. I don’t believe ’em either. Why, a few months ago, people tried to tell me that water not only fell from the sky, it was frozen when it did. Pshaw.

  24. Living in Southern California, I can’t even focus on the foreground or caption.

    I just gaze upon that lawn with a mixture of envy and horror. Mine is barely alive – patchy and brown – due to my extreme efforts to conserve water.

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