42: Christmas 2002, Part 2
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You might not recognize him without his Japanese warrior garb, but this
is jeffthomas.com regular "Shogun Greg" [Galleries 8, 27, 31, 40, and more], this time
playing his alter-ego of "The Space Age Bachelor," the ultimate fun-loving
playboy and swinging Christmas party host. So fix yourself a cocktail, grab your
smoking jacket and pipe and join him for another gallery of Yuletide cheer.
Here, Greg demonstrates a trick that he learned from his old friend Clark Kent, the
mild-mannered reporter for the "Daily Planet" newspaper. The premise: That
simply removing your glasses renders you unrecognizable to the general public. But
while Kent used the ability to keep the world safe from evil in his alter ego of Superman,
Greg's goal is less extravagant: To get served twice when your host is handing out a free
round of drinks to their party attendees.
Mom receives a beautiful new watch or, as she calls it, "an
instrument to count the seconds until you leave, Jeff."
Pictured on my lap is the favorite gift that I received this Christmas: an incredibly
life-like ventriloquist's puppet that is modeled to look like my Mom. Compare my
doll to the real-thing in the photo on the right, pictured with my Dad as he asks
"But Jeff, how come I can't get this one to stop talking!?"
That's my friend Chris on the left, pictured with me as I perform an
eerily realistic interpretation of "I'm a Little Teapot."
Here, I give a glowing review to a small loaf of bread that I received as part of a gift
package. Due to the subject matter, Dad couldn't muster up the same enthusiasm about
his gift: It's a book about George W. Bush.
My friend Steve [a.k.a. "Sweet Meat"], looking as tough and
masculine as is humanly possible for a guy who's wearing a sweatshirt that promotes the
elementary school that he attended 25 years ago.
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